BitPerfect 3.0 MAC OSX
BitPerfect is an App that runs alongside iTunes and provides capabilities to improve its playback of high quality audio files. When you use BitPerfect, iTunes is still your main interface to your music collection. You still use iTunes to create, store, and manage your music collection, to build playlists, and to decide what you want to play and when you want to play it. BitPerfect just sits in the background, doing nothing, until you ask iTunes to play a track; then BitPerfect steps in and takes over the playback. However, you won’t see anything to visually indicate that anything is different, because iTunes still thinks it is playing the music – the track position indicator moves along as normal, and the volume control slider ramps the volume up and down. But all of your instructions to iTunes are intercepted by BitPerfect, which implements any playback actions you have just initiated.
So why use BitPerfect? There are three primary reasons. First, and foremost, BitPerfect is designed to squeeze the best possible audio quality from your sound system using your Mac as a music server. Second, BitPerfect supports playback in the native file format, even if that format changes from track to track. Third, from version 2.0 onwards, BitPerfect can seamlessly play back DSD files, through the use of Hybrid-DSD files which you can import into your iTunes Library. You will need to purchase DSD Master from the App Store to create Hybrid-DSD files.
Audiophile Sound Quality
The driving force behind BitPerfect, and the core attribute of the BitPerfect philosophy, is a desire to extract the best possible sound quality from your Mac when used as a music server for an audiophile-grade sound system.
We began by examining how a computer manages audio playback, and focused on the concept of ‘bit perfect’ playback. This term refers to the idea that all a computer has to do is deliver the exact data contained in the audio file to the DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter), a device which turns the data into actual music. Many Audio Player applications exist which ensure that ‘bit perfect’ data is indeed delivered to the DAC, but it was a surprise to us to find that despite this, they all sounded different. Our research showed us that there are two contributors to these audible differences – the server software and the operating system. And we found that Mac’s OS X operating system consistently provided superior results when compared to Windows – even when we ran both OS X and Windows on the same piece of Mac hardware (dual-booting into one or other operating system).
We then chose to focus on the server software’s contribution to sound quality, and established, by trial and error, a number of basic principles. How and why these principles can affect what is always ‘bit perfect’ audio playback remains a matter of speculation and, in some quarters, outright skepticism. Be that as it may, we created BitPerfect as a vehicle that encapsulates nearly everything we know about optimizing the sound quality of audio playback on the Mac platform. Of course, iTunes itself is also capable of delivering ‘bit perfect’ audio playback. But it is our contention that BitPerfect provides a significant improvement in sound quality over native iTunes. So, cue up your favorite tracks, get comfortable in your favorite listening chair, and find out for yourself.
Back in 2012, we put our money where our mouth is. We paid out over $3,000 in order to exhibit at Montreal’s SSI, a high-end audio show. We prevailed upon our friends in the industry to lend us the most sophisticated, cutting-edge, audiophile-grade playback gear we could get hold of, in order to demonstrate as convincingly as possible the capabilities of BitPerfect. Our DAC was the Da Vinci, by Light Harmonic, an incredible device which alone retails for $20,000! Our amplifiers were the CP-800 and CA-2300 models from Classe Audio, which together retail for $12,000. The loudspeakers were Wilson Audio Sophia 3, which, although they retail for $16,900, are the "entry level” model in the Wilson range. Speaker cables were Cardas Golden Cross, which alone retail for $5,800. Quite an impressive collection! Read what Michael Lavorgna of AudioStream had to say about it:
Seamless playback of different audio formats
Not to be confused with different file formats, which are merely different ways of storing the same digital music data, the music itself can be represented digitally in fundamentally different ways. Here we shall concern ourselves only with so-called ‘PCM’ formats.
The music signal we want to store and subsequently re-create is an electrical waveform whose oscillations represent the actual sound waves. In PCM (Pulse Code Modulation), the analog music signal is sampled at a regular fixed rate, which is called the Sample Rate. Each time the music signal is sampled, the magnitude of the signal at that particular instant is stored as a digital value. The precision with which this digital value is stored is called the Bit Depth. The first wide-spread digital music format, the Compact Disc, adopted a PCM format which has become a standard to this day, and is often referred to as ‘Red Book’. The CD format uses a Sample Rate of 44.1kHz and a bit depth of 16 bits.
However, many experts in both the recording and playback fields acknowledge that superior sound quality can be obtained by increasing the bit depth, and also by increasing the sampling rate. 24-bit bit depth is now an acknowledged standard for ‘high-resolution’ files, as well as various sample rates based on multiples of either CD’s 44.1kHz or DVD’s 48kHz. These different formats include ‘24/96’ (which means 24-bit 96kHz), and include sample rates up to 384kHz and even beyond. Many music sources now offer downloads of "Studio Master” quality music in one or other of the high resolution formats, and equipment for amateur recording enthusiasts is cheaply available which can produce high-resolution recordings (your everyday Mac laptop can do this). As a result, many music collectors now include tracks in various high-resolution formats in their music collections.
Under Apple's OS/X operating system, when iTunes plays back a music track, it looks at the format of the track itself, and then looks at the settings of the output device. If the settings do not match, iTunes will automatically convert the file from its own ‘native’ format to the format which the output device has been set to. Most audio experts agree that this process inevitably results in some degradation of the sound quality. Your only recourse, if your music collection contains tracks with different music formats, is to go into the Audio Midi utility and manually change the output settings each time the format of the music file changes. Most users find this to be an annoyance.
When BitPerfect handles the playback, it automatically re-configures the output device to the format of the music track being played. It does this instantly, so that tracks of different formats can be played seamlessly, one after the other. You no longer need to keep track of what the music format is, BitPerfect handles all of that in the background. For the modern computer-based music collector, this is a critical advantage.
BitPerfect can Play DSD files
DSD is the name of the music format used by SACDs. DSD represents music in a radically different way to PCM, and many audiophiles have come to the opinion that DSD sounds more "musical" - more like analog - than does PCM. Although SACD as a format never caught on, the DSD format itself is making a dramatic comeback, and downloadable DSD files can now be purchased from several sources.
Starting with version 2.0, BitPerfect can play back DSD files. However, you cannot import DSD files directly into iTunes. BitPerfect has developed a solution for this, which we call the "Hybrid-DSD" file. A Hybrid-DSD file looks and behaves like an ordinary Apple Lossless file, but also contains the original DSD content which BitPerfect can play back, provided your audio output device supports DSD. At the time of writing, only a limited number of highly specialized devices support DSD playback, but new products are appearing on the market at an accelerating pace, and at ever lower price points. It is necessary to purchase DSD Master from the App Store in order to convert ordinary DSD files into Hybrid-DSD files.
Audirvana Plus 2.2.5 Mac OS X
After a sensational version Audirvana Plus, especially one including a direct mode and Integer Mode, Audirvana Plus now offers a full-featured library manager that can scale to more than 100,000 tracks. Catalog your entire music library and easy to get your albums and tracks with the optimized user interface. Edit with advanced metadata tags to jazz and classical music. With the ultimate sound quality with 64-bit internal processing, direct mode, integer mode, iZotope algorithms own streaming DSD, SysOptimizer and support audio plug-ins.
* Native playback of FLAC, libSndFile (WAV, AIFF, ...), ALAC and other formats QuickTime (AAC, MP3, ...)
* CoreAudio HAL pure bit perfect sound
* Exclusive access mode Audio
* Input-output HAL, using native DAC physical formats "integer mode" (instead of swimming CoreAudio 32 bits)
* Automatic switching frequency sampling
* Features oversampling
* The game is full of memories
* Lanes are loaded, decoded, and the sampling frequency is converted in the buffer memory before being played
* Reducing the CPU and hard disk activities to reduce sources of interference
* Continuous playback using double buffering mechanism (playing a track, and then track)
* Transparent separation of loading tracks to download any size
* Background loading / decoding tracks (including sample rate conversion)
* Playlist (m3u & formats m3u8) load / save
* Descriptors Apple Remote IR
DSD256 playback with DoP 1.1 devices (in addition to DoP 1.0)
Add Merging Ravenna (Merging+Nadac) to DSD DoP 1.1 devices
— Fix loading of 20bit FLAC files
— Workaround for El Capitan bug with 16 and 24bit USB DACs when playing in iTunes integrated mode
beaTunes 4.5.6 for MacOSX
beaTunes analyzes musical compositions, determining their pace and style. With it you can automatically create new playlists, based on the information received. Download macx.ws with this program and make cataloging your music collection. Unfortunately, the program can not handle the music tracks that are protected by means of protection of digital copyright (DRM).
With all the other files (for example, copied from CD-ROM) beaTunes allows for such action: automatically determine the tempo of the song and store information about it in iTunes; Sort existing playlists, seeking the most euphonious transitions between tracks; create playlists based on one or more of the compositions; browse your music library and search for files that are compatible with the selected composition; automatically determine the start and end of the composition, based on volume.
Here are some more examples of what you can do with BeaTunes:
Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute) and store the result in iTunes
Manually determine BPM and store the result in iTunes
Inspect and fix your music library (typos, wrong genre etc.)
Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other
Create matchlists, i.e. playlists based on one or more sample songs
Browse songs from your music collection that match the currently selected song
Discover albums that are not in your music collection, but would complement it
Keep up to date through Amazon ™ album charts
Automatically set start and end times of songs based on their volume
Categorize songs by their sound color
Build playlists per drag and drop
Create blog entries on blogger.com with your favorite playlist or songs
Add del.icio.us like tags to your songs
Look up track metadata using acoustic fingerprints
Detect the language of lyrics already stored in iTunes
What's new in Version 4.5.6:
Fixed wrong song selection in inspection when sorted.
Fixed partial artwork display in some sorted tables.
Fixed UI freeze after many Get Info edits.
Improved cross-platform playlist import.
Updated to Jipes 0.9.11.
Updated to JRuby 126.96.36.199.
Updated to Groovy 2.4.5.
Fidelia 1.6.5 Mac OS X
The main advantage of the program - an amazing omnivorous naturally needed some player. Fidelia addition to the standard mp3 without problems understand AIFF, WAV, CAF, MP3, AAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC. In addition, support tracks of high resolution up to 192kHz and a depth of 32-bit floating point numbers. If the output device operates at a different frequency or bit depth - into the act a powerful and customizable good resampling and dithering algorithms provided by the engine iZotope. With the power settings of these operations can be, firstly, to achieve significantly better results than the regular transcoder from Apple, secondly, to adjust the sound to suit your taste preferences.
To work with files from Fidelia has a simple library: adding files, sorting, searching and creating playlists - that all of its features. For those who do not like the approach to the cataloging of iTunes - this simplicity will be enjoyed. By the way, about iTunes - in Fidelia can enable integration with him, and then the library will be shown separately tracks from your music library for easy access. In the settings you can enable conversion of records in a single format when adding to library.
An interesting possibility Fidelia - connection to plug in a format AU. You can connect up to three of these plug-ins, and enable / disable them directly at the listening position. It is worth noting that OS X comes with some good plug-ins in the first place - the equalizer.
To emphasize the musical direction of the program, the developers have made it styled front panel of some of the amplifier or CD-deck. In addition to the playback control buttons and repeat / shuffle, there are volume controls, display the peak levels of the signal on both channels and display the waveform of the track. In addition, the player displays the file format, the size and frequency. Right at the bottom there are two buttons that allow you to mute the sound (20 dB) and completely turn it off for a while. The size of this unit, you can choose from four possible for different resolutions, there is also a small and compact mini mode, when the program is displayed as a rectangle with a screen and buttons.
Elegant, intuitive interface that meets the requirements of users of Mac.
Volume is decorated in a classic style, and the ability to mute the sound, or completely remove the volume in a single click.
For information about each track, the levels and stereo audio signals that appear pleasing to the eye, without the unnecessary circumcisions.
iZotope - is the best in the industry 64-bit sample rate converter is used to achieve optimum accuracy of sound.
Fine listeners can choose dithering MBIT + by iZotope, who works in real time.
It supports all popular formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, MP3, OGG, AIFF, AAC and CAF.
It supports sampling frequencies up to 192 kHz and bit depth to 32-bit floating point.
Audio plugins Audio Units.
Customize up to three effects simultaneously.
Hog Mode - exclusive access to the audio device in which Fidelia disconnects DAC whole system and works with them directly, bypassing the mixer OS X.
FHX - adds crossfeed effect (intended to correct sound when using headphones).
Tweaking resampling and dithering by iZotope, allows to achieve the desired sound.
Direct access to the library iTunes.
The ability to convert files to the preferred format when adding to library Fidelia.
Lovely Remote Control Fidelia is available in the app store iOS.
What's new in Version 1.6.5:
* Fidelia is now fully compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Audirvana Plus 2.2.2 Mac OS X
Audirvana Plus is an user friendly audio player that is capable to import your iTunes music library, but can also scan specific folders and automatically integrate any new tracks. The player offers support for editing the track’s metadata, helps you create smart playlists, is processing the audio with 64bit precision to provide the best quality possible, and much more.
Audirvana has no equalizer, no trendy special effects, just the best sounding music
- Native playing of FLAC, libSndFile (WAV, AIFF, ...), ALAC and other quicktime formats (AAC, MP3, ...)
- Direct sound path, directly to the !CoreAudio HAL for pure bit perfect sound
- Audio Device exclusive access mode
- HAL I/O using DAC native physical formats "Integer Mode" (instead of CoreAudio 32bit float)
- Automatic sample rate switching
- Up/Oversampling capability
- Plays completely from memory
- Tracks are loaded, decoded and sample rate converted in a memory buffer before being played
- Minimizing CPU and hard drive activity to lessen sources of interference
- Gapless playback by using a double buffering mechanism (playing track and next track)
- Transparent split load for loading tracks of any size
- Background tracks loading/decoding (including sample rate conversion)
- Playlist (m3u & m3u8 formats) load/save
- Handles Apple IR Remote
- Automated updates downloading (using Sparkle)
Mac Platform: Intel
OS version: 10.6 or higher
Fix crash when using some criteria in smart playlist
Fix File menu items for English and German locales
Reduce database migration memory footprint
Courtesy of TNT Team
- Mount image and drag the application icon in the Applications folder
Block outgoing connections (Little Snitch, Hands Off!.. or something like that)
Disable automatic update checks
Helium Music Manager 11.3.0 Build 13550 Network Edition Multilingual
A music manager, tag editor, cd ripper, audio converter, mp3 analyzer, duplicate finder, cd burner, player and music scrobbler - all in one. It's a little bit of everything. It's free. Get more from your music collection. With the Helium Remote you can lean back in your sofa and control your music from your phone or tablet.
In conjunction with Helium Music Manager the Helium Music Streamer and a web browser with internet access is all you need to control your entire music library, from anywhere, anytime.
Supports mp3, mp4, flac, ogg, wma and more as well as audio CDs, vinyl and tapes.
For user with large collections we offer support for Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL for improved performance.
Add or correct missing or incorrect meta-data using the many tools available for tagging your files.
Remove, switch, add or copy tag contents between files and fields using batch operations.
Download album pictures, analyze quality and repair broken mp3 files.
Automatically rename files and create custom folder structures, convert files to different formats.
Many different ways of browsing your music. Album and artist pictures as well as detailed listings.
Easily filter your content, search for your favourites and create playlists.
Play music, scrobble to Last.fm, stream through Shoutcast. Show your friends what you are playing on Windows Live Messenger.
Display visual effects and enjoy automatic playback with built-in features.
Synchronize to your *iOS devices, Android devices,Windows Phone devices or other portable music devices, cell phones or netbooks.
Use any of our streaming products to stream your music to any device.
Ashampoo Music Studio 6 v188.8.131.52-AMPED
Can a single program rip, burn, cut, convert, mix, organize, print covers and create playlists? The possibilities with the new Music Studio 6 are as diverse as your music. Enjoy your songs wherever you want, on your PC, smartphone, MP3 player or in your car!
Smooth burning and converting of iTunes songs
Ultra-precise song mixing, cutting and editing with up to three tracks
Split up audio books or live concert recordings with smart splitting technology
Create playlists for any device
Solid sound converter with individual format and quality settings
Audio disc ripping with powerful automatic features
Easily create and design individual covers with various templates or use custom motives
Convert audio tracks from videos into single sound files
More tracks, more options
Mix songs with up to three separate tracks, edit parts or create elegant blends. Music editing becomes effortless with Ashampoo Music Studio 6. Cut out or add new passages, fade in and out or use the equalizer for ultra-precise fine adjustments.
Find and remove pauses automatically
Splitting lengthy recordings into separate parts has never been easier. Ashampoo Music Studio 6 automatically detects pauses and creates distinct clips from your recordings. The adjustable tolerance settings work, even when there are virtually no pauses.
iTunes users welcome
Ashampoo Music Studio 6 finally supports popular Apple formats such as AAC and m4a. Easily burn your music to disc or convert iTunes songs into MP3 and WMA format for a boundless listening experience on your home stereo or other devices without iTunes!
Rip to perfection
Ashampoo Music Studio 6 digitizes all of your CDs fast and accurately. The program automatically checks your songs against an online database to assign correct labels and covers and allows you to store your songs in any format. This makes your songs available on any device.
A playlist in every format
Playlists are the most comfortable way to play songs in arbitrary order. Ashampoo Music Studio 6 supports a vast number of formats so no matter what player you use, Ashampoo Music Studio 6 has the right playlist format for you - it doesn't get any more compatible than this!
Always the right format
Use insanely simple to use conversion technology to adjust the quality of your songs individually with Ashampoo Music Studio 6. Professional templates and nifty features like automatically created content tables help you create visually stunning designs in minutes.
From video to music
Whether it's a movie score, favorite quote or sound effect, Ashampoo Music Studio 6 quickly turns your favorite video moments into fully editable sound files. Extract and edit music from opening and closing credits or your favorite movie scene and export everything into your desired format. Ideal for creating ring tones or use with your home videos!
Volume normalization for the rest of us
Whenever you create a music compilation out of different sources, you end up with different volumes for each song which makes for a less than stellar listening experience. Normalization evens out the volume across your songs and gives you a smooth and professional audio experience.
Bring order in minutes
Ashampoo Music Studio 6 brings order to your music collection by adjusting the title of your songs. Set the standard, e.g. have the release date show up in your song titles, and let the program do the rest!
New look and enhanced usability
Not only does Ashampoo Music Studio 6 look beautiful but its features have seen a general overhaul. Now, you can be productive instantly.
Non-stop mixing for everyone
When you need to create your own song mix from various songs and without annoying pauses, Ashampoo Music Studio 6's title mixer is the truly the best choice. Add songs, select fade effect and output format and off you go!
Music disc total package
Burn your music to disc and complete your project with custom-made covers and inlays. Professional templates and handy features such as automatic content tables provide stunning visuals in minutes. Perfect for family, friends or work!
No more "Track1-Untitled"!
Aside from audio data, audio files also include information on artist, album, genre and cover but this data is frequently incomplete. Ashampoo Music Studio 6 turns "Track1-Untitled" into "The Beatles - Yesterday - Help", just like that!