SFXR-Qt 1.4.0 is out!
written on Friday, January 14, 2022
Last release of SFXR-Qt was in September 2019. I kept using it for Pixel Wheels, it had its quirks and bugs but I did not have the time and motivation to work on it, so the poor app was left on its own for more than two years.
Fast forward to November 2021: SFXR-Qt was added to Debian! It always feels good to see an app getting more widespread, with the minor issue that I learned about it because tests did not pass on big-endian machines... Working on that bug was a bit frustrating because I do not own a big-endian machine and failed to setup a working big-endian VM to test my changes on, but after a few blind fixes I eventually got it fixed. Kudos to Alex Myczko, the bug reporter, for the responsiveness in testing my changes.
Entering Debian probably gave a bit more exposure to the app, because I then received a bug report for that crash I had known for a long time but never got to fix... Now that someone else reported it, I finally fixed it.
Then I received a nice pull request from Linus Vanas implementing command-line export. After a few iterations it got merged, so you can now export sounds from your terminal:
$ sfxr-qt --export tests/fixtures/synthesizer/input/power-up.sfxj --help Usage: sfxr-qt [options] sound_file Options: -h, --help Displays this help. -v, --version Displays version information. --export Creates a wav file from the given SFXR file and exits. -o, --output <path> Specifies the path for the file created with --export. -b, --bits <number> Specifies the bits per sample for the wav file created with --export. Supported values are 8 and 16. -r, --rate <number> Specifies the samplerate for the wav file created with --export. Supported values are 22050 and 44100. Arguments: sound_file File to load. $ sfxr-qt --export --bits 16 --rate 44100 --output power-up.wav power-up.sfxj $ mediainfo power-up.wav General Complete name : power-up.wav Format : Wave File size : 46.9 KiB Duration : 544 ms Overall bit rate mode : Constant Overall bit rate : 706 kb/s Audio Format : PCM Format settings : Little / Signed Codec ID : 1 Duration : 544 ms Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 705.6 kb/s Channel(s) : 1 channel Sampling rate : 44.1 kHz Bit depth : 16 bits Stream size : 46.9 KiB (100%)
I also made some infrastructure improvements, mainly aligning the project structure with the way cookiecutter-qt-app generates projects, so that future improvements to the cookiecutter can be applied to SFXR-Qt as well.
Finally SFXR-Qt gained a "Randomize" button, based on the same feature from the original SFXR.
That's it for this release, sources are available here. There are also deb and rpm packages on the release page. I hope you enjoy creating fun retro sound effects with SFXR-Qt!