Sagan Technology Metro pre-release v6.3.5 (Mac/Universal)

Metro is a fast-operating, easy-to-learn high-powered sequencer for the design of professional audio projects. It stands alone as a complete and integrated MIDI, audio and video production system.

The audio system supports up to 64 audio tracks. Each track can have its own effect chain. Eight aux busses are also supported. Each with their own chain. Chains can be made up of VST effects and/or AudioUnits (OS X only). VST 2.0 is supported. All effects can be automated. Real-time editing is encouraged. Software audio play-thru allows the original audio to be recorded regardless of what plug-ins are currently in use.

The MIDI system has been around since the 1980's and is the most versatile and stable product of its kind on any platform. Metro combines all the functionality expected from a professional Macintosh MIDI sequencer with a simplified interface and innovative ideas, such as the Rhythm Explorer™ and the algorithmic Note Spray Paint tool.This MIDI system has been updated to support CoreMIDI and VST technologies.

The video system uses Apple's QuickTime technology for recording, applying video effects and overlaying text.

Complex projects can now be completed simply and elegantly.

# Support for OS X CoreAudio and CoreMIDI technology including the Audio MIDI Setup application.
# AudioUnit V1 and V2 plug-in support.
# Support for AudioUnit Synthesizers including Apple's built-in DLS/SoundFont II. Easily select any compatible SoundFont. Program names generated automatically.
# Convert AudioUnit synthesizers to audio by mixing tracks.
# Real-Time audio play-through.
# Mapping of MIDI controllers to effects parameters for real time control.
# Optional floating transport window.
# High quality font support.
# Support for VST instruments (VSTi) with up to 16 outputs using all 8 stereo aux busses.
# Convert VST Instruments to audio quickly and easily by mixing tracks.
# Real-Time low latency software audio play-through with effects while recording dry signal.
# Mapping of MIDI controllers to effects parameters for real time control. This, for example, enables the use of a foot controller to control the Wah effect of a real time amp simulator plug-in.
# Reads MOV, MPG, AVI and all other QuickTime compatible formats.
# Ability to record video from any source using the QuickTime sequence grabber. Use either the application or QuickTime to record audio synced to video.
# Time-lapse video recording with user specified frames and seconds.
# QuickTime movie synchronization improvements where user can specify to modify either Movie rate or Movie time.
# Multiple Movie tracks.
# Compressor specification for new Movie files.
# 100's of Video effects and transitions.
# Scrolling Text with two columns for standard Movie titles and many options.
* Support for audio sample rates greater than 48k such as 88.2k and 96k Hz.
* Support for bit sizes greater than 16 such as 24 and 32 and 32 bit float.
* Pitch Time stretch via Scale time and Transpose to modify audio. Also option-drag regions to time stretch audio.
* Re-sampling via Scale Time.
* Improved Tempo changing with audio. Audio regions now maintain there start times when tempos are changed.
* Define silence and remove silence of audio.
* Support for reading Cubase VST plug-in effect programs (.fxp files) and banks (.fxb files).
* Greatly improved support for loading of effects stored in documents on different computers.
* Effect editor windows added to the windows menu.
* Enhanced plug-in window with field sorting and contextual menu popup.
* Much larger number of effects automation parameters can be edited and in-use automation parameters are flagged with an asterisk.
* Automate built-in effect send, dry and wet faders.
* Mix audio tracks to 16, 24 bit or 32 bit float and sample rates of 44k, 48k, 88k or 96k respectively.
* New Aux Fader VU meters.
* New Aux pan knobs.
* Jukebox allows loading of multiple audio files.
* Play all supported file types through effects (via aux buss) and out to ASIO or built-in device.
* Supported audio types include MP3, MP4, Apple Lossless, AIF, WAV, OGGV, compressed files and many more.
* Load songs by selecting folders and save lists of songs as presets.
* Easily search for Artist or Song using partial words.
* Complete support for reading and writing ID3 tags.
* Batch convert multiple files to AIF, WAV, MP3*, MP4, Apple Lossless, Ogg Vorbis or any of many other formats. *requires LAME converter available separately.
* Intelligent shuffle.
* Auto-size different fields or manually drag them.
* Drag files to exact time location in song by dropping them either the graphic editor or tracks window. This feature makes the jukebox double as an audio library.
* Independent font and size enables using the jukebox as a stereo component device. (Infrared remote, not included).
* New tracks overview with note and controller representation plus independent x,y zoom control.
* New setup-tracks which are special MIDI tracks that only play once to setup your synthesizers. Usually used with Sysex.
* MIDI thru All feature sends all channels straight thru to a different synthesizer.
* Improved Remote Control. The ability to map controllers and controller ranges.
* New remote control presets.
* Improved Rhythm Explorer™ arpeggiator algorithms and new phrase arpeggiator algorithm.
* Save all program name lists assigned to a given MIDI port as a .ins file.
* Insert all possible bank select messages from Event Editor.
* The ability to record some synthesizers (such as the Korg Triton) arpeggiators when not in sequencer mode by pressing play after record in external sync mode.
* Play while step recording option.
* QuickTime Musical Instruments now built-in.


* Expanding of loops now works for full track loops MIDI and Audio.
* Live scrolling via proportional scroll thumbs.
* New Master Fader VU meter.
* New Golden Style.
* Improved styles.
* Support for Propellerheads Rewire.

Metro 5 Standard Features:

* Support for ASIO-compatible audio cards
* Automated real-time effects processing
* 8 stereo aux busses for routing real-time effects
* Drag-and-drop editing of audio
* Audio file compression
* VU meters for monitoring of audio and MIDI
* Audio scrubbing
* Crossfades with linear and exponential curves
* Multiple color schemes
* Context-sensitive, searchable Online Help
* Online tutorials
* Multitrack Digital Audio Record up to 64 tracks of digital audio
* Record at variable sampling rates from up to 48 kHz (96kHz and 24 or 32 bit in Version 6).
* Edit and process with sample accuracy and off-line edits
* Apply effects for real-time processing and off-line edits
* Includes Audio Effects
* Drag and drop editing of audio regions
* Normalize, reverse, fade, audio
* Crossfade with linear and exponential curves
* Scale amplitude
* Merge audio (Combine)
* Real-time mixing
* Stereo mix-downs
* Multitrack MIDI Up to 99 tracks of MIDI per section, up to 32 sections per song file
* Step record, punch in-out, loop record, sound on sound record, and multi-take record
* Flexible pattern-based sequencing
* Edit notes, controllers, tempo, pitch bend and drum patterns within a single window
* Real time arpeggiator for streaming and arpeggio patterns
* Fade, cross-fade and automate volume, pan and other data
* Quantize, Groove Quantize, and Humanize
* Pitch, bend and transpose notes
* Drum grid editing
* Criteria-based editing
* Record, edit SysEx data
* Multiple time/key signatures per song
* Velocity editing
* Edit and print notation (Convert MIDI tracks into notation)
* Transcribe a MIDI performance or enter notes with a mouse
* Print scores with titles, expression text, dynamic markings and scalable staves
* Compose for film, video and QuickTime movies
* Sync MIDI tracks to SMPTE/MTC timecode for scoring to film and video
* Import and export audio to and from QuickTime movies
* Experiment and apply different rhythms in real-time with the Rhythmic Explorer™
* Paint a musical canvas with the Note Spray™ tool.
* Add more effects when needed with Adobe Premiere and VST-compatible audio plug-ins

Many Other features not listed here!

Audio Hardware Support:

In addition to Apple Sound Manager, Metro 5 supports ASIO-compatible audio devices, including: MOTU 2408 AudioMedia III Event Layla Yamaha SW1000 XG Korg 1212 I/0 Sonorus Stud/O Alesis PRC Lucid PCI 24 and many more.


* Full Mac Intel processor support.
* Mighty mouse support allows horizontal scrolling with the mouse wheel.
* Vastly improved remote-control event support. Support for RC output events. A preset fully supporting Frontier Design's Tranzport included. The persist option allows the current setting to persist over document loads and Metro restarts. These features will be more fully documented on our web site soon.
* Drastically improved MIDI scrubbing.
* The Jukebox plays back faster and more file types correctly including 32 bit wave files.
* Files of type .wav and .bndl are now recognized by their extensions if their file type is not set correctly.
* Cosmetic changes to the drums editor dialog.
* Holding the option-key down while selecting device option in the digital audio dialog erases the current stream names so that the original device names can be restored to factory settings.
* Better VST support including support for VST 2.4.
* A new option allows effects plug-in's editors to be placed in a compositing window.
* Removed outdated styles, appearance, grey, etc.
* Text justification is handled correctly when justification is selected for text items in the notation window.
* The internal metronome has been changed to use native Mach-O format.
* Better error messages when a plug-in fails to load.
* An option to specify the MIDI input source of an audio and MIDI track. This is a kind of track that sends both MIDI and Audio to its insert plug-in.
* An option to turn off the audio input source of an audio and MIDI track.
* A new option added to the output assign menu allows a new Metro output to be created before being assigned to a track.
* Dragging the tempo ruler in the transports rounds the BPM to a whole number.
* The return and fast forward buttons in the transport now move all edit windows when not playing.
* Trim outputs to tracks menu item. This option rearranges in section, track order and also removes all unused outputs from the Metro document.
* Option for sending tempo changes to plug-ins early. This makes it possible for AudioUnit plug-ins like Stylus RMX to work correctly with multiple tempo changes. This is selectable for each plug-in by right-clicking or ctrl-clicking on the plug-in in the plug-ins window.


* A possible crash could have occurred when closing one of the program names dialogs.
* A possible crash could have occurred when clearing a plug-in.
* Softsynth outputs MIDI volumes are now correctly unaffected by changes to master volume. In previous versions the MIDI and audio volume of softsynths were both being changed when the master volume was changed.
* Text using auto-replacement fields such as #D for date, now center and work properly in the notation window.
* The quality slider in the mixdown dialog was not being handled or remembered properly.
* It was possible that a recently loaded plug-ins audio output would not be assigned to the default audio stream.
* The splash screen does not come up blank any more.
* An error message displays when the jukebox does not have a valid Metro output selected.
* Improved software audio through.
* VST ranges for parameters in the automation view were sometimes incorrect.
* Latencies now include individual audio stream latency as well as device latency.
* Audio devices input and output sample rates are set correctly now. This may have caused problems with certain USB audio devices.
* Default audio stream names provided by audio devices drivers were being processed incorrectly.
* Help tags were being displayed incorrectly in some cases.
* Improvements and bug fixes related to effect automation.
* Sometimes the sound font name would not appear immediately after it was selected in the effects window.
* Miscellaneous cosmetic changes.
* Changing tracks in the graphic editor would not always update the current selection properly.
* Many notation problems since converting to the carbon event model have been addressed including double-clicking to open items and selecting fonts.
* Video recording functionality is working correctly again.
* Video transitions and effects are working correctly again.
* Changing a softsynth track's port to original:audio port works correctly now.
* Certain plug-in version numbers are parsed correctly in the plug-ins window.
* Better support for bank names in .ins files that have more than 31 characters.
* It was possible that the aux buss outputs would be changed inadvertently by visiting the 'modify output and busses' dialog.
* The windows menu is updated properly after a plug-in is cleared.
* Setting the PPQ or dragging bar lines was recently broken. This has been corrected.
* A dragged MIDI file no longer overwrites existing track names.
* Improved support for subsections, soft-synths and tempo changes.
* Transport's float setting was not being saved properly in preferences and when in non-floating mode would activate inappropriately.
* All notes would incorrectly be selected when the Graphic editor window was deactivated.