The Portable Freeware Collection is a catalogue of programs that can easily be moved between computers and various media types. Most of the software is self executing and small enough to fit on distributed media like memory sticks and even floppy disc. It’s this ability to copy, distribute and install the applications cleanly that makes them portable. The site has a good selection of software categories including audio.
Some useful audio applications include a CD burner from SilentNight small enough to fit on floppy at 730kb.
Also from SilentNight is a media player with some interesting features. It uses tabs for quick access to four main panels
- Audio Player with real-time effects including a simple equalizer, autopanner, short echo, preset flanger, variable sample rate, tempo and pitch.
- CD Player and Ripper with a speed control for the CD ROM.
- MP3 Tag Editor.
- Radio Stream and Soundcard Input recording. I8 user programmable radio channels provide instant streaming at the click of a mouse.
From the site:
"SilentNight MP3 – CD Player is a multimedia player. It supports playback of the following filetypes: *.mp3, *.ogg, *.wav, *.wma, *.mo3, *.xm, *.mod, *.s3m, *.it, *.mtm, *.mp2, *.mp1, audio cd, and internet radio streams. There is also a CD-ripper that rips files directly to mp3 format, converts between mp3-wav, wav-mp3. Edit mp3 tags with the inbuilt tag editor, and record internet radio streams, or from any other input line supported by your soundcard. The player has an equalizer, and you can also regulate pitch, samplerate, tempo, flanger, echo, rotate, and adjust cd-rom speed."
Nice features for a freeware player especially the ability to apply effects and time stretch audio in real time.
Chime.tv has some small portable applications including Ajooba an 80 kb video, audio, animation, cd/vcd/dvd player. Ajooba can play all the media files in a folder/directory back to back including audio and video so you don’t need to create a playlist. It can be launched directly by clicking on the file and requires no installation.
On the same page is Glass2K that lets Windows 2000 users make any/all windows transparent/semi-transparent. You can have over-lapped windows and still be able to see-through windows.
Analogx.com has a unique selection of audio applications including plugins and music utilities. They also have network software and a program called SimpleServer that lets you run your own Internet radio station with an easy to use streaming MP3 server. There’s really too much to mention here so take a look.
UCSoft have a useful program called SampleCalc that converts the length of an audio segment into BPM and BPM into time duration. Its also a calculator for time/tempo stretch rate calculation if you want to adjust tempo or time to a fixed value (e.g. matching to the tempo of a sequencer song). Length can be read directly from wave files. The duration of a song can also be calculated from tempo and number of measures as well as length of single notes. This may help you to set delay (or other time dependend) settings. A very handy tool for working with audio loops. Here’s a screenshotl.