4.2.11. Advanced Settings
This dialog has various settings that are intended for advanced users to further customize the program:
This selects the behavior of the mouse cursor when it is moved, and how the selection is changed.
- Click sets Cursor; Ctrl/Cmd-Click sets Selection
- This is the default mode. Moving the mouse across the Spectrogram is not changing anything. Moving the mouse while the left button is held will set the position of the time cursor and of the spectrum. This makes the cursor work as in VoceVista 3. To change the time position displayed by the Spectrum, you have to explicitly click somewhere to set the cursor to that position.
To set the selection, press thekey (on Windows) or the key (on Mac), and then click and drag on the Spectrogram.
- Click sets Selection
- In this mode, moving the mouse across the Spectrogram will immediately change the time position of the Spectrum. This is the behavior from Overtone Analyzer 4. To change the time position shown by the Spectrum, simply point to that position with the cursor. When the cursor leaves the Spectrogram, the Spectrum will revert to show the time position of the green cursor line.
To set the selection, simply click and drag on the Spectrogram. A simple click will reset the selection and reposition the cursor to the clicked time.
If this is checked, VoceVista Video will remember which files were open when it was last closed, and open those files again on the next startup.
When VoceVista Video loads compressed files such as Mp3 or Ogg files, it first converts them into an uncompressed file that will be stored in your temp folder. This allows much faster access for scrolling and editing the file, but it might use up a lot of hard drive space. This setting determines how many uncompressed files will be stored in the temp folder. If you open a file that has already been uncompressed and is still in the cache, VoceVista Video will skip the uncompression, which will be much faster.
When this setting is checked, VoceVista Video will periodically check if a new version is available, which will require an internet connection.
The Waveform settings control the appearance of the Waveform and the Timeline Views. They are also available by right-clicking on either of those views.
If checked, the Waveform and the Timeline will display intensity on a logarithmic scale.
Determines if the text on all scales along the Y-Axis will be vertical or horizontal. Vertical text uses less screen space, but horizontal text is easier to read. You can also access this setting by right-clicking on the actual scale.
|Y-Scale with horizontal text||Scale with vertical text|
If checked, the labels of Markers will be shown on the Timeline. If this option is not checked, only the boundaries of the Markers will be shown.
This is the time range that will be set for new empty documents. By default it is 10 seconds.
By default, the Timeline range starts with a range of 10 seconds for new recordings and expands as a recording grows longer. If the Timeline range is fixed by setting this option, it will stay the same length at all times.
Sets the number of visible overtone sliders for new empty documents, or for existing documents that are loaded for the first time.
Determines if the help window should be kept in the foreground of the application window. If you prefer to use the application and the help window side by side, keep this checked. If you would rather make the help window fill the entire screen and switch been the application and the help window, uncheck this option.
This setting allows background lines to be drawn on the Spectrum that mark different intensity levels. By default, these lines are draw 10 decibels apart from each other.
This allows to specify an amount of silence that will be added to a file each time recording is stopped.
If this option is checked, the program will automatically start recording into a new empty file after it is started. This can also be achieved by starting the program with the
/record command line parameter.
The Signal Generator can be used to play back a test signal over a separate sound card. This feature is specifically intended to measure the resonance of the oral cavity by playing a sound into it, whose echo can then by analyzed.
If this option is checked, the test signal will always be played during recording.
If you have multiple sound cards, you can use a separate output device to play the test signal, while the recorded sound can be played back with the main speakers.
The frequency in Hz of the test signal. Right now the only available signal is a square wave at maximum amplitude.
When moving the mouse across the Analyzer View, helper lines appear to make it easier to read the current cursor position on all scales. These settings allow to individually control the visibility of those lines.
These settings control the frequency ranges and scale mode of the Vowel Chart.
This setting applies to Windows only, not to Mac. On Windows, the default Audio API to be used is DirectSound. WASAPI is an alternative, more low level API that may offer slightly better performance. It also allows to record the output of playback devices via Loopback Recording. For example, if WASAPI is enabled, you can record “What you hear”, in other words, what is currently being played, if you select your current output device as recording source. The drawback of WASAPI is that, unlike DirectSound, it has no automatic sample rate conversion. For example, if the audio device is set to a sampling rate of 48kHz, you can only record from it with that sampling rate.
This is the approximate time in milliseconds that passes from the moment a signal arrives in the microphone until it is displayed on the screen. A lower latency means that the screen is updated more frequently. Therefore this value should be as low as possible to ensure that the analyzer display is responsive. However, if the value is too low, your computer may be unable to process the incoming data quickly enough, and some parts of the recording my be lost. This will appear as clicks or gaps in the recording. If you have a fast computer, you can try to lower this value and see if the recording still appears correct.
This setting is similar to the Recording Latency, but for playback. A lower number will mean there is less delay between performing an action such as changing the playback position and hearing the result, but if the value is too low you may hear clicks or gaps during playback. If that is the case, raise the value until playback sounds smooth and continuous.
The Input Level Meter is the slider on the toolbar that controls input volume and shows the strength of the current input signal. Here you can change its parameters.
When the Input Level Meter is on, VoceVista Video will always record sound from your sound card, which could be undesirable in some cases, so you can turn it off here. You can also right-click on the Input Level Meter on the toolbar to enable or disable it.
This number determines how often the Input Level Meter is redrawn. You could lower this value if your computer is very slow, because every redraw uses up a small amount of CPU time.