internal sound engine has been replaced with QuickTime instruments.
Anyone needing the simple sampler features of version 5.x should buy an
inexpensive plug-in sampler or load the samples directly into Metro.
The internal sampler was removed because OS X does not support the
sound manager functions that enabled this feature. For versions prior
to 22.214.171.124 only, channel 16 of the internal sound engine (QuickTime)
maps to a metronome function that directly plays MBar.aif and MBeat.aif
(bypassing QuickTime) both found in the Metro folder. These sounds are
set up automatically by using the new factory settings button of the
metronome dialog. For version 126.96.36.199 or higher, channel 16 is just
another QuickTime Musical Instruments channel and the default Metronome
sound is created using an included, sample accurate, plug-in.
previous context-sensitive help system using QuickHelp has been
replaced with browser type help. Currently this is online only, meaning
one must be online to use it, however we do have available an off-line
version of the Metro manual ready for download in our downloads page.
the installer and follow the directions.
OS X, VST plug-ins must be carbonized (PPC only) or Mach-O and placed
in the ‘OS X
VST plug-ins’ folder in order to be found. This folder is inside the
Metro folder and is really just an alias to
For Windows, VST plug-ins
information on supported plug-ins can be found here.
now uses online web browser based help. To use help either an internet
connection or Metro version 6.3 is required. Metro 6.3 or greater
supports local off-line web browser help.
Windows and OS X
- Metro (windows version 6.5.2 and
greater and OS X version 6.2 or greater) supports propellerheads
Rewire. In order for it to work correctly, all of the applications
(mixer and devices) must be run in the same bit width, either 32 or 64.
So if you are, for example, rewiring Reason and Metro they must both be
run in either 32 or 64 bit mode. If the bit depth is wrong you will
most likely get a 'Rewire Library Error' message. Metro on OS X is
currently only 32 bit.
old version of Quicktime (7.4) has a bug in it which causes the Save
function of Metro to produce
a -54 error. A workaround was released in version 188.8.131.52 of
Metro. More information can be found here.
may be necessary to restart the computer after first installing Metro
6.x under OS X.
is a known problem in the OS X version of Metro 6.0 regarding the Plug In Effects
which is accessed from the audio plug-ins submenu of the Edit Menu.
visit the downloads
for a free upgrade to 6.0.1 or later.
the Audio Buffer Packet size setting is changed to greater than 1024 in
AudioUnits plug-ins may fail to produce audio.
key command cmd-? invokes the online context-sensitive web help in most
situations. While the content is mostly up on the web site, it is not
and Lyrics windows (and printing) are implemented in the OS 9 version
and in the OS X version starting with version 6.1.
(OS 9 or earlier only), VST carbonized, VST OSX only (Mach-O),
AudioUnits V1 for versions prior to 6.1 and AudioUnits V2 are all
supported. For AudioUnit version 2, Music Devices, Effects and Music
Effects are also supported. If a MusicEffect is used, the only logical
place, prior to 184.108.40.206, to use it (because it needs both MIDI and
Audio) was on an aux buss. To learn how to setup a music effect click here.
It is possible to place a synthesizer plug-in (such as a VST
instrument) on one track and send it MIDI from other tracks. This
should be avoided and instead an aux buss should be used. A track
should not be used because it may lead to confusion when performing an
operation such as mute. Muting a VSTi track will mute all tracks
assigned to that VSTi port.
connection to Bias's Deck software is only available in OS 9.
v7 does not run under OS 9.
If you absolutely must run under OS 9 it is possible that an older
version of Metro can be made available to you if you purchase the
latest version. However, please contact support before your purchase.
Jukebox in versions of Metro before 6.3 will not play QuickTime 6
supported MP4 files or files written by Quicktime where the sample rate
is greater than 64kHz. The OS X version of Metro will import, export
and convert them to other audio formats. Version 6.3 or later will play
these files under OS X.
- Some Color
Schemes (setup menu) do not have fader vu’s and/or master
movie text in the Movie Text window is not saved with the Metro
VST and AudioUnit plug-ins leak memory. What this means is, when
loading and unloading lots of plug-ins memory is lost. Re-starting the
application will return the lost memory. If you are frequently loading
a lot of plug-ins or files with embedded plug-ins it may be a good idea
to restart the program occasionally.
- LX and
SE version may require the user to save and reload a Metro document in
order to free up some resources to load more soft-synths or other
plug-ins. The reason is because old effects are loaded in the undo
history and saving and loading with purge the undo buffers.
Other issues have been addressed. Please see the announcements
section of the Metro Forum
for more information on particular releases and pre-releases.
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*System requirements subject to change without notice.