Jewish Music Blog

October 14, 2005

Windows Vista Audio

Filed under: Music Tech — jewishmusic @ 11:44 am

As you may know, the next version of Windows, entitled Vista, is due late 2006. Right now Microsoft is in the early Beta testing stage, with Beta 2, a pre-release with most of the features of the release version, due at the end of 2005.

What does Vista mean for audio, both professional and user-end? The Windows team is totally rewriting the audio code to provide for less latency and more fidelity. The main point of this is to reduce glitches in audio – so, for example, if you’re playing music and you open an application, the audio will not skip (or will skip much less frequently). I’m not sure what this means for professional audio, but I would imagine that if the underlying audio core has less latency, professional audio drivers will be more stable and less processor intensive.

The other main audio feature in Vista will be per-application volume control. A picture of this is available here. What this means is that all open applications will be able to be individually controlled from one central location – the audio window. One common application of this feature is that you will be able to change the volume of system notifications, such as instant messaging notices, without having to change the overall volume. Changing volume in the upcoming Media Player 11 will be reflected in the audio window, but I’m not sure about other applications. For example, if I’m running Winamp and change the volume within Winamp, will this be reflected in the audio window’s representation of Winamp? If not, than all I can see is that having another level of volume control will just make things more difficult. Right now Windows (basically) has two levels of volume control – the main volume and the volume in applications. Adding a third level could just make things more confusing.

I guess we’ll just have to wait for Beta 2 to see how this turns out.



  1. What makes you think you know so much, huh? I bet you never even learned in yeshiva! You say that these bands are very not good but i bet you are no good neither! I think i heard you play your yamaha at a wedding and it was no good at all! Jewish music can be so hartzig but i dont think you like any of it. You probably listen to tons of goyish shtus like michael jockson and meddana. Maybe you should pick up a aruch hashulchan next time instead of picking up a jenifer loppez CD.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 3, 2005 @ 11:06 am

  2. hey, i know him and you are totally wrong. He knows how to learn and spent many years in yeshiva. He is an amazing musician. You anger and negativity stems from your lack of ability to take criticism. If you look at his reviews you will see that he does like many of the records, he just says it like it is. Not like the brooklyn music mags that love evey crappy cd that gets made.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 3, 2005 @ 2:20 pm

  3. I’d really like to know who both anonymous’s are-

    For vehement anony-
    Honestly. I don’t think your post is worthy of a response, but –
    If you read my posts, and knew anything about music, you’d know that I know what I’m talking about – but clearly you haven’t.

    Like anonymous 2 said, I spent many years learning in Yeshiva, and in general I do not listen to Goyish music. The little Goyish music I do listen is usually instrumental.

    If you disagree with a particular statement that I said, please tell me what it is instead of making baseless assertions against my character.

    Comment by keyboardguy — November 4, 2005 @ 1:07 pm

  4. Sheesh, Aryeh. The people you have to put up with.

    Comment by Shimon — December 1, 2005 @ 7:14 pm

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