The Preferences enables you to customize your audio and display settings.

Display Configuration

Display - the dark theme has just been applied

Display - the dark theme has just been applied

Color Theme

Choose between a light and dark theme. The change is applied immediately.

Additional Options

Note that some options (zoom level & full-screen mode) are only available from the application menu.

Specified a general size for table rows, tree widgets etc. Useful, e.g. to make the GUI more touch-screen friendly.

Font type
Specify the font type - either use the built-in font, or the system default. The latter can be a better choice in case you have disabled anti-aliasing on your computer.

Font size
Specify which font-size to use.

Mouse wheel
Specify the mouse-wheel sensitivity

Audio Configuration

Here you can specify the audio devices which are to be used by Sononym.

Note that you configure the Playback options from its own menu.

Audio Configuration (showing an error message)

Audio Configuration (showing an error message)

General settings

Audio System

The audio driver architecture that should be used.

A special entry is ‘Default’ (not listed), which will use the system’s default audio output device with a moderately high, but safe latency.

Architecture Windows Linux OSX
Direct Sound Yes - -
ASIO Yes - Yes
Core Audio - - Yes
Alsa - Yes -
Jack - Yes

Reload Device List
Reload the device list to detect newly connected sound-cards/drivers.

The audio device that should be used for audio playback

Sample Rate
The audio playback sample rate. The higher the sample rate, the more detailed the playback will be, but also the more CPU power will be used.

Latency (ms)
The audio driver’s buffer size. Higher numbers will reduce the possibility of crackling sound at high CPU usage, but will also cause more latency.

Play Test Sound
Starts a simple test sound to quickly check if the audio setup is working.

Reinitialize Audio System
Closes, then re-opens the connection to the soundcard/driver. May be useful for troubleshooting.

ASIO Specific

External Control Panel
Open the device’s external control panel in order to configure more driver specific settings.

ALSA Specific

ALSA Buffers
Setup number of periods (buffers) for ALSA devices. Some drivers need three buffers to work reliably, while others need only two. Try changing this value if you get crackles/xruns.

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