VOX 2.5 has been released!

We know that you all were expecting this!
We’re glad to announce the release of VOX for Mac with Loop (version 2.5) on the Mac App Store. Enjoy everything which we’ve implemented and feel free to use all the greatest features of Loop:

- unlimited music storage;
- streaming on your devices without any quality limitation;
- sync your music between your Mac and iPhone;
- support for all audio file types.

P.S. Just for you to know - we recommend to use the website version of VOX, because we can release further updates and features without waiting for Apple team approval.

Continue readingMay 13th 2015

2014 Made VOX the Best iTunes Alternative for Mac

It’s almost the end of 2014 and everyone is ready to dip into the future – year of 2015. But, before we do that, it’s always good to sum up all the great stuff that happened over the past year and we didn’t want to be any different.

Get ready for 2 huge releases that are going to be public very soon… This winter to be exact! We’re extremely grateful for being with us this year. The number of VOX fans is about to hit 1,000,000 mark!

We’re the most popular Mac OS X music player on the market and we have the Mac App Store to prove that VOX is the best iTunes alternative.

There’s also a ton of very respected feedback from the top media, such as “VOX has a clean design that is also easy-to-use.” *Mashable & “VOX is a simple music player designed to serve as a replacement for the music player built into iTunes.” *MacRumors.

Our music player is backed up by Mashable, considering it as one of the best iTunes alternatives for Mac: “8 Best iTunes Alternatives”.

VOX is a mix of a powerful technical background + extremely user-friendly, which makes it stand out compared to its competitors (and it’s free, too!).

Let’s have a quick flashback… and go back to the days when we didn’t even know about HD video & Retina display. Today, we can’t even imagine living without it. iPhone & Macbook with retina & 4K TV is a regular instance now-a-days. People deserve experience a better picture, so what’s going to be the next innovation to improve our daily media routines?

It’s not a secret that it’s becoming a very popular question, how to get sound in better quality? Just a few years ago, popular media sources started to poke this question and get their readers ready for a ‘proper’ way to listen to music. For example: “What’s the Difference Between All These Audio Formats and Which One Should I Use?” 

We’re now aware of such formats like WAV, AIFF, FLAC and etc. But, you have to understand that simply purchasing and downloading a FLAC music file – is not enough. You’ll need: 

1) A music player that will be able to playback lossless files without compressing it and loosing quality. 

2) High-quality Headphones or speakers;

3) A more powerful sound card,

- and this is just a standard bundle to enjoy a crystal clear sound of your favourite melody.

We’ve already purchased a laptop with a Retina display and we see it as something normal now – having a gorgeous image, enjoy a sea load of pixels. So, why not try the same thing with Music? You might’ve noticed that it’s no longer a big deal to purchase headphones that cost more than an average pair. Why? Because we want more quality & more style in everything we use on daily basis!

The best alternative to iTunes that will take your hand and show you around in the world of Hi-Res music is – VOX. 

In the pas, we wrote a ton of information about the development of this music player masterpiece. A music player that will satisfy any audiophile:
- VOX Tips & Tricks 1 ;
- VOX Tips & Tricks 2.

After spending a whole year in our little Coppertino ‘lab’, we’re now ready to amaze you with our new creation. To be one of the first people to try it, please subscribe:

- A revolutionary service that will break the Music barrier once and for all;

- The very anticipated release – VOX for iOS (*we’re super stoked about this).

With these upcoming releases, you’re going to love VOX even more. This is wil be an ideal iTunes alternative in your little Apple world.

There’s been a ton of changes mad to iTunes from the very first release made by Apple in 2001. We completely understand that iTunes is a default app and every Apple user sed it at east once. But, if you’re actually thinking about alternatives to iTunes, then you probably have something that was not satisfying you and you’re looking for something better, easier, faster. 

Look, this is probably something you’re looking for in a Music player. A minimalistic app that will get the job done but better than expected! And in January, you’ll see an innovative release from our team that will truly blow your mind…

Thank you for being with us!

  And for those who don’t know – here’s a link to download VOX.

Continue readingDec 16th 2014

VOX Tips & Tricks #2: Basic Settings, Part 2

Basic Settings, Part 2
Last week we covered the first part of Basic Sound Settings, going over System Settings, Synchronize Sample Rate and Hog Mode.  If you missed it, you can check it out here.  If you are an experienced or tech savvy VOX user, stay tuned for the next Tips & Tricks where we will cover Advance Settings!

Without further ado, here’s the second part of Basic Settings Tips and Explanations: 

This allows some tweaks on VOX’s channel layout (how VOX behaves with tracks with different channel count on one side, and output devices with different channel count on the other).  

Stereo/Mono Drop-down List
When playing stereo tracks, use the Mono setting to force mono sound to the left and right channels. Use Stereo to play tracks as-is, without altering channels. This setting does not have effect on multichannel output devices (that have more than two output channels).

Stereo music usually has a different mix in the left and right channels, so sometimes it’s useful to “mono out” the music so that both channels output the same sound at the same time. This is a personal preference.

Convert Stereo to Multiple Channels
This feature is for users having multichannel output devices (4, 5.1, 7.1 channel layouts)

When checked, this enables stereo tracks to play nicely on multichannel output. By default, when Convert Stereo (to multiple channels) is off, the stereo track will play into Left and Right channels only. When this feature is enabled, VOX will try to blend stereo information in up to 8 channels, depending on the output channel count of the audio device.

This is simply a volume balance between Left and Right channels in stereo. Typical position is Center, where both Left and Right are equally loud. This setting does not have an effect on multichannel output devices (that have more than two output channels).

Volume Limit
Usually playback volume is controlled from the main VOX window or using system volume controls.  But there are some tracks that are too quiet. This slider on the main interface allows you to get even more amplification when all other means are at maximum levels and you still need more volume. It is intended only to amplify volume on very quiet recordings. In order to do this, raise the setting above 100%, and use normal VOX volume control to achieve optimum loudness.

Remember that this is a last resort and could sacrifice sound clarity. Make sure you have maxed the system and VOX volume before even touching this slider. It should be at 100% in most of situations, because modern music is produced with maximised loudness, and listening to it on more than 100% volume limit may result in distortion and listening fatigue. Also, raising volume to more that 100% seems to distort sound on external sound devices. Therefore, it’s recommended to raise this limit only when listening through internal Mac’s audio device. External devices usually have their own volume controls, so use these instead.  Recommended position - 100%

Restore Default Settings
Restores audio settings to recommended/default options.

Next time we’ll get into the more complicated stuff with Advance Settings Tips & Tricks.  If there are any settings or questions you’d like to see addressed in future Tips & Tricks, please let us know!

Continue readingOct 23th 2014

VOX Tips & Tricks #1: Basic Settings, Part 1

The VOX app was designed to be a simple, intuitive and versatile music player for Mac users. While the default settings make it extremely easy to use with minimal experience and guidance, we’d like to provide you with tips on how to customize VOX to fit your personal listening taste and tech setup. In these first two editions of VOX Tips & Tricks, we’ll cover the basics.

Before we get into the details of those below, feel free to click here if you’d like to download the FREE Smart Controls Add-on. It will offer for more keyboard controls, as well as enable your Apple remote and headphones for use with VOX.

VOX Basic Settings, Part 1
*This section contains main output device settings, information and explanations. For many longtime and tech-savvy VOX users this will be familiar information. If you are among those expert VOX users, look out for our series of “Advanced Settings Tips” coming soon. For those new to VOX or unfamiliar with these settings, we hope this well be useful information to help make VOX your ultimate mac music player. Below we will cover System Sound Settings, Synchronize Sample Rates and Hog Mode.

Before we get into VOX’s preferences, you’ll want to check your Mac’s system settings. The Device Choice drop-down menu in your Mac’s System Preferences allows users to select the output audio device (audio card, headphones or AirPlay destination) to play sound through on your Mac. “System Default” is the device chosen in OS X Preferences->Sound->Output. When “System Default” device is selected in VOX, the app will always play your Mac’s system sound preference setting. However, VOX also allows you to select any other output device accessible by your system. When the device is changed, VOX will automatically switch audio to that new destination.

VOX Preferences

Synchronize Sample Rate
Sampling Rate (SR) is one of the basic parameters in digital audio. It’s attributed to sound cards and audio files in particular. It defines how often (how many times per second) the audio signal is digitized. This feature tries to set the output device SR to the corresponding SR of the file playing. If the output device does not support the SR the track has, VOX will try to select the best possible for each file.

When disabled, VOX uses the default device’s SR setting, regardless of the actual track SR, and high-quality resampling is applied. The advantage of Synchronizing Sample Rate is there is no need to re-sample audio during playback, which results in:

1. better sound quality due to lack of re-computation otherwise needed. No anti-aliasing takes place, so the audio sounds as close to original as possible.
2. less CPU time consumption, as result of avoiding re-sampling. This is especially noticeable in Hi-Res audio files with SRs of 96kHz and better. This will also produce less battery drain.

The disadvantage of this feature is the interruption that takes place during track changes, when the sound device is switched to another Sampling Rate. So, with Synchronize Sample Rate enabled, if you have two tracks that play consecutively with different SRs, there will be a notable gap between songs. It also disables track overlap and gapless playback in some situations (this will be described in more detail in the next Advanced Tips blog).

Obtain Exclusive Access (Hog Mode)
Hog Mode allows VOX to use selected output as it’s sole audio device. No other application will be able to play to this device. For this reason “System Default” device cannot be “Hogged” - it is used by all apps and system. Hog mode avoids having to mix audio from different apps into device, and, therefore, uses a bit less computation.

In the next Tips & Tricks (Basic Settings Part 2), we’ll cover Channels, Stereo vs Mono Settings, Converting Stereo to Multiple Channels, Volume Adjustment Options and more.

*These basic tips should give you a nice framework to better understanding basic features and settings on VOX. Next week, in Part 2, we will tackle the rest of the basic features and then move on to more advanced features for expert users. If there are any features you’d like to see added, or explained in a future Tips & Tricks, please leave a comment below and we’ll try to address all of them.

If you had trouble with the link to download the Smart Controls Add-on, or want more information, copy and paste this link in your browser: https://vox.rocks/mac-music-player/control-extension-download

Continue readingOct 17th 2014