Say Hello to Farrago 2
Posted By Paul Kafasis on April 13th, 2023
Since its initial release in 2018, Farrago has provided Mac users with the quickest, most reliable way of creating soundboards and playing audio clips in their productions. Today, after over two years in development, we are pleased to unveil Farrago 2.0.
With this update, we’ve taken the Mac’s best soundboard app to a whole new level. It’s packed with over 50 new features, alongside dozens of bug fixes and refinements. Download Farrago 2 now, then read on to learn more about this major upgrade.
Farrago is built to play audio for you, whether you need to host a podcast, provide sounds for a live event, or just drop music into a video call. With that in mind, we made several enhancements to audio playback.
Preview Your Audio
With the new Preview option, you can use a secondary audio device to test audio without sending it to your main output. Hear what you’re going to play, before you play it.
Fades in Farrago have been updated to work better for you. The old per-tile fade controls have been replaced with more powerful fade options in the all-new editor (more on that below).
New Sample Sets
Farrago’s sample sets provide a great way to get started using the app. In version 2, we’ve included 20 fantastic new songs for all manner of moods, as well as an updated collection of sound effects.
Of course, you’ll eventually want to find your own custom audio to use.
Help Finding Audio
Thanks to several updates in version 2, finding audio to use with Farrago is easier than ever.
To help find the perfect sound files for your use, you can now search the wonderful Freesound database from right inside Farrago. Preview the search results, then download the winners for immediate use.
GarageBand and Logic Pro Integration
If you have Apple’s GarageBand or Logic Pro installed, Farrago can also offer up Apple’s fantastic musical loops for use right inside the app.
Powerful Tile Search
As you build up your library of audio, Farrago’s powerful in-app search will help you scour your collection for the exact sound you want. Search to instantly highlight matching tiles in the current set, as welll as results from other sets.
After you bring audio into Farrago, you may wish to adjust it with the new built-in editor, available right from the Inspector. Crop sounds down to the exact audio you want, and apply fades as well.
Farrago’s sound sets enable you to organize audio however you like, making sets for different events, different podcasts, or even different moods. In version 2, sets have been supercharged.
Use powerful rules to create dynamically updating sets. Organize based on tile titles, settings, play count, and more.
You can now lock sets to prevent accidental changes, then easily unlock when you need to make an edit. For even stronger protection in shared environments like radio stations and theaters, prevent unauthorized changes with the new password protection.
Mark tiles as Favorites, then find them in the automatically created “Favorites” smart set. You can also access them from custom smart sets.
Stand-Alone Set Windows
Sets can now be popped opened in separate windows, for even faster access. Your keyboard shortcuts will always be applied to the front-most window.
Power User Features
Get incredible control over your audio with Farrago’s new Stream Deck integration. We’ve meticulously designed dynamic controls that visualize sound playback and on-tile artwork and allow you to effortlessly switch sets and adjust other controls.
OSC Support & MIDI Improvements
The new Open Sound Control (OSC) support built into Farrago offers substantial remote control capabilities. Use it to control Farrago from an iPad or iPhone using apps like TouchOSC.
We’ve also updated our MIDI support to be more refined, with additional dedicated mappings and better support for toggle buttons.
Shortcuts and Automation
Farrago now provides a slew of integrations in the Shortcuts app (found on MacOS 12 and up). Automate your usage of Farrago, including setting volumes, fading between sounds, and controlling playback. You can also trigger any Shortcut you’ve created, right from Farrago. Trigger a Shortcut when a tile plays or stops, when a set is selected, or even on app launch.
Enhancements to the User Interface
Farrago has always been a snap to use, but version 2 brings many refinements to how the app looks and works.
Emoji Art: Add emoji to tile faces, to locate your desired sounds in a flash.
Audio Meters: Helpful level meters can now be found in the main window’s LCD, as well as each tile’s Inspector.
Improved Sizing and Resizing: Tiles now grow both horizontally and vertically, for more intelligent usage of screen space. Tile controls also grow when space is available, and automatic sizing of tile titles has been made smarter. Farrago’s minimum size has also shrunk, to fit on even the smallest Mac displays.
A Smarter Main Window: Farrago’s main window keyboard shortcut (Command-0) now works better. When the window is in the background, the shortcut pulls it forward. When it’s in the foreground, the shortcut toggles visibility.
Full VoiceOver Support: VoiceOver users, we’re ready for you. We always strive to ensure our apps are fully accessible to users with vision impairments, and Farrago 2 is no exception.
We worked to make this our prettiest, most user-friendly version yet, and there’s lots more to enjoy in the new Farrago.
Bug Fixes, Too
Of course, a major upgrade shouldn’t just be about new features. We stamped out over a dozen bugs to make using Farrago worry-free. We also focused on optimizing the app, making common operations like switching sets and window resizing lightning-fast. We hope you won’t even notice these changes, but they make using the app feel great.
Farrago 2 Is Ready for You
For even more depth, see the “What’s New in Farrago 2” page, as well as the comprehensive list of changes in the Farrago 2.0.0 release notes. It’s a very big update!
Ready to play with Farrago? Just click to download the free trial and see how the Mac’s best soundboard app has gotten even better.