Resonic audio player review
Resonic Player is a free for personal use audio player for Microsoft Windows devices. Designed for audio and music playback, Resonic Player plays all popular audio formats as well as midi and music module formats.
Music players are a dime a dozen on Windows and pretty much any operating system out there. A handful of crowd favorites, such as Foobar 2000, AIMP or the more dead than alive Winamp are available and hundreds of audio players that are not nearly as popular.
Windows users can download a portable version of Resonic Player and use it, or download the setup version which integrates the player in Explorer.
The player opens with a clean interface that looks different from most of the players out there. You find a large waveform view at the top and below that a folder and file list browser.
The player displays the drives and folders on the computer right away making it very easy to find and play music using it. A filter for the file list is somewhat hidden on the bottom toolbar. It is handy if you browse a large list of audio files in a directory.
The actual controls, play, pause, stop and so on, sit in the middle between the panes.
Resonic Player supports major audio formats such as wav, mp3, mp4, flac, ogg, or wma among others. You can use it to play midi files and modules, it, xm, s3m, mtm, and mod, as well.
While you cannot use the player to play video, you may use it to play the audio in select video formats such as mp4, wmv or avi.
Resonic Player supports interface modifications. You can hide the folder browser with a click to give the file list more room.
The player displays the waveform of the audio file that you select, and you may use the mouse to skip to a specific position. Waveform is not the only visualization that Resonic Player supports. The music player supports logarithmic and linear analyzers and music spectrum visualization besides that.
The options list different styles for each visualization to customize the output.
If you dive deeper, you will find other nice to have features that Resonic Player supports. It supports A-B repeats, a sleep mode, volume dimming, seamless looping and support for global shortcuts.
What is missing?
The player is quite versatile but it lacks Internet Radio supports. While that is not an issue for users who use audio players to play local files only, those who like to play Internet Radio may prefer a player that supports it as well.
Resonic Player is a good looking powerful audio and music player for Windows. It is very fast and responsive, and while I would not call it exactly lightweight in terms of memory use, it is still acceptable.
The main thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star rating is missing Internet Radio support.
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