CoolEdit Nostalgia A CoolEdit inspired spectral analyzer plugin for McBee. April 2, 2024, 3:38 am 2.5 MusicBee 3 Windows 7/ 8/ 10/ 11 Add-ons Visualizer MusicBee

CoolEdit Nostalgia


by kamen

Supports Minimum MusicBee 3

A CoolEdit inspired spectral analyzer plugin for McBee.

   On how to install see the screenshot into the ZIP package.


CoolEditNostalgia 2.5

Once upon a time CoolEdit had an amazing spectral analyzer with spearate channel visualisation and linear and logarithmic frequency scales. It was used as an inspiration for the current MusicBee plugin.

The following features are available:

  • left,right or combined channel visualisation
  • frequncy range grid - all formats (partially dsd too)
  • volume scale (in decibels)
  • adjustable visualisation time window
  • adjustable visualisation filtering
  • adjustable colors
  • minimum, maximum, hold and average signal statistics
  • automatic settings saving
  • uses two optional rendering engines (GDI or Direct2D)
  • two separate views - floating (freely resizable) and docked

Version History:


  • initial release


  • fixed crash when adding to layout
  • fixed crash when resizing
  • added "fixed 20kHz scale" option
  • fixed interpolation on larger screens
  • fixes & consmetic changes to grid visuals
  • added "note scale" mode
  • added note information to context menu
  • fixed right-left signal alignment


  • fixed sample rate number format exception
  • added floating resizable plugin (separate settings from the docked)
  • fixed exceptions on plugin disabling/closing
  • fixed exception on D2D startup
  • added "enter height" dialog on first docked initialization
  • fixed settings not always saved

Note1: To install just copy these files to the "Plugins" folder:

  • mb_CoolEditNostalgia.dll (must copy - GDI rendering, docked, height configurable version)

  • mb_CoolEditNostalgia_floating.dll (optional - adds floating resizable version)

  • NostalgiaD2D.dll (optional - enables Direct2D rendering)

  • d2dlib32.dll (optional - enables Direct2D rendering)

  • d2dlibexport.dll (optional - enables Direct2D rendering)

  • d2dwinform.dll (optional - enables Direct2D rendering)

Note2: To remove the plugin remove the above mentioned dlls and optionally the setting file(s):

  • \AppData\CoolEdit Nostalgia (docked).ini
  • \AppData\CoolEdit Nostalgia (floating).ini

Note3: CoolEdit is a trademark of Syntrillium/Adobe and is used here just to note the idea of the plugin. I'm not the owner of this trademark, nor I pretend to be, when using the word CoolEdit.

Note4: The Direct2D rendering uses the open-source library D2DLib by Jingwood ( A license note is supplied to the package as required.

Name CoolEdit Nostalgia
Author kamen
Version 2.5
Category Visualizer
Published on June 29, 2023
Updated on April 2, 2024, 3:38 am
Supports Minimum MusicBee 3

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