PinSound Studio is deprecated - don't use it. Only use the PinSound Studio Pro.
- PinSound Studio - supported psrec files and old structure. Will not work with the new required file structure
- PinSound Studio Pro - supports creation of shaker routines, but psrec file feature has not yet been added (it is on the development list, but no eta). Supports the new required structure with pinsound.config files and current firmwares
It has been a grown pain for some of use who author orchestrations, but change is inevitable so you might as well rip off the bandaid.
Personally, I do all of my editing and orchestration building outside of PSSP (I always have). The one feature that I did utilize in PSS was the psrec as it saved a ton of time tracking down sound references and going back and forth to the pin. However, PSSP is great when it comes to shaker routines (I've done several). Psrec should come back at some point in the new software, but there is no definitive date as of now.
My basic process is to extract an orchestration folder to my PC, convert any/all OGG files to WAV (what PinSound supports - OGG is just for compression during file transfer), and delete the OGG files. I usually start with the music and create an Excel file where I map what is what (the original orchestration is not always labeled well). I then go about editing my own music and other files making sure they are all of similar amplitude (i.e. manual normalization). Also, if they are mono sounds I convert them to stereo. I then save my new file over the original in its folder, note the change in my Excel log, and proceed on. When I've made some progress, I manually copy the orchestration to the audio folder on the USB and play a game or two making notes of what I've changed and what I think needs tweaked. I continue the process until I'm done. If you know the game really well then this is fairly simple and doesn't take that long. I've you don't know the game and/or don't have access to the pin you are orchestrating for then it is quite difficult and time consuming (I've done several orchestrations like this for people). This is where the psrec feature would have been extremely helpful.
The PSSP window is a fixed size. I've attached a screenshot of what it looks like at 1080P. However, if you are running at 4K or similar then it would indeed be a very small window.
You can get the CV original orchestration here: https://www.pinsound.org/pinballs/wpc-95/cirqus-voltaire