Colibri 4/5


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By Gabor Hargitai

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Native Lossless Audio for macOS with BS2B support

Colibri is a native macOS audio player built from scratch on top of the award-winning BASS technology, supports cristal-clear bit-perfect playback of all popular lossless and lossy audio formats, uses only a tiny amount of computing power and offers a clean and intuitive user experience.

Saves your battery
Colibri uses a barely noticable amount of computing power during the playback of your music.

Plays your audio
- FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, APE, TTA, DSD (DSDIFF and DSF encoding), WavPack
- Ogg Vorbis, MP1/MP2/MP3 and AAC/M4A
- network streams/online radio
- Chiptune and Tracker music
- MOD and MIDI files (with per song SoundFont support)
- 10-band Equalizer
- Automatic Sample Rate Switching

Handles CUE Sheets
Reads, processes - and to some extent - sanitizes cue sheets

Supports gapless playback
Colibri is extensively designed from the ground-up to provide a true gapless listening experience - with or without using a Cue Sheet.

Picks up where you left off
Saves your current playlist upon quitting and re-opens your songs when you start it up again.

Avoids most problems
Colibri does its' best to avoid most problems before, during and after playback.

Understands your language
Colibri is capable of rendering the song information as it was intended to be shown: of all the tried metadata it had no problem with displaying cyrillic or kanji/katakana/hiragana characters mixed with ASCII.

Respects your privacy
Colibri does not phone home, collect usage data or modify files in any way.

Displays album art - Colibri displays embedded cover art for FLAC files and ID3/iTunes artwork metadata for other files (mainly M4A / ALAC and MP3). When that yields not results then it looks in the folder where the current song resides for a cover art image.

Resides in your Menu Bar
Colibri can place an unobtrusively small icon in the Menu Bar for easy access and playlist control

Integrates with Finder
Colibri conforms all of Apple's strict requirements

Adjusts to your Display
Colibri's interface elements scale themselves nicely on every screen resolution and pixel density.


Release Notes

01/04/2019 | Version : 1.9 | Size : 14.9 MB
Thank you for using Colibri! This update features a completely new DSD playback implementation and fixes Automatic Sample Rate Swithing for most of the previously not working DACs and also improves stability. Happy listening!

- BASS has been updated to 2.4.14
- DSD playback has been completely rewritten from scratch
- DSD PCM mode will automatically use highest supported sample rate
- Settings -> Output has revamped DSD and Sample Rate Switching sections
- Audio core has been further optimized for multi-threaded playback
- improved gapless playback compatibility with BASSZXTUNE
- further decreased memory usage when preloading next song
- device disconnect handling has been enhanced: reconnect your device and hit play! The default output is used as fallback should the device still be missing.

- selected audio output should now properly be retained on restart
- Menu Bar Controller would not properly update song info on track changes
- pre-amp would not restore properly when switching profiles
- empty playlist when adding from Finder wouldn't work
- Automatic Sample Rate Switching wouldn't work properly with USB DACs
- DSD DoP / DoP AA modes would not work
- DSD sample rate would stay fixed at 88.2 kHz in PCM mode
- Pause wouldn't work during DSD playback
- Automatic Sample Rate Switching wouldn't work properly with Exclusive / Hog mode
- pressing Previous during DSD playback wouldn't work as expected
- playing a non-DSD file after a DSD file could cause Colibri to crash
- playing a non-DSD file after a DSD file with 0 dB enabled wouldn't restore the system volume
- attempting to play DST encoded DSD files would cause Colibri to crash (DST encoding is still unsupported!)
- preloaded DSD files would not properly raise the volume if requested
- DSD playback with pre-cache would always properly show the total time of the song
- preloaded channel wouldn't always properly set the internal mixer's sample rate
- DSD playback would sometimes disable the volume slider even without 0dB option being enabled
- pre-cache wouldn't work while Force Sample Rate is enabled
- pre-cache trigger wouldn't properly fire with very high resolution DSD files
- Colibri would sometimes crash on quitting
- importing SF2/SFZ MIDI SoundFont would cause a crash
- colibriTheme file association would not properly register with Finder
- fixed a crash regarding file loading and removal
- removing multiple files one by one could cause a crash

Special thanks to Henning Gärtner, Ian Chen, Sempov, John Mastwijk, Hiroki Okudera, Kai-Hsiang Chuang, Minh Ho, Lenny Park and Katherine Noell for providing essential feedback.

14/01/2018 | Version : 1.8.6 | Size : 8.4 MB
Thank you for your support!
This update fixes a critical bug where Colibri would crash upon adding a Folder with multiple subfolders with CUE Sheets in it.

22/02/2019 | Version : 1.8.11 | Size : 13.3 MB
Thank you for using Colibri! This update fixes bugs introduced in the previous version and a few old ones. Happy listening!


- Added file size limit for ZXTune processing (Settings -> Behavior)
- Previous button now acts more like the one on CD players: if pressed less than 4 seconds into the song it goes back one track. However, after 4 seconds have passed it first skips to the beginning of the current song
- Remove song got an extended behavior as well: If a song is playing then selecting all song and pressing remove would protect the currently played song. However, if only the currently played song is selected then playback will be stopped and the song will be removed. This is to eliminate the need of pressing stop then remove.
- Added Factory Reset button to Help
- Added Window -> Show Colibri Main Window


- Colibri would not be the focused app when launched
- the Album column wouldn't always auto-resize with the window
- Open All Files From Folder would not work
- multiple crashes and inconsistencies related to Sandbox / User Defaults
- redone main window scaling to fix display problems on macOS versions 10.10 and 10.11
- fixed label positioning errors visible on macOS 10.10 / 10.11 / 10.12
- recompiled BS2B from scratch to fix macOS 10.10 Yosemite support problems
- recompiled BASSZXTUNE from scratch to fix macOS 10.11 El Capitan support problems
- parallelized theme color fill drawing to avoid flicker under high CPU load
- changing Menu bar options would cause Colibri to crash
- loading multiple files at once could cause crashing

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Supported Devices
Mac OS

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