Podium Free

Podium Free is a freeware edition of Podium. It is fully functional with only a few feature limitations. Download and installation does not require registration.

Podium Free 3.2.1

Released: March 11, 2014. File size: 16 MB.

The zip file contains separate installers for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.


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Podium Free is a fully functional freeware edition of Podium. It is identical to the commercial Podium version except for a few limitations.

  • MIDI interface setup is limited to one input and one output.
  • 64-bit mixer engine option is disabled.
  • Plugin multiprocessing is disabled.
  • ReWire is disabled.
  • Surround-sound playback is disabled.

The disabled plugin multiprocessing option means that only one CPU core will be used when processing plugins. If you have a dual-core CPU you will be able to use 50% of your available CPU power before the Podium CPU indicator overloads. Podium Free still uses all available CPU cores for various background tasks such as audio file disk streaming.

These limitations may change in newer releases of Podium Free, depending on the future development of Podium.

New versions of Podium Free will be released frequently, although not as frequently as the commercial version. The Podium Free releases will also be a few versions older than the latest commercial version. When you install a newer version of Podium Free, it will automatically replace an older installation of Podium Free.

Yes. However, you may not make the Podium Free installer available as a download on the internet. Instead you should link to this page if you want to post a download for Podium Free. This ensures that new users always get the most recent Podium Free release. If you are an editor of a magazine, or a hardware manufacturer, you can email Zynewave to get permission to bundle the Podium Free installer on CD/DVD.

Yes. Podium Free, Podium and the Podium Demo version are all installed as separate applications. They each have their own program group in the start menu, their own application icon on the desktop, and their own setup folder. By default they are using the same folder for projects, but you can change that in the preferences. The version you install last will be the application that is opened when you double-click a Podium project file (.pod).

I run Zynewave as a one-man company. I am a software engineer, and not a marketing guy. I prefer to spend my time and resources on Podium development, rather than on advertising. By offering Podium Free as freeware, I hope that word-of-mouth recommendations on online communities will help make Podium Free reach as many users as possible.

So I am delighted to welcome you as a Podium Free user. If you find Podium Free a pleasant experience, please recommend Podium Free to your friends. My hope is that some of the Podium Free users eventually will support my continued development of Podium, by purchasing a license to the commercial version.

Yours truly,
Frits Nielsen

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