We just released Opus (https://opus-codec.org/) 1.2-alpha. It's an alpha release for the upcoming Opus 1.2. It comes with many improvements, including:
- Speech quality improvements especially in the 12-20 kbit/s range
- Improved VBR encoding for hybrid mode
- More aggressive use of wider speech bandwidth, including fullband speech starting at 14 kbit/s
- Music quality improvements in the 32-48 kbit/s range
- Generic and SSE CELT optimizations
- Support for directly encoding packets up to 120 ms
- DTX support for CELT mode
- SILK CBR improvements
- Support for all of the fixes in draft-ietf-codec-opus-update-04 (the mono downmix and the folding fixes need --enable-update-draft)
- Many bug fixes, including integer overflows discovered through fuzzing (no security implications)
You can get it here (https://www.opus-codec.org/release/dev/2016/11/03/libopus-1_2_alpha.html). Please give it a try and report any issues.
Please delete my post. It never made it to validated news and since then someone else started a 1.2-alpha thread (https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,113009.0.html) in the Opus forum. People are commenting there, so this thread is now irrelevant.
Unfortunately, I do not patrol news submissions often enough. I could leave it in validated news and close it, directing people to the other topic for commentary.
E: Yes, everyone, continue discussing the news in the linked topic:
Opus 1.2 alpha in the Opus forum (https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,113009.0.html).