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Photosounder is a spectrogram editor and synthesizer. It turns sounds into images and images into sounds, thus allowing for powerful sound processing to be done in an image editor.

Photosounder allows you to open sounds and images, process them graphically and hear the results. This can be used for such tasks as instrument/vocals removal/isolation, applying various original or classical sound effects, sound design, denoising, operations between sounds such as removing a sound from another.


  • Lossless processing of sounds based on images, so that real sounds can be more...

What's New

Version 1.9.0:
  • Live Synthesis mode added, it makes any change to the image heard instantly with no interruption
  • Cursorcontrolled playback
  • Option to dump/save live synthesis output to an audio file
  • Image rotation has been changed to make the image keep the same dimensions, can be applied on individual layers in multilayer images
  • Layers and groups of layers can be more...


OS X 10.4 or later

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Pusfarm Member IconComment+33

So I came here looking for something else, but happened to see the $49 promo and was intrigued. Never heard of the app before, but I'm a hobbyist musician and photographer so it was certainly interesting. After checking out the developer's site and watching a number of YT videos I was hooked. By the time I got back to MU the price was $105.

Hooked, but not that hooked. My bad for not noticing the time limit.

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Version 1.9.0
Ean Member IconReview+223

Awesome update. Already a great tool, the new live synthesis function ends the round-tripping to an image editor. Not a toy like some others, though still great fun. It takes some time to figure out what graphical things do to the sound, but you don't have to figure out the cryptic interface as with MetaSynth. Creates really unusual reverbs, filters and delays.

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Version 1.9.0
Wikno Member IconReview+58

Should be noted, this app Requires Photoshop, OR other advanced image editor (?) for Full functionality (instrument isolation, etc.). I used Photoshop. The UI is nice, but could use some work (i.e. tooltips). I couldn't get the knobs to change appearance, the setting seemed to be ignored, even on relaunch. The program crashed on me twice within the space of an hour, doing different things. I tried a bunch of what was showed on the demo videos. It takes some time to do some of the advanced stuff (instrument isolation in photoshop...).
I found it very fun running images into it actually. It didn't get a canon .cr2 file, though, I had to convert it to jpeg first. The documentation has numerous typos and could elaborate on image formats for importation, and there are other items that could certainly use some clarification (which I did figure out eventually).
The program seems to do two principle things convert images into sound (and also to sound-image files), and convert sound files (mp3, etc.) into image files that are then editable. I think they called this image-of-sound a spectrograph (?).
For the Non-commercial license at $60, I could see a non-pro customer base (which could make use of improved documentation). Overall, it was a fun app, unfortunately, my workflow for potential usage takes a little more time than I can dedicate to a new computer function. I could see however JUST using it for translating images into sound, which would be very quick by itself... but there are so many tempting features (a good thing) it would be hard to stop there. For me, it's a Wish I Could (dedicate my time to) app. I'm sure there are plenty out there that would love it.

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Version 1.8.3
Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761

$175?! 8^O

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Version 1.8.2
Photosounder (Developer)

There's a non-commercial license for $59


MetaSynth is $599, XYZ MusicLab is without documentation.
Photosounder is a far better choice, even at $175.


now available at todays maczot for 29 (non-commercial) and 49.

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License Demo
Date 20 Jun 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $175.00
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