Photosounder
Photosounder
1.9.5

4.0

Photosounder free download for Mac

Photosounder

1.9.5
03 September 2018

Turns sounds into images and images into sounds.

Overview

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.

Features:

  • Lossless processing of sounds based on images, so that real sounds can be transformed by transforming their image.
  • Noise-based synthesis for synthesising original sounds from nothing or resynthesising wildly transformed sounds in a way that results in a continuous and smooth spectrum.
  • Pro-tip: Turn on the Live Synthesis in the Options menu for instantaneous results!
  • Exclusive spectrogram analysis algorithm that natively operates on a logarithmic scale and can vary time/frequency resolution depending on frequency for a better clarity and a better resynthesis.
  • Real-time live synthesis, allowing real-time time-stretching or to hear changes as they are made to the images.
  • Dedicated graphical editing tools best suited for editing or creating sounds, such as various sprays to enhance, suppress, erase or create features, including a harmonics modifier to apply all modifications to a frequency and its harmonics at once.
  • Layer system similar to Photoshop's, with layer groups and various layer blending modes, including exclusive layer convolution modes.
  • Extensive graphical/mathematical operations specially adapted to spectrogram editing which allow you to apply all kinds of effects, from the most common (such as EQ, compression, denoising...) to the weirdest (envelope reversion, spectral gating, pitch inversion, spectral quantization...).
  • Processing in third-party image processing programs by exporting images to BMP files and importing of the externally modified images.
  • Rhythm and note overlays to help with music composition.

What's new in Photosounder

Version 1.9.5:
  • Volume in live synthesis mode is now properly set
  • Visualisation overlays now remain when a menu is open
  • MP3 files with out of range samples don't get clipped anymore
  • Issues with silent blocks in lossless mode on Windows should be resolved
  • Fixed a possible post-loading crash

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4 Photosounder Reviews

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Wikno
21 June 2011

Most helpful

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.
Like (3)
Version 1.8.3
Pusfarm
07 February 2014
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.
Like (2)
Version 1.9.0
1 answer(s)
Fixx
Fixx
20 March 2018
well now it is $39
Like (1)
Ean
20 June 2013
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.
Like (1)
Version 1.9.0
Wikno
21 June 2011
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.
Like (3)
Version 1.8.3
Corpsecorps
12 September 2010
$175?! 8^O
Like (1)
Version 1.8.2
3 answer(s)
Michel-Rouzic
Michel-Rouzic
17 September 2010
There's a non-commercial license for $59
Like (6)
Version 1.8.2
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07 April 2011
MetaSynth is $599, XYZ MusicLab is without documentation. Photosounder is a far better choice, even at $175.
Like (2)
Wikno
Wikno
21 June 2011
now available at todays maczot for 29 (non-commercial) and 49.
Like (1)
$79.00

4.0

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  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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