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Photosounder is a spectral editor/synthesizer with an entirely image-based approach to sound creation and editing. It allows you to transform any sound as an image and to create any possible sound from an image. It is the ultimate bridge between the graphical world and the audio world, bringing the full power of image editing to the service of creating and transforming sounds. Powerful built-in image editing tools, some yet unknown to general image editing programs, are specifically tailored to enable you to create and edit sounds with ease in ways and with results simply impossible with other programs.
The immense possibilities offered by Photosounder are only starting to be discovered. Every day spent using Photosounder brings new discoveries, new kinds of sounds never heard before, new effects never approximated, new takes on classical effects or methods, all merely by combining the power of the simple set of tools built in the program.
Photosounder can be used for image-based synthesis, spectral editing/sound removal/isolation, vocoding, (extreme) time stretching, pitch shifting, equalization, compression, dynamics processing, noise removal, synthesis of all types of sound, creative processing and countless original effects such as melody flattening, interval stretching, time pixelation, sound rotation, sound blurring, etc.
I watched Photosounders evolution and I compared it with other spectral editors around ( Izotope RX, SpectraLayers, Metasynth and some other free ones: Coagula, Spear etc ) and I must say now, when it reached v 1.9 that Photosounder is (finally) mature and really usable to me, because it's quite fast and it has "Live Synthesis mode - it makes any change to the image heard instantly with no interruption." and this means A LOT of FUN. This feature makes it unique ( from my knowledge ) in the world of spectral editors and I am forced to give it a 10/10.
What other features I like in Photosounder:
1) it's FAST and it boots FAST
2) it's multi-platform ( PC and Mac ) and multiprocessor
3) it has a clean and concise interface and manual
( if you know the spectral slang, there is no way to stare or get lost because everything is neat and tidy, in one screen. If you are novice, the manual and YouTube examples will guide you - that's the advantage of the a mature product, I guess :)
4) it loads and saves audio and images + you can save/stream the sound as you play/edit
( if you don't like it's operations you can load the sound as image in Photoshop or any other image editor and go wild with image filters - I do :)
5) it has layers ( now that's a must feature to build complexity )
6) it has a lot of basic image ( that also means sound ) operations
( I still work with Photoshop for extreme experiments but default Photosounder operations and tools are enough for most of stuff )
7) it has scripting for advanced processing and sharing some knowledge.
8) protection is a simple keyfile you copy to your app dir
( that means you can use it on as many computers you want to, once that you bought it ).
It's a modern and full-featured spectral editor like no other that does what it says and it's an inspiring spectral playground to create new sounds never heard before. Also - I really appreciate nowadays when a tool is not bloated ... and I hope it will never be :)Read Review