“Automagically”, a neologism that is becoming more popular in digital circles lately for when automation works so fast and so well that it really feels like magic. As digital production software and hardware becomes ever more sophisticated, I suspect we will experience more “automagic” over time.
Audio clean-up and restoration software maker Soundness Corporation tells us that flagship product SoundSoap 5 will “automagically find and remove background noise”. I am inclined to believe them. SoundSoap 4 is pretty damned good at what it does and I am really looking forward to seeing magic at work in the recently-released, paid-for, version 5 update.
SoundSoap is available in two versions, SoundSoap 5 and SoundSoap+ 5. SoundSoap+ 5 – “More Power. More Control” – is the premium, professional version and it is priced to match. Its latest plus-version features not found in SoundSoap 5 include broadband range noise reduction, downward expander for reducing low-life noise, multi-band processor enhancements, multiple hum harmonics clean-up, hi-cut and low-cut noise removal and threshold settings control in the very handy Track control.
Soundness describes the lower-priced SoundSoap 5 – no plus in its name – as also working “automagically” and the update includes a number of improvements including audio metering, and the addition of support for the popular MP3 and FLAC audio file formats.
Like SoundSoap+ 5, SoundSoap 5 is made for Mac and Windows, and works as a standalone application as well as a plug-in for compatible Audio Unit (AU), VST, AAX or AudioSuite hosts.
Given its additional controls and features, SoundSoap+ 5 is the version of most appeal to professional video editors, audio recordists, producers and sound designers.SoundSoap for audio clean-up & enhancement hits version 5, more features & improvements. Click To Tweet
SoundSoap 5 – What's New?
The easiest and most affordable restoration software just got easier! Soundsoap 5 includes groundbreaking new features like automatic noise detection, a graphical learn noise mode, metering, MP3, FLAC, improved hum removal, additional media playback controls, and more. And if you want even more control, check out SoundSoap+, with even more innovative audio restoration tools and additional controls.
- Automatic noise detection* – SoundSoap analyzes media files automagically and will try to find the best location for learning noise. SoundSoap then automatically learns noise at this location rather than using a default, flat noise profile.
- Set noise location* on the waveform display in the Media Window – move the vertical red indicator to learn noise at a new location in the media file.
- Waveform display for video* – now you can toggle a view between video and the audio waveform display.
- Improved hum removal – the hum removal algorithm has been greatly improved.
- Enhanced media controls* – return to start, backward, and forward key commands.
- FLAC and MP3 support*
- Audio metering
- Full Bypass* – the Power button on Media Window now bypasses all SoundSoap processing for true A/B comparing.
- Reset* – reset all controls and the noise profile to their default settings.
* = features available using application but not available to plug-in version
Learn more about SoundSoap 5.
SoundSoap 5 – New Version includes Automatic Noise Detection and More
Via Press Release:
San Rafael, CA – January 19, 2016 – Audio technology company Soundness is pleased to announce availability of ersion 5 of the award-winning SoundSoap audio noise reduction software for Mac and Windows. SoundSoap is consumer-friendly software that solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume in media files. SoundSoap is used by hundreds of thousands of consumers and professionals worldwide to create stunning audio for their video and audio projects.
SoundSoap is so easy to use that even average consumers can use it to fix audio noise problems, without requiring any audio expertise. SoundSoap is ideal for anyone creating videos, screencasts, podcasts, LP restoration, music, or dialogue. SoundSoap works as a full-featured standalone application or as an audio software plug-in for use in popular applications like Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools, Logic X, GarageBand, Sonar, Adobe Audition, and Digital Performer.
“This version of SoundSoap makes audio restoration even more accessible”, said Steve Berkley, Founding Member of Soundness LLC. “By automatically finding noise problems in media files, all you need to do is open the media file and SoundSoap starts working right away. We’ve added several other important features you won’t find anywhere else in audio restoration software.”
SoundSoap 5 introduces groundbreaking new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file. The noise sample location now also be adjusted visually now by moving an indicator on a waveform display. Improved media playback controls make working with media files even easier, and a waveform display is now available for all file types. SoundSoap 5 adds FLAC and MP3 to an already impressive list of supported media file types. Improvements to the SoundSoap digital signal processing algorithms provide better removal of ground loops and other electrical noise problems in media files. The addition of high-resolution audio meters, a full bypass mode for before/after comparisons, and a parameter reset command are welcome additions in SoundSoap 5.
SoundSoap 5 works as a standalone application and as Audio Unit, VST, and AAX audio plug-ins. The SoundSoap 5 plug-ins require Mac OS 10.6 or later, and the standalone version requires Mac OS 10.9 or later. The Windows version of SoundSoap 5 works on Windows 7, 8, and 10, and includes the standalone application as well as VST and AAX plug-ins. The standalone version of SoundSoap 5 reads all major audio and video file formats, including QuickTime, H.264, CAF, MP4, MP3, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.
SoundSoap 5 includes the standalone application and plug-in versions, and costs $149 USD. SoundSoap 5 is available now, and can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Soundness web site: www.soundness-llc.com. Previous owners of SoundSoap can upgrade to SoundSoap 5 for $49 USD. Customers who purchased SoundSoap 4 on or after October 1, 2015 will be provided a free upgrade to SoundSoap 5.
(cover photo credit: snap from Soundness)