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Bias SoundSoap 2  

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Whether you're shooting videos, building websites, creating presentations, or making music, you probably care about your audio. Now there's an easy-to-use tool that will make your work sound better th... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Whether you're shooting videos, building websites, creating presentations, or making music, you probably care about your audio. Now there's an easy-to-use tool that will make your work sound better than ever.

BIAS SoundSoap scrubs audio squeaky clean, dramatically reducing tape hiss, buzzing, hum, rumble, and most other types of background noise. Making a road movie and need to remove tire noise? Burning CDs from your old tape collection? A perfect narration, except for that annoying air conditioner? SoundSoap them all.

Best of all, while the software uses incredibly advanced technology to do its magic, you don't need to be an audio expert. Just click the one-step Learn Noise button, and watch it automatically clean your audio. Or fine tune the intuitive controls for even more professional results in just seconds.

SoundSoap's Noise Tuner control helps you tune in the hiss and other background noise you want to remove, much like tuning in a radio station. The Learn Noise button will automatically set this control for you. Or, if you like, you can grab it and adjust it manually. The only button you really need to know is Learn Noise. In less than 3 seconds, the software will automatically profile any noise in your signal and adjust the Noise Tuner and Noise Reduction knobs to their ideal settings.

The optimal amount of noise reduction is set automatically (once you click the Learn Noise button). You can also manually adjust the noise reduction. A low setting is good for subtle noise control; for bigger problems, just crank it up and listen to the noise evaporate.

Just how much cleaning is taking place? The unique Wash Window lets you listen and watch while it goes to work. The left side of the SoundSoap Display shows the unprocessed signal, while the right side shows it after it's been cleaned up. (Blue = desired audio signal; red = noise.)

Professional recording engineers know that very low-frequency noise, called "rumble," can be just as troublesome as tape hiss and other higher-frequency noise. With one click on the Remove Rumble button, rumble is practically eliminated, such as an idling truck, or any similar such noise below 40Hz.

Few things can ruin a fine recording as much as a loud hum, typically introduced by electrical interference from fluorescent lights or inferior wiring. Now, when hum raises its ugly head, chop it off with one click of the Remove Hum button. Choose 60Hz (for North America and most other regions with ~120 VAC electricity) or 50Hz (for most regions with ~220 VAC electricity).

The Mode selection lets you choose whether SoundSoap is on or off. You can also listen to just the offending noise (Noise Only); this can be very handy for adjusting the Noise Tuner while preserving the desired sound.

In standalone mode, the program operates as its own application and is able to process the sound of almost any digital video or audio file including QuickTime, DV (camcorder format), MOV, WAV, AIFF, SDII. There's no better, faster, or easier way to clean up your audio files or video soundtracks.

Features
  • The ideal audio companion for almost any MiniDV, Digital8, or any other digital camcorder, video editing software, audio CD burning software, digital audio workstation; audio-enabled website; presentation software; or other multimedia application
  • Use SoundSoap as a standalone application; or run it as a fully integrated plug-in with any compatible DirectX or VST host program — including BIAS Peak, Vegas Video, Cubase, and others
  • SoundSoap's easy and intuitive workspace makes cleaning audio a snap while its unique Wash Window shows how well it works
  • Remove hiss, hum, buzzing, rumble, and most other noise without harming the audio you want to preserve
  • Use SoundSoap's one-step Learn Noise button to automatically reduce noise, or use its manual controls for more advanced applications
  • Standalone version works with most QuickTime compatible audio or video files (DV, WAV, SDII, AIFF, MOV)
  • Preserve voice button helps remove noise (and other audio) outside of the range of the human voice
  • Hum removal optimized for 60 Hertz (North America, etc.) or 50 Hertz (Europe, Australia, etc.)
  • Noise Only mode lets you listen only to the noise being removed and is ideal for fine-tuning SoundSoap's controls
Specifications
  • Macintosh:
  • G3 or G4 Apple Macintosh desktop, PowerBook, or iBook (>400 MHz processor recommended)
  • Macintosh OS 10.2 minimum
  • Plug-In mode requires compatible OS X VST host application
  • Windows:
  • Pentium III desktop or laptop (>600 MHz processor recommended)
  • Windows XP Home or Professional
  • Plug-In mode requires compatible VST or DirectX host application
  • Both:
  • 128 MB RAM minimum
  • 20 MB available disk space
  • Standalone mode requires QuickTime 6 player (included)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY AND LIMITED WARRANTY

THE SOFTWARE AND DOCUMENTATION (INCLUDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE) ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. FURTHER, BIAS DOES NOT WARRANT, GUARANTEE, OF MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE OR DOCUMENTATION IN TERMS OF CORRECTNESS, OR OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE RESULTS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE AS ASSUMED BUY YOU, AND NOT BIAS OR ITS DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES. YOU AGREE TO ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION.

BIAS warrants to the original LICENSEE that the media upon which the SOFTWARE is recorded and the BIAS Key (USB dongle), if applicable, are free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of delivery as evidenced by a copy of your receipt. Further, BIAS hereby limits the duration of any implied warranty(ies) on the media to the respective periods stated above. Some states do not allow limitations on duration of an implied warranty, so the above limitation may not apply to you.

BIAS' entire liability and your exclusion remedy as to the media shall be, at BIAS' option, either:
(a) return of the purchase price or
(b) replacement of the media that does not meet BIAS' Limited Warranty and which is returned to BIAS with a copy of your receipt. If failure or the media has resulted from accident, abuse, or misapplication, BIAS shall have no responsibility to replace the media or refund the purchase price. Any replacement media will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or thirty(30) days, whichever is longer.

THE ABOVE ARE THE ONLY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, THAT ARE MADE BY BIAS CONCERNING THE BIAS PRODUCT. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY BIAS, ITS DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THIS WARRANTY, AND YOU MAY NOT RELY ON ANY SUCH INFORMATION OR ADVISE. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.

NEITHER BIAS NOR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION, PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF THIS PRODUCT SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, AND THE LIKE) ARISING SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.


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4.5

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to You but very powerful noise reduction

By audiorok

from hillside ,Nj

Very Powerful Plug-in that is amazingly easy to use. very intuitive you can pick it up and use it immediately. Learns the signal and removes the noise without taking away the positive character of the sound or track. Highly recommended. Great price as well. would gladly pay more.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Tool. Interface could be improved.

By Kramerica

from Undisclosed

I use SoundSoap 2 (Mac OS X version) to clean up and eliminate hiss from audio tracks I import from cassette as well as the soundtracks of home movies I film. Some camcorders will record camera noise and SoundSoap 2 makes it easy to pull that right out. I use the the standalone application rather than the audio plug-in, which I have not tried. The simple interface makes cleaning audio fun and simple, but it is at the same time frustrating. It's great to actually see the noise you are pulling out. However, the application window is not resizeable, so even though I have a nice 24" LCD monitor, I have to work at the small fixed window size. That keeps me from being able enlarge the audio timeline as well, so if the audio I'm cleaning happens to be long, like from a home movie, the small working area makes it extremely difficult to work with. If it would just scale like a Quicktime Player window, I could stretch it out across my large monitor and be much less frustrated. Obviously, this problem won't apply if you use the plug-in within your regular software. Even with these problems, SoundSoap 2 still does a nice job of simply cleaning up your audio files.

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