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Product Review: Soundness Sound Soap

October 25, 2015  •  By Larry Jordan

[Originally published on Oct. 25, 2015 by Larry Jordan.]

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[ Updated 10/26/15 with revised pricing and product information.]

I’ve been thinking a lot about audio recently. In fact, I had just finished presenting a webinar on Adobe Audition when Steve Berkley over at Soundness sent me an email.

“Larry,” he wrote, “would you be interested in reviewing Sound Soap? This is an easy-to-use software solution for reducing or eliminating audio noise problems, including clicks, crackles, unwanted hiss, room noise, rumble, electrical hum, clipping, low volume, and other noise problems. It works as a standalone application or inside popular media editing software like Final Cut Pro X, Premiere CC, Audition, ProTools, Logic, GarageBand, etc. It may be of great interest to your followers.”

I’ve known about SoundSoap for years and I am always interested in cool software that fixes problems, so I told him “Yes,” and he sent me a link.

CORPORATE BACKGROUND

Soundsoap was originally developed by Bias, Inc. However, BIAS ceased operations in June, 2012. Soundness took over the technology previously published by Bias as well as developing new technology for themselves. However, according to the Soundness website: “Soundness does not have any announced plans to develop or publish any other software titles previously from BIAS [aside from Sound Soap]. Soundness also maintains the existing BIAS product licenses and provides limited support for existing BIAS customer licenses.”

NOTE: Titles formerly published by Bias include: Peak Pro XT, Peak Pro, Peak LE, Master Perfection Suite, SoundSoap, and SoundSoap Pro.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

logo-SoundSoapSoundSoap lives up to its promise of simplifying the process of cleaning-up audio. While many of these tools are available in high-end audio systems (think Audition or ProTools), the approach that SoundSoap takes makes these techniques available to a much broader audience.

SoundSoap is easy to use, reasonably priced and allows everyone with a good ear to solve audio problems quickly without forcing them to understand how all the magic works.

Publisher: Soundness LLC
Website: www.soundness-llc.com
Current version: 4.1.0
MSRP: $79.99
Available through: Mac App Store.

UPDATE: 10/26/15

After this review was published, Steve Berkley, from Soundness, sent the following note:

“Note the $79 Mac App Store edition is just the standalone app, and the Soundness edition includes the plug-ins too and is $149. Unfortunately the Mac App Store doesn’t allow developers to sell audio plug-ins, just apps – hence the difference.”

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Intel-based Mac

  • Mac OS X v.10.6 or higher for Audio Unit, VST, AAX, and RTAS plug-in formats, supporting both 32 and 64-bit formats
  • Standalone app requires Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) or greater

Windows

  • Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) or Windows 8
  • 1GHz or faster processor with SSE instructions
  • Includes Standalone app and plug-ins for VST (32 and 64-bit) and AAX-64 native formats

LATEST FEATURES IN VERSION 4

  • De-clipping. Correct distortion on audio that distorts because it was recorded to loud
  • Boost. Powerful signal processing that increases the loudness of the audio without introducing distortion
  • Track. Automatically reduce noise reduction amounts on louder passages, reducing the number of artifacts introduced by noise reduction
  • Support for writing high resolution 24-bit AIFF and WAVE files (Mac-only)
  • Audio waveform display when opening audio-only media

Installing The Software… (continued)

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