SoundSoap fixes audio noise problems! Almost everyone has experienced undesirable background noise in their recordings. Maybe that amazing video of your kids also captured a noisy air conditioner, or that interview you recorded has a loud highway buzzing in the background. Not enough volume on your video's audio track? Were loud fans supposed to be part of your screencast? Have a loud humming sound caused by a bad cable? Maybe you are removing clicks and crackles from an old LP collection or hiss from your audio cassette collection... the list goes on and on. In any case, these noises can be a big distraction in your project. SoundSoap makes rescuing these recordings effortless - no experience necessary!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. The working space/working window with all these bells and whistles is too small (1/24 of enitre screen) and it cannot be enlarged. Why?
If one has problem seeing all these little fonts and buttons and... How one will be able to use this product and to be pleased with results at all!?
Thank you, but until the developer doesn't give us option of resizing/enlarging working window, I will not use it or purchase it.
August 14, 2007
Version: SoundSoap 2.1.1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Some times, it works well, and other times it's worse than before. Here are some hints: 1) Make sure you have a second or two of pure noise for it to isolate what it's to remove. Otherwise, it takes a slice of everything in the peice. It actually does that anyway, to a degree. 2) Understand the program does not know any more than that. 3) You can add a little bit of "shine" with the enhancer knob on the right (I forget exactly what it's called) but too much is artificial. Do not expect under any circumstances to turn the noise remover knob up more than halfway, or it's going to sound artificial. It'll under the best of situations only do so much- I mainly use it to get rid of room noise, with only partial success.
That being said, it's only $75 dollars. If it works for you once or twice, it's worth that. But don't believe the hype. I certainly don't regret having purchased it, and would consider the Pro version.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have used this product since version 1. It works. It does exactly what it is supposed to do and does it well. More often than not, plug-ins and stand-alone apps fail to operate correctly when there are other "issues" afoot. I have found that keeping my system clean (regularly using Techtool Pro) and keeping system and apps up-to-date, seems to overcome most issues that I have.
I note someone has indicated it can't be resized. No, nor has the manufacturer ever claimed it could. It is best used as a plug-in and frankly even when used as a stand-alone it takes up approx 1/6th of my 20" screen - and that's plenty big enough.
Cost. Not cheap. but then again price is relative. You get what you pay for, especially with many cheap products. I find the Bias products have constantly improved, the upgrades are regular and are available for many OS's. I have some very technical questions that I have not been able to fathom (not with Soundsoap) and I found the company ready to assist.
The product works. I use it for cleaning up material sent to me on cassette format (I produce and engineer a weekly syndicated pr-recorded talk program). It does significantly reduce unwanted noise and has a handy (but basic) EQ built in that allows you to adjust in real-time the overal sound. Sometimes with very heavy processing it can produce a highly processed end-result. This is not the fault of Soundsoap, but of the original material. You know the old saying about silk purses and sows ears. I have overcome this by simply utilizing other plug-ins, Graphic and sometimes parametric EQ as examples.
It does a great job on taking out "clicks" on vinyl. As I said in a response to another review on this product, if you are dealing with a 'gash' on your vinyl as opposed to a scratch - DON'T expect Soundsoap to remove it, nothing can except some careful editing which Peak Pro will allow you to do. Absolutely A1 on removing 50/60 cycle hum.
NEVER had a problem with stability or freezing, and I mean never!
Once you have mastered the basics, it is great to move into it's advanced features. Sometimes the manual get's a bit wordy, usually I jump into using the app at this point, play around then go back to the manual. Many times I have found it to be intuitive enough not to have even needed the manual.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. By far this one of the worst products in the market.
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When you look at the video on Bias website it looks great but it's a lie. This product DOES NOT do what it supposed to. When you apply it to your recording, it changes the sound too much and it doesn't clean up the pops or static well. People who claim this product is any good either work for Bias Corp. or don't have any knowledge of sound reproduction. This product is not worth a red cent, you will be waisting your valuable hard earn dollars.
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December 17, 2005
Version: SoundSoap 2.0.1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have used Bias products for sometime. While I'm tempted to use this forum to 'stick it to them' in regard to hanging a %^$##!! dongle from the latest version of Peak, I must say their products deliver.
Soundsoap is no exception. A breeze to use either as a plug in, or stand alone, I have found it does exactly what the manufacturer claims.
In terms of cleaning up old vinyl it is excellent, and as for cleaning up some archive tapes I had - fabulous. I have not tried it with video (yet), but price per functionality, it gets a major tick. Yes the interface is a little chintzy, but that's OK.
As this update only updates the RTAS plugin, I haven't put it through its paces. No reason from some trial runs to believe it will do any less than previous versions.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. You have to extract the audio, which is fine, but it seems that SoundSoap when opening an audio file doesn't know how to look inside a package, which is how iMovie HD keeps the assets of a project. So, you have to open the package in the Finder and drag the extracted audio file to SoundSoap, clean it, and then save it to somewhere SoundSoap can get to (regretfully, not the package itself). Then you use the Finder again to copy the extracted audio on top of the old audio and reopen the project in iMovie HD.
At least, I think this is the way. There's no documentation on iMovie HD anywhere in the PDF that comes with the product, on the FAQ, or in the user's forum. In fact, it seems that most questions in the forum go unanswered.
Is anyone home at BIAS (the publisher)?
That said, it seems that the product is being updated (version 2.0.2 is only a month or so old), and, near as I can, the product does indeed work.
It seems that they never updated it to iMovie HD, and never updated the docs, either. Aparently, older versions of iMovie kept the assets out in the open.
(Note that my rating is based entirely on using SoundSoap with iMovie HD. If you're using it other ways, its Ease of Use and Support/Documentation may be Excellent, for all I know.)
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I installed SoundSoap 2 yesterday and used it for awhile & it seemed to work ok. Last night I find that the sound on all my games were destroyed (even though I did not touch any game files with SoundSoap). All I did was clean up the sound on a few QuickTime movie files I have. On one game the sound is going much much faster, kind of like going fast forward. On other game the sound is completely gone. I play these games every day so the problems did just happen now. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. I tried all standard trouble-shooting, rebooting, deleting game preferences, Zapping PRAM, deleting system caches with Cocktail. I even manually uninstalled the plugins installed by SoundSoap. nothing worked.
Last resort was to wipe my whole drive and install my complete clone backup onto the drive. Now I am back to where I was prior to installing SoundSoap, and all is well. I will contact their tech support.
Unless their support can help me with this then this review will stand as is. If they resolve the issue then I will give a better review. However, I believe the possibility that this program may be so threatening to the the system I am posting this as a warning to be cautious about SoundSoap2.
November 23, 2004
Version: BIAS SoundSoap 1.1.2
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. To GeorgeRCarrJr it is for the Mac too
I do not understand the complaints about it since you have a dial to add as little or as much "Soap" as you want. I have used it several times to clear up HISS and HUMs from my video. I recommend it. Not thrilled about the upgrade cost to V2 but...
and for those wanting more there is Sound Soap Pro
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. upgrade is fantastic. I've used DeNoise in Spark and SoundSoap beats it hands-down and now that it is available as a stand-alone, all the better for those people who don't want to purchase a $600 host program just to cut noise from your audio tracks. The only thing that really bugs me is that if you record your tracks in 24 or 20 bit files, they get truncated to 16bit in the process. It keeps the 48khz sampling rate, but not the bit-rate. To me, that's a minus.