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Charlie Austin
Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 26, 2014 at 12:59:07 am

Specifically the AU plugin version, but any impressions are welcome. :-)

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David Mathis
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 26, 2014 at 4:28:04 am
Last Edited By David Mathis on Apr 26, 2014 at 4:33:11 am

Sorry, but I don't do impressions :-)




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andy lewis
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 26, 2014 at 5:26:31 am

How about requests? You hum the melody and I'll remove the background.


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Charlie Austin
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 26, 2014 at 5:34:26 am

:sigh:

:-)

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andy lewis
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 27, 2014 at 1:15:01 am

I haven't used SoundSoap 3. I used earlier versions and liked it a lot. Then a couple of years passed and when I had to remove some background noise all the internet talk was of Izotope RX. So that's what I use now.

RX is amazing. I haven't done any kind of comparison though.


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 27, 2014 at 4:41:25 am

[andy lewis] "I haven't used SoundSoap 3. I used earlier versions and liked it a lot. Then a couple of years passed and when I had to remove some background noise all the internet talk was of Izotope RX. So that's what I use now.

RX is amazing. I haven't done any kind of comparison though."


I tried the demo of RX as a plugin for FCPX recently. The results I got were definitely not as good as exporting audio and using noise reduction in Audition. Maybe it was operator error; I don't know. I want to try out Soundsoap in FCPX, but there doesn't seem to be a demo version.

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Jon Cairns
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 27, 2014 at 11:52:20 am

There is a demo but the link is in the support section. Here's the direct link:

http://www.soundness-llc.com/ss_trial.html

I found it in the FAQ's or something. The plugin is about how I remember SoundSoap 2, decent but not as powerful as RX, IMHO.

jon



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nick ring
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 27, 2014 at 4:03:38 pm

I am a bit dense at times, but I had trouble using RX as a FCPX plugin. Exporting the audio and processing in RX standalone has produced much better results for me.

I haven't used Audition since Cool Edit Pro days and since I'm not working with CC and don't have 6 installed here, I haven't had a chance to test it out. I have, however, heard really good reports about it.

-nick


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andy lewis
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 27, 2014 at 4:21:50 pm

I loved SoundSoap back in the day and maybe it's still great but RX is the closest thing to magic in my applications folder.

I always use it standalone.

For noise removal, I usually try only removing noise from about 300 to 8000 hz. Especially when removing air con noise, it seems to leave a lot more of the desired room noise in place.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 28, 2014 at 4:40:40 am

If anyone does give it a whirl, please post the results. I used to use Soundsoap all the time but now I have both Audition and Izotope RX so I haven't felt like parting with the upgrade price just to see what the new version is like.

Some good noise reduction that I could apply directly on the FCPX timeline would be handy though...

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Brett Sherman
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:20:58 pm

I've used an early version of SoundSoap, and it definitely was not nearly as good as iZotope RX. I don't know if improvements have made it comparable now or not.

RX should really be used in the standalone application. I've attempted to use RX in the timeline, but couldn't get it to work right. The key is to get a good noise print and that's hard to do using it as a plug-in, as you have to set an in and an out where there is no talking. Then save that as a preset. I could sometimes get it to do it, but mostly I couldn't. Spectral Repair is basically impossible in the timeline.

This is my workflow. Disable everything around the sound you want to correct in timeline. Mark in and out around clip you want to correct. Export an AIFF file (Mono if it's not a stereo source) - I made a Compressor preset to make this faster.

Open AIFF file in iZotope. Correct. Save as .WAV file to avoid overwriting original AIFF. Drag WAV into timeline as connected clip. Disable audio track in original clip. Enable other audio tracks.

This is very fast. Much faster than trying to make it work in the timeline.



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Jeremy Thaler
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 30, 2014 at 7:24:46 pm

I've been using SoundSoap 3 for a couple of months, and I've used it on 3 different projects now with really good results. I've used it on some dialogue tracks for hiss and hum, and to remove some background A/C noise. I had used the earlier SoundSoap 2 also, and the new version is definitely much better- In particular, I like how the Learn Noise now works for as long as you press the button. The old version required a 2-3 second section of isolated noise, which could be hard to locate in the material. I also like SoundSoap 3's new GUI, the price, and how simple it is to use...

Jeremy


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Apr 30, 2014 at 8:44:58 pm

Good to hear it's even better than before. It was always my go-to noise reduction plugin for simple stuff in the past.

For anyone thinking of giving it a try, there's a knack to using Soundsoap and even though the interface looks simple, I'd often come across people who hadn't read the user guide or watched the tutorials and so weren't getting the best results.

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Tommy Zai
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Jan 23, 2016 at 10:34:26 pm

I've been using Soundsoap since v1, and it's now on v5. I'm a HUGE fan. I just wrote a fairly comprehensive user review spanning v3 to the newest release, v5. I'll paste it below (Dear Mods, I promise I'm not a spammer. I'm Tommy Zai, logged in via my Facebook. I'm a real user and don't work for the developer):

INTRO

SoundSoap-3 by Soundness is superb audio noise reduction software that comes in both application and plugin (VST, component, and RTS) form. Upon launching, I was immediately ​struck by a visually pleasing interface. The next thing I discovered was how straightforward, user-friendly, and intuitive it is to use this software. This is one of the rare audio editing tools that are easy to use, yet powerful. It does everything it claims to do, and it does it really well. There’s plenty of control without any of the bloat that is often associated with editing software, i.e., you won’t find a ton of unheard of features that make you scratch your head and ask, “What the?” SoundSoap-3 is easier, faster, and way more effective at removing noise than other filters and EQs I’ve tried. It’s a great product that is a pleasure to use. I no longer cringe when I discover audio noise on my tracks.

THOUGHTS
• Slick, clean GUI
• 64-bit compatible
• Effective algorithms
• Also useful with video files
• Hiss and Buzz — SOAPED!
• Hum and Rumble — SOAPED!
• Clicks and Crackles — SOAPED!
• Background noise and unwanted voices — SOAPED!

CRAZY THOUGHTS
• Next time I record I just might turn up the amps, turn on a fluorescent lights, and crank the A/C just so I can soap them clean before mixing.
• Users can throw out the dirty bathwater and keep the baby!
• My old sample library will soon be made clean

SUMMARY
I’m a clean freak, and nothing bothers me more than dirty audio tracks. SoundSoap is my mop; it’s my broom; it’s my sponge; it’s my . . . you get the idea! Best of all is the price. It’s a super value for what it does and how well it does it. If I only used it on a couple tracks I would feel compensated for my investment. If you are a well-paid pro, working in a top-notch studio, I'm sure there are more powerful options that do more; yet, for everyone else, this probably does what you need for a fraction of the cost and without the headaches. I highly recommend this software to any pro or hobbyist, who is working with recorded audio and needs fast and effective results. Tommy Zai gives SoundSoap-3 two squeaky clean thumbs up. Thank you, Soundness, for developing such a useful, rewarding, and satisfying audio noise reduction software.

VERSION 4 RELEASE USER REVIEW THOUGHTS
Soundness just released a significant update to SoundSoap. Without hesitation I upgraded to the new version v4, and I have no regrets. The latest release adds some cool features. The Loudness Maximizer is sweet — the perceived auto signal is boosted without any added noise, distortion, or other goop. This is very nice. The Declipper is a feature that makes me wonder how I got along without it. I've had countless tracks along the way that suffered from a distorted spike or two. In the past, my options were limited. I either used SoundSoap to remove some of the unwanted stuff and then normalized the peak and lived with that rough segment of audio. Whatever algorithm they are using to declip is top notch (pun intended) and effortlessly corrects nasty spikes. The update/changes list includes several other improvements and fixes that I'm sure I will uncover as I soap up additional dirty tracks. Yet, the Loudness Maximizer and Declipper feature were enough to make me smile and increase my user review rating. Fantastic! SoundSoap is evolving. I can't wait to see what v5 looks and sounds like!

Update Conclusion: SoundSoap v4 remains user-friendly and will continue to appeal to home studio musicians, and with the new features, seasoned professionals will find it hard to resist.

VERSION 5 RELEASE USER REVIEW THOUGHTS
This latest release boasts some serious new features, most notably Automatic Noise Detection. Users are no longer required to manually scan for the best noise location to build a profile. This can now be accomplished automatically. The A.N.D. is used to find the noise and the users can visually adjust it. The algorithms are top-notch, and my experimentations have led to great results. I was a little apprehensive at first as I apparently have some audio control issues. I usually prefer diving in and doing the work myself, but after a few rounds I gained trust and let SoundSoap do the work for me.

MP3 support has been added, which is very sweet. I have a ton of low-fi audio files that I use for various projects. I no longer have to convert them into .AIF or .WAV for cleaning. I also dig the new metering. I tend to use my eyes when working with audio, and this makes it easier and more fun. The new and improved hum removal goes beyond an add-on feature. It’s now a powerful element of the larger whole.

In the end, I went with SoundSoap+, which offers much more control for not much more money. I’ve heard great things about the Broadband Range control feature. I need to spend more time noodling with it. I also look forward to uncovering the coolness of the other bonus features found in the + version (Downward Expander, Enhanced Enhance, control over the threshold setting used in the Track control, etc.).

Comparisons: I have less experience with the other noise reducers on the market, but I did a great deal of research, demoing, noodling demo versions, and checking-out friends’ copies before going with SoundSoap. I chose SoundSoap for the following reasons:

• Great value.
• Interface is simple, yet powerful.
• Shallow learning curve. I like to work fast and furious without getting bogged down by what’s under the hood.
• This all began with the developer, BIAS. Their app called Peak was my favorite software of all time. The original SoundSoap was a bit of a cool add-on, but since being taken over by Soundness, it’s become a serious force!

Why didn’t I buy iZotope RX?
Their Spectral Analysis remain a great feature — spectral “replace” function is very cool. Yet, I couldn’t afford it, steep learning curve, stability concerns, and some features are more complicated and difficult to use, i.e., the denoiser.

Why didn’t I buy Waves Z-Noise?
More complicated and requires more fiddling to get results. Unable to scrub away enough noise. X-Click and X-Crackle are easier to use, but they are more specialized.

Why didn’t I buy McDSP’s NF575?
I heard many great things about this hum filter. Prior to SoundSoap v5, this was on my wishlist. SoundSoap’s V5’s hum remover is greatly improved and integrates well. The NF575 has become optional.

Why didn’t I buy Sony’s SpectraLayers?
It’s a very serious application, and I was not able to quickly dive in and get anywhere. Having a manual for this beast is a must!

Update Conclusion: SoundSoap v5 offers several excellent improvements. In my opinion it’s well worth the initial purchase or an upgrade. There is still nothing comparable at this price. The floating soap bubbles on the transport section of the interface still make me smile each time I launch — fun stuff. Tommy Zai continues to highly recommend this upstanding audio app to anyone working with audio files, whether he/she be an amateur or professional.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Jan 24, 2016 at 1:21:08 am

I own soundsoap 3 (in fact since version 1) and it works well. I find it a little awkward to sample noise inside the FCPX timeline but it's an effective, quick way to get the job done.

From memory, they've just released Soundsoap 4 and Soundsoap 4 Pro as well.


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Tommy Zai
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Jan 24, 2016 at 1:25:10 am
Last Edited By Tommy Zai on Jan 24, 2016 at 1:29:34 am

They have just released Soundsoap v5. It's much smoother and has Automatic Noise Detection. I just wrote a user review for another forum, but happy to copy and paste from myself. hehe

Soundsoap has become a serious piece of restoration software. I always liked the interface and the little scrubbing bubbles that float around. LOL


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Anyone Used SoundSoap 3?
on Jan 24, 2016 at 1:25:43 am

That should have said Soundsoap 4 and 5 but for some reason my account is a little messed up and I can't edit my own posts. In any event, Soundsoap is ok for a quick fix. Not as good as the options n Audition but a good buy if you're like me and don't have a Creative Cloud subscription.


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