Acoustic Software

A collection of links to measurement equipment producers/suppliers, interesting software, freeware, as well semi- as professional products. Includes typical Studio PC/MAC based test & measurement software.


Acoustic Software

Postby Dan Nelson » Wed Mar 10, 2004 5:53 am

A few handy "must have" tools
Some non-acoustic FREEWARE utilities very handy to have.

    AboutTime version 4.8 (Careware = Freeware)
    AboutTime is a superior source of time for your computer. As a time client, it will acquire time from the Internet with great accuracy, and as a server it will provide four kinds of time signals to other computers on your local network. AboutTime uses advanced signal-processing techniques to correct for network delays, making high accuracy possible even over a slow modem connection. In a local network with a copy of AboutTime installed on each machine, one can achieve + - 50 millisecond typical synchronization accuracies. AboutTime can be instructed to perform its tasks automatically, at startup or at chosen time intervals. It is a small program that can be run in the background without requiring many resources. AboutTime is compatible with all current Windows versions.
    http://www.arachnoid.com/lutusp/ftp/abouttime_msie.exe

    Convert version 4.10 (Freeware)
    Tired of converting Imperial/US units to Metric and vice versa, or just converting between units? This AWARD winning FREEWARE utility can sove those problems permanently.
    http://www.joshmadison.com/software/convert/convert.zip

    TClockEx - A very improved AWARD winning FREEWARE Taskbar Clock for Windows
    TClockEx enhances the standard Windows taskbar clock, adding the ability to display the date, time and lots of other information in any format you like. TClockEx is highly customizable, from the format to the font and colour, and even the tooltip information. Many people have wondered why this wasn't built into the standard clock to begin with.
    http://users.iafrica.com/d/da/dalen/tclockex.htm


Acoustic software for non-room acoustic purposes
This software is not meant for room-acoustics, but silincers, environmental noise, industrial purposes, modelling etc.

    Acoustic analysis and design software for engine mufflers and flow ducts
    ADEM lets you build, analyze and refine engine mufflers and flow ducts within minutes.ADEM is an indispensable tool for any engineer involved in acoustic design of mufflers, silencers and flow ducts. PC Windows software
    http://ademsoft.4t.com/

    CompAS: Software for calculation of absorptive splitter silencers
    Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics: One of Europes leading research institutes. Research Field : "Computation of Absorptive Silencers"
    http://www.ibp.fhg.de/rata/en/compas-e.html

    FreeSEA, the statistical energy analysis freeware!
    Statistical Energy Analysis is a technique to study and predict the acoustical and vibrational behaviour of complex structures at high frequencies. Rather specialized as for flanking transmission, Car body shell etc.
    http://www.freesea.de/

    ISS Computational Acoustics Web Site
    Integrated Sound Software (ISS): This site is a general resource on numerical methods and with particular applications in acoustic simulation and the solution of Laplace Problems (steady-state heat conduction, electrostatics) and Helmholtz Problems (electromagnetics and acoustics). The computational method that is particularly advocated is the Boundary Element Method (BEM).
    http://www.soundsoft.demon.co.uk/

    LMS INTERNATIONAL
    LMS is a Top level acoustic private research institute, supplying software at University, Research institute level. Prices accordingly.
    http://www.lms.be/

    The Boundary Element Method
    Not really software, but a valuable aid to solve computational problems by giving code for Laplace's, Helmholtz's and Acoustic problems/equations
    http://www.boundary-element-method.co.uk/


Audio Software
    Cubase VST 5.1
    Steinberg's Cubase VST is the complete professional music recording system for extremely high resolution MIDI recording as well as audio recording in 16 or 24 Bit studio quality.
    http://www.steinberg.net/products/ps/cu ... ndex.phtml

    Digital Performer 3.0 (MOTU) Review
    Competition is fierce among Mac sequencer developers, and Mac musicians have three powerhouse programs to choose from: Emagic's Logic Audio series, Mark of the Unicorn's (MOTU) Digital Performer, and Steinberg's Cubase family. With its combination of elegant design, professional features, and excellent documentation, Digital Performer stands out, and Digital Performer 3.0.1 (DP3) brings improvements in all three areas.
    http://www.macworld.com/2002/01/reviews ... ormer.html

    Digital Performer 3.02 (MOTU)
    Digital Performer is an integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. It provides a comprehensive environment for editing, arranging, mixing, processing and mastering multitrack audio projects for a wide variety of applications. AWARD WINNING
    http://www.motu.com/english/software/dp/body.html

    Emagic Logic Platinum 5 (MAC)
    Impressing the editors of MacUser,the British magazine for high end Macintosh specialists, with its functionality, quality and well thought-out ergonomics, Logic Platinum 5 was declared the best product in a recent comparison between Steinberg's Cubase VST/32 5.1 and MOTU's Digital Performer 3.0.1.
    http://www.emagic.de/english/news/

    FREE FUN: Herium: High Entertaining Real-time Input Utterance Modifier.
    Herium is a real time speech transformation system. Herium named after Helium, because Herium can generate sound like Helium voice. Herium can change pitch and frequency axis using sliders in real time. Herium also has SPAMMER slider which can change male voice into female voice or female voice into male voice naturally. Since Herium uses spComponent library which is GUI toolkit working on multiple platforms, Herium runs on Linux and Windows95/98.
    http://www.itakura.nuee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ ... bs/herium/

    Nuendo (PC + MAC)
    The Concept: Find out about the concept behind Nuendo and discover that flexibility and scalability of the system makes Nuendo the ideal partner for everyone into serious media production.
    http://www.nuendo.com/software/inhalt_nuendo.html

    SAWStudio
    Performance, Satisfaction, Reliability, Power, Speed, Control, Clients Happy, Pride, Competitive Recording Studio Rates, Enthusiastic mood that reflects in the performers work ...SAWStudio!
    http://www.sawstudio.com/

    SONAR XL, Home Studio and MUCH more (Cakewalk)
    Whether you are creating music professionally, or for personal enjoyment, there's a Cakewalk product for you at a price you can afford. Plus, Cakewalk sells many third-party extras to help you make the most of your Cakewalk product, including Microsoft DirectX compatible audio-effect plug-ins, hardware, and accessories.
    http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/

    Sound Forge 6 + Noise Reduction for $199.95!
    Normally priced at $900, save on this unbeatable combination through June 7, 2002! Sound Forge 6.0 and Noise Reduction 2.0 — the professional combination. You already know that Sound Forge® 6.0 is the industry standard for digital audio editing. A PC-based studio isn't complete without it. Noise Reduction™ DirectX Plug-In 2.0 is our popular collection of sound restoration plug-ins that lets you create pristine recordings with Sound Forge. Give new fidelity to your audio and video products. Fix common problems such as tape hiss, motor hum, clicks, pops, and more. Restore and recondition your audio with Noise Reduction.
    http://www.sonicfoundry.com/promo.asp?keycode=6925

    Sound Forge® 6.0
    Sound Forge is an award-winning digital audio editor that includes a powerful set of audio processes, tools, and effects for recording and manipulating audio. This industry-standard application is perfect for audio editing, audio recording, effects processing, and rich media encoding. Version 6.0 continues to improve on its decade-long legacy by adding features that make it faster and more powerful than ever. Edit files nondestructively down to the sample level with extreme speed and accuracy. Choose from over 35 real-time audio effects and processes with more than 200 presets. Sound Forge 6.0 puts the power of an audio production studio on your PC!
    http://www.sonicfoundry.com/products/Ne ... sp?PID=668

    Test Tone Generator for Windows
    Free Test Tone generator - allows sweeps too.
    http://www.esser.u-net.com/ttg.htm

    The DIRECT X FILES (Cakewalk)
    DirectX represents the standard of choice for Windows technology; more audio software applications support DirectX than any other standard. The DirectX Files offers the greatest resource of DirectX audio plug-ins on the internet.
    http://www.thedirectxfiles.com/index.htm eric_desart
    Wavelab 3.04c - The Next Generation in Digital Audio Processing
    WaveLab 3.0 is the fastest audio editing and mastering software available for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 2000. It combines the most user-friendly stereo editor currently available with a whole range of processing capabilities, effects, Red-Book compatible CD burning software, audio analysis, an audio file database, batch processing and sampler support.
    http://www.steinberg.net/products/ps/wavelab/wavelab3/




Noise prediction software (environmental)
This is mostly rather expensive professional software (can exceed 10,000 $). Folder included for completeness.

PC soundcard page
A very interesting Page related to all kinds of software for testing, music, testreports and much more related to the optimum use of the soundcard.
http://www.epanorama.net/links/pc/sound.html

Simulation of Room Acoustics - PTB (Physikalisch- Technische Bundesanstalt )
Simulation of the Acoustic Properties of Rooms with Computer Programs. An extensive study comparing different Computer Models. A rare and interesting site extremely useful for professionals.
http://www.ptb.de/en/org/1/14/1401/index.htm


ACOUSTIC-X
Acoustic-X™ is software developed to assist in the optimization process of small-room acoustics. Its goal is to provide users with information that will allow them to make correct and intelligent choices to improve the sound quality of their space. In order to achieve this goal, Acoustic-X™ uses several software modules, each dedicated to individual acoustic calculation tasks. Reviews accissible via this site.
http://www.pilchner-schoustal.com/old/a ... ftware.htm

AURORA - Software auralisation on PC
Aurora is a suite of plugins for CoolEdit: the room acoustic impulse response can be measured and manipulated, for the recreation of audible, three-dimensional simulations of the space.
http://www.ramsete.com/Aurora/

Acoustic Software Resources 1
An extensive collection of liks to acoustics and audio software.
http://www.ecgcorp.com/velav/vldocs/software.html

Acoustic Software Resources 2
Some Audio, Acoustics, Circuit Board design and other links
http://staff.niagara.edu/mls/softsor.html

Acoustic Software Resources 3
Several additional links to all branches of Acoustic Software. However most can be found via Acoustic Software Resources 1.
http://www.scientific-computing.co.uk/a ... ftware.htm

Audio Toolbox Plus - TerraSonde
This is a hybrid of equipment and software. This equipment and software has won some Awards
http://www.terrasonde.com/

AudioTester (Shareware Eur 33.45, USD 28)
audiotestsystem: spectrumanalyzer,wavegenerator and oscilloscope with a soundcard.
http://www.sumuller.de/audiotester/

BEASY Acoustic Design
Professional software: Noise control and reduction, Architectural Acoustics, Environmental Acoustics, Sound propagation through sound absorbing materials, and much more.
http://www.beasy.com/products/acousticdesign/index.html

CARA 2.1 PLUS ($49.95 US Dollars )
The Windows software for audio and home theater enthusiasts! CARA calculates the acoustics of your room with 3D modeling of your sound room, loudspeakers, and listener locations. A test CD is also available at $19.95 or as total package at $64.95
http://www.rhintek.com/ e

CATT-acoustic
This is professional room-acoustic software. Also has FIReverb suite. Expensive
http://www.catt.se/ e

CLARA (ca 350 Euros)
Saint-Gobain Acoustic Comfort Software (Saint-Gobain Isover/Saint-Gobain Glass). Select and evaluate acoustically different construction systems which meet the requirements of European comfort classes.
http://www.isover.com/gb/frameset.asp?b ... rubrique=5

CLIO electrical and Acoustical tests
PC-based system for electrical and Acoustical measurements. CLIOwin implements three different measurement techniques: MLS (Maximum Length Sequences), Sinusoidal Sweeps and FFT Averaging.
http://www.mclink.it/com/audiomatica/clioman.htm

COMET Acoustics Software (Professional = expensive)
Collins & Aikman Launches COMET 5.0 Acoustic Software. COMET is a computational simulation tool for comprehensive vibration and acoustic prediction for the automotive, aerospace and other high tech industries. COMET utilizes various analytical techniques to accurately predict the transmission, radiation and scattering of acoustic waves and their interaction in a variety of media including fluids, foams, and solids.
http://www.colaik.com/default.asp

Cool Edit 2000 & Cool Edit Pro
Cool Edit ProTM is a digital audio recorder, editor, and mixer for WindowsTM. Cool Edit Pro is a breeze to learn and use, packs enough top-quality digital effects modules to fill a room full of rack mounts, and can mix up to 64 tracks together, using just about any sound card. It's like having thousands of dollars worth of professional audio equipment all in one easy-to-use software package. Musicians, recording engineers, and broadcast professionals around the world choose Cool Edit Pro for its ground-breaking power and ease of use.
http://www.syntrillium.com/cep/

EASE v3.0 for Windows
EASE v3.0 is an acoustic simulation software program designed for the Windows operating system that provides sound system designers an invaluable tool for predicting the performance of a sound system in a given venue. The software program is primarily geared toward large-room acoustics (churches, stadiums, arenas, theaters, etc.) and includes numerous acoustical design and analysis tools for Contractors, Engineers and Acoustical Consultants.
http://www.jblpro.com/ease/

ETF 5 (MLS software) - Acoustisoft (ca 150$)
ETF software is a highly accurate PC based acoustic measurement system designed to meet the needs of both hi fi enthusiasts and professionals. Two channel MLS measurements provide accurate results with even low cost standard pc sound cards.
http://www.etfacoustic.com/index.html

Fluidyn acoustic software
Professional software for environmental and room acoustics.
http://www.fluidyn.com/Home/Index_Home.htm

GRM Tools
"Mad musical scientists and audio manglers will be in heaven with these plug-ins. Talk about a weird, wonderful set of tools ..."
http://www.cdemusic.org/store/cde_searc ... s=grmtools

HpW-Works the Measurement System (69 - 300$)
HpW Works is a complete software based measurement system for the Intel HW platform. Analyzes a DUT using a sound card, wave files and text (ASCII) files. Various signal analysis are performed like RMS, DR, THD, THD-N and more. Check the customer list.
http://www.hpw-works.com/

INSUL Marshall Day acoustics
INSUL is a quick and accurate tool for predicting the sound insulation of walls, floors and ceilings. Price ca 1000 $
http://www.insul.co.nz/

MLSSA Acoustical Measurement System
MLSSA is the industry standard loudspeaker measurement system and the MLSSA Speaker Parameter Option (SPO) is the industry standard for measuring the Thiele-Small parameters of loudspeaker drivers. MLSSA and SPO both include QC (Quality Control) PASS/FAIL functions for high-speed automated production line testing of loudspeakers and drivers. Other important applications of MLSSA include speech intelligibility measurements according to IEC 60268-16 via the Speech Transmission Index (STI) and Rapid Speech Transmission Index (RASTI) as well as room acoustics measurements according to ISO 3382. For details, see the MLSSA Acoustical Measurement System and MLSSA Speaker Parameter Option brochures on the site..
http://www.mlssa.com/

NEMPEE Acoustics Software
a tool for acoustics engineers and architects to assist in providing maximum acoustical performance in building design. For example, an auditorium requires a specific design in order to reflect sound. This program can set up everything precisely and generate reports on the acoustics of a room. It considers surface area, building materials, and volume.
http://www.nempee.com/AcouSoft.htm

Nicolet technologies
Some professional, presentation and analysis software, also have hardware.
http://www.niti.com/software.html

ODEON - Room Acoustics Software
Professional program (expensive). This site includes lots of interesting publications in .pdf format. August 2001 an agreement has been made with Brüel & Kjær to become worldwide sole distributor of ODEON.
http://www.dat.dtu.dk/~odeon/

PC Audio/Visual Technical Web Site. VERY GOOD LINKS
Audio Testing-Related Hardware and Software Links. It lists the most common acoustic programs, known in the Audio, Studio world. Also includes tests on sound cards.
http://www.pcavtech.com/links/index.htm

Ramsete in 3 editions (Lite, Classic & II)
Room acoustic modeling - Ramsete is the first publicly available software based on the Pyramid Tracing computing scheme, which is quite different from traditional Ray Tracing or Cone Tracing schemes.
http://www.ramsete.com/

SEAM acoustic and vibration prediction software
Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software provides a methodof analysis that is particularly well suited for studying the dynamic response of complex structures at high frequencies. SEAM is used to predict interior noise and vibrationin aircraft, automobiles, and construction equipment cabs as well as the radiated noisefrom ships and the vibroacoustic environments for spacecraft. Other applications includemachinery noise, industrial noise, and building acoustics.
http://www.seam.com/

SIA Software - Smaart Live & Acoustic Tools
SmaartLive provides a practical and affordable PC-based implementation of a dual-channel FFT analyzer designed specifically for audio professionals. Acoustic Tools include lots of possibilities.
http://www.siasoft.com/smaart.html

SOPRAN (SOund particle Programme for Room Acoustics and Noise immission)
developed at the Fraunhofer Institute of Building physics IBP, allows the room acoustic design of auditoria (concert halls, theatres, multipurpose halls) and workplaces (factory buildings, open-plan offices).
http://www.ibp.fhg.de/rata/en/sopran-e.html

STx - Austrian Academy of Sciences
There is a FREE Real Time Analyser and a Trial version of STx itself. STx is the Windows version of the well-established S_TOOLS workstation for acoustics, speech and signal processing, which was first developed under DOS using the AT&T DSP32 signal processor card. STx now runs on 600 MHz PC systems equipped with Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) cards and standard sound cards.
http://www.kfs.oeaw.ac.at/software/stx_download.htm

Sample Champion - PureBits (ca 100 - 500 Euro)
Professional Software Tools Audio Analysis and Processing. Sample Champion is an accurate and easy to use audio measurement software. It has been designed for acoustical technicians, sound engineers, scientists and students. With this software you'll be able to easily perform Impulse response measurements, FFT analysis and much more.
http://www.purebits.com/index.html

Speaker Workshop FREEWARE
Speaker Workshop - test and design your own loudspeakers
http://www.audua.com/

Spectra Series software - MLS software - ST SPECTRA Sound Technology
SpectraLab, SpectraPro, SpectraPlus, etc. Several programs available in in different price ranges. The side also includes acoustic Test and Measurement PC based hardware and equipment.
http://www.soundtechnology.com/download-center.htm

Spectrafoo for MAC computers - Metric Halo Labs
SpectraFoo provides standards-based level metering, high-speed, high-resolution spectral analysis, the unique Phase Torch, correlation metering, triggerable waveform display, power balancing and a variety of power, envelope and spectral histories and phase analysis on any number of input or output channels. The SpectraFoo range is absolutely essential for broadcast and critical mixing & mastering.
http://www.mhlabs.com/products/

Spectrogram v 5.0.8
FREEWARE: Spectrogram can provide either a scrolling time-frequency display or a spectrum analyzer scope display in real time for any sound source connected to your sound card. Spectrogram allows unlimited recording and playback of the sounds from the audio spectrum display and can provide very high resolution spectrum analysis of wave files with a wide choice of frequency bands and frequency resolution and either linear or logarithmic frequency scales.
http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/SPECTROGRAM/

Spectrum Analyzer v2.0 BETA FREEWARE
This small program is intended to measure the frequency response of a listening room with the aid of a regular computer. It records short sound sequences, performs a FFT then displays a cute diagram. The site also includes: Implementing Reverberation Algorithms with Matlab. These files are dedicated to the generation of artificial sound reverberation.
http://homepages.spider.lu/holzem/#

Steve Ekblad's Free Audio Software Page + On-Line Audio Tools
A huge list of interesting things. Thanks to several manufacturers for providing a valuable resource for the hobbyist by providing these programs for a no-cost-trial [read shareware or demo] to the end user or in some cases totally free of registration fee requirements [freeware]!
http://www.wssh.net/~wattsup/audio/

The PC AV Tech Brings You:
Here is a web site built using CoolEdit and SpectraLab to perform technical tests published on the site.:
http://www.pcavtech.com/index.htm

ULYSSES Acoustic Design and Simulation Software - ca 1000$
ULYSSES© was developed with the intention to be a very fast, precise and really easy to use acoustic calculation, simulation and sound system design tool for our own consulting business. It features true 3-D CAD-based calculation, simulation and design routines for room acoustics and sound system design.
http://www.ifbsoft.de/

Visual Ears - KB Acoustics (ca 95 $)
Visual Ears, is an easy to use computer program that, through mathematical simulation, will help you find a "listening sweet spot" which minimizes the effects of standing waves (20-200Hz) and boundary reflections (20-500Hz). Visual Ears can handle rooms with sloped/cathedral ceilings and accomodates most speaker designs including sub/satellite systems. Read also the linked pages to the very positive test reports in Soundstage en Audiophilia magazine
http://www.kbacoustics.com/visualears/index.html

WinMLS - software for acoustics, vibrational & audio measurements
When visiting the site, you'll see no typical commercial site, but this is professional software. Is available in cheap lite until professional expensive versions. Look at the Links page for references. Note from Eric: MLS measurement methods can have extreme advantages for insulation measurements by excluding background noise (equaling extended dynamic range).
http://www.nvo.com/winmls/door/
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