Michel Rouzic has released version 1.9 of Photosounder, a software application for turning images into sound.
Every sound you’ve ever heard can be represented as an image and all possible sounds can be made from an image. Only Photosounder truly allows you to transform any sound as an image and to create any possible sound from an image. It is the ultimate bridge between the graphical world and the audio world, bringing the full power of image editing to the service of creating and transforming sounds.
Photosounder is the first audio editor/synthesizer to have an entirely image-based approach to sound creation and editing. Thanks to its powerful and omnipotent synthesis algorithms, it is capable of creating any sound possible. Powerful built-in image editing tools, some yet unknown to general image editing programs, are specifically tailored to enable you to create and edit sounds with ease in ways and with results simply impossible with other programs.
Changes in Photosounder v1.9
Live Synthesis mode added, it makes any change to the image heard instantly with no interruption.
Option to dump/save live synthesis output to an audio file.
Image rotation has been changed to make the image keep the same dimensions, can be applied on individual layers in multi-layer images.
Layers and groups of layers can be disabled.
Fixed layer list in menu in the Mac version to display more than just the names of the layers.
Various bug fixes, improvements and optimisations.
Photosounder for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $175 USD (full license) / $59 USD (non-commercial use).
The full license version of Photosounder is currently on sale at MacUpdate for only $49.99 USD (71% off).
Skytopia has released SonicPhoto, an audio program to convert from pictures to sound.
Use your existing photo collection or draw your own in Photoshop (or any other paint editor) and with a click of a button, watch SonicPhoto create the sound before your eyes.
Inspired by the existing PhotoSounder program from Michel Rouzic, SonicPhoto loses the internal paint editor and sound importer, but gains automatic and convincing stereo, and a unique harmony filter to help create distinct and professional effects ranging from sparkling synths and rippling arpeggios, to roaring bass and metallic drones.
Create an infinite variety of sounds ranging based on the patterns found in any picture.
Instrument and harmony quantization so you can create tonal sounds.
Dozens of in-built presets, so you can immediately try sounds out and experiment.
Convincing stereo is automatically added to all sounds.
Very easy to use GUI with everything you need at a click of a button.
Well thought out system for loading and save custom projects.
Instantly adjust the quality to suit your needs (low for preview, high for final result).
Unlimited upgrades to future versions, and hassle-free installation, without messing about with keys/passwords .
SonicPhoto for Windows is available to purchase starting at $39 USD. A free demo version is also available.
FlexibeatzII has released Paint2Sound, an application for Windows that turns images into sounds.
Paint2Sound generates soundscapes from images
Paint2Sound is a neat little self-contained application for converting any existing .jpg or .bmp image, or any picture you care to draw/paint with it, into a soundscape. This application can bring a new dimension to your music making, or at the very least give you a unique way of coming up with interesting sounding samples.
The way it works is: Each pixel row of the image represents a frequency band. The application synthesizes sine waves from each pixel row with an instantaneous amplitude determined by the brightness of each pixel in the pixel row, and then sums together all the sine waves. User control is provided over various parameters like sample rate, sound duration, the distribution of frequencies across the pixel rows and the overall level in the mix of each sine wave.
New Atlantis Audio has released Project Echo: Snapshots from Space, a new sample library.
Inspired by an early NASA communications project, and spawned from beautiful celestial satellite imagery, Project Echo is the latest addition to New Atlantis Audio’s growing library of atmospheric and unusual sound tools for musicians.
The foundation sounds were created by processing high resolution deep space satellite photographs with spectral analysis, granular echo effects and various resynthesis techniques, and the results are stellar. Pun intended.
Project Echo provides a ton of exploration and sonic potential to the creative musician working in any genre or style who could use a healthy dose of the atmospheric and exotic. There’s loads of variety inside – from evolving, long-play ambient soundscapes, to complex rhythmic textures, to huge granular effects, atmospheric drums, and even a nice set of vintage film dialog – all designed to inspire and be explored.
Michel Rouzic has announced version 1.8 of Photosounder, a tool for graphical sound design by spectral editing.
Photosounder allows you to graphically manipulate sound files to directly adjust, create and shape sounds with surgical precision.
Changes in Photosounder v1.8
Stereo support to edit and create stereo sounds less painfully.
Layer support for more powerful editing.
New options and modifications to improve your workflow and results.
VSTi integration and multi-platform support are planned for future updates.
Photosounder is available to purchase priced at $32 USD / €25 EUR for a non-commercial license and $127 USD / €99 EUR for a commercial license, with a free upgrade to version 1.8 (available on June 1, 2010). After the release of v1.8 Photosounder’s price will increase to $59 USD / €46 EUR for a non-commercial license and $175 USD / €138 EUR for a commercial license.