Michel Rouzic updates Photosounder to v1.9


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.
  • Cursor-controlled playback.
  • 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).

More information: Photosounder


Michel Rouzic announces Photosounder v1.8

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Michel Rouzic Photosounder

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.

More information: Photosounder


Short links for June 7th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Famous people who use the APC 40

APC40 + Photoshop = FTW
Seriously funny APC40 photoshopping thread on the Ableton forum. link via CDM

# MATRIXSYNTH: New SEM from Tom Oberheim – via alt-mode: "Tom is showing a new SEM with the same circuits plus an integrated MIDI/CV. Price < $1k. Available in a few months."

# little-scale: X-EDX Tuning Synth

little-scale X-EDX Tuning Synth

Sebastian Tomczak:

I made a very basic synth to explore equal division by ratio tuning a little more easily. The name comes from the fact that it can play any tuning of the form "x equal divisions of ratio a is to b". It's basically a patch with a sine / pulse / triangle wave, with a MIDI input.

# touch.listen.synth – Lovely touch-contact synth by Alex Inglizian. Video here.


Michel Rouzic releases Photosounder

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Michel Rouzic has released Photosounder, a one-of-a-kind image-sound editing program.

It is unique in that it opens images and sounds indiscriminately, treats and processes them as images, and synthesizes them as sounds. Sounds, once turned into images, can be powerfully modified to achieve effects and results that couldn’t be obtained in any other way, while images of all sorts reveal the infinite kinds of otherworldly sounds they contain. Ultimately, knowing how sounds look and how images sound, you’ll be able to create images that sound like what you want to hear, or like what you couldn’t imagine to hear.

Photosounder features

  • Loads nearly all image formats
  • Loads OGG and WAV sounds
  • Can save the resulting sound into a WAV file
  • Analyses sounds into images for processing
  • Features spray tools to edit the image-sound by hand
  • Can adjust the frequency range, frequency scale, tempo (playback rate),
  • Can rotate and flip the image-sound

Photosounder is available for Windows PC (Mac OS and Linux versions coming soon) for 99 EUR. A demo version is available, with the ability to save the resulting sound to file disabled, and a small noise inserted every 3 seconds.

Visit the Photosounder website for more information and some audio & video demos.


Short links for March 14th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 14th, 2008:

  • The HAptic GUidance System – A device for "recording" and "playing back" drumstick motions involved in percussion performance. It is being used in a series of experiments designed to test the effect of physical guidance on motor learning.
HAGUS – the drumstick, gearing, and optical encoder.
  • Five great auditory illusions – Daniel Levitin has written The Music Illusion, which looks at auditory illusions and how they can help us understand the workings of the human brain. New Scientist has compiled five of the most striking auditory illusions discovered so far.
  • Photoshop Disasters – Image manipulations gone horribly wrong.
  • 100 (Legal) Sources for Free Stock Images – You want to make sure you don’t end up doing something like this (from Photoshop Disasters mentioned above).

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