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Audio Conversion Tools:

Audio Format Converter:

Import most any format of audio files: export to WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC/MP4, AU and AIFF with selected sample rate values.

Options to apply Normalize effect, Remove DC Offset and keep any existing ID tags.

Leaves original files intact: creates new converted file within the selected target path.

*DISCLAIMER: this software (due to Windows limitation) will only transform approx. 100 files at a time. Be very careful that when adding files they actually do get added into the list-box otherwise they will not be transformed.


Audio Watermarker:

Our Audio Watermarking App - what the heck is it used for?

When music is streamed for previewing from a website, the files can be either downloaded or stream recorded - making them available for sharing and illegal use. The file names and related ID tags can be changed or stripped out and lost. Therefore; mixing short recorded messages of the songs title, your artist name and domain name within the music (commonly know as "audio watermarking"), is extremely useful for folks to identify the song and source as well as protecting your audio files.

While it's true that most anyone creating music, beats, loops, etc. will know how to embed an audio file into his/ her audio files (to create an audio watermark)  - doing this either via a Hardware Mixer or an Audio Editor is very time consuming due to having to perform the task one file at a time - this app will save you ton's of time!

The recorded messages are repeated each 10 to 60 seconds (whatever value you desire) or just added/ mixed to the front and/ or end of the audio file or as a constant loop. This message could provide the song title and your artist or composer name or a web site URL. You might want to hear this sample...

Not only will adding an "audio watermark" protect your original audio files from being exploited - it can also be used as a marketing tool to promote your tunes. Hey.. let'em record then share all they like (the more the better) - maybe several of the folks that get them - will actually buy them!

By the way - this software leaves your original audio files in tact - creates new files instead of 'watermarking' the originals.


Batch EQer:

Transforms WAV, MP3, OGG, or WMA audio files to their "equalized" state: transform 1 or 100's at a time in batch mode!

This is NOT a EQ recorder but rather a EQ transformer - a faster method then you've ever seen before.

You probably have several equalizers built into your music players. But all they do is equalize the sound while you play a track. They can't EQ 100 tracks at a time for you. They don't create a new track that you can burn to CD or use as an MP3 file that's already equalized the way you want it wherever you go. So in short, other EQs equalize while you listen ONLY. This software creates all new files, 100 at a time if you like, to take with you and listen to anywhere you are and any time you like.

With other EQs, you have to constantly change your EQ settings each time you play a song or in each location that you listen, to get the full impact. Plus most of them don't have enough bands needed for professional equalizing. This is the only EQ of its kind that we know of.

If you're past 50 - most likely your high frequency hearing is getting worse. When you're young you can likely hear 20,000hz perfectly: 30, most likely hearing 16,000hz is probably down 3 to 5 db: 50 or over, your high frequency hearing is most likely much worse. With "Batch EQer" you can now boost the sound spectrum that you've been missing to as many files as you want - all at once in "batch" mode!


Batch Transformer:

WOW! This is a tool I'll bet you won't find anywhere in  the world! It's the "King" of audio batch converters.

Allows you to batch perform (to as *many files as selected - all that in one process) most any task - add effects, filter(s), mix a file within, add a file to the front or end of a batch of files, add ID tags, set sample rate, convert format - and on and on! Add one effect or many functions all at once.

We call this software "Batch Transformer" but you can call it...

  • a batch + or - Amplifier
  • a batch Equalizer effect transformer
  • a batch Fade function applier
  • a batch Normalizer
  • a batch Pitch Shifter
  • a batch Hiss remover
  • a batch Clicks & Pops remover
  • a batch Silence remover
  • a batch apply Reverb program
  • a batch Change Tempo app
  • a batch Vocal Reducer thingy
  • an Audio  Filter applier (Band, High and/ or Low Pass)
  • a Background sound mixer
  • a batch ID tagger
  • a batch Audio Format converter
  • the "How in the world does code-it come up will all these innovative ideas?" 
  • a "I can't believe how much time this software saves me!" program

Cuz, this software will do all that and more! Apply as many supported effects (or functions) as you want - it will perform all of them in 'batch mode'.

General Usage:

  • Select (or drag and drop) the audio files to have functions performed to. They will be added to the "files" list view.

  • Set the "Target Path" for the transformed files to reside. This software does NOT corrupt or change the original files - they are left intact.

  • Set the format and sample rate for the transformed files.

  • Select any effect, filter or function that you want applied to your file list. This can be merely setting the format and sample rate or dozens of special functions. What ever you want the software to perform/ do.

  • The values for the effects are set to a default value - they can be changed via the "Settings Screen" that will pop up if the effect is selected.

  • Click the "GO" button then get yourself a cup of coffee - your files will be transformed in no time all residing within the set "target folder".

*DISCLAIMER: this software (due to Windows limitation) will only transform approx. 100 files at a time. Be very careful that when adding files they actually do get added into the list-box otherwise they will not be transformed.

MP3 Normalizer:

Tired of reaching for your volume knob every time your mp3 player changes to a new song? This software analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume.

Analyzes mp3 files to determine how loud they sound to the human ear. It can then adjust the mp3 files so that they all have the same loudness without any quality loss. This way, you don't have to keep reaching for the volume dial on your mp3 player every time it switches to a new song.

Operates in two modes, Track and Album:

Track mode volume-corrects a mix of unrelated songs to a selected level. Calculates the volume level for each song individually. It then corrects each song to make its volume level match the Target Volume.
For example, if you have 3 songs that have volume levels of 86, 91 and 89 dB and you use Track Gain to convert them to a Target Volume of 92 dB, they will all be at approximately 92 dB.

Album mode volume-corrects a collection of related songs (as they would appear on a CD, or "album") relative to other collections of songs. Applying Album gain is like adjusting the volume knob once for each CD you put in your CD player. The overall volume of the album is adjusted to the Target Volume, but the volume differences between the mp3s in the album are preserved.
For example, if you have 3 songs that have volume levels of 86, 91 and 89 dB, then the overall volume of this "album" will probably be around 89 dB. If the Target Volume is set to 92 dB, then when you apply Album Gain MP3Gain will increase the volume of each of these songs by +3 dB.

With Album mode, you want some songs to be noticeably quieter than other songs, just like they are on an album. If you're playing a classical CD, you expect the track with the flute solo to be quieter than the track with the big full-orchestra finale. Album mode allows you to correct an entire album while keeping each song's volume level relative to the other songs.

Most programs that "normalize" sound files do so by adjusting all the samples so that the loudest single sample is at some specified value - using a "normalize effect". This is not a good way to make all the files actually have the same loudness. First of all, this method will most likely distort the quality of some of the files. Secondly, the human ear does not hear the loudness of single samples. It averages out sounds over time. Lastly, today's popular music CDs are heavily compressed. The sound engineers making the CD raise the average level so that it sounds much louder, while compressing the loudest parts so that they don't distort.

Lossless Gain Adjustment:

The bad news: This software can only adjust the volume of your mp3 files in steps of 1.5 dB.

The good news: 1.5 dB is a small enough step for most practical purposes. Most humans can just barely hear a volume change of 1 dB.

Some other good news is that this volume adjustment is completely lossless. In other words, if you adjust an mp3 by -6 dB and then if you change your mind, you can adjust it again by +6 dB and it will be exactly the same as it was before you made the first adjustment.


Simulated Stereo:

Turn mono files into customized stereo format.


Talker:

A 'Clipboard Speaker' designed for folks with low vision or reading disabilities. Takes up very little desktop space - just a big icon so to speak. Option to configure to start at Wins startup which is recommended.


Text Speakster:

We call this app 'Text Speakster II' - but you could easily call it:

  • Time Shifter - cuz you can use it to convert text (i.e. the Wins clipboard content of a web page you copied, etc...) to audio format then transfer it to your cell-phone to listen to later - taking advantage of 'dead time'. Hear an example here...

  • Audio Study Aid - use to convert notes to audio then use as an audio study source. Listen to your notes several times before taking a test for instance. Hear an example here...

  • Language Teacher - want to learn English (or most any language) as a second language, by not only seeing the text being spoken but to also hear the "spoken word". i.e. select an English (or other) text-to-speech engine, load English (or other) text into the text field then have it spoken by clicking the "Play" button.

  • Audio Lecture or Speech Producer - use to covert your lecture from text 2 audio then publish it on the iNet to share with others. Hear an example here...

  • Audio eBook Maker - create Audio eBooks - take advantage of the Project Gutenberg which offers a huge array of free text (and HTML) formatted e-books. Record these free books to audio format then burn on an audio CD-R (or transfer to your cell phone) for your listening pleasure any where, any time. Hear an example here...

  • Presentation Reviewer - review your presentations via the "spoken word". Have you ever noticed how you can write something that looks correct but when spoken it just comes out wrong? Input your text into the application then click the PLAY button to hear it spoken! 

  • Audio Watermarker Maker - use to create your audio watermark then mix within your files being offered for sale (or review) on the iNet. Hear an example here...

  • Dyslexia or Vision Problem Helper - use to convert text to the spoken word: there could be many applications you might find helpful depending on the end user or circumstance.

Just some of the features:

  • Will detect and list any and all text 2 speech engines installed on your system. This includes the older SAPI4 as well as the newer SAPI5 type engines/ voices.

  • Option to use any installed text 2 speech engine/ voice.

  • Option to set the file format to most any audio file (converted from text to audio) saved.

  • Option to set the Audio Sample Rate of any audio file (converted from text to audio) saved.

  • Option to set the speed rate, pitch and volume of speech output.

  • Converts text to audio without creation of any temp files - encodes on the fly.

  • Includes all normal editing abilities (cut, copy, paste, select all, etc.)

  • Option to play (text 2 speech) the loaded text file to determine if any editing is needed before converting to audio.

  • Option to "speak" only the selected portion of the text. This saves you time by only hearing/ reviewing the section of text you are working on instead of the complete text field content.

  • Option to either load a text file into the application, merely input the text or paste the Windows clipboard content you want to convert to audio - into the text field.

  • Get any of the supported FREE text 2 speech engines directly from Microsoft or our text 2 speech support page. The software will recognize any of these installed voices/ engines which makes them free to use within the software! (i.e. install the Spanish engine then input a text file or text that uses Spanish as the language - convert the Spanish text to audio, etc...)

  • Note: every Windows system has at least one text-2-speech engine installed as default but there are many more you can install to expand the performance of this app.


Trackster:

This app was designed to make it a very easy task to either split a large audio file (such as an album into tracks) or combine files to create an audio album.

Features:

  • Is an "Audio Editor" type app that was specifically designed to be an audio splitter and/ or album maker.

  • Supports saving a file or tracks to WAV, MP3, OGG, FLAC and/ or WMA format. 

  • The 'Save As' and/ or "Save Tracks As' function gives you the option to add ID tags (including album art) to any audio format that supports this function.

  • The "Break it" mode (used to split the master file into separate tracks) allows you to either set the break points (where the master file is split) manually or via a powerful "Analyze by Silence" function.

    • Several basic editing functions are supported.

  • The "Make it" mode (used to add files to create an audio album) allows you to add as many files as wanted then save as a master (album) file.

    • Several basic editing functions are supported.


Vinyl Ripper:

A painless/ easy way to digitize your vinyl and quickly export perfectly ID tagged, high quality digital audio files (WAV, MP3, OGG, FLAC and/ or WMA audio format).

From the Needle to Digital Audio Tracks:
This software was designed to record and split tracks using a USB turntable as it's 'record source': we did this to cut the cost down for folks that are just getting started - a USB turntable can cost as little as $40.00 or so. To our surprise - we found that by using new technology (WASAPI) to do the recording - that the recordings were mostly as good a quality then using an expensive turntable connected to a "pre-mixer" - plugged into the "line-in" jack BUT will work that way too if you prefer!

For this software to work perfectly - all you need is a turntable (of any kind) that will direct/ play the LP through your PC speakers - the software will do the rest (with just a little help from you). The advantages of a USB turntable is that they are very inexpensive and plugs straight into a USB port: makes it a total breeze to record sound straight from the record player's output to your PC speakers (most don't even require you to install any drivers - Windows will immediately recognize it being plugged in).

Features that you're sure to like:

Designed under the "KISS" theory - keeping it simple was our main design goal. IT JUST WORKS! 

This software is designed to record the complete LP then gives you the option to split the tracks using the included "Audio Editor & Track Splitter".

Records to high quality WAV audio format then gives you the option to convert to MP3, OGG, FLAC, or WMA audio format via the "Audio Editor & Track Splitter".

The recordings are better quality then using the "stereo mix" function of your sound-card (if you happen to have this option) as it uses advanced technology (WASAPI). We also found that the recordings are better quality then recording using the "line-in' method of conventional turntables. Check out some LP's that we converted to MP3 tracks HERE...

Takes just a minute to configure the USB Turntable to direct it's output to the PC speakers - once it's done - Windows will remember these settings every time the USB Turntable is plugged in. Do it once and never worry about it again! 

Includes a POWERFUL, yet simple to use, 'Audio Editor" as a tool to enhance your tracks - use it to remove "hiss", "pops" and "clicks" or add effects to make the tracks sound YOUR WAY!

And you just got to see how easy we've made it to split the master recording into tracks - embedd ID tags too!

This app requires a little more help info then what is realistic to put on this page so.. You can DOWNLOAD it's set of help files HERE...

 


Vocal Reducer:

Removing vocals from an audio track has long been the desire of musicians and remixers in order to obtain the instrumental version of a song, otherwise available only as a complete mix. The sections below explain how this task can be accomplished and some of the problems that can get in the way.

Is Removing Vocals Possible?
Yes and no. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer because it depends on many factors including what instruments and sound elements make up the non-vocal part of the audio signal and how these and the vocals have been processed and mixed into the final recording. 

In most cases, you can not expect to get results that are acceptable for professional use. However, in some cases, it is possible to render reasonable output useful in many, non-professional, scenarios. And, once in awhile, it is even possible to get excellent results.

Automatic Approach
A few software programs (including this "Audio Vocal Reducer" software app) are capable of removing vocals from a stereo audio file automatically, eliminating the hassle of the multi-step manual procedure described in the following section.

  1. Open the stereo audio file in an audio editor.

  2. Select and reverse the phase of the left channel (also called Invert or Flip). This option is usually presented in the Edit menu.

  3. Mix both the left and right channels of the stereo file into a single-channel (mono) audio file. This option is also usually found in the Edit menu, but is sometimes accomplished by editing the file's format properties from the File menu.

  4. Split the single-channel audio file back into a stereo file that has the newly mixed single-channel on both the left and right channels. This procedure is usually close to the one used to mix the channels.

  5. Now reverse the phase of the left channel back again, the same way it was accomplished earlier.

The resulting stereo audio file should now contain the same mix with all center-mixed audio cancelled from the mix. Hopefully, the entire instrumental contents will still exist, while the vocals will be canceled, or at least much more quite.

This method of removing vocals can be accomplished fairly easily, but depends greatly on how the entire mix was recorded. This method works when all or most of the non-vocal audio is mixed in stereo (some more to the left and some to the right) and the vocals are mixed in the center. Fortunately, this is common practice in popular music, making it a fairly reasonable method for many songs.

Problems Removing Vocals
Due to the complexity of many music and audio tracks, removing vocals using the method described above may result in poor or useless results. For example, when many of the background elements are also mixed in the center of the stereo spectrum and overlap or share the same frequency range with the vocals, the method above will produce distorted results that have lost much more than just vocals.

Additionally, effects, such as echo and reverb are often applied to vocals before they are recorded to the final mix. Unlike the commonly centered vocals, these effects tend not to be centered, making them difficult to remove. Also, the effects can distort and alter the vocals in ways that result in audio outside the normal vocal frequency range, making it difficult to "EQ out". 

With some trial and error, you'll develop an ear for determining which audio tracks contain vocals that can be reduced or completely removed;-)


VOX Format Concerter:

Have you ever noticed how pesky those vox files are? Well.. just convert them to an other format if that will suit your purpose.

Not many audio apps support vox files - this one does.