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Query Details

Query Subject:   Speech Analysis Software for the Mac
Author:   Rob Pensalfini
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Computational Linguistics

Query:   I am about to buy some speech analysis software for the Mac, and after
speaking to several colleagues and reading past postings on LINGUIST, I had
just about decided on Signalyze. However, a couple of people pointed out
the following problems with Signalyze: clicks when recording, near
impossibility of importing/exporting sound files, can only deal with one
file at a time, maximum about 30 seconds length.

I am wondering whether anyone else out there has had these problems, knows
how to avoid/solve these problems, or could suggest better software.

I want something relatively cheap with which to perform basic
spectrographic analysis. I'll be running it on a Mac with 64MB RAM and a
4GB hard drive. I'll be recording on regular audio cassette so the software
has to be able to digitise this.

Cheers, and thanks in advance,



Rob Pensalfini
Lecturer in Linguistics
Department of English
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072

Telephone: (07) 3365 2245 (office)
(07) 3870 2853 (home)
LL Issue: 10.1563
Date posted: 19-Oct-1999


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