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Query:   Macintosh Speech Analysis Software
Author:  Rob Pensalfini
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonology

Summary:   THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO RESPONDED TO MY QUERY ABOUT SPEECH ANALYSIS SOFTWARE FOR THE MAC, PERTICULARLY CHARLES REISS, KEN HYDE, DAVID NASH, MARJORIE MEECHAN, CHRIS MANNING, BRUCE CONNELL, LYNN SANTELMANN, BILL IDSARDI AND AARON DREWS (AND APOLOGIES IF I FORGOT ANYONE).

HERE'S A SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS.

* THE MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE TO SIGNALYZE WAS PRAAT: HTTP://WWW.FON.HUM.UVA.NL/PRAAT/
PRAAT IS SHAREWARE, DEVELOPED BY DEVELOPED BY PAUL BOERSMA AND DAVID WEENINK AT THE INSTITUTE OF PHONETIC SCIENCES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM.

* SIL WWW.SIL.ORG MAKES MACCECIL, WHICH ISN'T UP TO EVERYTHING YET, BUT IS OK. THERE'S A COMPANION WINDOWS VERSION.

* MACQUIRER IS FAR SUPERIOR FOR PITCH EXTRACTION AND ESPECIALLY SPECTROGRAPHIC ANALYSIS. SIGNALYZE CAN DO THINGS MACQUIRER CANNOT, BUT FROM WHAT YOU SAY YOU DON'T NEED THOSE ASPECTS. NB MACQUIRER DOESN'T HANDLE MANY SOUND FORMATS, WHICH CAN BE A PROBLEM IF YOU'RE USING ALREADY DIGITIZED MATERIAL; IF SO, IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE INVESTIGATING WHETHER
FILE CONVERTER IS AVAILABLE SEPARATELY; I SUSPECT IT MAY BE, AS SHAREWARE.

MACQUIRER, DEVELOPED I BELIEVE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH (OR AT LEAST USED BY), SOME OF THE PEOPLE AT UCLA HTTP://WWW.SCICONRD.COM/MULTI.HTM
POWERFUL STUFF. YOU CAN DOOWNLOAD A DEMO. MACQUIRER (AND PCQUIRER, THE PC VERSION) SELL FOR US$495.

* ANOTHER POSSIBILITY, THOUGH MORE EXPENSIVE, IS USING A COMBINATION OF SOUNDEDIT 16 FOR RECORDING AND EDITING FILES AND SOUNDSCOPE FOR SPECTROGRAMS. THE FIRST IS KIND OF EXPENSIVE AND THE SECOND HAS SOME QUIRKS. SOUNDSCOPEIS FROM GWINSTRUMENTS IN KENDALL SQUARE. SOUNDEDIT 16 IS FROM MACROMEDIA. YOU NEED VERSION 2 IF YOU HAVE A G3 MAC.

* YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD A DEMO VERSION OF SIGNALYZE: HTTP://AGORALANG.COM/SIGNALYZE.HTML
REGARDING THE PROBLEMS I NOTED WITH SIGNALYZE, ALMOST EVERYONE SAID THEY HAD EXPERIENCED THE 'CLICKING' I SPOKE OF, THOUGH ONE PERSON SAID THAT TURNING OFF VIRTUAL MEMORY FIXED THIS. SIGNALYZE COMES WITH SOFTWARE THAT WILL TRANSFER FILE FORMATS, SO THAT IS APPARENTLY NOT A PROBLEM. AND THE RESTRICTION ON NUMBER AND SIZE OF FILES IS ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON RAM, SINCE IT RECORDS TO RAM.

IN SUMMARY, AND NOTE THAT THIS IS PRIOR TO TESTING ANY OF THIS SOFTWARE, IT SEEMS THAT SIGNALYZE IS NOT AS PROBLEMATIC AS I HAD BEEN LED TO BELIEVE, BUT THAT PRAAT AND MACQUIRER GENERALLY OUT-PERFORM IT.

ROB

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ROB PENSALFINI
LECTURER IN LINGUISTICS
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
BRISBANE, QLD 4072
AUSTRALIA

LL Issue: 10.1573
Date Posted: 20-Oct-1999
Original Query: Read original query