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SoundID is an amazing new PC based sound recognition system which is ideally suited to bioacoustic applications such as animal surveys and other ecological studies. For example, it can be used to analyse recordings of bird song in order to record the number and types of species heard. It works by using new and effective algorithms to compare sounds from a recording or series of recordings with those in a reference library. These reference calls are collated from samples of original calls which can be cut from .wav files using any sound editing software or by the sound editor that comes with SoundID. Calls are then made into a library where they are mathematically pre-processed in preparation for the sound comparison algorithms to do their work. Once your reference library is created then you are ready to start analysing your recordings (it is recommended that reference files contain at least 10 examples of each call type).
On a reasonable quality computer (e.g. a 3GHz PC), SoundID will typically run recognition at a rate 100x faster than real time. The software also imposes no limit on how many reference sounds can be run at any one time and those references can be completely different. For example, it is possible to search for bats, crickets and birds simultaneously from the same recording. A summary of species and number of calls recorded can then be produced.
The Professional version of SoundID has all the great features of the Standard version but with some added extras which make it even more convenient and easy to use, particularly when dealing with long or numerous sound files. A batch processor allows large collections of recordings to be searched with just a few clicks and an auto-reference file cutter allows large files (such as entire CD’s) to be cut into individual reference files in just minutes. SoundID Pro also includes a 16 bit .wav file cutter which can cut long recorder .wav files into chunks which can be processed and analysed more conveniently. It also comes with an email support service.
SoundID PC Requirements:
SoundID will only run on Windows (or newer Mac's which have Windows compatibility).
A minimum of 1G RAM is required to run the software, although serious users should have 4GB RAM to enable long files to be run.