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Free Audio Spectrum Analysers

Post by futures_untold » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:55 pm

Sometimes people like to 'see' the sound they are working with.

That is where spectrum analysers come into play.

There are different kinds of analyser, but the most common after the humble VU meter is the frequency analyser.

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Here is a list of the most popular freeware analysers available:

Voxengo SPAN

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Bluecat Audio Freqanalyst

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Roger Nichols Inspector

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For a long list of other free analysers, visit http://www.gersic.com/plugins/index.php?daCat=2
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Post by caeraphym » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:08 pm

Question re: Voxengo Span. What is the correct way to set up the 'Slope'? I think it's default @ -3db, but can someone enlighten moi, sil-vous plais?
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Post by futures_untold » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:25 pm

Caeraphym wrote:Question re: Voxengo Span. What is the correct way to set up the 'Slope'? I think it's default @ -3db, but can someone enlighten moi, sil-vous plais?
Haven't the foggiest... Sorry!
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Post by daft cunt » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:19 am

Nice thread! Added link to the bible :wink:

I use Span for frequency accurancy, Inspector for volumes & Freakoscope when limiting. All open on the 2nd monitor. Really makes mixdowns a lot easier & faster.

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Post by caeraphym » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:15 pm

Anyone know how to correctly set the 'slope' in Span then, or links to any advice? :D
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Post by futures_untold » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:24 pm

Sounds fucking simple but;

Try double clicking on the slope tab and entering your own value.

If that doesn't work, try right clicking on it to see if any sort of context sensitive menu pops up.

If that doesn't work, left click on the tab. hold the mouse button down and drag up/down left/right. Sometimes VST plugins function on a slider type jobby.

Failing all that, perhaps try asking the same question on Voxengo's own forums? ---> http://www.voxengo.com/forum/freeplugins/

Good luck! ;)

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Post by caeraphym » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:03 pm

Cheers Futures, I didn't think to check for a Voxengo forum, on it :wink:

I know how to change the value of the slope from 0.0db+ (click number, drop down menu bizzle), but it's what value to set it at that I'm concerned with to get a true representation of the sound I'm hearing s33n?

My thought process:
"I could set it at 12db and have minimal bass which I then boost until the level looks right, but my monitors have blown their drivers across the room and my ears bleed, or 0.0db which then makes me wonder why all the other values and what is this function for?"
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Post by dj nation » Fri May 15, 2009 10:07 am

can someone please tell me, ive installed the bluecat but i cant find it anywhere. how do i use it???
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Post by r » Fri May 15, 2009 10:13 am

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I use these.... i can tell ya they're surprisingly good !

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Post by dj nation » Fri May 15, 2009 10:45 am

yeye, still, anyone wanna share with me what to do?
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Post by r » Fri May 15, 2009 10:47 am

Eops wrote:
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I use these.... i can tell ya they're surprisingly good !
Possibly not so effective at detecting sub 20 hz noise tho eh? :roll:
why should you ? The only thing that is in that area is your bassline. You probably cut everything else thats in that hz section.

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Post by r » Fri May 15, 2009 10:56 am

i always cut muddy boddem ends mate. no worries. Just telling ya that the most efficient piece of technology is your ears. They are way more sensitive then an analyzer and its about what you hear. Not always what you see.

oh btw. Most of my tracks are made with vinyl samples don't worrie ;)

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Post by r » Fri May 15, 2009 11:02 am

im just telling that you dont only need to trust digital stuff, but also the things you hear.

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Post by r » Fri May 15, 2009 11:24 am

haha no problem. Just tryin to keep people down to earth. Technology isnt everything !

no worries

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