soundBlade LE provides the core mastering capabilities professionals need to make DDPs suitable for manufacturing and gold masters for electronic music delivery (EMD) with the ulimate in sound quality
A perfect add-on to your Avid® Pro Tools mix workflow, soundBlade LE breaths a depth and richness into final mixes that is simply astonishing. Add real-time gain processing to match volumes on your mixes, global Sonic Masterering peak and shelving EQ and assemble your songs into their final album sequence with spec-perfect PQ coding. Output your finished project to DDP, PMCD/CD-R, WAV or AIFF for EMD and securePlayer client reference player with 128-bit encyrption.
Mixes and finished masters sound better with soundBlade.
All soundBlade systems are based on the renowned Sonic Studio Engine (SSE) that has been used to create millions of grammy winning, smash hit commercial releases worldwide since 1992.
The most transparent sound possible
Pristine Sonic Studio Engine 64-bit processing
Mixes immediately sound better in soundBlade
Depth and richness of sound stage is amazing
Super-fast auto editing tool selection
Real-time segment gain with up to +24db range
Real-time fade controls
Always Real-time Processing
Real-time segment gain
Includes global Sonic Mastering EQ with peak and shevling filters
Sonic Mastering Dither
Export & Deliver
Use Mark Info Window for specification and creation of DDPs and CDRs
Export tracks or entire albums as AIFF or BWF (with metadata)
10x CD-R Burn and DDP Delivery and Export
Praise for soundBlade
Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering
"soundBlade rocks! Sonic Studio's soundBlade sounds great. Everything that goes through it sounds 100% right every time."
George Massenburg, Engineer / Designer
"Love soundBlade. Right now, I'm using it for every mastering job I do!"
Dave Glasser, Airshow Mastering
"soundBlade and Quartet - a totally unique combination of the highest quality sound with excellent EQ and dynamics. I'm not a big plug-in user, but this is the plug-in to use with soundBlade."
Michael Romanowski, Coast Mastering
"I rely on Sonic Studio’s soundBlade for capture, editing and master creation— the sound is good and honest. I also use Sonic Studio’s NoNoise II for the most demanding restoration and repair work."
Jerry Tubb, Terra Nova Mastering
"We switched to Sonic Studio and use soundBlade for solid DDP and CD-R."
Precise waveforms with sample-accurate editing views
Support for 24 bit AIFF, AIFC, WAV, BWF, FLAC, ALAC, and SD2
Open DDP File Sets for manipulation and re-editing
Background creation of waveforms for accurate display
Real-time gain up to +24 db per segment
Real-time fade control
Familiar breakpoint gain adjustment
Selection Reference Points (SRPs) mark your material
All Real-Time Processing
Super fast audio-tool selection
Advanced Metering with Details Window
Sonic Studio Mastering EQ - minimum phase implementation
Multiple Dither Algorithms
Sonic TPDF Shaped Triangular PDF redithering
Multiple Format Exporting
Export as AIFF, WAV, and BWF (with metadata)
24- or 16-bit word length
Export single track or full album in one step
Export in multiple sample rates at the same time (save time)
Includes Sonic Studio Process batch sample-rate converter
Gold Master Creation and Delivery
Deep support for PQ / Metadata specification
Start/End PQ, Album, Artist, and Track Information
UPC/EAN & ISRC Codes
Emphasis & SCMS flags
Offset & minimum index width
Includes CD TEXT support
UPC/EAN & ISRC Codes
Saves to DDP (Disc Description Protocol) 2.0 format
Pre-master CD creation and CD-R burning
Industry standard PQ Log creation
Create Sonic securePlayer™ client reference player with 128-bit encryption
Options for soundBlade LE
Manual DeClick II Native
Five DeClick algorithms
Two DeCrackle algorithms
Sample rate support to 192 kHz
Background soundfile processing
Broadband DeNOISE II Native
Single-ended noise reduction
Sample rate support to 192 kHz
Adjustable real-time algorithms
Fast Fourier Transform (FFT)
Noise Estimate save and recall
Auto or manual noise estimation
1 Year of priority email, telephone, and remote log-on technical support as well as software updates for customers who own soundBlade LE.
At a minimum, soundBlade LE requires the following:
Apple Macintosh Intel 2.6 GHz minimum or faster preferred
17” or larger display
4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB or more preferred
OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or higher
Spare USB port for iLok Smart Key
Optional Series 300 DSP I/O Processor or other FireWire Core Audio interface
Using USB Devices:
Direct connection of a USB audio converter should be usable with soundBlade. Unlike FireWire however, USB does not provide an isochronous or time–critical data delivery mode. So, USB–attached products for external audio I/O are not recommended for either hard drives or audio interfaces when used in any pro audio production environment. USB peripherals, other than Human User Interface products such as mice and keyboards, may inter- fere with the operation of our products.
Current USB Apple Super Drives (USB2 or USB3) should perform as expected.
NOTE: since Sonic Studio is unable to test every USB converter, we cannot guarantee that all USB audio converters will function at all sample rates and configurations. Connection of audio converters via USB hubs, use of USB hard disc drives and USB v1 optical disc peripherals is not recommended or supported.
Apple’s Thunderbolt input/output technology lets you connect high-performance peripherals and displays to a single port with fast data transfer rates.
Sonic Studio expects no issues to arise with the connection of existing FireWire devices or drives using a Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adaptor or hub, nor with the use of future generation direct-attached drives, I/O devices and optical drives.
To improve stability with VST plug-ins, soundBlade 2.1 and later makes use of a new folder to store VST plug-ins that are used within the application. This folder, called ‘VST-Sonic’, is created when installing soundBlade and is located at MacIntosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/.
On Launch, soundBlade will look for a VST-Sonic folder in your System Plugins folder. If this folder is found, then the “Standard” VST folder is not scanned during launch. Sonic Studio recommends that you rely on Audio Units plug-ins and ONLY any VST plug-ins necessary for use in soundBlade be duplicated from the VST folder to the VST-Sonic folder in your Audio/Plug-ins folder.
soundBlade 2.0.2 and later is not supported on PPC (Mac G4 or G5) hardware. soundBlade is a 32-bit application with all internal processing done at double precision.