soundBlade Product Line Overview

soundBlade LE is designed to make DDPs (CD) as well as generate full resolution master files that are then used in another audio file-conversion app to make MP3, AAC and other file formats for electronic music delivery. soundBlade LE assumes you have already processed your files (EQ, Comp, Limiter) to master level. soundBlade LE is also great for restoring mono or stereo files using optional NoNOISE options like Manual DeClick or Broadband DeNoise. What sB LE can not do is use plug-ins.

If you need a mastering app that supports plug-ins, we suggest you consider:

  1. Our soundBlade HD All Access Subscription service. soundBlade HD All Access has almost everything you'd need as a mastering engingeer: all of our NoNOISE options and Sonic Studio branded plug-ins in affordable and easy-to-manage quarterly or annual subscription terms. In addition, soundBlade HD All Access supports many, but not all, third party audio plug-ins.
  2. soundBlade SE is perfect for stereo mastering. soundBlade SE supports many plug-ins, has many of the same features as soundBlade HD, you can purchase options like Sonic Studio Mastering EQ or NoNOISE stuff and it's much less expensive than soundBlade HD.

soundBlade Product Comparison

For Mac OS 10.6.8->MacOS Mojave

soundBlade HD

soundBlade SE

soundBlade LE

Channel count
16 Play/8 Record
4 Play/4 Record
2 Play
Sample rate support
384 kHz
192 kHz
192 kHz
Record 2/4 tracks up to 192 kHz
Sonic's famous Source-to-destination editing model
Precision fade editing wth Edit Fade Mode (EFM)
8/16-track recording editing and delivery
Precision Quicktime interlock
Plug-In Support: AU and VST
Support for multiple Projects and Edit Decisoin Lists (EDL)
Flexible syncing capabilities
Sonic Studio Process ($249 Value)
Drag and drop/import, edit and assemble stereo music with increased soundstage and presence
Imports AIFF, WAV, BWF and most compressed file formats such as MP3 or FLAC and ALAC
Prepare files for electronic music delivery: export AIFF, WAV or Broadcast Wave files
Global 4 band Sonic EQ
SonicStudio Mastering Dithers
Real-time segment volume with -144db to +24 db range of control
DDP File Open and edit
Burn CDs and make DDP 2.0 deliverables with CDTEXT support
Support for most FireWire and many USB hardware interfaces
Includes securePlayer encrypted master client reference player
Replaces PMCD - See upgrade info below

Price (USD)




Praise for soundBlade

soundBlade is the professional digital audio mastering software benchmark. Proven with millions of commercial tracks for both CD and electronic music delivery such as iTunes, nothing sounds like soundBlade. In fact, it's like no other digital audio workstation (DAW). soundBlade's unique workflow is optimzed for the purpose of mastering, restoring and editing audio. soundBlade systems are used by the world's top mastering engineers everyday. They rely on soundBlade to produce fantastic masters. So should you.

In soundBlade, mixes have more depth, detail and a greater sense of presence than what you're used to hearing from any other DAW. That's because all soundBlade systems are based on the Sonic Studio Engine (SSE), our highly optimzed digital audio processing technology that eliminates barriers to great sound. And, that sonic improvement is embeded into your CDs, DDP or exported files.

We invite you to review the soundBlade application feature chart above and decide which is best for your studio's needs, then sign up for a 14-day trial version to test soundBlade out yourself.


soundBlade HD

soundBlade SE

soundBlade LE

soundBlade HD v2.2 to HD v2.3
(requires surrender of HD 2.2 license)

soundBlade SE v2.3 to HD v2.3
(requires surrender of SE 2.3 license)

soundBlade LE v2.3 to HD v2.3
(requires surrender of LE 2.3 license)

soundBlade SE v2.2 to SE v2.3
(requires surrender of SE 2.2 license)

soundBlade LE v2.3 to SE v2.3
(requires surrender of LE 2.3 license)

soundBlade LE v2.2 to LE v2.3
(requires surrender of LE 2.2 license)

Legacy Product Upgrades to soundBlade v2.3
(requires Legacy Product license)

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