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TwistedWave 1.11 is available!

TwistedWave 1.11 is now available, with a few new features, and many fixes and improvements.

This is a free update, and can be downloaded from TwistedWave’s home page.

New features

  • The sample rate conversions are done with SoX one of the best available implementations available.
  • Normalizing to a target RMS, LUFS or true peak value, in addition to the peak value.
  • Support for the retina display.
  • Support for the 32-bit floating point codec in the WAV and AIFC files.
  • Support for the “AAC High Efficiency” compression.

Fixes and improvements

This update also contains many fixes and improvements.

32/64-bit universal binary

Until now, TwistedWave was a 32-bit application, and a separate 64-bit version could be downloaded. TwistedWave is now a universal 32/64-bit application, and will run in 64-bit by default if your computer supports it.

If for some reason — for compatibility with some 32-bit Audio Unit plugins, for instance — you need to run it in 32-bit, it is still possible. Right-click or ctrl-click the TwistedWave application in the Finder, and select “Get Info”. In the info window that shows up, check the option to “Open in 32-bit mode.”

Compatibility version

This new update is compatible with OS X 10.6 and later. If you still need to use TwistedWave on an older system, there is a compatibility version available. This version is compatible with OS X 10.4 and later, on intel and PPC computers.

App Store

It will take a couple of days for this update to be available on the App Store. If you have purchased TwistedWave on the App Store, however, you will still be able to use this update. As long as you keep both versions on your computer, this update will see that you have a purchased version installed, and will be able to run without asking for a serial number.

TwistedWave Online

There is a new member to the TwistedWave family.

After the Mac and iOS platforms, TwistedWave Online is coming to the
web browser, compatible with Safari, Chrome, Firefox or IE9.

TwistedWave Online is almost ready, and needs your help making sure
everything works fine. If you want to help me testing it, you can
access it there:

https://twistedwave.com/online/

You can start using it right away, and edit audio files up to 30
seconds in length.

During the beta period, you can increase that limit to 20
minutes
by creating a free account there:

https://twistedwave.com/online/create_account

You are encouraged to report any issue you may have, and suggest
improvements on the dedicated forum there:

https://twistedwave.fogbugz.com/default.asp?onlinebeta

You can also contact me directly by email, by using TwistedWave’s
customer service email, available on this page:

https://twistedwave.com/support.html

TwistedWave update

All the versions of TwistedWave have been updated:

You’ll find below a list of new features and improvements for each version.

New icons

TwistedWave now has a great icon, and new toolbar buttons. These are available for both the mac and the iOS version. I hope you’ll like them:

new icons

TwistedWave Remote

Remote

TwistedWave Remote is a new iPhone application that can be used to remotely control TwistedWave. You can use it to start and stop playback or recording. It will also allow you to place markers while you are playing back audio, or in the middle of a recording session.

In order to use it, you have to open TwistedWave’s preferences window, and select “Enable TwistedWave Remote”.

You can get it now on the App Store.

DIRAC 3 Pro

TwistedWave was now upgraded to DIRAC 3 Pro, for a faster speed and better quality when pitch shifting or time stretching audio files.

Additionally, because it was upgraded to the Pro version, it offers a better support for files with more than two channels when pitch shifting or time stretching. Previously, when processing files with more than two channels, TwistedWave would process the channels as individual pairs, resulting in phase problems.

Saving mp2 files

With this update, TwistedWave now also gains support for saving mp2 files. Until now TwistedWave could only read these files.

Two new toolbar buttons

Volume and loop buttons are now available in the toolbar. The loop button can be used to enable or disable looping when playing back audio.

If you already had TwistedWave installed, these buttons may not appear by default. You can get them by right-clicking on the toolbar, and selecting “Customize Toolbar…”.

Fixed YouTube import

YouTube’s web pages has recently changed, making them incompatible with TwistedWave. This was now fixed, and you can now download YouTube movies’ sound track in TwistedWave.

TwistedWave for iOS update

This is also a great update for the iOS version of TwistedWave. Here is the list of new features and improvements:

  • New export options:
    • It is possible to send an audio file to Dropbox.
    • Email a link or upload by FTP an mp3 file encoded and hosted online on twistedwave.com.
    • Browser access to allow downloading and uploading files from/to TwistedWave with a browser on your computer.
  • More effects:
    • Delay effect.
    • Compressor/limiter effect.
    • Pitch shifting/time stretching with DIRAC.
  • Better support for large files
    • Previously, when you were recording large files, TwistedWave could get out of memory, and would quit. Now, it is possible to record for many hours. The only limit is the storage capacity for the audio file.
    • Furthermore, when reopening a large document, one hour long or more, TwistedWave should now be much more faster.
  • TwistedWave remembers the position and selection when you reopen a document.
  • Added buttons to cut, crop and loop the audio.
  • The cursor and selection are automatically adjusted to zero crossings to avoid clicks when copy/pasting audio.

Suggest and vote for feature requests

TwistedWave has been improving and growing for a few years now, mainly thanks to a lot of people that wrote to me to suggest new features they would like to see in TwistedWave. Almost all of the additions to TwistedWave have been suggested to me at one point.

The hard part for me is to determine what feature to implement from all the great suggestions I received.

In order to solve this problem, I have setup a page where you can suggest new features, and vote for the ones you would like to see in future updates. The number of votes will help me determine what features are most important, and should be worked on first. Now, go suggest and vote.

TwistedWave 1.9.1 is available!

TwistedWave 1.9.1 is now available. It is a minor update mainly with small improvements and bug fixes.

This is a free update, and can be downloaded from TwistedWave’s home page.

New features:

  • Added the ability to import/export markers in CSV files.
  • Support for the comment metadata field.
  • Added the “Insert Silence” batch effect.
  • Support for Drag and drop from Cubase/Nuendo.

Fixes

This update also fixes a number of crashes and freezes.

TwistedWave is now available for iPhone and iPad!

TwistedWave for iOS allows you to record and edit audio. It is
based on the same engine as TwistedWave for MacOS X, and is therefore
also very fast and responsive. Moving around and zooming in the
waveform is very fluid.

TwistedWave is available now on the iTunes App Store.

With TwistedWave for iPhone, you can use a number of tools to easily edit your audio:

  • Copy and paste your audio.
  • Undo/redo instantly.
  • Amplify or normalize the audio to a given level.
  • Add fades in or fades out.
  • Apply different kinds of filters to adjust the level of the low or high frequencies.

TwistedWave also offers you different ways to share your files:

  • WAV, AIFF, CAF and AAC audio.
  • Import/export audio to iTunes (with iOS 3.2).
  • Send your audio by mail.
  • Upload to an FTP account.

TwistedWave 1.9 is available!

TwistedWave 1.9 was just released. The detailed list of new features, fixes and improvements can be found in the release notes. It can be downloaded from the home page. The main new features are the support for VST plugins, the ability to import YouTube soundtracks, and support for .wmv, .flv, .ac3 and Audiobook .m4b files with chapters, and speech synthesis.

VST plugins

In addition to Audio Unit plugins, TwistedWave now supports VST (Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology) plugins. It is now possible to use with TwistedWave the effect plugins that are not available as Audio Units.

TwistedWave handles VST plugins exactly as Audio Units. They can be loaded in an effect stack, or used with the batch processing.

Import YouTube soundtracks

TwistedWave can now import the soundtrack directly from a YouTube movie. Select “File / Import from YouTube” from the main menu, and you have the option to provide the URL (the web page address) of a YouTube web page. TwistedWave will then start loading the movie’s soundtrack which you can then edit, and save as a file on your disk.

Speech synthesis

TwistedWave now integrates Apple’s speech synthesis. Enter your text, select a voice, and the corresponding synthesized speech will be inserted in the current sound file.

Support for Audiobook .m4b files

It is now possible to read and save audiobook files in the .m4b format. When an audiobook is read or saved, TwistedWave converts the chapters to markers and back. This makes it very easy to add, rename or move chapters in an audiobook or podcast.

When the file is loaded in iTunes or an iPod, the current chapter is displayed, and it is possible to skip to the next/previous chapter, making it easier to navigate inside a long audio file.

Improved batch processing

The batch processing offers new actions, such as:

  • A cut action to remove or keep a specific part in the audio file.
  • Two actions to apply fades in or out to the beginning or end of the audio file.
  • An action to reorder the channels in a multichannel audio file.
  • A few actions to work with markers, such as adding or removing markers, or splitting the file by the markers.
  • An action that can copy a metadata field to another, or save the file name in a metadata field.

Support for trackpad swipe and pinch gestures

TwistedWave now understands trackpad gestures. You can use pinch to zoom, and swipe to quickly move to the beginning or the end of the file.

Additionally, scrolling with the trackpad or magic mouse has been improved and is much smoother.

Improved the insert silence effect

If a region is selected when applying the insert silence effect, instead of inserting the silence at the cursor position, the selected region is first deleted, and replaced by the silence.

This new behavior can be particularly useful in combination with the silence detector. When you have selected all the silences, inserting a silence will automatically make all the selected silences the same length.

Non-contiguous audio selection

Selecting a part of the waveform usually results in a contiguous selection, starting where you clicked the mouse up to the point where you released it.

A non-contiguous selection can be thought of as being composed of several simple selections, several regions are selected simultaneously. Here is how a non-contiguous selection can look like:

Although TwistedWave has always been able to handle non-contiguous selections, it has recently gained more visibility with the silence detector, because it uses a non-contiguous selection to mark the silences in an audio file.

Making a non-contiguous selection

When you click the waveform, the current selection is discarded, and you start making another selection. In order to make a non-contiguous, you can option-click, and the existing selection will remain, and you start adding to it.

Additionally, you can option-shift-click and drag the mouse to remove an area from the selection.

Exactly as with a simple selection, you can adjust a non-contiguous selection by clicking on its edges, or shift-clicking if you want to avoid accidentally deselecting everything by clicking just a bit too far.

What for?

What can this be used for?

The interesting point about non-contiguous selections is that all the effects that can be applied on a selection also work on non-contiguous selections, and if you want to apply an effect with the same settings on different parts of an audio file, instead of selecting a piece of audio, apply an effect, selecting another part, and applying again, you can select all the parts you want to process simultaneously, and apply the effect.

The nice part is that TwistedWave remembers the selection you applied the effect on. If you want to apply your effect with a different preset, hit undo, and the audio you were working on is automatically reselected.

Also, as indicated above, a non-contiguous selection is a very helpful tool to mark the silences automatically detected in the sound file.

TwistedWave 1.8 is available!

TwistedWave 1.8 was just released. The detailed list of new features, fixes and improvements can be found in the release notes. It can be downloaded from the home page. The main new features being the availability of a 64-bit version of TwistedWave, automatically splitting a sound file by detecting silences, and the ability to export iPhone ringtone files.

TwistedWave 64 bit

With Mac OS 10.6, Apple has completed the transition to 64 bit computing, and it is time for TwistedWave to jump on the bandwagon.

By going 64 bit, TwistedWave benefits from the ability to use a lot more memory, and deliver faster performance.

Running TwistedWave 64 with 32-bit Audio Units

In theory, a 32 bit application can load only 32 bit plugins, and a 64 bit application can load only 64 bit plugins. This would mean that TwistedWave 64 will not be able to load 32 bit Audio Units.

The problem is that today, the vast majority of Audio Units available is 32 bit only. In fact, from the hundred of plugins currently installed on my mac, all of them are 32 bit, except from the built-in Apple Audio Units, since Mac OS 10.6.

Using 32-bit Audio Units is possible

Without being able to run 32-bit Audio Units, a 64 bit TwistedWave would be useless to many.

For that reason, TwistedWave 64 incorporates a new technology that makes it able to load 32 and 64 bit Audio Units transparently. You will not even have to know you are running a 32 bit Audio Unit with TwistedWave 64.

Silence detector

Selected Silences

If manually cutting a long file into many different parts, and saving them as individual files looks like a big waste of your time, you will be happy to use the silence detector built in TwistedWave that allows you to do exactly that.

In just a few steps, you can:

  • Detect the silences
  • Name the different parts
  • Export as individual files

You can read more on how to automatically split an audio file.

Automatically splitting an audio file

Manually cutting a long file into many different parts, and saving them as individual files can be very tedious and quickly take a lot of time. In this article, I will demonstrate how easily this can be done with TwistedWave, thanks to the built-in silence detector.

Detecting the silences

When you want to split an audio file, the first task consists in detecting the silences, parts of the audio where there is no or little sound. Each time a silence appears in the file, this is a place where it should be cut. The silence detector is perfectly suited to this job. From the main menu, click Select / Detect Silences…, and here is what you get:

Simple Silence Detector

The simplicity of the interface reflects the fact that the task is fully automatic, and TwistedWave is able to detect the silences without any extra configuration. If you are working on a more complex sound file where the difference between the silences and the useful sounds is not obvious, you can see below how the expert mode of the silence detector can be used to fine-tune the way TwistedWave tells the silences from the rest of the file.

When the silence detector is opened, it first analyzes the audio, and previews the silences by selecting them, like this:

Selected Silences

Seeing the image below may surprise you if you thought the selection always had to be contiguous. Well, it does not have to be, and this can be particularly useful in cases like this one. You can read more on non-contiguous selections.

When previewing the silences, you can start playing the audio, and TwistedWave will play all the selected silences. That way, you can make sure a useful sound was not selected by mistake.

After the audio was analyzed, from the pop-up button, you can select what to do with the silences in the audio file. When pressing the Apply button, one of several actions will be performed:

  • Select Silences. This option will select the parts of the audio containing silence.
  • Select Sounds. This is the opposite of the previous option, and only the areas not containing silence will be selected.
  • Place Markers. Markers will be automatically placed at the beginning and end of each detected silence.
  • Delete Silences. All the silences will be deleted.
  • Delete Silences and Mark. All the silences will be deleted, and some markers will be placed where the cuts were made.

The option we are going to use is Delete Silences and Mark, which will give this when applied:

Silences Cut and Marked

Naming the different parts

TwistedWave has automatically placed some markers at the places where the sound file should be cut. Now, it is convenient to give more explicit names to the markers, because they are going to be used to name the files.

Instead of double-clicking the markers one by one to rename them, the markers window provides a convenient way to rename all of them in one go. Double click the first one, and when you press return, the second is automatically selected to be renamed. You can also check the “Auto play” checkbox, and TwistedWave will automatically preview the audio starting at the marker you are renaming.

Renaming Markers

Splitting in individual files

Once you have placed the markers, and renamed them, the work is almost done. Select “Split by Markers” form the Markers menu, select the destination folder and file format, and TwistedWave does the rest:

Splitting by Markers

The expert silence detector

On some occasions, there is no clear distinction between the silences and the rest of the file, and the simple detector will not correctly locate the silences in the sound file. In that case, you should switch to the expert mode, and you will have access to a number of settings that allow you to fine-tune the detection.

The expert silences detector looks like this:

Expert Silence Detector

A number of new parameters are available to control the silence detection. They are:

  • Threshold. This parameter specifies the sound level in dB below which a sound is considered as silence. Note that when you open the silence detector, the sound file is analyzed, and this parameter is automatically set to a value that should be fine. You should only have to change this parameter in some cases where the distinction between sound and silence is less obvious.
  • Minimum silence duration. This parameter specifies the minimum duration below which a silence is not considered. This can be useful when detecting silences from a file containing spoken text, and a small pause between two words should not be considered as silence.
  • Minimum sound duration. This parameter specifies the minimum duration below which a sound is not considered as such, and will be treated as a silence. When a short noise is present during a silence, it can be desirable to still consider the silence as a whole, and ignore the sounds up to a given length.
  • Left and right padding. When you want to cut the silences from a sound file, it may be necessary to keep around a fraction of a second of audio before and after each sound. If the sound fades out at the end, for instance, it may be necessary to keep it a bit longer even after it drops below the silence threshold.

For best results, here is how you should set the different parameters in the expert detector:

  • First, set all the parameters to 0, except the threshold.
  • If necessary, fine-tune the threshold so that all the silences are detected, even if some silence is found in the useful sounds.
  • Increase the minimum silence duration just enough for the small silences in the middle of a sound to be ignored.
  • If necessary, increase the minimum sound duration to ignore a short noise inside a silence.
  • Increase the left and right padding values to keep a short silence before and after each useful sound.

Manually tweaking the silence detection

If the difference between the sounds and the silences is so small that the expert silence detector can’t make a correct detection, you still have the option to manually adjust the detection.

First, adjust the detection parameters as well as possible, and instead of cutting and marking the silences right now, select the option to “Select Silences”. Apply this, and close the silence detector.

Exactly as above, you should end up with a non-contiguous selection in the audio file:

Selected Silences

You can adjust this selection by:

  • Shift clicking its edges to adjust them.
  • Option-click and drag the mouse to add a region to the selection in order to mark a silence that would not have been detected.
  • Shift-Option-click and drag the mouse to remove a region from the selection to remove a silence that should be ignored, or to mark a sound that was ignored within a silence.

When this is done, make sure the option to Auto Mark Cuts is enabled, from the Markers menu, and press backspace, or Edit / Delete from the main menu. Then, export the files with “Split by Markers” and you are done.