soundBlade LE

Created exclusively for MacExclusively for OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard & Later

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

Precision Editing

  • Super-fast auto editing tool selection
  • "No-click-ever" editing
  • 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


Flexible Formats, Fast Editing

  • Precision stereo editing
  • 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
    • Global EQ
  • 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


soundBlade HD

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 HD

Spectral Repair Tool

Spectral Repair Tool

  • Remove unwanted acoustical events
  • Correct instrumental tracks
  • Recover forensic dialog & telephone actualities
  • Remove scratches and dropouts from mechanical recordings
  • Eliminate environmental noises from film & video location recordings
  • Eliminate ultrasonic disturbances from DSD recordings
  • Choose from different kinds of interpolation & re-synthesis schemes for flawless results
  • Take out heavy hum & buzz

Manual DeClick II Native

Manual DeClick II Native

  • Five DeClick algorithms
  • Two DeCrackle algorithms
  • Sample rate support to 192 kHz
  • Background soundfile processing
  • Unlimited Undo

Broadband DeNOISE II Native

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

studioCare HD

studioCare HD

1 Year of priority email, telephone, and remote log-on technical support as well as software updates for customers who own soundBlade HD.


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, USB or Thunderbolt 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.

VST Note:

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.

Additional Notes:

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.

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