Finding a do-it-all stand alone program that manages the majority of your audio issues is difficult. Back in the “old days” we had programs like Peak or Sound Designer (for Mac) and a myriad of them for PC all long gone. There’s still a ton of them popping up every week, but I stumbled across one which solves an issue which I’m always running into for Sound Effects: Doppler shifting. And so, let’s have a review of ReSample from 2nd Sense.
ReSample Is a Great Way to get Doppler Shifting into Your AudioWhat Is It?
Resample is a cool $89 program for Mac/PC which runs as a “stand alone” app – meaning, it doesn’t plug into any DAW or VST. Generally, most stand alones aren’t as facile to use as built in plugins, but sometimes, your DAW or VST/AU library doesn’t have the horsepower to deliver the kind of sounds/effects you need.
Enter ReSample. It’s a pretty simple program: you import sound files and destructively affect them, then export
them to newly created audio files, and drag them back into your DAW. Ideally, you’ve saved the new audio files in such a way that they’re exactly the same length as the originals sitting in your DAW – and so sync is as easy as lining them up with your old file – and you’re good to go.
What kinds of effects does ReSample have? The usual mix with some added bonuses including
- rudimentary FFT noise reduction,
- multi-band compression,
- engineering filters,
- a good loudness meter (which you can use to take your entire mix and see if it is compliant with your deliverables),
- stereo enhancement
- and a few other cool bits.
It also does a very good job of doing its namesake: resampling audio from various sample rates and bit depths without audible artifacture.
But what drew my attention to ReSample is the Doppler effect. Other than Waves Doppler (which is awesome
BTW), I haven’t found a good doppler effect that gives me maximum flexibility with ease of use. Of course, being that it’s living in a stand-alone app it’s not the most facile plugin to use, but the fact that I can place markers in Audition/DAW, then export as an AIF (which retains markers), then drop in doppler in ReSample knowing where the – say – spaceship zooms by… it’s nearly as easy. I can also burn several versions and import them all back into my DAW – which Waves’ iteration doesn’t make easy to do. Given that the list price for Doppler is nearly the same price as ReSample itself, the value is clear. Sure, Doppler from Waves is better. No question. Waves has atmospheric and reverb considerations and quite a few more things which really make the effect seem more real. But
given the value of all the other aspects of ReSample, it’s a strong contender on which you might spend your hard-earned money.
The Bottom Line:
Of course the limitations of a stand-alone app render it strictly for use in audio file editing, but this is where it soars. I’ve used it for sound effects quick-edits, and I’ve been glad it was there. Although I can’t deny feeling nostalgic, because it’s look and feel mimic Peak in a lot of ways…and those were those “good ol’ days” again.
Naturally, most of what it does is far more easily implemented in your DAW of choice, but given it’s low price, ease of use and generally clean UI, we give it a 115 CS Rating.
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