IrcamLAB The Snail

Audio Analyzer and Tuning Plugin & App

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It has 3 types of activations, iLok USB, iLok Machine, and iLok Cloud.

Different brands/products will offer different iLok methods. iLok USB is always an option, but the availability of iLok Cloud and iLok Machine methods is at the discretion of the software developer.


iLok Account

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iLok License Manager

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iLok USB Key

iLok USB

This activation is stored on an iLok 2 or 3 USB key.

It is the best option for portability, if you frequently move between multiple machines, and offline use.


iLok Machine ID

Machine ID

This activation is stored locally on your computer.

While this is a convenient way to work offline, and does not require the additional cost of an iLok USB, there is the risk of a license being lost in the case of a drive failure.

This option also requires extra care when you upgrade to a new computer, the license(s) must be deactivated on your old machine first to ensure you do not lose them.


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The Snail is a very high-precision frequency-domain analyzer that delivers an easy to understand representation of sounds based on the scales and notes aligned in spectrally active zones.

It offers a new way of tuning and analyzing an instrument in an extremely accurate way, displaying intonation and visualizing music and sounds in a way that can help anyone improve their listening and intonation!

Think of a film camera turning at 24 frames per second filming a bicycle wheel turning at 24 revolutions a second, the spokes will appear to be standing still. That means, for a Fourier analysis of frequency at 439Hz compared to a tuning reference of 440Hz, the demodulated phase will turn at 1Hz (as a slightly de-synchronized stroboscope makes a rotating object have a slow movement). Think of audio signals 'beating' as there is an interference between two sounds at slightly different frequencies.

Compared to standard spectrum analyzers based on Fourier-type analysis, the frequency accuracy is enhanced by a process based on the demodulated phase. This system is based on a recent patented technology, conceived at the laboratory of Science and Technology of Music and Sound IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC.

This product is for Mac and Windows OS as a Standalone application, and as AAX, AU and VST3 plugins.


How Does The Snail Work?

The Modes

Music Mode - is the most suitable to view your music with, if for instance it contains complex polyphonic content.

Tuner Mode - is the preferred to help tune an instrument as it increases the resolution of the analysis.

The Display Views

Snail View - provides a representation of the fundamental frequencies and all related harmonics or overtones in real time.

Sound is displayed as 'blobs' along a spiralled view from the low frequencies in the center to higher frequencies (and their respective musical notes) up the spiral GUI.

Zoomed Tuner View - displays the hexagonal shape which rotates and slows down as you zero down to green on the exact reference frequency.

This display is the closest view to a traditional tuner while being incredibly more precise.

Sonogram View - offers a more standard representation of the sound spectrum over time (vertically), highlighting the prevailing frequencies.

This view provides more detail of the frequencies' energy for analysis.


Features

  • Simple intuitive interface
  • Ultimate accuracy in tuning
  • Different combinations of views available
  • Audio player with waveform display to allow analysis of any song or sound
  • Live input for tuning of external sources
  • Tuner mode or Music mode
  • Adjustable Tuning Reference pitch
  • Transposing feature
  • Display of phase relationships possible
  • Hz information display
  • User adjustable color schemes
  • Click and Tune
  • Color grid option
  • Show grid option

System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.10 Yosemite - 11 Big Sur (Intel only)
  • Windows 7 and above (64-bit only)
  • 2GB RAM or more
  • Compatible host software for plugin use

Plugin Formats

AAX Native, AU, VST3, Standalone


System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.10 Yosemite and above
  • Windows 7 and above (64-bit only)
  • Intel CPU
  • 2GB RAM or more

Plugin Formats

AAX Native, AU, VST3, and Standalone


User Manual

Crossgrade Proof

This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.


Types of proof

A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

A screenshot of your product registration

A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.