| We are often asked if Song Surgeon is better than product X, Y, or Z. When we reply and say that Song Surgeon is better, some people are rightly skeptical of our objectivity. I can understand that. So we decided to start a series of side-by-side comparisons of Song Surgeon to other products to allow people to see what we see.
Today’s weekly video tip was to be a comparison between a product called Riffmaster Pro and Song Surgeon. The video I filmed for this week was to illustrate the difference in sound quality between these two products. In this video we used organ music as the test music; its wide range of harmonics makes it the most difficult type of music to manipulate when changing key or tempo – and that makes it an ideal test music for audio key and tempo change purposes.
Unfortunately the video system I used when I made the video also could not reproduce the harmonics in the organ music either, making the comparison difficult. Consequently I abandoned the video and have inserted the raw audio directly as it came out of these two products. Here is what we did.
Tempo Change Comparison
In side by side comparison we changed the tempo of a piece of organ music by 20%. In other words the playback speed was set to 80% of the original. We played back identical segments of the same music to make the comparison easy.
Song Surgeon -80%
Riffmaster Pro -80%
Key or Pitch Change Comparison
In the second set of comparisons we change the key of the same segment of the same song by 15 cents. That is to say 15/100ths of 1/2 step. Here again you can hear the original, the Song Surgeon audio and the Riffmaster audio
Original -No Key Change
Song Surgeon -15 cent key change
Riffmaster Pro – 15 cent key change
I think you will agree that there is a clear difference between the Song Surgeon and Riffmaster Pro audio. Now we realize that most people are not interested in organ music, but the point is that Song Surgeon’s flawless audio reproduction you need not be concerned about the quality of the audio on playback, regardless of the instrument type or the amount of change in tempo or key. With Riffmaster you do.
Stay tuned as next week we will complete this side-by-side comparison with a review of the features and functionalities found in the two products.