VoceVista Video 5.3

This is mostly a service update to fully support macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Known issues

  • No recording on macOS 10.12 and 10.13: The changes made to support macOS Catalina turned out to be incompatible with older macOS versions. Please download the latest beta version from our support page.
  • No pitch line if spectrogram is turned off. The pitch line will only be displayed if the spectrogram is enabled. To hide the spectrogram, you can adjust the brightness and contrast sliders to make it invisible. Fixed for Version 5.4.0

VoceVista Video 5.2.0

This update brings many changes under the hood for improved stability and performance. The biggest new feature is the Sound Generator, which enables a large number of exercises and experiments for better understanding of acoustics and voice science. Check this space for upcoming tutorial videos.

New Features

  • Sound Generator, for additive synthesis of sounds and for simulating vocal tract resonances
  • playback of note sliders to separate ears for binaural experiments
  • record output of generated sounds from the piano, the note sliders, and the Vowel Chart
  • faster mp3 encoding
  • the Vowel Chart can now be customized, which means the position of the vowels can be rearranged
  • new nomenclature for resonance frequencies. Instead of talking about formants, the vocal tract resonance frequencies are now labelled fR1, fR2, etc.

Bug Fixes

This release contains a large number of bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as preparations for several exciting new features to come very soon.

VoceVista Video 5.1.0

This update has taken much longer than originally planned because we had to change quite a lot of stuff under the hood to prepare the app to support the Electroglottograph (EGG) display. Most notably, all editions now have better support for stereo files and allow switching the displayed stereo channel on the fly.

This version also completes all features from Overtone Analyzer 4.0 that were still missing, such as the textual pitch and cursor info display on top of the spectrum.

This is a free update for all users of VoceVista Video / Overtone Analyzer 5.x. If you have a license for those programs, you can simply download the latest edition from our download page and install it over the old one.
To upgrade from the older Overtone Analyzer 4.0, please contact us for details about how to buy a renewal license.

Here are the individual changes:

New Features

  • support for the Electroglottograph (EGG) in VoceVista Video Pro
  • improved support for storing the contents of one window in another for comparison
  • export recordings as mp3
  • change stereo channel display on the fly
  • frequency filters work in stereo now
  • textual pitch and cursor info display on top of the spectrum:

Bug fixes / Detail improvements

There are a lot of fixes and improvements in this release, too many to list all of them. Here are some of the more important ones:

  • better fading in and out (to avoid loud pops) when playing the selection in a loop, and while dragging the visible rectangle
  • support for resizing the selection while looping, even when looping very short sections
  • review workflow for creating Markers and using Marker List
  • better support for horizontal spectrogram orientation
  • better default file names
  • refresh tabs more consistently when file names have changed
  • fix various crashes
  • fix file corruption when opening wave files with unknown chunks
  • support for macOS 10.13
  • fix various scaling issues for retina screens
  • make more colors adjustable in the Fonts and Colors settings (such as LTAS line)


VoceVista Video 5.0.2

Version 5.0 was the first release of our software that was not only for PC but also for Mac. The 5.x product line had been in development for quite some time, and even though it still has some bugs and not all features from the 4.x line are completely ported, we felt that it was already useful, so we decided to release it instead of making everyone wait even longer for the Mac version.

5.0.2 continues to fix bugs and port features that were already in 4.0, and to make the app more compatible with the original VoceVista 3.

New mouse cursor behavior

The biggest change in 5.0.2 is the new mouse cursor behavior.
In previous versions,

  • moving the mouse across the spectrogram would immediately show the spectrum for the time position of the cursor.
  • Clicking on a time position would set the cursor to that position and reset the selection.
  • Click+drag would set the selection.

The new mouse mode is more similar to VoceVista 3 and should be more familiar to users of that software:

  • Moving the mouse pointer by itself has no effect.
  • Clicking, or clicking and dragging, sets the playback cursor and the position shown by the spectrum.
  • To change the selection, you now need to hold Control (on PC), or Command (on Mac), and then click and drag across a time range:
    Selecting time range and notes

You can change the mouse cursor behavior back to the old way in the Advanced Settings.

Other changes

  • The status bar has now labelled every value to make it easier to read.
  • The mouse wheel emulation (by pressing the 1 and 2 keys) is working again.
  • The mouse wheel operates even on inactive views in tiled mode.
  • Drawing of Overtone Sliders and Undertone Sliders now works in all orientations.
  • The piano now works again with the linear frequency scale (not just the log scale): Linear and Logarithmic Frequency Scale
  • Double-click for all note slider operations is working again.
  • Note sliders are refreshed immediately when the view settings change.
  • The notation system is changed automatically to Scientific when the app language is English.
  • MIDI input to drive the piano is working again.
  • Fixed various crashes and bugs.