|Until recently, audio collections
have been searchable only through text descriptions. Each audio
clip must be described in words, and these descriptions are searched to
locate clips of interest.
Comparisonics Corporation has pioneered an alternative approach for searching audio collections called sound matching. Given any sound as an example or "prototype", the Comparisonics sound-matching algorithm automatically finds similar sounds within an audio collection. This "sounds-like" search gives users a new way to explore the available sounds.
It is possible to mimic a desired sound into a microphone and launch a search for similar sounds on the Web. And any sound retrieved by a search can be used as the prototype in a sounds-like search, to "find sounds like this one."
The Comparisonics "sounds-like" search has been incorporated into FindSounds.com, FindSounds for Android, FindSounds Palette, and the Comparisonics Audio Editor.
See the sound-matching examples below; click on any waveform display to play the sound that is pictured. See articles for more information.
Sound Matching Examples
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