SOFTWARE SYGYT / OVERTONE ANALYZER, BODO MAASS & WOLFGANG SAUS,GERMANY

About us

Sygyt Software was founded in 2003 by Bodo Maass and Wolfgang Saus to explore the creation of tools that help people to become better musicians and to realize the full potential of their voice. “Sygyt” is the tuvan word for a specific throat singing technique that creates a very strong, high pitched overtone sound. The name represents the company’s origin in overtone singing.

Bodo Maass

Bodo Maass is the founder and main software developer of Sygyt Software. He first began programming at the age of 11. After studying Cognitive Science (Psychology and Philosophy) at the University of Oxford, he worked on voice based human-machine interfaces for a company called MicroStrategy in Washington D.C. He subsequently returned to Oxford to become the first employee of the newly founded company NaturalMotion, where he was the lead developer for NaturalMotion’s award winning 3D animation software “endorphin”, a commercial product to synthesize human movement based on artificial intelligence research. He discovered Overtone Singing in 1994 and immediately wanted to learn this seemingly impossible art of singing two melodies at the same time. He and his teacher in this method, Wolfgang Saus, talked about the lack of good software to assist teaching overtone singers, and thus “Overtone Analyzer” was born.
This work was later expanded to create the next generation of the software “VoceVista” together with the voice scientist Don Miller.

Wolfgang Saus

Originally trained in Germany as a scientist as well as a classical singer, Wolfgang Saus has gained a profound understanding of overtone singing, both as a performer and a teacher. His unique combination of a scientific intellect and several decades experience as a singer enables him to make overtones accessible to many people by explaining them in simple, intuitive terms. Saus has become one of the leading overtone singers in Europe, and has taught hundreds of students individually and through workshops. He is also an expert in improving the intonation of a choir by training the singers to control their overtones, which he has refined into his new method of “Choral Phonetics”.

Overtone Analyzer and VoceVista Video are the consequent application of his knowledge to the medium of software, which allows the visualization and exploration of voice and sound in an interactive way.

Don Miller

Operatic bass-baritone Donald Miller was professor at the Syracuse Unversity School of Music when, in the 1980s, he began research on the acoustics and physiology of the singing voice with phoniatrist Harm Schutte in Groningen, The Netherlands. Later in that decade he settled in Groningen full time, where he and Prof. Schutte published a number of articles, earning him a PhD with the publication of Registers in Singing in the year 2000. A product of that research has been the software program VoceVista, providing digital feedback for singing instruction from spectrum analysis and the electroglottograph (EGG). In 2008 he published Resonance in Singing, concisely describing the application of the system to analysis of the recorded literature, as well as to live instruction in the voice studio.

Krzysztof Jaros

Krzysztof Jaros, born in Poland, is author, software developer, independent researcher, lecturer. Mainly, his work is focused on soundwork and consciousness exploration. His research touches singing bowls, overtone singing, brainwave entrainment, and spectral signal processing. Over the years, he created several audio technologies, software solutions, methods and verbal programs – designed to support therapies, self-improvement and adventures in the world of altered states of awareness. He worked for Peter Hess Academy in Poland, and inspired by works of Robert A. Monroe, he gives workshops on ways of dealing with expanded perception of inner and outer reality. A few years ago he fell in love with Overtone Analyzer, and now is helping to push it beyond the imaginable.

Overtone Analyzer – Demonstration von Stimmfunktionen

Overtone Analyzer – Demonstration von Stimmfunktionen

Published on Jun 17, 2012

Der Overtone Analyzer von http://www.sygyt.com bekommt demnächst Filterfunktionen. Hier schonmal ein kurzer Einblick, wie man mit den Filtern z. B. Stimmfunktionen veranschaulichen kann. (Die Filterfunktion ist derzeit noch ein Prototyp, z. B. wird das Knacken beim Loop später nicht mehr sein).

Comparing sounds with Overtone Analyzer (Part 2)

Comparing sounds with Overtone Analyzer (Part 2)

Published on Aug 14, 2013

Comparing sounds and audio recordings with Overtone Analyzer Premium. This tutorial shows the Long Term Average Spectrum (LTAS), and how to display the LTAS of several marked sections on top of each other so that they can easily be compared. The video also shows the Normalized Spectrum, which allows to analyze the relative harmonic intensity of a recording. These features are only available in Overtone Analyzer Premium, not in the Live or Free Edition. More about Overtone Analyzer at http://www.sygyt.com.

Comparing sounds with Overtone Analyzer (Part 1)

Comparing sounds with Overtone Analyzer (Part 1)

Published on Aug 14, 2013

This tutorial shows how to compare audio recordings with the sound visualization software “Overtone Analyzer”. It explains how to mark sections of interest, and how to copy them to a new file, and how to display several files side-by-side for easy comparison. This tutorial applies to “Overtone Analyzer Live”, but it can also be followed with the Premium Edition. More about Overtone Analyzer at http://www.sygyt.com

Overtone Analyzer Quickstart Tutorial: record and visualize your voice

Overtone Analyzer Quickstart Tutorial: record and visualize your voice

Published on Mar 10, 2013

This video was made for Overtone Analyzer Live 4.0. The software has now been renamed into VoceVista Video 5.0. You can find an overview of all editions of the software at http://www.sygyt.com/en/products/ This is a video version of the quickstart tutorial for Overtone Analyzer that can be found at http://www.sygyt.com/en/quickstart. The video explains the basic features of the software and how to use them to record and visualize your voice or instrument. In particular, I’m showing you to set up your microphone, how to make a recording, how to play it back and listen to it, how to visualize the fundamental pitch, the spectrum, and the spectrogram, how to apply frequency filters to listen to individual overtones, and how to use the overtone sliders. Contents: 00:00 Introduction 00:17 Applying the Quickstart Profile 00:49 Select microphone and set input volume 02:20 Start recording, play tone on piano keyboard and sing it 03:14 Zoom and scroll frequency range and time range 04:52 Long-term view and short-term view 05:55 Replay a selection 07:07 Spectrum and Spectrogram 08:36 Frequency Filter 10:46 Overtone Slider 11:57 Conclusion

Sygyt Software: maker of Overtone Analyzer and VoceVista Video

Now available: VoceVista Video Pro 5.1.0

What’s new

VoceVista Video

VoceVista Video is a software application for the interactive recording and exploration of sounds. The visual display of a sound enables the quick recognition of the fundamental melody, the sound color (timbre) and the overtones. It also makes it easy to visually compare audio files.
VoceVista Video is particularly suited as a feedback tool to practice singing, and to document vocal development over the course of a voice education or therapy. Learn more

Voice Education / Therapy

  • Record voice lessons
  • Explain vocal phenomena
  • Create and repeat exercises
  • Document progress of vocal development

Singing teachers and students

  • Visual feedback through display of singer’s formant, vocal onset, timbre, vibrato
  • Practice intervals and melodies, monitor pitch
  • Study and teach overtone singing

Instrument builders / singing bowl makers and vendors

  • very precise frequency measurement, even for instruments such as singing bowls that have several independent tones
  • Measure planetary tones and other tonal systems
  • Document sound characteristics

Musicians and Music Teachers

  • Visualize the relationship between physics of sound and perception of music
  • Transcribe musical recordings
  • Assign and reproduce harmonic intervals as teaching- and composition aid

https://www.sygyt.com/en/