I'm working as a forensic linguist at an upcoming trial. No details to share, but I need something highly professional.

Praat is obviously a fine speech analysis program (and I know it well from my university days) -- but is that the program commonly used in industry? What other, more professional options are out there?

  • Some phoneticians use Emu, but I don't think it would be regarded as more 'professional' than Praat. Some also use Matlab, which is relatively pricey, and arguably more 'professional' - I don't know whether there are are any real arguments to prefer Matlab. Perhaps its scripting language is more accomodating than Praat's.
    – robert
    Feb 6, 2015 at 17:48
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    How did you get employed as an expert for a trial?
    – curiousdannii
    Feb 8, 2015 at 6:34

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For your purpose, you might want to investigate Forensic Audio Workstation.

  • Have you used this program before? How does it compare?
    – Teusz
    Feb 8, 2015 at 15:42
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    No, it just seems to be a candidate for being a professional forensic speech analysis tool (which you might be called on to know about even if you don't use it).
    – user6726
    Feb 8, 2015 at 16:29

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