Acon Digital has released version 1.1.0 of its Restoration Suite, a collection of four plug-ins for audio restoration: DeNoise, DeHum, DeClick and DeClip.
Acon Digital Restoration Suite consists of four audio restoration and noise reduction plugins that are the result of several years of research within the field of noise reduction and audio restoration algorithms.
Changes in Restoration Suite v1.1.0
- DeNoise now reduces broadband noise even more effectively. The center frequency, bandwidth and filter slope of the current band is displayed as cursor information when modifying filter band settings in the emphasis filter editor.
- DeHum can now process up to 96 harmonics and passes the Audio Unit validation on OS X Mavericks (v10.9).
- DeClip contains audio quality improvements and is better at reconstructing high frequency content.
- The plug-ins now show up as stereo plug-ins in Reaper when using Audio Units on OS X.
- DeHum now resets its internal state properly so that previous audio data don’t affect the output when the same instance of the plug-in is used for other audio material.
Restoration Suite for Windows and Mac costs $99.90 USD. The update is free for all Restoration Suite customers.
More information: Acon Digital / Restoration Suite
Voxengo has released version 2.7 of SPAN, a free real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer effect plugin for Windows and Mac.
For the most part SPAN was derived from Voxengo GlissEQ dynamic parametric equalizer and reproduces its spectrum analysis functionality.
SPAN provides you with a very flexible “mode” system which you can use to setup your spectrum analyzer preferences. You may specify Fourier block size in samples, FFT window overlap percentage, spectrum’s visual slope. Beside that you can choose to display secondary spectrum of a desired type (e.g. real-time maximum, all-time maximum). Spectrum can be smoothed out visually for an easier examination.
Changes in SPAN v2.7
- Increased “smoothed” graph drawing precision.
- Fixed crash when 1/12 octave smoothing is enabled.
- Increased overall spectrum drawing precision.
SPAN is available to download as a freeware plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).
More information: Voxengo / SPAN
TroikaLabs has released Vectorscope, a Polar and Lissajous vectorscope app for the iPad with Audiobus and external audio support.
Vectorscope is the perfect tool to analyze your stereo material. Whether you are a producer, mixer, recording artist, or student, we believe that Vectorscope will soon become an indispensable tool for all your stereo audio needs!
Vectorscope accepts audio coming either from an external iOS-compatible audio device or from an Audiobus-compatible app. Choosing one mode or the other couldn’t be easier: When the app is connected to Audiobus, the audio will be routed automatically thru it, otherwise the chosen audio source will be external — that simple!
- Polar and Lissajous function plotting.
- 2-Channel metering with peak, RMS, peak hold, and max peak readings.
- Stereo balance meter.
- Phase correlation meter.
- Autoscale or manual scaling rates (1x up to 8x).
- Adjustable scope fading rate.
- 5 color schemes.
- Mute Output button.
- External audio and Audiobus input.
- Total parameter recall.
- High resolution graphics optimized for Retina displays.
Vectorscope for iPad is available to purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD until November 15th, 2013 (regular $5.99 USD).
More information: TroikaLabs / Vectorscope
Rig::Sonics has announced the release of Level Meter, a cross-platform audio plug-in for digital audio workstations.
It is a digital peak programme meter (PPM) + root mean square (RMS) meter. It is used to analyze and monitor the levels of audio.
This plug-in may be very helpful to audio engineers who work in post-production and mastering.
Level Meter features
- Shows the peak and rms levels of a stereo audio signal.
- Supports IEC 268-10, Type I (DIN 45406) standard.
- Sample peak programme meter (SPPM).
- Store / reset of the peak levels.
- Resizeable user interface.
The Level Meter plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is on sale for 19 EUR (incl. VAT).
More information: Rig::Sonics / Level Meter
TC Electronic has released version 1.4 of its versatile and highly acclaimed LM2 (stereo) and LM6 (multichannel) Loudness Radar Meter plugins.
With the new release, TC Electronic adds compliance with the recent 2013 revision of the ATSC A/85 broadcast standard that are mandatory for US broadcasters to adhere to.
“The new revision of the ATSC A/85 standard integrates the latest revision of the international ITU BS.1770-3 standard, which is of great importance in the efforts to make audio loudness more transparent even across national borders,” says Thomas Lund, CTO for Broadcast & Production at TC Electronic. “So it was a high priority for us to make our loudness meters compliant with this new development as we constantly work towards making audio experiences better no matter where you happen to be located.”
Apart from the ATSC A/85 2013 compliance, v. 1.4 also adds improved support for Pro Tools 11. “Measuring loudness becomes increasingly important, and every day more and more producers realize that they will benefit greatly from measuring the audio loudness of their projects,” says Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management at TC Electronic. “Therefore, it is important for us to always keep up with the latest DAW developments, making sure that we support first-movers, who port quickly to the latest incarnations of Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Media Composer, etc.”
The free updates for LM2 and LM6 are now available to download.
More information: TC Electronic
Dirac Research has announced a new version of Dirac Live Room Correction Suite, its acclaimed room correction software product.
The new Stereo Version is based on the same state-of-art technology as the original Full Version, with the main difference that it supports only two-channel playback. It features full mixed-phase impulse- and frequency response optimization, born from more than a decade of research and development.
“Many users of the multichannel version have discovered the benefits of using the Dirac Live technology with two-channel systems,” said Christoffer Ahlén, Director, Consumer Division and Marketing at Dirac.
“As the Full Version of Dirac Live is evolving into a more advanced multichannel product, a need for a more straightforward two-channel version has been identified. We can now offer such a product, at a lower price Point,“ Ahlén concluded.
With the Dirac Live Room Correction suite and a microphone (available from Dirac’s online store or authorized resellers), the user performs a simple multipoint measurement of the listening room. Dirac Live then automatically corrects the deficiencies in the sound from the audio system and room, providing the purest possible music reproduction.
The suite has been tailored for consumers who use their computer as an audio source, and leverages the computer’s built-in processing power. It has been designed with simplicity in mind without compromise in terms of sound quality and/or flexibility for the advanced user. A point of emphasis is that the software optimizes all sound from the computer regardless of the media player used.
Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is available to purchase for MSRP 389 EUR (Stereo Version) / 650 EUR (Full Version).
More information: Dirac / Dirac Live Room Correction Suite
Voxengo has released version 2.6 of SPAN, a free real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
For the most part it was derived from Voxengo GlissEQ dynamic parametric equalizer and reproduces its spectrum analysis functionality. SPAN is available in AudioUnit, VST and now VST3 plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers.
Changes in SPAN v2.6
- Right-clicking on the spectrum will copy the frequency pointer to the clipboard.
- “dBFS.30″ and “dBFS.15″ metering options added.
- 1/9 and 1/12 octave smoothing options added.
- 65536 block size option added.
SPAN is available to download as a freeware effect plug-in.
More information: Voxengo / SPAN
HoRNet Plug-Ins has released version 2.0 of its VU Meter, an effect plug-in for monitoring your audio signal.
Knowing exactly the intensity of the signal you are putting inside your DAW is crucial if you want to use your equipment in its sweet spot, this plugin is inspired by this thread on GearSlutz (a must read) and it’s useful to avoid recording your signals to hot.
Changes in VU Meter v2.0
- Improved detection system which is much more precise and smooth.
- Up to 12 different colors for the meter bar (useful for those recording multiple tracks at once).
- Autogain setting that automatically adjusts input gain so that the signal never peaks above +1/+2 VU.
- VST3 support.
VU Meter for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 3.99 EUR.
More information: HoRNet Plug-Ins / VU Meter