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Acon Digital updates Restoration Suite to v1.0.4

Acon Digital Restoration Suite

Acon Digital has announced the release of version 1.0.4 of its Restoration Suite, a collection of 4 audio restoration (DeNoise, DeHum, DeClick and DeClip) plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

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 v1.0.4

  • The parameter settings were not recalled when opening a project containing any of the Restoration Suite plug-ins in Ableton Live (both Windows & OS X).
  • Acon Digital DeClip did not update the handle bars in the histogram when recalling presets or when using automation.
  • Freeze in WaveLab 6 when the demo mode window was shown.
  • The drop-outs in the demo mode are now synchronized to make it easier to evaluate the quality when using several plug-ins in chain.
  • When launching the help from the German user interface, the English help was opened.
  • Minor fixes and spelling.

The Restoration Suite for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $99.90 USD. The update is available from the Restoration Suite product page.

More information: Acon Digital / Restoration Suite

Acon Digital releases Restoration Suite

Acon Digital Restoration Suite

Acon Digital has launched the Restoration Suite, a bundle of 4 effect plugins for restoration of audio.

Acon Digital Restoration Suite consists of four audio restoration plug-ins that are the result of several years of research within the field of noise reduction and audio restoration algorithms.

Restoration Suite features

  • DeNoise is a plug-in designed to reduce stationary noise, such as broadband noise, hiss, wind noise, buzz and camera noise. Great efforts have been put into preserving as much of the original signal as possible during the noise reduction process. As a result, DeNoise can reduce or in many cases completely remove the noise in a very transparent manner without loss of transients, attacks or “air” in the recording.
  • DeHum targets hum and buzz typically introduced by poorly grounded electrical equipment, but also other tonal noise sources like electrical motor noise.
  • DeClick is designed to remove impulsive noise such as clicks and crackle. These distortions are frequently encountered on LP and 78 RPM records, but also occur in digital recordings due to drop-outs or distorted data packets.
  • DeClip restores audio recordings distorted by analog or digital clipping.

Acon Digital Restoration Suite for Windows and Mac (32/64-bit, VST/AU) is available to purchase for $99.90 USD. An upgrade is available to Studio Clean 1.x users for $39.90 USD.

More information: Acon Digital / Restoration Suite

Sony Sound Forge Pro—Professional digital audio editor now available for Mac

Sony Creative Software has announced the release of Sound Forge Pro Mac, the newest addition to its line of award-winning audio and video production software products.

Sony Sound Forge Pro Mac
Sony’s popular Sound Forge Pro audio editor is now available for Mac OS X.

A multichannel audio recording and editing application, Sound Forge Pro Mac software was developed from the ground up on a clean slate for OS X and features an elegant interface that redefines the audio editing experience. The application ships with a full suite of audio mastering and repair plug-ins, making it a comprehensive solution for audio professionals who work on the Mac platform.

“People who work on audio editing platforms recognize the need for a fresh option in the marketplace, one that’s built for OS X as opposed to something that’s simply been ported over. In addition, it’s no secret that cross-platform professionals have been demanding Sound Forge for the Mac for years,” said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “Our response is Sound Forge Pro Mac, a truly contemporary OS X design. Producers will appreciate its simple elegance, uncluttered look and amazing flexibility. The included suite of mastering and repair plug-ins makes this 1.0 edition a value-packed editing powerhouse right out of the box. Sound Forge Pro Mac is our second major OS X application release this year, and we’re pleased to now be very actively engaged in application development for the Mac platform.”

Sound Forge Pro Mac features

  • Focused Editing
    • Edit audio on a new user interface designed specifically for OS X.
    • Access dedicated viewing panels for the ideal workflow experience when recording, monitoring, editing, applying plug-in processing and browsing for content.
    • Toggle between features to view only those you need to see during a particular editing task.
    • Engage legacy Sound Forge event-based editing for effortless sequencing of audio on the timeline.
  • High-fidelity recording
    • 64-bit /192 kHz maximum resolution.
    • Record up to 32 simultaneous channels.
  • One-stop audio mastering
    • Produce broadcast-ready audio master files.
    • Make sophisticated processing tasks easier than ever with the new Plug-in Chainer design.
    • Apply plug-in parameter envelopes for precision mastering.
    • Use the included Mastering Effects Bundle by iZotope™ — a suite of six essential audio mastering plug-ins: EQ, Multiband Compressor, Exciter, Imager, Limiter and Reverb.
  • Professional signal and effects processing
    • Full range of native processes.
    • Zplane™ elastique Pro time-stretching and pitch-shifting plug-in.
    • iZotope 64-bit SRC (sample rate conversion) and MBIT+ dither (bit depth conversion).
    • Supports AU and VST plug-ins for both offline and non-destructive processing.
  • Restore and Repair Tools — An iZotope exclusive for Sound Forge Pro Mac software
    • Declicker: automatically identify and remove clicks and pops.
    • Denoiser: eliminate unwanted noise with noiseprint-based noise reduction.
    • Declipper: reconstruct peaks damaged by clipping.

Sound Forge Pro Mac software is now available to purchase for $269.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed).

More information: Sony Creative Software / Sound Forge Pro Mac

SoniqWare releases picoSeries effect plugins (+ AU/VST3 formats)

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SoniqWare picoSeries

SoniqWare has announced the picoSeries, a series of effect plugins designed with simplicity in mind.

SoniqWare releases picoSeries, a range of plugins designed for maximal simplicity of use while embedding the advanced SoniqWare sound processing algorithms: picoQuiet (noise reduction), picoEdge (attack transient processing), picoTail (release transient processing).

picoSeries features

  • Single knob operation… plus a few a knobs we really could not manage to drop
  • Currently three plugins:
    • picoQuiet noise reduction
    • picoEdge attack transient processing
    • picoTail rlease transient processing
    • … more plugins to come… stay tuned…
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 & 192 kHz.
  • Stereo operation.
  • VST automation of all parameters.
  • Silent controls.
  • Use of SSE1-SSE5 instruction sets.

The picoSeries plug-ins are available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 34 EUR / $44 USD each.

SoniqWare has also updated its MT-1 Multiband Transient Processor, SG-1 Spectral Noise Gate, and PE-1 Linear Phase Parametric Equalizer with various minor fixes and improvements and the release of AU and VST3 versions.

More information: SoniqWare / picoSeries

Vox announces ToneLab EX, Valvetronix modeling multi-effect pedal

Vox has announced the ToneLab EX, a powerful Valvetronix modeling multi-effect pedal, enhanced for live performance.

Vox ToneLab EX

VOX Valvetronix products are renowned for their realistic amp sounds. The Valve Reactor circuitry uses a real 12AX7 vacuum tube to create that true-tube tone. With new performance elements added especially for live use, the ToneLab EX is the latest VOX multi-effect pedal to inherit the sound of the Valvetronix series.

Expanding on the powerful Valvetronix amp and cabinet models you’re already familiar with, the ToneLab EX now provides 11 stand-alone distortion pedals. These distortion pedals can be used in place of one of the amp head models, providing a truly diverse range of tones to cover many musical styles. Following the cabinet models, the ToneLab EX features a full complement of spatial-type effects such as modulation, reverb, and delay allowing you to complete your guitar sound without requiring any other equipment. A full-sized VOX expression pedal ensures stability while performing. The intuitive Stomp Box mode places six effects on a virtual pedal-board at your feet, with real stomp-box control! The ToneLab EX is the perfect live-performance solution for any guitarist’s multi-effect needs.

ToneLab EX features

  • Highly acclaimed VOX Valvetronix technology provides spot-on amp/effect modeling.
  • Powerful Valve Reactor circuit features a real 12AX7 vacuum tube for true-tube tone.
  • 200 Ready-to-use and instantly available Programs, all professionally programmed
    • 100 User Programs (25 Banks; Four programs per bank).
    • 100 Preset Programs (25 Banks; Four programs per bank).
    • Includes 50 Song Presets that recreate the guitar sound used on well-known songs.
  • 33 Expertly voiced amp models cover rare, vintage, boutique, and coveted amps, plus much more.
  • 11 Cabinet models perfectly mimic the original’s depth and tone; mix and match with any amp model.
  • 45 Premium quality effects; use up to nine at once (including noise reduction and expression pedal)
    • 11 Stand-alone distortion pedals (use in place of an amp model).
    • 15 Pedal effects (divided between Pedal 1 & Pedal 2).
    • 11 Modulation effects.
    • 4 Delay types including Tap Tempo delay.
    • 3 Reverb types.
    • 1 Noise reduction effect.
  • Normal/Strobe chromatic tuner with high-visibility LED display; easy to see on stage.
  • Stereo monitor speakers allow backstage tweaking, editing and rehearsing – no additional gear required.
  • Full size VOX expression pedal provides stable pedal control during live performances.
  • Intuitive panel design places the amp head and stomp-box effects at your feet for comfortable control.
  • Completely independent editing sections for the amp and effects allows for simple editing.
  • Amp/Line output switch provides optimal sound through any amp or system:
    • Amp Mode has settings for connecting directly to a VOX, F, or M guitar amplifier.
    • Line Mode provides a three-band Total Equalizer to control the tone.
  • AUX IN is provided for jamming along to your favorite tunes via CD, MP3, etc.
  • USB port provides a single-cable audio connection to your computer’s digital recording software.

More information: Vox / ToneLab EX

iZotope releases RX 2, updated audio repair toolkit

iZotope RX (Denoiser)

iZotope has announced the release of RX 2, a complete audio repair suite for Windows and Mac.

iZotope RX™ 2 is the most complete audio repair toolkit on the market, enabling you to remove noise, hiss, buzz and hum, eliminate clicks and crackle, restore clipped audio, visually select and suppress unwanted sounds, resynthesize missing audio and much more.

RX 2 Advanced extends the standard version of RX 2 with new, specialized tools designed for audio professionals.

New in RX 2

  • New Denoiser Algorithms – New Global Smoothing control reduces the distracting, watery artifacts introduced by most denoiser algorithms and a high-frequency enhancement avoids the dullness commonly associated with noise suppression.
  • Improved Declick & New Decrackle – Declick features improved click detection and new Decrackle algorithm designed to treat continuous background crackle from vinyl and older media.
  • Freehand Selection & Magic Wand – New Lasso, Brush and Magic Wand tools allow natural, freehand selections of problem sounds. Additionally, the Magic Wand can automatically select a sound and its harmonics for incredibly fast editing.
  • Improved Batch Processing – Updated batch processor streamlines your workflow by letting you chain multiple modules, process multiple files and use multiple CPUs.
  • Intelligent Hum Module – Automatically identify the base frequency of hum for precise removal. The module will even recommend when the Denoiser should be used to more effectively treat certain kinds of hum.
  • Session Support – Your edit history is automatically saved when you quit and reloaded when you restart. The entire state of the program including your selection is saved. This new feature also works in the event of a computer crash or power outage, so you can get back up and running immediately.
  • Channel and Phase Operations – New Channel Ops module features left/right channel mixing and arbitrary phase rotation operations, both of which are crucial when restoring audio transferred from tape.
  • Pre-roll and Post-roll Support – Customize the amount of audio played before and after an edit for context when previewing edits.
  • Fade Support – The Gain module now includes support for fades with several fade types.
  • New in RX 2 Advanced:
    • Adaptive mode in Denoiser to remove noise that changes over time.
    • Deconstruct, a new class of audio manipulation for control over noisy and tonal components of sound.
    • 3rd party plug-in support enabling any processing on spectrogram selections and in Compare and Batch Processing features.
    • iZotope 64-bit SRC™ for sample rate conversion, MBIT+™ for dithering and iZotope Radius® for changing time and pitch.
    • Time-stamped log creation, essential for forensics and archival documentation.
    • Spectral Repair multi-resolution mode for more accurate separation of noise and desired content.
    • Automatic Azimuth alignment and precise sub-sample control of delay for tape restoration.

RX 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $249 USD (regular $349 USD) or $749 USD for RX 2 Advanced (regular $1199 USD) through October 31, 2010. RX customers can upgrade to RX 2 Advanced for $499 USD (also valid until October 31, 2010).

More information: iZotope / RX 2

Waves introduces Video Sound Suite, effect plugin bundle

Waves Video Sound Suite

Waves has introduced the Video Sound Suite, a new bundle of effect plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

Professional video editors know that first impressions are lasting impressions. With producers and clients focused on every frame, even your rough cuts have to win them over. That means when you hit play, what comes out of your speakers has to be every bit as good as what’s up on the screen.

With the Waves Video Sound Suite of audio plugins, now you can sound as good as you look, quickly and easily. Using the same plugins as the industry’s leading movie and game audio professionals, you can do it all: Reduce noise. Clean up and enhance dialog. Smooth out and maximize volume. Re-create room acoustics and more.

Video Sound Suite integrates seamlessly into Avid Media Composer 5, Apple Soundtrack Pro, and Sony Vegas. Because they’re real-time plugins, it’s no longer necessary to render or create new files for every audio adjustment, and making audio changes weeks or months later is a breeze.

Video Sound Suite includes:

  • Renaissance Compressor – helps keep your volume levels under control, for smoother, more consistent cuts.
  • W43 Noise Reduction Plugin – reduces ambient noise like hiss, hum, traffic, wind, and air conditioning.
  • IR-L Reverb – lets you place sounds in real ambient spaces, add atmosphere, and smooth out tight edits.
  • Q10 Equalizer – lets you enhance frequencies, cut lows & add highs so the voice cuts through, or zoom in and clean up problem areas.
  • DeEsser – tames sibilance, the ‘ess’ and ‘shh’ sounds which can make voices sound harsh and distorted.
  • L1 Limiter – delivers louder, clearer sound to individual sources as well as final mixes.

The Waves Video Sound Suite is available to purchase in native format for $850 USD.

More information: Waves / Video Sound Suite

SoniqWare updates SG-1 Noise Reduction / Spectral Noise Gate to v1.2

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SoniqWare SG-1

SoniqWare has released version 1.2 of SG-1 Noise Reduction / Spectral Noise Gate, an effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

SoniqWare SG-1 is a professional stereo spectral noise gate packed with high-end features that you will find very useful for most noise reduction needs, including hum, hiss, vinyl, tape, or background noise reduction.

Changes in SG-1 v1.2

  • Redesigned to provide various noise tracking and reduction algorithms.
  • Introduced automatic online noise tracking algorithm that can adapt to changing noise conditions.
  • Introduced new noise reduction algorithm with improved transient preservation and improved noise reduction with minimal artifacts.
  • Fixed issues with noise profile initialization.
  • Fixed issues that could create glitches and artifacts for some signals.

SoniqWare SG-1 is available to purchase as a VST effect plug-in for Windows and Mac, priced at 119 EUR.

More information: SoniqWare / SG-1