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Acon Digital updates Restoration Suite to v1.1.0

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Acon Digital Restoration Suite

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

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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

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Acon Digital releases Acoustica 6

Acon Digital has announced the release of Acoustica 6, a major new version of the audio editor for Windows.

Acoustica is a comprehensive audio editor for recording, editing, mixing and mastering. The intuitive user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease-of-use in mind and offers a large set of high quality processing tools to make your recordings sound the best. The consistent workflow simplifies your audio production work and batch processing, powerful audio restoration tools as well as Red Book compatible CD burning is also included.

Acon Acoustica 6
Acoustica 6 introduced multitrack editing.

Changes in Acoustica 6

  • Multitrack Editing (Standard and Premium Edition only)
    • Create as many audio tracks as you want.
    • Apply effect chains to tracks or master track.
    • Clips can easily be looped and stretched.
    • Add transitions between clips by simply overlapping them in the time line. Several transition curves are available.
    • Double click a clip to open and modify the content in an audio editor window.
    • Mix-down to 5.1 and 7.1 surround formats (Premium Edition only).
  • New Phase Linear Equalizer (Premium Edition only)
    • Phase linear six band parametric equalizer.
    • Six different filter types.
    • No frequency warping when close to the Nyquist frequency.
    • Variable bandwidths and filter slopes (from -3 to -120 dB / oct.).
  • New Audio Restoration Tools (Premium Edition only) – Acoustica Premium Edition now includes the same tools as found in the Restoration Suite:
    • DeNoise is a plugin designed to reduce stationary noise, such as broadband noise, hiss, wind noise, buzz and camera noise.
    • 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.
    • DeClip restores audio recordings distorted by analog or digital clipping.
  • Upgraded Processing Tools (Standard Edition only) – Acoustica Standard Edition 6 includes several of the high quality processing tools that were earlier only available in the Premium Edition:
    • Superb quality time stretching.
    • Transpose tool (pitch shift) based on the new time stretching engine.
    • New reverb with much better control over the room and filter parameters.
    • The parametric equalizer now offers six different filter types – low shelf, peak, high shelf, high pass, notch and low pass.
  • Other Improvements
    • Improved VST preset handling which is more consistent with how presets are managed for the internal processing tools.
    • Automatic recovery of recording audio if the computer shuts down unexpectedly during recording.
    • WAVE64 – support for files bigger than 4 GB now also in the Basic and Standard Edition.
    • The Basic Edition now includes MP4 and AAC import and export filters (only on Windows 7 or higher).

Acoustica 6 for Windows is available to purchase for $39.90 USD (Standard) / $119.90 USD (Premium). A free Basic version is available to download at no cost.

More information: Acon Digital / Acoustica 6

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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

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Steinberg announces WaveLab 8 audio editing and mastering software

Steinberg WaveLab 8

Steinberg has announced the upcoming release of its highly acclaimed audio editing and mastering suite, WaveLab 8, alongside the smaller derivative, WaveLab Elements 8.

WaveLab 8 features a brand-new speaker management system, loudness metering and processing, single-window plug-in management, a master control panel, iZotope’s MBIT+ master dither, Voxengo’s CurveEQ, brickwall limiter and tube compressor, SuperClips, metadata support and over 150 improvements to its user interface and comprehensive tool set.

“The eighth generation of WaveLab clearly shows that we continue to invest in providing the highest level of quality, reflected in the wealth of enhancements to existing features while bringing new, advanced mastering and restoration tools by Steinberg, iZotope, Voxengo and Sonnox to mastering studios around the world,” said Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “I think it’s safe to say that WaveLab is the number-one mastering software for Mac and PC on the market today.”

WaveLab 8 introduces a new speaker management system to its many indispensable features, providing maximum flexibility with up to eight-loudspeaker configurations.

Observing EBU R-128 compliance, WaveLab includes loudness metering for momentary, short-term and integrated values, true peak support and enhanced loudness and batch processing tools that meet EBU standards.

With the MBIT+ master dither developed by the engineers at iZotope, WaveLab now features a sophisticated set of word-length reduction algorithms for dithering and noise shaping. The second plug-in highlight is Voxengo’s linear-phase spline equalizer, CurveEQ, which matches and transfers a spectrum’s shape from one recording to another. More plug-ins newly introduced to WaveLab 8 are Steinberg’s Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor for extra punch and rich tone.

Workflow improvements see a polished user interface for easy operation, a brand-new master transport panel to expedite navigating through the project, single-window plug-in management that allows users to sort plug-ins by manufacturer, category or preference. Audio Montage now offers a new Master Plug-in Section for local storing of plug-in chains alongside SuperClip capability to combine multiple clips.

WaveLab 8 delivers professional editing tools that facilitate the audio editing in many ways: volume clip handles with raise selection adjust levels of individual selections conveniently, Track Lock to prevent accidental modifications, new trim and split options, auto-replay, improved processing via key commands and much more.

Many other improvements include extensive metadata support for creating and exposing valuable information on audio files, 16-bit floating-point zoom resolution for precise waveform display, refined marker handling and batch processing plus an overhauled in-app help system.

Steinberg will also be releasing WaveLab Elements 8, a smaller version of WaveLab, with its studio-grade Brickwall Limiter, Tube Compressor, a new transport panel, enhanced editing tools and track effects. Quality waveform resolution, an enhanced Audio Montage, metadata support and many other great improvements make WaveLab Elements 8 a powerful, and very affordable, audio editing application.

Steinberg WaveLab 8

WaveLab 8 features

  • Top-end audio editing and mastering solution, acclaimed by numerous professionals around the globe.
  • Innovative workspace concept for utmost flexibility and efficiency.
  • Powerful speaker management system: intuitive handling of up to eight different loudspeaker setups.
  • Advanced EBU R-128-compliant loudness metering, including a loudness graph, loudness meta normalizing and true peak support.
  • iZotope MBIT+ high-end master dither for adding a warm and natural flair to every nuance of your audio files.
  • Single-window plug-in management.
  • Voxengo CurveEQ, Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor for mastering-grade audio quality.
  • Master Transport Panel for quick and easy project navigation.
  • Enhanced editing workflow with volume clip handles, auto-replay option and single-click audio file processing.
  • New SuperClip concept, master plug-in section and drag-and-drop support for files of any sample rate.
  • Metadata support for a broad number of file formats.
  • 150+ improvements to user interface, editing, batch processing, in-app help system and many others.

WaveLab 8 and WaveLab Elements 8 will be available from May 2013 for a suggested retail price of 549 EUR and 99.99 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT. WaveLab 8 Trial will be available as download through the Steinberg website and requires the USB-eLicenser.

More information: Steinberg / WaveLab 8

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Audiofile Engineering launches Triumph audio editing application

Audiofile Engineering has announced Triumph, the long awaited sequel to their popular Wave Editor audio editing application.

Audiofile Engineering Triumph
Available as an app for Mac OS X, Audiofile has redefined audio editing with Triumph as an “audio designer”, sporting a newly redesigned interface and a host of new features and functionality.

Triumph is much more than just a new version of Wave Editor, which is also the reason for the new name. “Our goal is to always be on the cutting edge of technology and interface design. We completely rewrote Wave Editor. We rethought everything, not only how to improve on what we built in Wave Editor, but how we could bring the concept of an audio editor forward”, says Matthew Foust, founder of Audiofile Engineering, “Triumph takes full advantage of all of the latest technologies Mac OS X has to offer.”

Musicians and audio professionals who are already fans of Audiofile Engineering’s Wave Editor will be delighted in seeing the new Triumph’s single window and full screen support, experiencing the completely rewritten audio system and the significantly improved arrangement & mastering features, all fully 64-bit.

Less guess work and more speed
Triumph features a unique and patented method for editing audio: Layers. It’s similar to image editing in technique, but is specifically tailored for audio. The Layers method is an innovative way to create combinations of sounds. It saves time by keeping everything live and editable until the final product and results in less guesswork and more speed.

Spacious, natural sounds thanks to FHX™
The new FHX™ effect in Triumph solves a number of the issues often associated with listening to music on headphones. FHX creates a more spacious, natural sound stage over headphones — enabling an exceptional listening experience that will truly inspire and engage.

Audiofile Engineering has teamed up with iZotope and now includes iZotope Restore & Restoration as well as the advanced iZotope MBIT+ and 64-bit SRC options for disc burning in Triumph.

Triumph features

  • Redesigned Meters inspired by the beautiful UI from the Spectre, Audiofile’s real-time analysis application.
  • Auto Save & Versions – automatically save your projects with browse history.
  • Multi-Touch Gestures.
  • Full Apple Script Support for complex workflows, automation and interacting with other applications.
  • Actions for a clean, uncluttered interface and intuitive workflow.
  • Effects Groups – save a group of Effects including their settings for use on future projects.
  • Effects Automation – new Shapes feature can automate the parameters of an effect.
  • High performance scrubbing and innovative FHX™ headphone listening plug-in.
  • Hardware Output & Channel Mapping for greatly improved system configuration.
  • Full Support for iXML.
  • Support for Retina displays.
  • Analog Simulation.

Triumph is available to purchase for Mac, at the introductory price of $59.99 USD through November 16th, 2012 (25% off regular $79.99 USD). Users who purchased Wave Editor 1.5 on or after May 1st, 2012 may request a license key for Triumph 2.0 at no charge.

More information: Audiofile Engineering / Triumph

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Sony licenses iZotope audio repair technologies for inclusion in Sound Forge Pro Mac

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iZotope has announced it has licensed a suite of audio repair and restoration tools for the debut of Sound Forge Pro Mac, Sony’s Professional Digital Audio Editor.

Built on a clean slate for OS X, Sound Forge Pro Mac provides a contemporary application environment that’s perfect for recording, editing, processing, and rendering broadcast-quality audio master files.

“Sony was looking for highly innovative, easy-to use technology to raise the bar,” says Alex Westner, Director of Business Development for iZotope, Inc. “We’re proud to be a part of the long-awaited release of Sound Forge Pro Mac.” Sound Forge Pro Mac includes three algorithms to solve common audio problems: iZotope’s DeClicker, DeNoiser, and DeClipper. These professional sound repair tools allow quick results directly in the Sound Forge interface. The inclusion of additional iZotope technology in Sound Forge’s Mac version is a perfect complement to the iZotope Mastering Effects Bundle, found already in Sound Forge Pro for PC since 2007.

“These new audio repair plug-ins are versatile, easy-to-use, and work like magic in a wide variety of situations,” says Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “For more than a decade, audio professionals have turned to Sound Forge software for recording and editing, and we’re pleased to bring iZotope’s acclaimed tools into the mix.”

Sound Forge Pro Mac software, including audio repair algorithms and mastering effects powered by iZotope, is now available worldwide through software stores and online retailers for an MSRP of $299.95 USD.

More information: Sony Creative Software / Sound Forge Pro Mac

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