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Steinberg updates WaveLab to v7.0.1

Steinberg WaveLab 7

Steinberg has released version 7.0.1 of WaveLab, the audio editor for Windows and Mac.

Steinberg today releases a new, extensive maintenance update for its industry-leading mastering solution, WaveLab 7. The new update includes a wealth of enhancements and addresses issues that have been reported by our valued customers.

The new update will further improve the stability and usability of WaveLab 7 in areas such as plug-ins, file handling, transport, Audio Montage, burning engine, Batch Processing, key commands, time-stretching and the graphical user interface.

The WaveLab 7.0.1 update is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the Steinberg website.

More information: Steinberg / WaveLab

BIAS announces Peak Studio, audio software for Mac

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BIAS Peak Studio

BIAS has announced Peak Studio, a new edition of the audio editing, mastering, and delivery software for Mac OS X.

Peak Studio will include Peak Pro 7 along with a complementary suite of powerful tools for multi-channel mixing, mastering, restoration, streamlined analog archiving, and more.

“Peak Studio represents a major development for BIAS”, said Jason E. Davies, VP of Business Development for BIAS, Inc. “The combination of precision sample editing, intuitive multi-channel mixing, and a broad palette of mastering and restoration tools, makes Peak Studio a compelling audio production suite for Mac OS X.”

Peak Studio features

  • Advanced Mastering, Restoration, and More: Peak Pro 7 includes a new de-clipping tool for repairing audio files. “Clipped” recordings are corrected using advanced re-synthesis and spectral repair DSP algorithms from BIAS that produce jaw-dropping results. Peak Pro 7 also integrates editions of the highly acclaimed SoundSoap Pro 2 and Master Perfection Suite plug-ins, plus a new wide-band peak limiter. The additional signal processing tools make Peak Pro 7 the most comprehensive audio editing and processing application for Mac OS X in its class. Other enhancements include support for MP3 VBR (Variable Bit Rate) and compressed WAVE files, Japanese CD-TEXT, Pro Tools playback keyboard short cuts, and other improvements. Unlike previous editions, Peak Pro 7 includes DDP (Disc Description Protocol) Export — providing support for this popular pre-master delivery format at no additional charge.
  • Multi-Channel Audio Production: Peak Studio provides a new state-of-the-art audio production environment from BIAS — offering intuitive multi-track audio recording, multi-channel editing, mono/stereo/surround mixing, onboard signal processing, cross-fades featuring Bezier curves, independent volume envelopes, integration with Peak, and more. Whether used for streamlined multi-channel editing, multi-track recording, compositing, or surround mixing, Peak Studio users will certainly appreciate the intuitive control and ergonomics in this new and powerful audio production tool.
  • LP & Tape Archiving: Peak Studio also includes a new application from BIAS called SoundSaver — a powerful utility optimized for the analog archiving workflow. Whether transferring from analog tapes or vinyl LPs, SoundSaver streamlines the process and produces professional results.
  • Other Peak Studio Editions: Peak Studio XT (Extended Technology) adds editions of SoundSoap 2, SoundSoap Pro 2, and Master Perfection Suite for compatibility with most host applications that support the popular AU, VST, and RTAS/AS plug-in formats.

Peak Pro 7 and Peak Pro XT 7 will be available in Q4 2010 at a US Suggested Retail Price of $599 USD and $1199 USD respectively. The Peak Studio multi-channel production environment will be released in Q2 of 2011.

All customers purchasing new retail editions of Peak Pro 6 from November 1st 2010 may receive a free upgrade to Peak Pro Studio when available.

More information: BIAS

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

Steinberg WaveLab 7, audio editing and mastering suite now cross-platform

Steinberg WaveLab 7

Steinberg has announced the release of WaveLab 7, an audio editing and mastering suite for Windows and Mac.

Adding new facilities to its previous versions for Windows, the seventh version now also sets a benchmark for audio editing and mastering under Mac OS X.

Its feature list includes the revamped graphical user interface which provides eminently convenient handling of audio material across multiple windows, montages and podcasts with an intelligent docking and scaling system. Brand-new VST3 plug-ins and restoration tools, the new, future-proof burning engine and its flexible multiprocessing capabilities are further highlights.

WaveLab 7 features

  • Industry-acclaimed tools for mastering, audio editing and restoration.
  • Powerful audio analyzing and metering tools.
  • Flexible and intuitive session and window management concept.
  • High-end restoration suite from plug-in specialists Sonnox.
  • First-rate collection of VST3 plug-ins, including StudioEQ and Post Filter.
  • Extensive batch processing functions.
  • Audio Montage for simultaneous editing across several tracks.
  • Professional burning engine with DDP format support.
  • DIRAC 2.2 time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms.

WaveLab 7 is available as boxed version in the Steinberg Online Shop and from authorized Steinberg resellers for 599 EUR / £497 GBP. The stripped-down version, WaveLab Elements 7, is available as boxed and download version for 99 EUR / £82 GBP.

More information: Steinberg / WaveLab

Sonnox Broadcast and Post, two new effect plugin bundles

Sonnox Broadcast & Post

Sonnox has announced Sonnox Broadcast and Sonnox Post, two new effect plug-in bundles for Windows and Mac.

We are excited to introduce two new bundles for Broadcast and Post production, both containing carefully selected Oxford plug-ins for relevant workflow.

New Sonnox bundles

  • Sonnox Post Post Production Super Bundle (inc. Sonnox Restore)
    Sonnox Post is an uncompromising plug-in solution for audio post-production. It includes the award-winning Sonnox Restore suite which features the DeClicker, DeBuzzer and DeNoiser audio restoration plug-ins, along with the classic Oxford EQ and Dynamics algorithms from the OXF-R3 digital console. Also included are the versatile Oxford Reverb, Limiter and SuprEsser dynamic EQ – making Sonnox Post the ultimate post-production super bundle.
  • Sonnox Broadcast Broadcast Production Collection
    Sonnox Broadcast is a collection of powerful Oxford plug-ins which provide high-quality processing and precision control for broadcast production. Including the renowned Oxford EQ and Dynamics plug-ins, the popular Inflator for maximizing loudness, the preset-packed Oxford Limiter and the SuprEsser for fixing problematic frequencies – Sonnox Broadcast will dramatically improve the quality of virtually any programme.

Both bundles are available in Pro Tools HD and Native formats at a 30% introductory pricing until October 31, 2010.

More information: Sonnox

iZotope RX, 64-bit Audio Unit support for audio restoration suite

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iZotope RX

iZotope has released version 1.3 of RX, a complete standalone application and suite of plug-ins designed for audio restoration.

iZotope RX™ is the most complete audio restoration product on the market, a unique standalone application designed from the ground up to combat a range of audio problems. In addition to unique workflow features designed to help you get the best results, RX’s powerful tools can do processing that plug-in based restoration products simply cannot do. This paired with completely new processing technology results in cleaner, more natural sounding noise reduction and audio repair.

RX is ideal for audio restoration and archiving, recording and mastering, broadcasting and podcasting, video production, forensics, and any application that demands spotless results and a truly complete range of restoration tools.

Changes in iZotope RX v1.3

  • 64-bit Audio Unit support for native operation in 64-bit Logic Pro 9.1 and later.
  • New peak finding feature will automatically locate exact peaks in the Spectrum Analyzer faster and more effectively than manual zoom.
  • New shortcut to choose time selection bounds in the RX application: simply listen and press the [ and ] keys during playback to set selection start and end points.
  • Many minor fixes and performance enhancements.

iZotope RX is available to purchase for PC and Mac for $349 USD. RX Advanced – an extended version of RX designed for professionals who want greater control over signal processing and delivery options, is available for $1199 USD.

More information: iZotope / RX

BIAS updates SoundSoap to v2.4

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BIAS has released version 2.4 of SoundSoap, the audio restoration software for Windows and Mac.

The update offers new localized tool tips, compatibility with the latest Pro Tools 8 software from Avid, and additional enhancements.

SoundSoap 2.4 provides high quality noise reduction while still being easy enough for average consumers to use effectively. The standard retail edition of SoundSoap 2.4 includes an audio plug-in for AU, RTAS/AS, and VST host applications on Mac and Windows plus a standalone application edition.

While competing solutions can tend toward complexity, SoundSoap 2.4′s strength is that it depends upon highly advanced digital signal processing to do the “heavy lifting”, without forcing users to confront a bevy of confusing controls. By clicking the Learn Noise button and adjusting just two knobs, even an audio novice can instantly remove most common problems such as hiss, fan noise from air conditioners, and other background noise. Noises such as clicks, crackles, hum, and rumble can also be easily removed with the click of a button and adjustment of a simple slider.

Whether used for cleaning up digitized audio from vinyl LPs or cassettes, reducing background noise from digital videos, or improving the sound of lectures, podcasts, and other recordings, SoundSoap 2.4 offers effective noise reduction easily and affordably. When compared to other low-cost solutions aimed at cleaning up music and speech, SoundSoap 2.4 delivers superior results as independent reviews and tests consistently demonstrate.

SoundSoap 2.4 is available to purchase for PC and Mac for a suggested retail price of $129 USD. BIAS is also offering SoundSoap SE (stand alone edition) at $49.95 USD for a limited time. A free 14-day trial of SoundSoap 2.4 can be found on the BIAS website. Registered users of SoundSoap 2 can download the update at no cost.

More information: BIAS / SoundSoap

Sony Creative Software updates Sound Forge Pro to v10.0b

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Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro 10

Sony Creative Software has released version 10.0b of Sound Forge Pro, the professional digital audio production suite for Windows.

Sound Forge Pro 10 software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering. Whether in the studio or field, it’s the ultimate all-in-one production suite for professional audio recording and mastering, sound design, audio restoration, and Red Book CD creation

Changes in Sound Forge Pro v10.0b

  • When applying effects to a selection that includes the beginning or end of a file, automatic crossfades are no longer applied to the beginning or end of the file.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash that could occur when rendering to AVI format using templates copied from Vegas 8.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394/DV external monitor device to be unavailable in the Japanese version of Sound Forge.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented audio from being rendered when using Windows Media Video templates after clearing and reselecting the Include audio check box.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sound Forge from reading command markers saved in Windows Media files created with earlier versions of Sound Forge.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some VST plug-ins (such as EnergyXT and Delphi VST Project) from being used in Sound Forge.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect previews when mixing a mono source to a multichannel destination.
  • Fixed a bug that could occur when attempting to save .wav files in CCITT-ulaw format.
  • Fixed a bug that caused real-time preview to stop after 10 seconds when using time-altering plug-ins.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Paragraphic EQ plug-in to produce distorted audio when using the Remove very low and inaudible frequencies below 20 Hz preset.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect previews when applying effects to events with individual channels selected.

Sound Forge for Windows PC is available to purchase starting at $374.95 USD.

More information: Sony Creative Software / Sound Forge Pro