Steinberg Announces State-of-the-Art Spectral Editing with New SpectraLayers 7 Software

August 4 2020, 00:30
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of SpectraLayers Pro 7 and SpectraLayers Elements 7, the latest version of its powerful audio editing software for music production, post-production, sound design, mastering and restoration. The update focuses on enhancing its powerful tool set by adding automatic processes through new Artificial Intelligence algorithms that can sense discrete events in a sound field and isolate them on independent, colorful layers for processing.

SpectraLayers offers a novel approach to precise audio editing by visualizing audio in the spectral domain (in 2D and 3D) and providing an array of powerful tools to manipulate its spectral data in many different ways. New in Version 7 is the implementation of Artificial Intelligence that allows for the introduction of automatic pattern detection, clip repair, unmixing tracks to stems, as well as unmixing stems to component parts. Other new automated processes include click repair, hum removal and precision spectral de-essing. These features are rounded out by an array of useful enhancements, such as the improved ARA 2 integration with Cubase and Nuendo, VST 3 plug-in support and much more.

The new Artificial Intelligence in SpectraLayers Pro recognizes distinct events and isolates them by moving them to independent layers that are highlighted for further processing. The AI-assisted unmixing capability in SpectraLayers Pro scans a mixed song and extracts the different instruments within the song to separate layers, adding default settings for vocals, piano, bass, drums and more, while SpectraLayers Elements extracts vocals only. Unmix can also be used on stems, separating these into tone, noise and transient component layers. 

With its AI technology, SpectraLayers has now also made significant advances in pattern recognition: users can select a target sound and then trigger a search to automatically locate and select every other similar sound in the spectrum.

Great vocal processing tools exclusively available in the SpectraLayers Pro package include the Voice Denoiser that recognizes and isolates the human voice for emphasizing the voice, or the new automatic de-essing for shaping sibilants. The new AI-driven repair processes consist of Clip Repair for detecting and fixing clipped peaks (available in Pro only), Hum Reduction for eliminating unwanted hum and Click repair for repairing clicks, crackles and pops.

The enhanced Transform tool can preserve formants for more natural-sounding pitch transpositions, and the new Transform Selection tool is another one of many new tools introduced in SpectraLayers 7. It adds corner and midpoint handles that can be dragged to fine-tune selection boundaries, such as adjusting the bandwidth selections made with the Frequency Selection tool. The upgraded Healing tool is now also assisted by AI, resulting in better interpolation and faster performance. The Playback tool now lets users select a specific frequency bandwidth that can then be auditioned anywhere on the spectral graph.

Many other small useful additions include a playback VU meter, new cut/copy/paste options and the user interface luminosity that is now configurable to provide the brightness that best suits the workplace environment.

Full-license retail versions of SpectraLayers Pro 7 and SpectraLayers Elements 7 are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for SpectraLayers Pro 7 is US $299.99. The suggested retail price for SpectraLayers Elements 7 is US $79.99. Various downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop.
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