Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 9
Posted on: Tuesday 19th of July 2022
Steinberg’s spectral audio processor receives an update with a more user-friendly UI, improvements to workflow and processing tools, and *key* feature: real-time auditioning. Sounds are displayed as visual objects and layers, enabling ultra-precise editing that will suit a variety of applications from music and post-production, sound design and audio restoration. Finally users can hear changes in real time while updating parameters, instead of the antiquated two-step process of its predecessor
The dialogue boxes are now non-modal, meaning users can work freely anywhere in the interface, even when a process dialog is open. These dialogue boxes also stay open, allowing for multiple changes without having to reopen the process each time.More workflow enhancements come courtesy of the n ew Process and Tool presets. Load in a default or custom Process preset as a starting point, make changes and monitor in real time, and save further presets or reference points for the future. The Tool preset allows for more configuration and a wide range of default options, meaning users can find and create the ideal settings more quickly.
Complementing the Unmix Stems and Unmix Components processes is the much-requested Unmix Level process. Users can now divide one layer into two from a user-selected amplitude split point, and preview changes made to the two layers independently.
The De-Bleed process first introduced in SpectraLayers 8 has been improved to now work across multiple layers. This AI-assisted process makes it easy to reduce the amount of spill across tracks, with multiple bleed source layers that can be applied to the target layers each time for faster, higher quality de-bleeding.
The new Cursor Crosshair view implements crosshair lines that span the entire spectral graph. This comes with an option to display time and frequency coordinates next to the cursor, helping users to keep their eyes fixed on the target audio whilst working.
Steinberg have optimised SpectraLayers 9 for use with Apple silicon processors (M1, M2). ARA transfer times are also now 20 times faster, Generate Silence/Tone/Noise processes have been improved, and there is a playback output gain control for level setting specifically for spectral editing operations.
SpectraLayers Pro 9: €299
SpectraLayers Elements 9: €79.99