Sound Restoration Software

Dec 1, 2010 9:00 AM, By George Petersen



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Now available for Mac OS X and Windows, this latest generation of Steinberg’s WaveLab stereo or multichannel editing/mastering suite sports an improved GUI, new VST3 plug-ins and restoration tools, a DVD-A burning engine, full surround audio (up to 7.1) support, enhanced batch-processing capabilities and more. Among its 30-plus included plug-ins is the Sonnox VST3 restoration suite with DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and DeClicker for removing even harsh noises without affecting the ambience of the original material. A new and improved CD-burning engine is included.

Now in V. 8.03, Diamond Cut from Tracer Technologies is a stand-alone program intended mainly for disk restoration. The PC-based software (XP/Vista/Win7) now includes a Big Click Filter for working with badly gouged records, a Direct Spectral Editor for manually interpolating noise issues (coughs, whistling, chair movement, etc.), a subharmonic synthesizer for boosting LF and an Overtone Synthesizer for adding top-end enhancement. Broadcast WAV (BWF), FLAC and Ogg Vorbis files are now supported.

The Master Restoration Suite from Wave Arts is a bundle of plug-ins designed specifically for audio clean-up applications that work with any Mac OS X (AU/VST/MAS/RTAS) or Windows-based (DX/VST/RTAS) DAW host. Included in the MR suite are MR Noise (broadband noise reduction), MR Click (click/crackle attenuation), MR Hum (buzz/hum removal) and MR Gate (expander/gate).

Waves offers a wide range of audio restoration plug-ins for TDM and Native users, ranging from its WNS Noise Suppressor (noise reduction for cleaning dialog tracks) to the Restoration bundle, which includes Z-Noise, X-Click, X-Crackle, X-Noise and X-Hum tools.

The latest entry is the W43 noise-reduction plug-in, which was inspired by the long out-of-production Cat. 43 hardware noise-reduction tool. W43 delivers minimal-artifact, 4-band noise suppression controlled by four faders to handle ambient noise problems like hiss, hum, traffic noise, wind and air conditioning. The Mac/PC-compatible plug offers TDM, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST and AU support, and is offered individually or as part of Waves’ Mercury bundle.

But from an audio restoration standpoint, perhaps the biggest news from Waves is the company’s new online rental store. This allows users to download time-limited versions of any of its software products and pay for a week’s or month’s usage, with prices starting at just $15 to $20 per week for simple apps and more for comprehensive top-end bundles.

Mix executive editor George Petersen’s recent projects include co-producing Voodooville: A Celebration of New Orleans, a surround audio DVD featuring jazz, funk and blues from The Big Easy.

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