Sony Creative Software recently released new upgrades for two of its popular software applications: Sound Forge Pro 11 for Windows and SpectraLayers Pro 2 for Windows and Mac. The new editions introduce more efficient recording and processing workflows as well as new signal and effects processing plug-ins for crafting broadcast-ready audio masters. The upgrades also feature a faster processing engine and an array of new tools, methodologies and user interface improvements. While Sound Forge Pro 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2 are standalone applications, both are now configured to work seamlessly with each other, providing a comprehensive editing environment that combines deep waveform and spectrum editing capabilities.
“Sound Forge Pro 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2 have arrived together in the form of a perfect pair, unified with systems for easy audio data-transfer capabilities, resulting in a truly integrated solution for working freely across the waveform and spectral paradigms,” reports Dave Chaimson, the VP of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “Sound Forge Pro users can now enjoy a very straightforward punch-and-roll recording process, as well as a host of new plug-ins that can be accessed and controlled directly in the workspace. Our legion of SpectraLayers Pro users will enjoy the new performance gains we’ve put under the hood while inventing fresh ways to implement the new sound-shaping features on board.”
Some of the prominent new features in Sound Forge Pro 11 include one-touch recording that keeps users anchored in the workspace at all times (while they shape and monitor incoming audio, arm and record takes, review work, and prepare for the next pass); CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act) compliant metering to make it easier to follow the new rules while maximizing the dynamic range potential of the audio; and the iZotope Nectar Elements voice processing plug-in with style presets in genres like rock, pop, folk, soul and voiceover/dialogue. Other new features include iZotope’s restore and repair tools; new waveform display options that show the user’s exact location and doubles as a navigation and auditioning tool; and broadcast wave file (BWF) format enhancements that support BEXT BWF version 2.0, iXML and includes autofill and verification options as well as automatic repair of BWF data.
New SpectraLayers Pro 2 features include faster spectral graph explorations in any scenario; spectral casting and molding that casts the frequency signature of one layer over that of another (for a derivative layer that can be phase-inverted to create free spectral space for hard-to-distinguish sounds to occupy in a mix); Shape Tool for extracting drum sounds (done by pointing at a shape on the spectral graph and clicking to pull hits to a target layer); new frequency range display options plotted on the user’s choice of logarithmic scales; one-click noise extraction to execute custom noise prints over the target layer’s entire spectral expanse; and new resampling and remixing options to freely define, route and mix channels during the resampling process. In addition, SpectraLayers Pro 2 has been optimized for Apple’s Retina display on select MacBook Pro notebook computers.
Sound Forge Pro 11 software (MSRP $499.95 for Windows), SpectraLayers Pro 2 software (MSRP $399.95 for Mac/Windows) and both applications bundled in the Audio Master Suite package (MSRP $849.95) are now available for digital download. The physical products are also available as of August 12. For information about upgrades or to purchase, please visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com.