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Steinberg’s SpectraLayers Pro 6: visual audio editing with ARA support

Steinberg’s SpectraLayers Pro 6 audio editing software is now available. First distributed by Sony Creative Software and then by Magix Software, the developers behind SpectraLayers have joined forces with Steinberg to release its sixth iteration.

Unlike most audio editing tools, SpectraLayers offers a visual approach to audio editing, allowing users to visualize audio in the spectral domain (in 2D and 3D) and to manipulate its spectral data in many different ways. While many dedicated audio pros typically edit with their ears, this offering targets those who are more comfortable with visuals leading their editing decisions.

With its 25 advanced tools, SpectraLayers Pro 6 provides precision-editing within the spectral domain, comparable with the editing capabilities applied in high-performance photo editing software: modification, selection, measurement and drawing. Think Adobe Photoshop for audio editing.

The features newly introduced in SpectraLayers Pro 6 include ARA 2 support; next to the standalone application, Version 6 offers an ARA plug-in that seamlessly integrates into every ARA 2-compatible DAW, such as Nuendo and Cubase, to be used as a native editor. Fades along the selection border are one of the innovative features in SpectraLayers, and Pro 6 now includes visible fade masks and allows users to select from the many available fade types.

SpectraLayers’ advanced selection engine now features nine revamped selection tools — including the new Transient Selector — making selections more flexible. The new Move tool helps users transform audio intuitively: grab layers to activate and move or scale them. SpectraLayers Pro 6 also provides external editor integration, allowing users to include other editor software so that any selection can be processed by them as well.

“This new version of SpectraLayers offers a refined and more intuitive user interface inspired by picture editors and a new selection system combining multiple fade masks, bringing spectral editing and remixing to a whole new level. We’re also excited by the possibilities unlocked by the new ARA connection between SpectraLayers, Cubase and Nuendo, bringing spectral mixing and editing right within your DAW,” says Robin Lobel, creator of SpectraLayers.

The user interface of SpectraLayers Pro 6 has completely been redesigned to build on the original use of image editing software. The menus have been redesigned and the panels are collapsible; the Layers panel is customizable; and users can now refer to comprehensive tool tip documentation and a new user manual.

The full retail version of SpectraLayers Pro 6 is available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop at the suggested retail price of $399.99, together with various downloadable updates from previous versions.
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