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Steinberg Have Updated SpectraLayers

SpectraLayers 9 finds Strinberg adding a variety of new features and a new look. It also adds their new licensing system to replace e-licencer.

SpectraLayers delivers audio empowerment by showing sounds as visual objects. You can explore, reach in, take and transform, working wonders on tasks ranging from repairing and restoring audio to freeform sound design. Unmatched selection tools developed over many years are now joined by new artificial intelligence-driven audio extraction and repair processes, making this the most significant version of SpectraLayers yet.

Some of what’s new in version 9.

SpectraLayers 9 introduces real-time dynamic spectral processing. Now you can hear, as well as see, the effects of spectral process parameter changes as you work. It’s a major workflow breakthrough, supported by further new features which enhance this significant real-time boost in speed, precision, and control.

Previously, changing parameters and auditioning the result was a two-step process. Now, the preview process is in real time, meaning you hear the effects of spectral process parameter changes as you work, radically increasing the speed and efficiency of your workflow. You can process more content much faster, while evaluating the most subtle parameter changes on the fly in real time, all the time.

SpectraLayers now features non-modal dialog boxes, allowing you to work freely anywhere in the interface, even while a process dialog box is open. You can move the playhead, change selections, switch layers, make adjustments in the Display panel… freely moving around the interface while monitoring parameter changes in real time with the new dynamic spectral processing feature. In addition, the dialog boxes now stay open after applying processes, allowing you to easily perform multiple sequential processes without having to recall the process dialog for each one.

The addition of Process and Tool presets is the perfect complement to the new real-time preview functionality. You can start with a default or custom preset and work from there, monitoring process changes in real time. Save presets as you work and use them as reference points as you work. In addition, fully configurable Tool presets with a range of default options are now available, helping you to create the right tool settings faster.

A much-requested feature, the new Unmix Level process divides one layer into two, based on a user-selected amplitude split point. You can preview the high and low-level content independently before executing the process, which transfers all content below the specified dB threshold to a new layer. Unmix Level joins Unmix Stems and Unmix Components as another automated process for making global edits, which prepare your workflow for deep editing using the manual editing tools in SpectraLayers.

The AI-assisted De-Bleed process has been expanded to allow multiple bleed source layers to be applied to the target layer each time. Resulting in faster, higher quality de-bleeding, this is far more efficient than applying the process repeatedly to the same target, using multiple bleed sources. In processes such as De-Bleed and Imprint (Cast/Mold), cross-layer processing is a SpectraLayers hallmark for both repair operations and sound design.

The new Cursor Crosshair view option brings a new level of convenience, with crosshair lines which span the entire spectral graph. This lets you get a precise visual reference on all content at any given frequency before making a selection. The ability to display time and frequency coordinates next to the cursor means you can now keep your gaze more firmly fixed on the target audio as you work.

SpectraLayers 9 is Apple silicon compatible which means, whether in standalone mode or running in parallel with your favorite DAW in ARA mode, you can enjoy faster AI-assisted operations, smoother performance for real-time previews, performing processing with compatible plug-ins and more on Mac computers with Apple silicon processors.

Accessed from the View menu, this new feature gives you the option to see the frequency scale scroll bar at all times, without needing to hover the cursor to reveal it. Along with a wide range of options for adjusting the spectral view — including the Zoom tool, Hand tool, mouse wheel scrolling and Lock Spectrogram to 0 Hz — the application will easily adapt to your editing style.

SpectraLayers 9 has been updated with a new look that makes it easier to identify all application features and functions. The aesthetic and functional changes — which run throughout the entire interface, from the buttons and sliders through to all menus and panels — conform to Windows 11 and  macOS Monterey specs. There is also improved OpenGL performance for multiscreen configurations in full screen mode.

Replacing the familiar eLicenser, we are introducing the new Steinberg Licensing system to Nuendo, which doesn’t need a physical copy protection device and lifts many restrictions of the past. 

SoectraLayers is available to PC and Mac users.

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