Forward Audio faTimeAlign is a cutting-edge phase alignment plug-in
Dealing with phase issues? Check this one out. Developer Forward Audio released a very complete tool called faTimeAlign, a time/phase alignment plug-in served with a generous helping of bold claims on the side.
FA promises sub-sample precision of 0.001 samples in addition to handling time delays between -44k and +44k samples, negative time delays, phase invertion, up to 32x upsampling, and pretty much anything else phase-related.
Four different input units are supported – ms, foot, meter and samples – as well as sample rates of up to 192kHz. You can A/B between tracks and engage Group Mode to delay multiple tracks at once, relative to each other. You can also compensate for sub-sample delays when handling differences in sample rates.
Additionally, FA says, faTimeAlign is good for creative effects like Haas delays, moving comb filtering, and double tracked vocal with variable delay.
All this power could make for a rather complicated tool, but thankfully, Forward Audio designed a modern and pleasing user interface that’s also resolution-scalable – you can use it on a tablet and a 5K monitor alike. Phase alignment doesn’t get any fancier than this, it seems.
Price and availability
Tested in nearly all major DAWs save for ProTools and two unsupported ones (Harrison Mixbus and Tracktion Waveform), faTimeAlign is available in 32- and 64-bit VST2, VST3, and AU formats for Windows and macOS computers (no 32-bit on Macs, obviously). An AAX version (32 & 64-bit) is currently being worked on.
The price is USD 79, but at the time of writing, you can enter the coupon code INTRO at checkout to claim 30% off, bringing the cost down to USD 50. The offer is good until August 31 or so. I think the price is very comfortable for what’s a comprehensive and nicely designed phase alignment tool. Getting your tracks in phase is crucial for any recording duty, so having flexibility and options usually means a better end result.