Spectral editing is the de-facto tool for fixing broken audio or going off the deep end in experimental sound design. Today, Steinberg released SpectraLayers 7, the 7th generation of its spectral editing toolkit. It comes in two variants – Pro 7 and Elements 7. Both cover the heavy lifting when it comes to post-production, sound design, mastering and restoration.
Steinberg SpectraLayers 7
The biggest addition in version 7 is the introduction of artificial intelligence. The new algorithms allow for functionality such as automatic pattern detection, clip repair, un-mixing tracks to stems, and further downmixing stems to their components. More processes are automated as well, such as click repair, hum removal, and precision spectral de-essing. Other improvements outside the AI scope include better ARA 2 integration, VST3 plug-in hosting, customizable UI luminocity, direct layer rendering, and others.
Back to AI-driven functionality, the new Pattern Finder is able to automatically find and select sounds similar to the target sound you selected. A Voice Denoiser recognizes and isolates human voice to help extract dialogue from recordings. The Transform Tool is now able to transform entire selections. As for the unmixing functionality – in addition to extracting different instruments into separate layers, stems can be further un-mixed down into tone, noise, and transient component layers.
All in all, Spectralayers 7 is pretty serious business! Steinberg is bringing powerful AI into the spectral editing field and it can only go further from here. I presume version 8 will be on the level of “black magic” when it comes to AI-driven automated processing. Not that SpectraLayers isn’t incredibly advanced as it is.
Price and availability
Available now from dealers and Steinberg’s own web store, Spectralayers Pro 7 and Elements 7 cost EUR 299 and EUR 80, respectively. If you activated the previous versions since July 6, you are eligible for a free upgrade. Various upgrade prices and updates are available in the Steinberg Online Shop.