Last year, Steinberg introduced AI (artificial intelligence) technology in version 7 of its SpectraLayers advanced audio editing software. Just 10 months later, the Cubase and Nuendo developer doubles down on new features and enhancements for SpectraLayers 8 – both AI-driven and regular ones.
Steinberg SpectraLayers 8
The What’s new in version 8 starts with AI De-Bleed, which digs into several spectral layers to easily reduce microphone bleed from isolated instrument tracks. Reverb Reduction also gets artificial brains – identifying and attenuating room resonances becomes an automated process promising cleaner, quicker results.
Moving along, a new Voice Denoiser feature uses AI to recognize and isolate human voice. It has separate algorithms for spoken word and sung vocals, although its primary purpose appears to be cleanup of in-field recordings. Another new feature is inter-channel copy and paste – it lets you take material from one audio channel and use it to repair another. You can also copy and paste events in the stereo field to directly edit the soundstage.
SpectraLayers 8 also introduces EQ and Ambience Match. With EQ Match, users can make a selection on the spectral graph and apply its EQ profile across layers. With Ambience Match, users can select room tone or background textures from the spectrograph and apply the original ambience to any recording.
Alongside the Harmonics Selection tool, users can now select harmonics automatically, based on a single selected frequency, with full control over the designated fundamental frequency and number of harmonics to be selected.
SpectraLayers 8 also brings dynamic visual previews of selections while drawing, saving of multiple selections within projects, and ups the supported sample rates to 384kHz. Further enhancements include deeper ARA 2 integration to enable multiple SpectraLayers projects in a single DAW session. The Clip Repair, Eraser, Amplifier, and pitch-shifting functionality has become faster and more accurate as well. Overall, version 8 is a substantial update and a viable alternative to iZotope’s RX 8 Standard spectral editing suite.
Price and availability for SpectraLayers 8
From June 23, 2021, to July 14, 2021, both editions of SpectraLayers 8 (Pro and Elements) are available at an introductory offer with 20% off the regular prices. They are EUR 299 for SpectraLayers Pro 8 and EUR 80 for SpectaLayers Elements 8. All prices include German VAT. Upgrade and crossgrade prices are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop – log in and check your offers. Additionally, customers who activated SpectraLayers 7 (Pro and/ord Elements) since May 26, 2021 are eligible for a grace period update to version 8.