Amarra 3, the high end audio player

Amarra 3

Amarra is an audiophile music player for the Mac. I tested the full Amarra player, which allows you to play FLAC as well as DSD music files. Sonic Studio also released Amarra sQ, an equaliser specifically developed to enhance streaming music such as iTunes Radio or Spotify streams.

iZotope BreakTweaker, a sequencing machine for cinema & video shooters

iZotope BreakTweaker

iZotope’s BreakTweaker is a drum sculpting and beat sequencing machine. That is not just good news for musicians, but also for online publishers who get a virtual instrument for their Digital Audio Workstation with which they can create moods using sounds. BreakTweaker is the result of a cooperation between iZotope and world famous producer and technologist BT. The plug-in can be extended using Expansions and there is one for Cinematics to play mood-inducing samples without lifting a finger.

Sony upgrades Sound Forge Pro Mac to version 2

Sound Forge Pro Mac 2

Sound Forge Pro Mac 2 responds nicely to what users most wanted: integration with SpectraLayers Pro 2.1 and FLAC support. Other new or improved features include an automatic trimming/cropping tool, a Volume plug-in, broadcast CALM-loudness compliant metering, event mode improvements and a new iZotope plug-in (Nectar Elements). Also brand new is the “Convrt” batch processing automation tool, which is a separate batch app.

Using the Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac as an external sound recorder

Apogee Duet

If you’re shooting video with a dSLR, a small semi-pro cam or a consumer level video camera, chances are your sound is not as good as you’d hope. And even if you have provided for an external prosumer audio recorder like the Zoom H4n, the quality of your audio will depend on the quality of the device’s microphone pre-amps. Those of the affordable recorders are good, but not exceptional. But those of the Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac are, so why not using an Apogee Duet as an external audio recorder?

iZotope RX 3 Advanced audio cleaning and repair app — in-depth review

RX 3 Advanced audio cleaning app interface

With the number of videos and podcasts published on the rise, the need for sound engineering is becoming more prominent and less a business of specialised audio engineers. Recording an interview on the street using state of the art equipment and a soundman usually results in comprehensible audio, although background noise can still make a recording sound bad. The noise is then often removed by a specialised engineer. In contrast, a one-man operation recording with ‘prosumer’ material will often get less ideal output that screams “repair”. It seems that for both pros and prosumers, iZotope RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced are your easiest and most surefire way on the road to audio perfection.

Sony SpectraLayers Pro 2 sound editor

Sound editor SpectraLayers Pro 2

Sony’s sound editor SpectraLayers Pro has been upgraded to version 2. The new version has several improvements and new features. It’s much faster than its predecessor and has one-shot noise removal. It also enables users to cast or mould layer peaks. The extracting tools have been upgraded with a new shape tool that can extract any shape you like. However, I had the idea the new version isn’t quite ready for showtime, with several glitches showing up and the application occasionally crashing on larger sound files.