BIAS is shipping SoundSoap Pro (Mac/Win; $599), an audio restoration plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows XP. The program offers four tools in one, rather than splitting the restoration process into separate plug-ins.
SoundSoap Pro uses an integrated interface that allows the user to access any tool quickly and easily from within a single plug-in window. Tool navigation tabs are labeled Hum & Rumble, Click & Crackle, Broadband, and Noise Gate. They appear in the order in which the operations should be performed to obtain the best possible results. The tabs also provide parameter feedback, allowing the user to monitor the primary tool settings globally, regardless of which tool is currently selected.
SoundSoap Pro groups 512 bands into 12 discrete threshold and reduction sliders. The sliders may be easily grouped with a lock button, and 12 level meters assist in threshold adjustments.
SoundSoap Pro's tool area features a global, real-time spectrogram - providing constant visual monitoring of spectral noise that may be in need of treatment. The spectrogram allows users to discern problem areas and make relevant tool adjustments, while listening to and watching the results.
SoundSoap Pro supports every major plug-in host, including BIAS Peak 4, Digidesign Pro Tools, Avid Express DV, Emagic Logic Audio, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Nuendo, Wavelab, and Cubase SX/SL, Cakewalk Sonar, and Adobe Premiere. Additional information can be found at http://www.bias-inc.com/soundsoappro
Click here to read the EM review of SoundSoap 1.1.