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BIAS, Inc. has announced that SoundSoap Pro
- the noise reduction and restoration plug-in for Mac and Windows - has been updated to version 1.2 and features 100% native compatibility with Apple's Power PC and Intel-based Macs while also offering support for Windows XP and Vista. Aimed at professional audio producers, engineers, musicians, sound designers, videographers, and forensic scientists, SoundSoap Pro has become a highly acclaimed industry standard for its ease of use, high quality results and cost effectiveness.
BIAS believe that they provide the ultimate audio cleaning and restoration solutions for users at all levels with SoundSoap Pro and the highly successful SoundSoap which is targeted at entry-level users and has been nominated for the prestigious TEC award.
Hereâ€™s what BIAS Inc. have to say in their own words:
Four Tools in One - an Integrated Approach
Rather than splitting the restoration process into separate plug-ins, SoundSoap Pro uses a unique, 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 (left to right) "Hum & Rumble," "Click & Crackle," "Broadband," and "Noise Gate" - reflecting the suggested order in which the operations should be performed, to obtain the best possible results. The tabs even provide convenient parameter feedback, allowing the user to monitor the primary tool settings globally, regardless of which tool is currently selected.
Multi-band NR: Speed, Usability & Performance with a Minimized Chance of Artifacts
Many broadband noise reduction solutions (including BIAS' entry-level SoundSoap) work by analyzing, or "learning," a noise profile, which can then be suppressed using a pair of threshold and reduction controls that operate across the entire frequency band. While this can achieve fine results, more challenging noise problems, as well as more discerning ears, demand additional control.
Some products go to the opposite extreme to address these needs, with individual controls for hundreds of frequency bands. But as many audio engineers are aware, this multi-band method can prove to be time-consuming, cumbersome, and confusing - leading in turn to an increased risk of "chirping", "muffling", "flanging", and other annoying artifacts.
SoundSoap Pro's approach to multi-band noise reduction focuses on speed, usability, and performance. SoundSoap Pro groups 512 bands into 12 discrete threshold and reduction sliders - delivering dramatically enhanced efficiency, ease-of-use, and superb sonic results. The sliders may be easily grouped with a lock button, and 12 vibrant level meters assist in threshold adjustments. When used with SoundSoap Pro's additional attack, release, and tilt controls, even the toughest broadband noise can be easily and dramatically reduced, while dramatically minimizing the chance of any inadvertent artifacts.
Enhanced Visual & Audio Monitoring Options
SoundSoap Pro's tool area features a unique, global, real-time spectrogram - providing constant visual monitoring of spectral noise that may be in need of treatment. With its intuitive color codes, the spectrogram allows users to discern problem areas and make relevant tool adjustments, all while listening to - and watching - the results. Furthermore, users can easily hear the noise they are reducing by selecting "Noise Only." Unlike Bypass - which can be used globally or for each tool, and which bypasses the processing - the Noise Only button allows the user to hear, on a global level, only what is being removed.
These two features allow SoundSoap Pro users to ensure that undesired noise is effectively suppressed - and that desired signals are unaffected by the restoration process.
A Universal Restoration Solution, Supporting All Leading Plug-In Hosts
SoundSoap Pro is designed for every major Audio Units, RTAS and VST plug-in host, including BIAS Peak Pro, Cubase SX/SL, Digital Performer, Live, Logic Audio, Nuendo, Premiere, Pro Tools, Sound Forge, Sonar, Wavelab, and many others.
Pricing and Availability:
BIAS SoundSoap Pro 1.2 is available now through the worldwide network of authorized BIAS dealers and distributors at a suggested retail price of $599 US.
SoundSoap Pro is also available as part of the Peak Pro XT edition at $1199 SRP.
BIAS' original entry-level SoundSoap 2 remains available at a suggested retail price of $129 US.
Registered users of SoundSoap Pro may download a free update to version 1.2 from the BIAS web site.