The New Acoustica 7 – Now for Mac and PC
Re-implemented from scratch for the highest quality demands and cross-platform support, Acoustica 7 is now the perfect tool for editing, mastering and restoration work on both Mac and PC (32 and 64 bit). The brand new user interface comes with a modern dark theme and appears crystal sharp on retina style displays. Acoustica 7 is available in a Premium Edition and a feature limited Standard Edition.
The new spectral editing mode available in the Premium Edition allows more precise restoration work while you have access to processing tools from our award winning plug-ins such as Equalize, Verberate and Restoration Suite.
A new set of tools for dynamic processing along with EBU R 128 and ITU-R BS.1770 compliant metering and normalization should sweeten the deal further. Limit is a brick-wall limiter and Dynamics is a combined compressor, expander and gate. Both tools have sophisticated algorithms with adjustable look-ahead for maximum transparency and up to four times oversampling. Multiband Dynamics available in the Premium Edition is a multiband version of Dynamics with separate processing in four bands and adjustable cross-over frequencies and filter slopes. The new Dither tool offers dithering with novel and flexible noise shaping options.
Upgrades (license key required)
Even the standard edition offers incredible functionality for little money. Top! 5.5 / 6
Wow! I’ve never started a review with ‘Wow!’ but this product really deserves it.
Acoustica 7 is all about getting audio editing tasks done quickly, efficiently and with excellent sound quality — BRILLIANT 95%
Finally a stereo and surround audio editor which is elegant, fast and has great plug-in support. Acoustica is now a backbone of my workflows. The built-in tools are also of very high quality.
I have been in search for an audio editor with a minimalist UI, streamlined workflow and professional feature set for quite some time now — the wait is over!
Ultimate Audio Quality
Acoustica offers support for state-of-the-art audio resolutions up to 32 bit and sampling rates up to 384 kHz, ensuring that all of your work comes across at the highest quality. Acoustica Premium Edition even supports multichannel audio recording and editing such as 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound.
Integrated audio restoration tools help you get the most out of recordings impaired by background noise, clicks, crackle, clipping or missing high frequency content. The Premium Edition contains the same set of professional tools as our Restoration Suite.
Spectral Editing (Premium Edition only)
The new spectral editing mode in Acoustica Premium Edition 7 allows precise restoration work since processing can be limited to isolated regions in time and frequency. Selection tools such as brush, freehand or magic wand are available. The retouch tool removes noise based on a freely selectable reference from the surrounding audio.
Mix audio from different tracks in real-time, insert audio effects or create cross-fades easily in multitrack sessions. You can loop or time stretch clips directly from the multitrack timeline and automate volume, pan and send levels.
Processing Tools, Chains and Plug-ins
High quality processing tools ranging from a new suite of dynamic processing tools to EQ and effects like reverb and chorus are integrated along with sample rate conversion, time stretching and pitch shifting. You can create chains of audio processors and apply or store them for later use. A powerful batch processor is included and VST, VST3 and AU (Mac only) plug-ins are supported.
Analysis tools such as spectrum, spectrogram and wavelet analysis are available. Real-time analyzers visualize your audio output (EBU R-128 loudness, level, spectral and phase correlation).
Introduction to Acoustica 7.
European Motion Picture Association (EUMPA) has created this extensive video review of Acoustica 7 that also serves well as a tutorial.
Acoustica 7 has been rewritten from scratch for cross-platform support:
Complete Overhaul of the User Interface
The user interface has received a complete overhaul and appears much more modern with the same dark theme as found in our range of plug-ins. All graphical elements are vector based and scale nicely on high DPI displays.
Spectral Editing (Premium Edition only)
The spectral editing mode switches the normal waveform view to a spectrogram where you can make selections in time and frequency. Subsequent processing is applied only to this selection and allows you to edit out isolated problems in the spectrogram. A specialized Retouch tool is available that attenuates noise using information from a reference signal in the surrounding “clean” areas.
EBU and ITU Loudness Compliance
Loudness metering and normalization according to EBU R-128 and ITU-R BS.1770 are now integrated. These recommendations are gaining momentum and more and more broadcasters and streaming platforms require loudness compliance.
Acoustica can now automatically de-click splice points. Previously, care had to be taken to avoid discontinuities during editing. The new Automatic Splice De-click option ensures that clicks don’t occur at the splice points.
Acoustica now supports VST3 and AU (Mac only) plug-ins in addition to VST. The DirectX support has been discontinued.
New Tools for Dynamic Processing
The integrated tools for dynamic processing have been re-implemented for better audio quality and an improved user interface.
New Restoration Tools
Other Effects and Processing Tools
|General Features||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Supported driver models for audio recording and playback (Windows)||ASIO, Windows Audio (exclusive and non-exclusive), DirectSound||ASIO, Windows Audio (exclusive and non-exclusive), DirectSound|
|Supported driver models for audio recording and playback (Mac)||CoreAudio||CoreAudio|
|Maximum number of audio channels||2 (stereo)||8 (up to 7.1 channel surround)|
|Maximum sample rate||384 kHz||384 kHz|
|Supported bit resolutions||Up to 32 bit PCM or floating point||Up to 32 bit PCM or floating point|
|Timer and input level triggered recording||Yes||Yes|
|Number of undo and redo levels||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Ultra fast non-destructive editing engine||Yes||Yes|
|Standard cut, copy, paste and mix editing||Yes||Yes|
|Optional Auto de-click at splice points||Yes||Yes|
|Drag and drop editing||Yes||Yes|
|Support for labels and region markers||Yes||Yes|
|Cleaning Wizard that simplifies LP or tape to CD transfers||Yes||Yes|
|Time formats||Hour:Min:Sec:MS, SMPTE (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 drop frame, 29.97 non-drop frame, 30 fps), Sample index, Bar:beat:tick||Hour:Min:Sec:MS, SMPTE (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 drop frame, 29.97 non-drop frame, 30 fps), Sample index, Bar:beat:tick|
|Regions can be saved as separate files||Yes||Yes|
|Tabbed MDI user interface||Yes||Yes|
|Spectral Editing||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Switch between waveform and spectrogram view in clip editor||No||Yes|
|Time-frequency selection tools||N/A||Area (time range, frequency range or combined), brush, freehand and magic wand|
|Retouch tool (attenuates noise in time-frequency selections)||No||Yes|
|Overtone selection||N/A||Yes, alt + mousewheel or arrow up / down sets number of harmonics|
|Frequency scales||N/A||Mel scale, logarithmic or linear|
|Multitrack Editing||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Maximum number of rendered audio channels||2 (stereo)||8 (including 7.1 and 5.1 surround)|
|Maximum number of tracks||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Processing chains||Track inserts, master inserts and send effects||Track inserts, master inserts and send effects|
|Loop or time stretch clips||Yes||Yes|
|Cross fade between clips||Yes||Yes|
|Automation curves||Volume, left to right pan, back to front pan and send level||Volume, left to right pan, back to front pan and send level|
|Real-time Analyzers||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Level meter with true or sample peak, peak hold and RMS indicators||Yes||Yes|
|Level meter modes||K-20, K-14, K12 and digital full scale||K-20, K-14, K12 and digital full scale|
|Customizable level meter ballistic settings||Yes||Yes|
|Loudness meter||Yes (EBU R-128 compliant)||Yes (EBU R-128 compliant)|
|Phase correlation meter||Yes||Yes|
|Analysis Tools||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Wavelet (Morlet wavelet) analysis||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic track splitting||Yes||Yes|
|Seamlessly Integrated Plug-Ins (only available inside application)||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Restoration Suite 1.8||Yes, but with DeNoise Light (no adaptive mode and fewer parameters)||Yes|
|Acon Digital Verberate||Feature limited version||Yes|
|Acon Digital Equalize||Feature limit version with minimum phase mode only||Yes|
|Audio Processing||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Plug-in support||VST, VST3 and AU (Mac only)||VST, VST3 and AU (Mac only)|
|Real-time preview audio processors||Yes||Yes|
|Preset manager||Yes (for internal tools)||Yes (for internal tools)|
|Fade ins and outs with five different curves||Yes||Yes|
|High quality sample format conversion||Yes||Yes|
|Dithering and noise shaping||Yes||Yes|
|Channel mixer for stereo image adjustments||Yes||Yes|
|Batch processing (files and complete folder structures)||Yes||Yes|
|Add sampler loops||Yes||Yes|
|Loop fader (cross-faded loops)||Yes||Yes|
|Test signal generator||Yes||Yes|
|Dynamics (compressor, expanded and gate)||Yes||Yes|
|Multiband Dynamics (multiband compressor, expanded and gate)||No||Yes|
|Audio Restoration||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|DeClick||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)|
|DeClip||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)|
|DeNoise||Light version without adaptive mode and fewer parameters||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)|
|DeHum||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)||Yes (from Restoration Suite 1.8)|
|Automatically remove DC offsets||Yes||Yes|
|Effects||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Echo (multitap delay width feedback filtering and optional stereo bouncing)||Yes||Yes|
|Modulate (flanger and phaser)||Yes||Yes|
|Chorus||Yes, based on Acon Digital Multiply||Yes, based on Acon Digital Multipl|
|Transpose (pitch change)||Yes||Yes|
|Harmonizer with up to four voices||Yes||Yes|
|File Formats||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Supported audio formats||WAV, WAV64, AIFF, MP4 (AAC – Windows 7 or higher required), MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA||WAV, WAV64, AIFF, MP4 (AAC – Windows 7 or higher required), MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA|
|Edit ACID information i wave files||Yes||Yes|
|Integrated file browser pane in the workspace||Yes||Yes|
|CD Projects||Standard Edition||Premium Edition|
|Integrated audio burning||Yes||Yes|
|Disc At Once burning (DAO) for gapless recording||Yes||Yes|
|Import audio tracks from CDs||Yes||Yes|
|Supports buffer underun protection schemes||Yes||Yes|
|Save and load CD projects||Yes||Yes|
Before you install Acoustica, please make sure your computer fulfills the following requirements:
PC Version (Windows)
- Windows 7 / 8.x / 10
- Intel Core i3 or AMD multi-core processor (Intel Core i5 or faster recommended)
- 1366 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 or higher recommended)
- 1 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
- 1 GB free HD space
Macintosh Version (OS X)
- OS X 10.8 or later
- 1 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
- 1 GB free HD space