Acoustica / Digital Audio Editor


Acoustica Audio Editor

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.

Acoustica 7 Screenshot

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.





Cross-platform Support

Acoustica 7 has been rewritten from scratch for cross-platform support:

  • Runs on Mac (OS X) and PC (Windows)
  • There are both 32 and a 64 bit versions available on Windows

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.

  • Integrated loudness meter complies to EBU R-128
  • The level meter can be switched to true peak metering
  • The Normalize tool now supports normalization based on integrated loudness according to the EBU and ITU recommendations

Click-free Editing

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.

Plug-in Support

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.

  • Dynamics is a combined compressor, expander and gate. Harmonic distortions are kept to a minimum due to smart look-ahead and optional oversampling improves the quality further. The user interface is highly intuitive and graphical as you would expect from Acon Digital.
  • Multiband Dynamics (Premium Edition only) is the multiband companion to Dynamics. It allows separate dynamic processing in four bands with variable cross-over frequencies and continuously adjustable slopes from 6 to 96 dB / octave.
  • Limit is a brickwall limiter with an integrated pre-compression stage. Harmonic distortions are kept to a minimum due to smart look-ahead and optional oversampling improves the quality further.

New Restoration Tools

  • Acoustica Premium Edition now includes the award winning processing tools from Restoration Suite 1.8. The Standard Edition contains the same tools except for a light version of DeNoise without adaptive filtering and with fewer parameter settings.
  • Phono Filter, the integrated emphasis and de-emphasis filter now uses a much more accurate filtering technique that evaluates the amplitude response of the analog filters directly. Advanced users can specify time constants and presets for RIAA, vintage equipment and DAT / CD emphasis are included.
  • Vitalize replaces the old High Frequency Synthesis tool and comes with an improved algorithm and better user interface.

Other Effects and Processing Tools

  • Acon Digital Equalize is seamlessly integrated in the Premium Edition and a light version with only the minimum phase response is included in the Standard Edition.
  • Acon Digital Verberate is seamlessly integrated in the Premium Edition and a light version with a limited parameter set is available in the Standard Edition.
  • Dither is a new separate dithering tool with novel and flexible noise shaping options.
  • Convolve (convolution reverb) now supports true stereo processing and has zero latency
  • The Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) algorithm has been significantly improved.
  • All other audio processor have been re-implemented and received a new and more polished user interface.



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
Multitrack editor Yes Yes
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)
Spectrum analyzer Yes Yes
Phase correlation meter Yes Yes
Time display Yes Yes

Analysis Tools Standard Edition Premium Edition
Spectrum analysis Yes Yes
Spectrogram analysis Yes Yes
Wavelet (Morlet wavelet) analysis Yes Yes
Spectral histrogram Yes Yes
Statistics 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

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Audio Processing Standard Edition Premium Edition
Processing chain Yes Yes
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)
Volume curves Yes Yes
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
Limiter Yes 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)
Vitalize Yes Yes
Automatically remove DC offsets Yes Yes

 

Effects Standard Edition Premium Edition
Reverb Yes Verberate
Convolution reverb Yes Yes
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
Time Stretching 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
Erase CD-RWs 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