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13 August 2005

Bias Peak Pro 5

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Bias Peak Pro 5 is out. This new version of the Mac sound editor has the expected raft of features, including a convolving reverb. This is turning up everywhere these days — I fully expect the next version of Microsoft Word to have a convolution reverb function too.

The Bias website has more details. They say: BIAS Peak — the industry standard stereo audio editing, processing, and mastering application for the Macintosh — is now better than ever.

From serious sound design for film, video, or multimedia, to rapid-fire broadcast editing, to music production and mastering limited only by your imagination, Peak Pro 5 does it better than anything else. Create unique dance loops and remixes. Optimize audio for Podcasting and Internet streaming. Dust off that pile of vinyl records or analog tapes and convert them to CDs, ultra-portable AAC (MP4) or MP3 files, or to just about any audio file format on Earth. Craft soundtracks or fix audio problems for digital video. Maximize your music’s sonic quality — and then burn your final masters directly to CD — with 100% Redbook compatibility.

Here’s a full list of features of this new version of Peak Pro.

  • Fastest and most powerful nondestructive & destructive sample accurate mono and stereo editing, processing, and CD mastering application for OS X
  • Simultaneous document viewing with window tiling
  • Multithreaded processing and MP optimized
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo with graphic edit histories
  • Customizable display, key commands, tool bar
  • Reads/Writes AIFF, SDII, QuickTime, MP3, MP4, WAVE, AU, Sonic AIFF, JAM Image, Raw, DDP (optional), and more
  • Supports built-in Mac I/O and Core Audio compatible hardware
  • Read & write region, loop & reference markers
  • Integrated DSP Toolset, including Fade In/Out, Normalize, Gain Envelope, Reverse, Invert, Harmonic Rotate, ultra-accurate POW-r dithering, Convolve, Mix, Change Pitch, Panner, Find Peak, Invert, Strip Silence & more
  • Professional 100% Red-Book CD Mastering playlist featuring advanced waveform views, crossfades, real-time effects, PQ sub-codes, ISRC, CD Text and more.
  • Ultra high quality real-time and of-fline SRC (Sample Rate Conversion)
  • Up to 32-bit 10MHz, including 24 bit 96KHz (HD)
  • Advanced looping tools— including the highly acclaimed Loop Surfer, LoopTuner, Crossfade Loop & Guess Tempo
  • AU and VST effects & instrument support with ALC (Automatic Latency Compensation)
  • Dozens of high quality VST audioeffects plug-ins free and AU effects from OS X
  • Includes BIAS Sqweez compressor/limiter plug-in and BIAS Freq 4-band paragraphic EQ
  • Includes SFX Machine LT plug-in with 21 real-time special effects
  • Advanced VST/AU plug-in routing matrix via integrated Vbox SE
  • Automated Repair Clicks & Remove DC Offset
  • ImpulseVerb — applies real room ambiance to any audio file — includes over 150 spaces (requires a G4 processor or faster )
  • Supports all SMDI hardware samplers
  • Integrated Batch Processor
  • Change Duration DSP with Tempo Envelope and Transient mode — high-quality time compression/expansion without affecting pitch or smearing attacks
  • Recording notepad & timer
  • Threshold function automatically divides files by amplitude
  • Trigger playback & cueing of up to 10 audio documents using Mac keyboard
  • Advanced QuickTime/DV support with sample accurate synchronization
  • Auto-Define Tracks — divides LP/Tape recordings into single tracks for easy CD burning, export to iTunes and more
  • Use stand alone or integrated as an external editor launched from Deck, DP, Live, FCP, and more
  • Over 300 MB of high quality loops from PowerFX and Sound-FX-Design

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