The Restoration bundle is comprised of four plug-ins: X-Noise, X-Click, X-Crackle and X-Hum. All of the new plug-ins are based on technology licensed from German developer Algorithmix GmbH.
X-Noise learns from a section of noise, then applies a broadband noise reduction. X-Click can get rid of clicks from 78s and vinyl recordings, as well as spikes that originate from digital switching or crosstalk. X-Crackle is the second-stage filter for the restoration of audio pulled from old records — it gets rid of crackles and surface noise left after X-Click is applied. X-Hum can be used to attenuate steady pitched low frequency disturbances, like ground loop hum and its harmonics. It’s also been developed to reduce rumbles, microphone pops and even DC-offset.
Waves Ltd. CEO Gilad Keren said that Restoration’s early users indicate that the signal restoring quality of the software is comparable to high-end reference hardware tools that can cost more than $10,000. “It is an ideal tool set for mastering, film, video postproduction, archiving and forensic professionals,” said Keren.
System requirements call for a PowerPC 603/180MHz processor or faster (G3 or G4 strongly recommended); Mac OS 8.5 or higher; 64MB RAM (96 for multi-track); 800×600 display. The plug-ins are in RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, and MAS-compatible formats.
Look for Restoration to hit authorized Waves dealers worldwide in the second half of October 2001. The software carries a suggested retail price of US$1,200.