Era-N $59

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Ex­pand­ing on the de­nois­ing side of their Era-D au­dio restora­tion plugin, Era-N (VST/AU/AAX) em­ploys Ac­cu­sonus’ patented noise re­moval al­go­rithms within a one-knob in­ter­face. All you need do is choose the fre­quency range within which the of­fend­ing sig­nal lies (All, High, Low, High and Low or Mid), and crank the knob up to the point at which it dis­ap­pears. If the over­all vol­ume drops as a con­se­quence, raise the Out­put gain slider.

With di­a­log and vo­cals, Era-N eas­ily does the busi­ness, knock­ing out hiss, hum, rum­ble and nd any other con­stant low-level an­noy­ances en­tirely, usu­al­lyually at a set­ting low enough to avoid the arte­facts that start to creep in as you ap­proach the top end of the knob’s range. On more ‘broad­band’ mu­si­cal ma­te­rial – in­di­vid­ual in­stru­ments and mixed groups – the re­sults are a lit­tle less straight­for­ward, with re­verb tails and sus­tained sounds short­en­ing to a vari­able de­gree. The com­pro­mise is of­ten worth it, though, as Era-N’s restora­tive prop­er­ties work mi­nor won­ders on noisy record­ings with­out do­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

9/ 10

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