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Monday, April 2, 2012

De-Reverberation Made Easy

Zynaptiq Unveil graphic from Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture production blog
One of the dreams of post engineers has been to find a device or plugin that allows you to strip the reverberation from a sound. Dialog or effects recording with unwanted ambience eventually have to be replaced, costing time and money, and a music track swimming in too much reverb can turn into a muddy mess. Now comes an announcement from a company called Zynaptiq regarding a Mac plugin called UNVEIL, which they say accomplishes real-time de-reverberation and "signal focusing."

By using artificial intelligence, UNVIEL claims to be able to not only strip the ambience from a sound, but to add more of the natural ambience back into the sound, as well as attenuating some of the components that cause a sound to be "muddy" or masked.

I've not yet played with UNVIEL, but if it works as claimed, it could immediately find a place in the plugin lists of DAWs everywhere. Not only would it be invaluable for post, but during a mix as well. Instead of adding artificial reverb to a mix element, it would be great just to be able to adjust the natural ambience of the element itself. That means, of course, that you have to record the sound well complete with some natural ambience in the first place, but that's a topic for a different discussion.

Check out UNVIEL at the Zynaptiq site. It's just $259USD and a free trial is available. Let me know if it works as claimed.


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Dunha said...

It's amazing! It really works!

James Clausen said...

Hey Bobby. I've been using Unveil for about a month. What it does to audio is truly shocking. In extreme cases it's not perfect; but Unveil is quickly becoming as vital to my workflow as Izotope RX2.

Check out the review I did recently for the Home Recording Show. I have some examples.




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