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The Press Desk 27th September 2018 03:48 AM

Ten of the Best Audio Repair Software & Plug-Ins
We’re always aiming for the best quality when recording, but occasional accidents and mistakes are bound to happen, not to mention that when mixing or mastering we’re bound to receive a problematic take or song at some point. In addition, in the fraught and deadline-heavy world of audio post-production, problematic audio is almost an expectation of a sound editor or re-recording mixer due to tight time constraints and limited production budgets. Fortunately, there are some insanely capable pieces of software out there able to deal with all sorts of damaged material, some of which were almost unthinkable just a decade ago - we've rounded up the ten most popular audio repair and restoration tools on Gearslutz - in alphabetical order:

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 SoundSoap+ 5

Antares SoundSoap+ 5

What it is: AAX/AU/VST plug-in and standalone app for Mac or Windows
What it offers: De-click, de-clip, de-hum, de-noise, de-rumble, downward expander, enhancer, dynamic range control, voice preserver and batch processing on the app.
In summary: Now sold & supported under the Antares marque, SoundSoap is an audio repair veteran, highly regarded for its ease of use and efficiency. Available in four different versions, each with a distinct set of features and price tag so there's a version for everyone.

 Studio Complete

Cedar Audio Studio Complete

What it is: AAX/AU/VST plug-ins for Mac or Windows
What it offers: de-buzz, de-click, de-clip, de-crackle, de-hiss, de-noise, de-hum, limiting, spectral editing and tools for vinyl restoration.
In summary: Now named “Studio”, the CEDAR set of tools were pioneers in this field, with a strong reputation for being one of the strongest solutions for repairing and improving audio quality. Available in four different versions, containing from two to eleven processors to accommodate most individual needs and pockets.

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Klevgrand Brusfri

What it is: iOS app and AAX/AU/VST plug-in for Mac or Windows
What it offers: Noise reduction
In summary: Certainly one of the best options if you’re looking for a noise reduction tool that is both effortless to use and very affordable. It's also available as an app for iPhones and iPads so you can now cope with those noisy podcasts.


Oeksound Soothe

What it is: AAX/AU/VST plug-in for Mac or Windows
What it offers: Resonance suppression
In summary: Not a repair tool per se, but a plug-in that does exactly what it says on the tin. Soothe is designed to solve tricky problems happening around the mid-to-high frequency range, such as sibilance, fingerboard noise, overly-aggressive cymbals and anything else that might hurt our precious ears.

 Restore Collection

Sonnox Restore Collection

What it is: AAX/AU/VST plug-ins for Mac or Windows
What it offers: De-click/crackle, de-buzz, de-pop and noise reduction
In summary: A set of three highly advanced and intuitive plug-ins made by the experts at Sonnox that are set to take the bad stuff out while preserving the important stuff! Each plug-in is also available individually, but this bundle provides meaningful savings when compared to buying them 'a la carte' - it will provide excellent coverage against many different audio misfortunes.

 Restoration Bundle

Waves Restoration Bundle

What it is: AAX/AU/VST plug-ins for Mac or Windows
What it offers: Noise, hum, hiss and crackle reduction
In summary: An affordable package with five powerful plug-ins to tackle the 'meat & potatoes' of audio restoration. Also compatible with Waves SoundGrid dedicated DSP server for real time monitoring with super low latency.

 REPAIR Bundle

Zynaptiq REPAIR Bundle

What it is: iOS app and AAX/AU/VST plug-in for Mac or Windows
What it offers: Codec artifact removal, reverb reduction and tonal rebalance.
In summary: Comprised of three plug-ins (that are straight out of science fiction), this bundle can deal with problems such as excessive reverb, poor equalization, comb-filtering and even attenuate problems stemmed from low-resolution codecs. Although the bundle offers a significantly discounted price compared to buying individually, it still remains relatively expensive, but the super advanced nature of these tools means it will be well worth the outlay if you need some top-shelf correction.

That's the list - we sincerely hope that your audio is always safe from harm, but in case a disaster strikes you now know where to look!

For more on audio repair and restoration software visit our Music Computers area, and if you’re working with film/TV/video don’t forget to stop by our Post Production forum.

AlbertJohn 15th October 2018 03:47 AM

If your Audio & Video after merging or synchronization in Premiere Pro, appear out-of-sync, the chances are they have some sort of corruption. The best way is to use a audoi & video repair software like Stellar Phoenix Video Repair.

muzzmaker 1st January 2019 09:02 PM

Absolute Thanks for this software list guys! I see that iZotope & Waves has such a software and this is just great. I will try two from this list and will leave a review.

daskeladden 28th June 2019 09:52 PM

Adobe Audition belongs on that list

Stereo Flux 25th October 2019 06:12 PM

Acon Digital Restoration Suite 2

PavlinaA 18th November 2019 12:40 PM

Accusonus ERA 4 Bundle PRO is the best choice

David Carlyon 27th October 2020 08:38 PM


Originally Posted by PavlinaA (Post 14329307)
Accusonus ERA 4 Bundle PRO is the best choice

I am really surprised not to see them on this list. When was it done?
I have been an rx user, but currently looking into Era bundle and also spectral layers.

Have you used any of the others?

nightchef 29th October 2020 04:24 PM

Yet another in the Gearslutz Family of Shrinking Ten Best Lists. Down to seven now, and rather hilariously, iZotope RX is not on the list (was it a shrinkage casualty?).

Is there any possibility the GS powers that be will someday explain how these lists work -- how they're formulated in the first place, and why they shrink?