When recording an instrument with more than one mic, sound tends to reach each microphone at a slightly different time and thus cause some frequencies to cancel each other while other frequencies can ... Click To Read More About This Product
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When recording an instrument with more than one mic, sound tends to reach each microphone at a slightly different time and thus cause some frequencies to cancel each other while other frequencies can build up unnaturally. This phenomena is known as the comb filter effect.
Until now, compensating for the delay between the microphones had to be done manually - an extremely time consuming and inaccurate process.
Auto-Align will "listen" to your multi-mic recording and automatically measure and compensate for the delay between the microphones, or between a DI box and a microphone - sample accurately, significantly reducing the comb filter effect and dramatically improving the resulting sound.
When distant microphones are used and a delay is desired to enhance the sense of space, Auto-Align can time-place the microphones to better match the close-mic'ed source and therefore minimize the comb filter effect. Auto-Align can also automatically detect a reversed polarity mic and compensate for it.
Automatic, Sample Accurate Time & Phase Alignment
Phase Polarity Detection
Alternate Matching Points for Improving Phase Correlation while Reserving Delay
Displays Distance in Samples, Milliseconds, Inches and Centimeters
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Comments about Sound Radix Auto-Align:
Auto-Align gets multiple mics in phase with roughly three clicks per track and zero guesswork. Using this for the first time on a project was a revelation. I've already changed my entire workflow to incorporate Auto-Align. It's awesome, and it works wonders for a mix. Hearing a kit come into phase mic by mic isn't an earth-shattering gamechanger until you do a before and after, THEN you'll be blown away.
I give only four stars for two reasons.
1) This program acts like a plugin on a track and sometimes running two instances of it (one track, say your left overhead, acts as a 'send' to tell the other tracks what to align with) causes my DAW to crash. My mixing environment is both very powerful and stable, so I was shocked. The issue goes away if I clear away all plugins, remove all eq, and only have tracks in my project that are getting Auto-Aligned. A print after getting everything i phase is mandatory so you can remove the instances of it from your project. This isn't a deal breaker because I prefer to use Auto-Align immediately after recording, so I'm not working with any other plugins.
2) SoundRadix insists on a bunch of needless copy protection, which really only serves to punish people like me who bought the software legally and haven't cracked it. You have to have an iLok program running on your computer to use Auto-Align; the plugin won't even function without iLok. Whether or not you can use this program offline is for you to find out. It's complicated for a first time user and keeps you away from using what you bought. Be prepared to sign up both on SoundRadix's website and on iLok's.
My specs that might help you decide:
AMD Vishera FX-8350 Octo-core CPU Black Edition (4.2 gHz)
32gb Kingston HyperX Black RAM
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