LasVegasProAudio, the direct-sell division of TransAudio Group, will unveil the Weiss Engineering DNA1 (MSRP: $8,900) 96kHz/24-bit audio restoration and enhancement processor at booth #847. The Gambit Series processor comprises a noise-removal section followed by an ambience recovering and gain control section that offers real-time simultaneous de-noiser, de-crackler and de-clicker, in addition to the K-Stereo Ambience Processor.
The de-noiser, developed with the Pure Notes Company (UK), reduces wideband and non-stationary noises—such as tape hiss or air-conditioning hum—using an adaptive approach to noise reduction that does not require a spectral noise footprint. Three automatic modes, a manual mode and a semi-auto mode may be engaged depending on the level of fine-tuning necessary for the task.
The de-crackler and de-clicker algorithms, designed in the Weiss Engineering R&D lab, provide three independent sub-systems—DeCrackle, DeClick and Smooth—to detect and remove a broad range of impulsive noises, such as static, scratches and clicks from vinyl recordings. There are three DeClick preset parameters.
The K-Stereo Ambience Processor, licensed from Bob Katz of Digital Domain, allows the operator to recover lost or amplify hidden ambience, space and imaging by extracting and processing original ambience information in post-production. This process can restore spatial information after de-noising, for example, or compensate for bit-rate–reducing data-compression formats. It could also be used to generate stereo from mono signals without adding artificial reverberation.
In the gain control section, the output control regulates stereo balance and stereo width, and the overall signal level. Users may also enable POW-R, the technique for transparent and smooth word-length reduction to 24, 20 or 16 bits. An ergonomic front panel interface also provides access to standard features such as dynamic and 128-snapshot MIDI automation, as well as high-resolution metering and channel status information.