Real-time Studio Multi-analyzer
Spectre is a multi-instrument real-time audio analyzer for Mac OS X. Designed in Cocoa from the ground up, Spectre proudly takes advantage of Quartz, OpenGL, CoreAudio, and other solid OS X interface features.
Flexibility & Precision
Spectre focuses squarely on live audio analysis by offering 17 different multi-channel and multi-trace meters. Each meter can have any number of traces or indicators, and each trace can have it's own number of input channels, gain, mixing, filtering, ballistics and color (including transparency). You can have as many meters (or copies of meters) as your screen will allow! Spectre also gives you very precise control over color gradients.
Analyze From Anywhere
Spectre not only analyzes inputs from your audio hardware, but is also the first pro audio tool designed to receive input from network sources by using Apple's AUNetSend & AUNetReceive Audio Unit pair. With this feature, you can analyze audio from any Audio Unit insert on your multitrack or other Audio Unit host (such as Rax) to Spectre running on the same computer or another on your ethernet or wireless network.
Truth & Beauty
Spectre is extremely flexible and accurate in its display — utilizing optimized OpenGL, Quartz Extreme and optimzed memory management. Each meter can be resized in realtime without interruption. Every meter has a set of useful factory presets, users may create their ballistics and gradients, and meter settings (or sets of meters) can be saved as files (send them to your friends!).
Spectre + FuzzMeasure
You'll Want to Lick These Meters
Spectre was carefully designed to look great, not only in a studio, in front of a stage. Use the full-screen mode in version 1.5 and your laptop will blend in perfectly with your console! No clunky brushed-metal windows here, just the data you want to see. Scroll down to see a detailed list of all of the meters in Spectre.
New Features in Spectre 1.5
Spectre 1.5 features beautifully redesigned meter windows, facilitating a quick and powerful workflow.
Numerous improvements to the meters, performance and stability upgrades, a greatly improved manual activation process for computers that aren't online, updated Support window and many more.
Designed to streamline your workflow, the new Inspector window allows you to manage the Trace and Settings properties of all your meters in one window.
Not only did we give the Player a fresh new look, it now natively supports FLAC and Ogg Vorbis files!
Requested, and here at last! The Leq meter measures the energy of a section of audio, often referred to as the "loudness." It's unlike the level meters that show you the volume of your audio at that very moment. Instead, it takes an average over time so you can get an idea of how much "energy" is implied during a range of time.
And That's Not All...
New features in Spectre 1.5 also include A/B/C-weighted filters, Leq filters, calibration for VU and BBC Meters, Form Factor and Crest Factor measurements in the Numerical Meter, gain control for individual traces, the ability to activate/deactivate individual traces, autozoom in the Lissajous Meter and more.
What is Spectre Starter?
Spectre Starter is a license key that unlocks the Level, VU, Oscilloscope, Spectrograph, Spectrogram, Waveform, Lissajous and Numerical meters. It's priced for students and beginners. Head over to our Store to buy a license. Also, if you want a full license of Spectre down the road, you only pay the difference!
Support Where And When You Need It
Audiofile Engineering began in a recording studio, not in a corporate boardroom in an office building. As musicians and engineers who have invested blood, sweat, and tears into the world of creative audio software, we are too often surprised by an ugly truth: end-user support is seriously lacking.
From day one at Audiofile Engineering we have devoted ourselves to keeping in touch with our user base. We believe that the center of our business, and even the process of creating our software, rests within each and every one of our customers. And if you run into trouble, we want to be there to help.
Not Your Parents' Help Menu
Actual, honest-to-goodness, end-user tech support is built-in to every one of our apps. Look in each application's menu for Support and check it out.
Learn more by watching our tutorial Screencasts, check for an update of the software, read Release Notes and new features, manage your License keys, or communicate with a real, living, human being on our Support staff.
The Help Desk tab is where you can let us know when you believe you've found a bug, or when you have a great idea for a future feature, and even review all past communications with the Support Team. No more digging through emails, or following links in your web browser. We've put the most important bits right at your fingertips.
We're All In This Together
We work hard to provide unparalleled technical support, and strive to keep improving our development workflow and quality control to prevent issues from happening in the first place. We utilize modern and effective tools that allow us to support you in the best way possible, no matter where in the world you are.
For example, we keep track of every feature request submitted by users. When we see one particular feature pile up, it gets added to our public Roadmap. At that point, you can vote on each feature and help us rank which ones should take priority. (This system really works - we've just added an Leq meter to Spectre due to popular demand.)
So tell us when you need help, let us know when things aren't working the way you expect and especially when they seem unclear. Send us your most desired feature requests, and share stories about how you are using and enjoying the software we've created. This feedback will give us what we need to continue to build and refine the most useful and enjoyable applications you've ever used. We aren't perfect, but we wont give up trying to be!
When in doubt, just email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.