SO I just had to try alot of time compression ( on a VO). Previously I’ve used the Izotope Sonic Fit algorithm which you get with AudioFile Engineering WaveEditor and SampleManager. It does a great job with pitch as well and is based on the Izotope Radius algorithms I believe. Anyway Its been my go to, but at 15% time reduction (speed up) I was hearing artifacts that just wouldn’t be acceptable.
So I went ahead and loaded up Nuendo 5, and used the Zplane Solo plug it I have but thought, oh heck why not try the Nuendo time stretch process. WOW, the Nuendo Time Stretch set to Solo Musical was without a doubt, handsdwn the cleanest! Spectacular. I even compressed the VO to 25% and had less artifacts that I was getting at 15% with other algorithms. In fact, I could have used the 25% compressed version except it was to quick to be coherent. But still was clean and clear.
I’m stunned. I can’t believe I don’t use it more so I’m mentioning it partly a thanks to Steinberg (who I actually think license this from Prosoniq) but also to remind others, don’t forget the power of Nuendo’s Time Stretch- I sure did.
By the way, what version of Mpex is Steinberg giving us in Nuendo 5 anyway. I haven’t used Radius or Xform in a while but the work I did today gave at least as good of results according to my memory.