SpectraLayers Pro 8 crashes

Just purchased SpectraLayers 8 Pro upgrade upon advice (From Now Available post)



Is there any change in System Requirements for Pro 8 from Version 7? There was an issue at the beginning with Pro 7 that some functions didn’t work on Macs that couldn’t process AVX instructions. Robin fixed that. I want to make sure this is still the case and that there are no surprises after purchase. It would be so much easier if Steinberg allowed us to demo.

Two specific questions actually:

  1. Does it, like Cubase 11, require Metal Graphics?
  2. Does it still work without AVX?

Are there any other new changes that could affect it’s compatibility with older systems? (Running Mohave 10.14.6)




If your mac officially support macOS Mojave, you’ll be good in term of compatibility.
It doesn’t require Metal graphics, still the same OpenGL 3.3 requirements.
You should be good without AVX support as well.

Unfortunately, very disappointed to report instant crashes in numerous processes (SpectraLayers Pro 7 is fine for it’s similar processes:

Reverb Reduction
Clip Repair
De Bleed

There isn’t even a crash report. Just Poof, it’s gone.
Something has changed between v7 and 8.
Is there any reason Steinberg won’t provide demos on release dates? I sure hope this can be solved because I did my best to avoid this happening.

Mac Pro 2008. Mohave 10.14.6.

Thanks for reporting. The processes you mention all use the libtorch library, which was indeed updated from v1.6 to v1.8 between SL7 and SL8, but is supposed to handle non-AVX configuration similarly.
Despite the absence of crash report dialog, can you see crash report files when you open SL and go to Help > Support Info > Diagnostics Folder ?

Hi Robin,

Thanks for your response. No, there is nothing there either. First time I have experienced a crash that hasn’t produced any reports at all.

Hi Robin,

Is there any chance of this being fixed? I tried to replace the libtorch in v8 with the one from v7. You probably know that didn’t work. It did produce a crash report.

Hi @ulesto yes, working on it for patch 2. Will probably send you a PM about it.

Great. Thanks much for letting me know. (Tried the SpectraLayers_8.0.10 update but didn’t work either).