ERA De-Clipper User Manual

ERA De-Clipper User Manual

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Introduction


ERA De-Clipper is part of ERA Bundle Standard and ERA Bundle Pro

Welcome

Thank you for choosing accusonus ERA De-Clipper. In order to better understand the main concepts and operation of ERA De-Clipper, please take the time to read this user manual.
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Overview

ERA De-Clipper is an easy to use audio effect plug-in that automatically detects and restores any clipped part of your audio, without compromising audio quality. Based on the multi-patented accusonus algorithms, ERA De-Clipper simply works and clears your audio from all the unpleasant distortion that is caused by clipping, especially on speech and dialogue cases.


Figure 1: Accusonus ERA De-Clipper
 

Features

  • Simple button operation
  • Simple and streamlined user interface
  • Automatic clipping detection
  • Efficient audio replacement
  • Precision-grade audio repair functionality
  • Uncompromised sound quality
  • Resizable UI

Installation & Activation

You can find the latest ERA De-Clipper installer in your accusonus "My Account" page, in the “Downloads” section (https://accusonus.com/dashboard ). For more information about installation and activation see the Activation Manual, which you can find along with the installer.

System requirements

Your computer must have:

  • a modern architecture CPU.
  • a minimum of 2GB RAM memory.
  • at least 50MB free space on your hard disk.
  • a minimum screen resolution of 800x600 pixels.

Supported formats

ERA De-Clipper is available as a mono or stereo audio effect plug-in in the following formats:

Mac

  • AU (32/64-bit)
  • VST (32/64-bit)
  • AAX Native (64-bit)
  • for macOS 10.9 or later

Windows

  • VST (32/64-bit)
  • AAX Native (64-bit)
  • for Windows 7 (with SP1) or later

Supported sample rates

ERA De-Clipper supports the following sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz

Warning: We strongly recommend to use De-Clipper with sample rates up to 48 kHz, as any higher sample rate will stress out your CPU and may lead to audio drop-outs, especially on older machines.

Supported plug-in hosts

ERA De-Clipper is fully tested in the following DAWs and NLEs:

  • Adobe Audition CC 2017 (or higher)
  • Adobe Premiere CC 2017 (or higher)
  • Apple Logic Pro 10.4
  • Audacity 2.2.2
  • Avid Pro Tools 12.8 (or higher)
  • Final Cut Pro 10.4 (or higher)
  • Presonus Studio One 3 Pro

Warning: ERA De-Clipper is designed to be used as an audio effect plug-in inside Digital Audio Workstations or Non-Linear Editing systems. Only the plug-in formats listed above are supported. ERA De-Clipper does not operate as a stand-alone application .

Warning: There are just too many combinations of DAWs and plug-in formats out there, so there's always something we might have not tested. If you don't see your DAW above, you can always download the free, fully-functional 14-day trial and see if ERA De-Clipper is supported for yourself. If you encounter any problems, let us know at support@accusonus.com .

ERA De-Clipper Operation

Processing


Figure 2: ERA De-Clipper - Processing Button
 
This is the main control area of ERA De-Clipper. It is actually a simple toggle button, which enables and disables the processing of the plugin. This is very helpful when comparing the original and the processed signals. Moreover, there are 2 types of processing. You can select between:
  • Type I
  • Type II

Pocessing Tip: In most cases, Type I, which is the default type of processing, is enough to detect and repair your clipped audio. For trickier cases, you may need to use Type II.

Processing quality


Figure 3: ERA De-Clipper - Processing Quality
 

Under the main processing area, there is a 2-way toggle button to select the quality of the processing. There are 2 options:

  • Standard
  • High

Info: In most cases, Standard quality is enough to get great results. High quality option can improve them even more, especially in more demanding cases, but it requires more processing power from your pc.

Processing Tip: When you want to take advantage of the High Quality, but the CPU power is not enough, you can set ERA De-Clipper in Standard quality to preview your audio and then switch to High quality to render your audio.

Clipping indicator


Figure 4: ERA De-Clipper - Clipping Indicator
 

On the right top of the plug-in window, there is a clipping detection indicator. It is actually a visual cue that will flash when ERA De-Clipper detects a clipped part of your audio, indicating its clipping amount as well.

Protection indicator

Due to the nature of audio declipping, the repaired signal may exceed the amplitude limit of your host and sound like it is clipped again. This is expected. On the left side of the plug-in, you can see the Protection indicator , which is a visual cue that informs you when this is happening. All you need to do is turn down the output gain slider, until the point where the LED indicator stops flashing.


Figure 5: ERA De-Clipper - Protection Indicator
 

Output gain


Figure 6: ERA De-Clipper - Output Gain
 

The level of the output signal can differ from the level of the original signal. Use the Output Gain slider by keeping an eye on the Protection indicator to adjust the level of the output signal. This way you can be sure that the repaired signal is not exceeding your host's amplitude limit.

Tip: Note that the Output Gain is bypassed when the ON/OFF switch is set to OFF. To compare between the processed and the unprocessed signals, use the De-Clip button of the Processing area.

Tip: You can double-click on a control to reset it to its default value.

A/B switch


Figure 7: ERA De-Clipper - A/B switch
 
There might come a time where you're not sure which setting is better. Note, that you can adjust the plug-in controls (Processing, Output Gain and Quality Mode) independently for the A and the B setting. You can use the A/B switch to quickly compare two settings and help you in your decision.

ON/OFF switch


Figure 8: ERA De-Clipper - ON/OFF switch
 
The ON/OFF switch allows you to turn on or off the plug-in processing. When the switch is at the OFF position, all processing is bypassed and the original signal comes through ERA De-Clipper untouched.

Tip: We suggest to use the ON/OFF switch (instead of the DAW's bypass control for the plug-in). This will keep your audio in sync with the rest of your tracks in your DAW session.

Resizing the plug-in window

ERA De-Clipper offers the option to resize the plug-in window. This can be especially helpful if you have large or high-resolution screens or you just want to focus on a specific task. Click the zoom icon at the top right corner and choose between three settings.


Figure 9: ERA De-Clipper - Window Resize
 

Support

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