Audio Random Access

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Audio Random Access
ARA Plug-In Extension Logo.png
Developer(s)Celemony Software, PreSonus
Initial releaseOctober 2011; 7 years ago (2011-10)
TypeAudio Plug-In Interface Extension

Audio Random Access (commonly abbreviated to ARA) is an extension for audio plug-in interfaces, such as AU, VST and RTAS. It was developed in a collaboration between Celemony Software and PreSonus.[1]

Functionality[edit]

ARA increases the amount of communication possible between digital audio workstation (DAW) software and a plug-in, allowing them to exchange key information, such as audio data, tempo, pitch, and rhythm, for an entire song, rather than just at the moment of playback. This removes the need for audio material to be transferred to & from the plug-in and allows that plug-in to be used as a more closely integrated part of the DAW's overall interface.[1]

History[edit]

ARA was developed as a joint effort between Celemony Software and PreSonus. It was first published in October 2011 and released as part of the Studio One DAW (version 2) and Melodyne Editor, Assistant and Essential (versions 1.3).[2]

Version 2 of ARA was announced during NAMM in January 2018, introducing new features such as the simultaneous editing of multiple tracks, transfer of chord track information, and undo synchronization with the DAW.[3][4] DAWs which use ARA version 2 are not backwards compatible with plug-ins using version 1.[5] The first DAWs to support ARA version 2 were Logic Pro (version 10.4)[6] and Studio One (version 4)[7].

ARA Implementation[edit]

To allow software manufacturers to support ARA, a Software Development Kit has been published by Celemony.[8][9]

Current software products which support ARA include the following.

Digital Audio Workstations[edit]

DAW Software Developer ARA Support ARA 2 Support
Studio One PreSonus Version 2 or later[1] Version 4 or later[7]
Cakewalk / Sonar BandLab Technologies / Cakewalk Version X3 or later[10] N/A
Waveform / Tracktion Tracktion Software Corporation Version 5 or later[11] N/A
Samplitude Pro Magix Version X3 or later[12] N/A
Logic Pro Apple Inc. N/A Version 10.4 or later[6]
Cubase Steinberg N/A Version 10 or later[13]
REAPER Cockos N/A Version 5.97 or later[14]

Software Plug-Ins[edit]

Plug-In Software Developer ARA Support ARA 2 Support
Melodyne Celemony Software Version 1.3 or later[2] Version 4.2 or later[15]
Revoice Pro Synchro Arts N/A Version 4 or later[16][4]
VocALign Synchro Arts Project version 3 / Pro version 4 or later[17] N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rogerson, Ben (2011-10-18). "Celemony explains ARA: new VST/AU/RTAS plug-in extension". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  2. ^ a b "Celemony introduces ARA Audio Random Access". KVR Audio. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  3. ^ "Celemony Intros ARA 2, Letting Plugins & DAWs Share Information". Synthtopia. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  4. ^ a b "ARA2 Demo Video - We've Got Hold Of A Video Showing The Amazing ARA2 In Action". Production Expert. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  5. ^ "ARA support in REAPER - Page 14". Cockos Incorporated. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  6. ^ a b Libertini, Carlo (2018-02-04). "Logic 10.4 Update: the first to utilize ARA-2". Produce Like A Pro. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  7. ^ a b Hughes, Russ (2018-05-22). "PreSonus Announce Studio One 4 - Chord Track, Pattern Mode, AAF Import And Export, Song Data Import, Impact XT and Sample One XT And More..." Pro Tools Expert. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  8. ^ "ARA SDK". Celemony. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  9. ^ "Technologies". Celemony. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  10. ^ "SONAR X3 Makes Control of Sound More Fluid with Deep Celemony Integration, More". Create Digital Music. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  11. ^ "Tracktion 5 Software Bundles Melodyne". EMusician. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  12. ^ "Magix Release Music Maker Premium & Samplitude Pro X3". MusicTech. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  13. ^ Arblaster, Simon (2018-11-14). "Cubase 10 is here and Steinberg has been listening to your update requests for its flagship DAW". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  14. ^ "Streamlined workflow: Melodyne and Reaper now communicate via ARA 2". Rekkerd. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  15. ^ Krantzberg, Eli (2018-10-02). "Melodyne ARA & Logic Pro X - We've Never Been Able to Edit Audio Like This Before". Production Expert. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  16. ^ Arblaster, Simon (2018-09-19). "Revoice Pro 4 is here and introduces a new vibrato warp function". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  17. ^ "VocALign gets high-speed integration in Studio One". Sound on Sound. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2019-02-11.

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