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Original author(s)Divide Frame[1]
Developer(s)Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
Operating systemMac OS X
Microsoft Windows
TypeDigital audio editor

SpectraLayers is a digital audio editing software suite published by Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. It is designed for advanced audio spectrum editing, catering to professional and semi-professional users. It was originally published by Sony Creative Software under the name Sony SpectraLayers, until most of their products were acquired by MAGIX on 24 May 2016.[2] Then in 2019, the software was acquired by Steinberg.[3]


SpectraLayers is an advanced audio spectrum editor which allows extraction of sounds, audio restoration and creative sound design through the use of a spectral view. Its interface is similar to an image editor.[4]


SpectraLayers is an audio editor first developed by Divide Frame and published by Sony originally as SpectraLayers Pro in July 2012.[5]

SpectraLayers Pro 2, released in July 2013, improved speed and added features like Spectral Casting/Molding, markers and metadata support, and non-linear scales.[4][6][7][8]

SpectraLayers Pro 3, released in January 2015 further improved performance, also adding 24-bit/192kHz audio support, and redesigning many UI components.[9]

December 2016 saw the release of SpectraLayers Pro 4, which is the first update released by Magix Software GmbH after its acquisition of SpectraLayers.[10] Up until this point it had been designed and written entirely by Robin Lobel [11] but in 2017, Dr. Bill Evans made additional contributions to the features design and user interface. [12]

SpectraLayers Pro 5 was released in May 2018. The new features include a reworked GUI, HD spectrogram, Heal Action and Frequency Repair tool. [13]

SpectraLayers Pro 6 was released in July 2019.[14] According to MusicTech, "the new version adds ARA 2 support, new types of so-called ‘fade masks’, an advanced selection engine and a more intuitive interface."[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sony Showcases New Technology at NAB
  2. ^ "Sony Creative Software Sells Majority of Products to MAGIX". www.sonycreativesoftware.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  3. ^ "KVR Forum: Steinberg Spectralayers - Page 2".
  4. ^ a b Sound on Sound review of SpectraLayers Pro 2
  5. ^ MusicRadar review of SpectraLayers Pro
  6. ^ DoddleNews review of SpectraLayers Pro 2
  7. ^ AskAudio Magazine review of SpectraLayers Pro 2
  8. ^ Cooper, Michael (20 June 2014). "Review – Sony SpectraLayers Pro 2". Electronic Musician. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  9. ^ erikvlie (2015-02-03). "Sony SpectraLayers Pro 3: painting audio for audio engineers, remix artists and audio-for-video producers". Covering Large-scale Printing, Professional Video and Photography. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  10. ^ "SpectraLayers Pro 4". www.magix.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  11. ^ "Developer Interview: Robin Lobel". 2017-10-30.
  12. ^ "Artist Interview - Bill Evans". 2018-01-24.
  13. ^ "SOUND FORGE - the pioneer in audio editing".
  14. ^ "Steinberg releases SpectraLayers Pro 6, adds ARA 2 support". 2019-07-04.

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