Auto-Align 2

Auto-Align® 2

Introducing Auto-Align 2. A radical evolution of a modern classic that has become an indispensable tool in many studios around the world.

Auto-Align 2 eliminates comb-filtering, minimizes transient smearing, and spectrally optimizes the phase of each mic to deliver the full and defined sound captured by the microphones.

Auto-Align 2 takes an extensive step further by significantly speeding up the alignment workflow, introducing a new spectral phase correction module, refined algorithm, an intuitive user interface and much more.

All it takes is a click of a button to align an entire session.

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Properly aligning microphones makes for an amazing difference in low-end definition and punch. With Auto-Align 2 alignment takes only a few seconds, where previously it required spending considerable time trying to time-align and figure out phase issues.

Auto-Align 2


Auto-Align 2 introduces a completely new workflow that revolutionizes the way you work. With just one click, Auto-Align 2 can align all of your microphones in a single pass, eliminating the need for manual routing and configuration. This groundbreaking feature saves you valuable time and ensures that your audio is perfectly time and phase aligned, resulting in improved clarity, size, and stereo image.

Darrell Thorp

I have Auto-Align 2 as part of my drum plug-in chain that I import into every new mix or song that I start.”

Darrell Thorp

10X GRAMMY-winning Engineer

Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Beck

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What’s New In Version 2.1

  • Improved Core Algorithm.
  • Group Time Alignment On/Off: Enables phase optimization with zero delay.
  • Track-based Spectral Phase Optimization: Enables track-based spectral phase optimization independently of time alignment.
  • Compare different settings easily with four preset locations.
  • Export/Import alignment settings to streamline workflow across projects.
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Next Generation Algorithm

Incorporating technology from our Emmy Award-winning plugin, Auto-Align Post, Auto-Align 2 introduces a host of new features, including Spectral Phase Optimization and Absolute Phase Optimization, all designed to improve the clarity, size, and stereo image of your audio. With its one-click workflow, Auto-Align 2 eliminates the need for manual routing and configuration, making the process of aligning multiple microphones fast and easy. By taking care of the technical aspects of audio alignment, Auto-Align 2 allows you to focus on the creative aspects of mixing and producing.
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Spectral Phase Optimization

Auto-Align 2's Spectral Phase Optimization feature corrects phase shifts that can occur within specific frequency ranges, resulting in a more coherent and richer-sounding audio signal. When using filters during recording, different frequency bands can experience varying phase shifts, leading to a distorted and unclear sound. Spectral Phase Optimization automatically detects and corrects these phase shifts, ensuring that your audio is perfectly aligned and sounding its best.


  • One-click workflow for fast and easy track alignment
  • Automatic reference and grouping detection takes the guesswork out of the alignment process
  • Spectral Phase Optimization for improved coherence and richer sound quality
  • Absolute Phase for faithful reproduction of sound directionality
  • Alternate optimized correlation editing for advanced users seeking creative control
  • Surround support for multi-channel applications
  • Single unified interconnected multi-channel user interface for efficient navigation
  • ARA2 compatibility for seamless integration with your DAW workflow


  • Mac: 64bit Intel CPU or Apple silicon chip, 8GB RAM, macOS 10.9 or higher
  • Windows: 64bit Intel or AMD CPU, 8GB RAM, Windows 10 or higher
  • Plug-in formats: AAX, Audio Unit, VST3, ARA2
  • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager (iLok USB key is not required)
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2024-01-25: Version 2.1.0 - Major Update


  • Core algorithm improvements.
  • Time mode per group: You can now enable or disable time alignment per group.
  • Spectral phase optimization per-track toggle: You can now enable or disable spectral phase optimization on a per-track basis.
  • Four preset slots: You can now save up to four different preset slots for easy comparison of different alignments.
  • Import/export alignment state: You can now import and export the alignment state of a project.
  • Per-group flip polarity toggle: You can now flip the polarity of a group of tracks with a single click.
  • Sum to mono of multi-channel tracks: You can now sum multi-channel tracks to mono.
  • Track hover menu.
  • Improved groups lock/unlock workflow for easier and more intuitive use.
  • Linked tracks are now immediately brought into the same group rather than after next alignment.
  • Improved reset options for more control over what is reset.
  • Improved edit menu to make it easier to find the commands you need.
  • Improved capture indicator to make it easier to see when audio is being captured.
  • Improved invalid alignment notifications.
  • Offset view is now saved as a global setting, so you don't have to change it every time you open a new project.
  • Many more smaller UI tweaks and improvements.
  • Improved multi-mono playback performance.


  • Core algorithm bug fixes.
  • Fix misc. crashes.
  • Ensure sample offset view is calculated at project sample-rate.
  • ARA: Fix inconsistent results when using multi-mono under Nuendo and Cubase.
  • ARA: Report tail/head for sample accurate playback.
  • ARA: Support Cakewalk.
  • ARA: Fix memory leak under Logic Pro X.
  • VST3: Fix FL Studio instances are always mono (Mono available using sum to mono).
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