BIAS has introduced Peak LE 6, the light edition of audio editing, processing and mastering application, Peak Pro.

The application made its debut at NAB, and is available now for the Mac. "Peak LE has always been a favourite choice among consumers, hobbyists and entry-level users looking for affordable, easy-to-use, yet professional-quality audio editing on the Mac," said Christine Berkley, VP and CMO of BIAS.

Peak LE 6 introduces a range of new features and enhancements, including the ability to author and upload audio podcasts directly without requiring an additional application.  Additionally, a new Digital Sound Processing (DSP) feature, Voiceover Ducking, automatically lowers the music during a voiceover.  Other new DSP features include Change Duration Options for optimisation for vocal and musical content, and Mono-to-Stereo/Stereo-to-Mono conversion.

The Peak LE Playlist has been improved in version 6 with the inclusion of an advanced PQ sheet/text export feature, which creates custom Playlist reports that include durations, index points, CD-TEXT info, and notes.  The reports can be printed, saved to PDF or exported as a tab delimited file.

Peak LE 6 also lets users export audio documents or entire playlists into iTunes.  Version 6 now supports three simultaneous AU/VST plug-ins (version 5 was limited to one at a time).  Also included is a Record Timer that automatically automates record stop time and a Record Notepad for entering marker cues during recording. MP2 and FLAC support have been added. Finally, read/write metadata for most major file types - including Broadcast WAVE - has been included.

The application offers an all-new user interface with snapping windows for the preservation of screen space. There's also high-resolution, logarithmic-scale metres with the ability to metre signals before or after the master output slider have been added.

Also included with Peak LE is the Production Pack DVD - a powerful collection of audio plug-ins, utilities, audio content and more. These include 21 real-time special effects for creative sound design; Ambrosia's WireTap Pro; a content limited edition of AMG's "ONE" sample loop player; 6 month membership for (online music  promotional tools); 1 GB of audio samples, loops, special effects  and production elements from Sound Ideas, PowerFX, Hollywood Edge, Frank Serafine, and ShortWave Recording SFX, plus additional audio utilities.

Peak LE 6 is available now and costs $129. UK pricing TBA.