Something strange is going on with iZotope. I'm hesitant to even post this because I have a lot of respect for iZotope as a company, and as a sponsor for some of my favorite sites and podcasts. But I'm beginning to suspect some fuckery is afoot. Their hardware Spire Studio recorder is now conspicuously absent from retailer's sites. A link I posted here in 2017 to Sweetwater's page now redirects to an RME interface instead! https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SpireStudio
iZotope haven't abandoned the Spire: Music Recording Studio though. The companion app has received continuous updates since its launch. This includes new features being added this month! Unfortunately they come at an additional price. While the base hardware itself costs around $500, if you can find them, the new "Spire Pro" exclusive features require an additional subscription fee! It seems odd to me to introduce a $48/year subscription to a companion app for hardware you aren't even actively distributing.
Update: I received a reply via Twitter that they are currently building more Spires, they're just sold out right now!
What's new in Spire: Music Recording Studio v2.46.0:• SPIRE PRO EXCLUSIVE: Automatically reduce background noise from your recordings and unwanted reverb, pops, and plosives from your vocal tracks* with Spire Pro. Featuring iZotope RX's award-winning audio repair technology—the same tech used on your favorite albums, movies, and TV shows—you can record release-ready tracks with Spire easier than ever.
• SPIRE PRO EXCLUSIVE: Tap Inspire Me on the Mix screen to add unique, randomized effects to your tracks and jump-start your creativity! This mix effect generator randomly combines effects like static EQ, plate reverb, iZotope Trash distortion, echo, chorus, tremolo, phaser, and more with a roll of the dice!
• Tap PRO in the top right of your projects to open a hub where you can access and learn more about all the exclusive features and content available when you join Spire Pro.
• Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
*WiFi connection with internet required for Spire Pro to render audio cleanup
Subscribing to Spire Pro unlocks full access to exclusive features and content as soon as they're released. Tap Upgrade to Spire Pro in the settings to start your free trial or visit izotope.com/spirepro for more info.