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Minnetonka Audio Software releases Dolby E toolset for Adobe Creative Cloud suite

SurCode Dolby E in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Minnetonka Audio Software has announced the completion of validation tests on their SurCode for Dolby® E decoder for use within Adobe Systems Incorporated’s new Creative Cloud application suite.

Dolby E is the industry standard system for multichannel digital audio carriage across an asset’s entire post–production life cycle, and SurCode for Dolby E is the Dolby-certified industry benchmark for file-based processing of Dolby E. The 2.1 version of SurCode for Dolby E decoder has passed Adobe’s stringent requirements for compatibility with Creative Cloud’s VST hosting.

The superior Dolby E capabilities of SurCode are now available in Adobe’s benchmark production suite, including Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe Audition® CC. SurCode for Dolby E is the only product line that addresses Dolby E workflows across all popular production platforms. SurCode for Dolby E’s support for Creative Cloud joins the existing VST 2.4 plug-in support of other surround–capable hosts, including Fairlight, Nuendo, Pyramix and Sequoia. One license runs SurCode for Dolby E on any and all platforms, including Final Cut Pro and across Avid’s product lines.

As a long standing development partner, Adobe Systems is a pivotal part of Minnetonka Audio’s platform strategy. “Adobe came to us with a request to bring SurCode for Dolby E into the Creative Suite fold,” said Minnetonka Audio president John Schur. “We are excited to be able to validate a Dolby E workflow in Premier Pro CC, strengthening the Creative Suite brand with new post-production capabilities.”

Version 2.1 of SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder and version 2.0 of SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player are no-cost upgrades for existing license holders, and a how-to video will be available on MASI’s YouTube channel for the Adobe Premier Pro CC use case. The latest releases are available, as individual products and value-focused bundles, through Minnetonka Audio’s international network of resellers and system integrators.

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Minnetonka Audio Slates IBC for Next Gen ATS & Dolby E Advancements

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IBC 2012

Minnetonka Audio has announced it will be exhibiting at the upcoming IBC 2012 (International Broadcasters Convention), demonstrating new versions of several of their key products.

Updated loudness control and quality control (QC) technology for file-based audio will be featured with the 2.0 release of AudioTools Server(TM), a no-charge upgrade for AudioCare subscribers. An already mature problem solver at national and private facilities worldwide, ATS 2.0 adds load balancing and frame rate conversion plus smart MML/STL processing. Minnetonka Audio’s TruCorrect(TM) smart loudness processing eliminates perceived loudness changes and degraded intelligibility associated with traditional methods of correcting content containing extreme dynamic range.

The benchmark measurement algorithm, Dolby Dialogue Intelligence(TM), has been integrated in the 2.0 AudioTools Loudness Measurement module. This industry reference measurement approach provides dialog anchoring as a dynamically chosen option within ATS workflows based on the actual content. MXF processing performance has also been enhanced, along with True Peak measurement via Accelerated TruPeak(TM), which also uses the actual content to determine whether a True Peak measurement is required.

The addition of two new utilities, a unified Queue Control and a Job Wizard client application, round out the improvements to the 2.0 release of AudioTools Server. The new Queue Control is a global administration application that allows the operator to load, execute and monitor jobs and workflows. It also eases oversight of multi-node management and load balancing. The new Job Wizard utility makes the myriad capabilities of AudioTools Server more approachable with an uncomplicated user interface. The Job Wizard significantly simplifies the creation of new jobs and job templates.

At IBC 2012, Minnetonka Audio will also feature the latest SurCode software releases, including SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player 2.0 which was purpose-built for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder version 2.1. Broad support for Avid’s product line, including Pro Tools, NewsCutter, Media Composer and Symphony, is a key feature of the new SurCode Encoder/Decoder release.

Minnetonka Audio will be demonstrating the new AudioTools Server and SurCode for Dolby E at the upcoming IBC convention, September 7th through the 11th (stand #7.G43).

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Minnetonka Audio updates SurCode for Dolby E to v2.0

Minnetonka Audio has announced the release a major new version of its SurCode for Dolby™ E family of encoding and decoding products.

Minnetonka Audio Surcode for Dolby E

SurCode for Dolby™ E provides easy integration of Dolby E elements into existing workflows on a wide variety of industry–leading audio workstations. Linear PCM, with complete metadata support, can be encoded and decoded in real time and in the background at faster than real time speeds with convenient, familiar, cross–platform plug-ins.

Version 2.0 of SurCode for Dolby™ E brings a fivefold increase in encoding speed thanks, in part, to in–depth utilization of multi–threaded execution on all platforms. To further broaden RTAS, AudioSuite and VST support, a Final Cut Pro Export Decoder and AudioSuite Decoder has been added to the roster. The new Export Decoder for Apple’s Final Cut Pro enables convenient decoding to PCM without having to resort to external applications or processing loops. The faster-than-real-time decoder for AudioSuite compliments the existing real-time decoder and confidence monitor plug–in for Avid’s RTAS. Maintaining up to the minute platform parity, both SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder now also support the recently released Pro Tools 10 and Apple’s Mac OS 10.7 Lion.

The new 2.0 version of the SurCode for Dolby™ E Production Suite leverages the increased processing speed and platform–specific additions of the new release bundled together with Minnetonka Audio’s AudioTools AWE™ and the SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player plug–in. This bundle provides real-time and faster-than-real-time encoding and decoding of Dolby E streams and files, while adding the ability to automatically downmix surround streams to stereo in real-time. The SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player plugs into Avid’s NewsCutter, Media Composer and PT10, and includes cross–platform VST as well as AudioTools AWE formats.

SurCode for Dolby™ E 2.0 is a no–charge upgrade for existing customers. Individual encoder and decoder packages and components, along with the 2.0 SurCode for Dolby™ E Production Suite, are available now from select resellers or online at Minnetonka Audio Software. Licenses are cross–platform and bundle/suite licenses are modular, allowing them to be assigned to separate iLok USB Smart Keys according to the purchaser’s deployment needs.

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Minnetonka Audio Software releases SurCode For Dolby Pro Logic II v2.3

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Minnetonka Audio Software SurCode For Dolby Pro Logic II

Minnetonka Audio Software has announced the release of SurCode For Dolby Pro Logic II v2.3, a cross platform encoder and decoder plug-in suite.

Unlike other “compatible” Pro Logic II products, SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II is a fully licensed and certified application suite for both encoding and decoding. With an all-in-one installer, users can choose when and how to use SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II, giving you powerful multi-platform deployment at no additional charge. For example, the very same license of SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II on Pro Tools will authorize both the standalone product, on Mac and Windows, along with instances on any VST host.

SurCode For Dolby Pro Logic II features

  • Fully certified and licensed encoder and decoder by Dolby Laboratories, Inc..
  • Encode surround (5.1) mixes into stereo files.
  • Surround sound encoded output is completely backwards compatible with non–decoded stereo playback.
  • Supports Mac or Win standalone, VST, Pro Tools flavors.
  • Activation: PACE ilok (not included), one license per instance.

SurCode For Dolby Pro Logic II is available for purchase for $795 USD.

For a limited time, existing VST based or standalone customers can upgrade at a reduce price of only $99. Customer who purchased after May 1st, 2009 or existing SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II RTAS users, may upgrade at no additional charge via the web at http://www.minnetonkaaudio.com/register/upgrade.html. This upgrade offer will expire August 15th, 2009.

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