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TC Electronic intros BLITS 5.1 surround instrument for TouchMonitor

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TC Electronic BLITS instrument for TouchMonitor

TC Electronic has introduced an optional 5.1 surround instrument for its TouchMonitor, incorporating a BLITS instrument for generating and analyzing BLITS test signals.

BLITS (Black & Lane’s Ident Tones for Surround) is a tool that allows for testing channel allocation, level and phase of 5.1 surround signals. Developed by Martin Black and Keith Lane from Sky TV in London in 2004, this sequence is widely used in international broadcasting.

This special instrument was created to not only generate a BLITS test signal, but to also use the BLITS sequence for a user-friendly and comprehensive analysis and display of level, channel allocation, phase, delay and polarity of incoming digital audio signals in 5.1 mode. Adjustable limits complement the analyzer. The sequence can be acquired from any digital input of the TouchMonitor.

Apart from the analyzer, the BLITS instrument features a signal generator part that is capable of generating not only the 5.1 sequence, but also a stereo ident sequence either in EBU 3304 format or as the widely known GLITS tone. An identification header like a station ident can be placed optionally in front of the test sequence. The signal will be output through the AES 3 or AES3id output feeds.

The BLITS license option for TouchMonitor requires users to install the current firmware version 3.12 first, which can be downloaded for free at: tcelectronic.com/touchmonitor/support

More information: TC Electronic / TouchMonitor

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.

More information: Minnetonka Audio Software

Acon Digital releases Acoustica 6

Acon Digital has announced the release of Acoustica 6, a major new version of the audio editor for Windows.

Acoustica is a comprehensive audio editor for recording, editing, mixing and mastering. The intuitive user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease-of-use in mind and offers a large set of high quality processing tools to make your recordings sound the best. The consistent workflow simplifies your audio production work and batch processing, powerful audio restoration tools as well as Red Book compatible CD burning is also included.

Acon Acoustica 6
Acoustica 6 introduced multitrack editing.

Changes in Acoustica 6

  • Multitrack Editing (Standard and Premium Edition only)
    • Create as many audio tracks as you want.
    • Apply effect chains to tracks or master track.
    • Clips can easily be looped and stretched.
    • Add transitions between clips by simply overlapping them in the time line. Several transition curves are available.
    • Double click a clip to open and modify the content in an audio editor window.
    • Mix-down to 5.1 and 7.1 surround formats (Premium Edition only).
  • New Phase Linear Equalizer (Premium Edition only)
    • Phase linear six band parametric equalizer.
    • Six different filter types.
    • No frequency warping when close to the Nyquist frequency.
    • Variable bandwidths and filter slopes (from -3 to -120 dB / oct.).
  • New Audio Restoration Tools (Premium Edition only) – Acoustica Premium Edition now includes the same tools as found in the Restoration Suite:
    • DeNoise is a plugin designed to reduce stationary noise, such as broadband noise, hiss, wind noise, buzz and camera noise.
    • DeHum targets hum and buzz typically introduced by poorly grounded electrical equipment, but also other tonal noise sources like electrical motor noise.
    • DeClick is designed to remove impulsive noise such as clicks and crackle.
    • DeClip restores audio recordings distorted by analog or digital clipping.
  • Upgraded Processing Tools (Standard Edition only) – Acoustica Standard Edition 6 includes several of the high quality processing tools that were earlier only available in the Premium Edition:
    • Superb quality time stretching.
    • Transpose tool (pitch shift) based on the new time stretching engine.
    • New reverb with much better control over the room and filter parameters.
    • The parametric equalizer now offers six different filter types – low shelf, peak, high shelf, high pass, notch and low pass.
  • Other Improvements
    • Improved VST preset handling which is more consistent with how presets are managed for the internal processing tools.
    • Automatic recovery of recording audio if the computer shuts down unexpectedly during recording.
    • WAVE64 – support for files bigger than 4 GB now also in the Basic and Standard Edition.
    • The Basic Edition now includes MP4 and AAC import and export filters (only on Windows 7 or higher).

Acoustica 6 for Windows is available to purchase for $39.90 USD (Standard) / $119.90 USD (Premium). A free Basic version is available to download at no cost.

More information: Acon Digital / Acoustica 6

IOSONO Anymix Pro 33% off in Anniversary Sale

IOSONO Anymix Pro

IOSONO has announced the it is offering its Anymix Pro surround mixing plug-in at a discount in celebration of its 1 year anniversary.

Anymix is the ideal solution for an easy, yet precise creation of surround mixes. It comes with a broad selection of up- and downmix preferences tailored to be used in post-production, broadcast, music and game sound design. Anymix can be used to convert any input setup from mono to 8.1 to any output format from stereo to 8.1 and vice versa.

The plug-in offers features for individual panning and high-quality upmixing. Anymix doesn’t only redistribute audio material to a certain output configuration, but gives the mixer full control over important parameters, turning the mono or stereo mix into a realistic surround scenario.

With the release of Nuendo 6, Anymix Pro has become an integral part of the digital audio workstation. A new version of the plug-in featuring support for the new Avid Pro Tools AAX format is scheduled for summer 2013.

Anymix Pro for Windows and Mac (VST/RTAS) is available to purchase for 200 EUR until May 15th, 2013.

More information: IOSONO / Anymix Pro

Holophone and Q5X announce technology partnership

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Holophone / Q5X

Holophone, originators of multi-channel surround sound microphones, and Quantum5X, creators of leading edge professional broadcast quality wireless audio solutions, have joined together to develop a new standard in handheld wireless microphone systems.

The upcoming NAMM 2013 in Anaheim will mark the debut of the first of three upcoming single channel wireless systems, featuring Holophone’s new customizable handheld Super C supercardioid condenser mic.

Holophone’s new single channel microphones feature the same proprietary capsule design employed in the company’s acclaimed surround sound mics, including the award-winning H2-PRO®, the world-class standard for concert sound, broadcast, film, and music recording.

Q5X is the preeminent manufacturer of professional broadcast quality wireless systems designed for the most demanding sports and live event productions. The new wireless systems will integrate Holophone’s cutting edge line of high-quality, customizable handheld microphones with Q5X’s acclaimed high broadcast quality radio frequency technologies, to create a state of the art, audiophile quality wireless system delivering unparalleled sound, performance, and show-stopping looks.

“We are pleased and delighted to announce this partnership,” remarked Q5X President Allen Kool. “Holophone is world renowned for their groundbreaking surround sound audio systems, and this alliance builds on the strengths of both companies’ technologies. Together we will be significantly raising the bar for sonic quality and performance for wireless microphone systems.”

“Q5X is the only wireless technology manufacturer that can meet Holophone’s exacting standards for sound quality, and we’re excited by the potential of this alliance,” added Holophone President and Founder Michael Godfrey. “This is a great opportunity for both our companies, but more importantly, it’s an exciting time for audio professionals. This is the new standard in custom wireless systems.”

Holophone and Q5X will showcase the first of several handheld single channel systems in Booth 5399 in Hall B at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California January 24-27, 2013. A series of remote control wireless microphone systems will be introduced at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

More information: Holophone / Q5X

IOSONO announces Anymix Pro Christmas Sale

IOSONO Anymix Pro Sale

IOSONO has launched a Christmas Sale for its Anymix Pro surround mixing plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Anymix Pro is the ideal solution for an easy, yet precise creation of surround mixes. It comes with a broad selection of up- and downmix preferences and individual panning features tailored to be used in post-production, broadcast, music and game sound design.

Anymix Pro doesn’t only redistribute audio material to a certain output configuration, but gives the mixer full control over important parameters, turning the mono or stereo mix into a realistic surround scenario. The included surround panning mode offers deep control of channel positioning within the surround field, including distant-dependant adjustment of loudness and timbre for a smooth workflow.

The Anymix Pro plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/RTAS) is available to purchase for 219 EUR until December 31st, 2012 (regular 299 EUR).

More information: IOSONO / Anymix Pro

IOSONO announces collaboration with Steinberg—Anymix Pro integrated into Nuendo 6

IOSONO Anymix in Nuendo 6

IOSONO has announced the collaboration with leading pro-audio manufacturer, Steinberg Media Technologies, a subsidiary of the Yamaha Corporation.

IOSONO’s industry-acclaimed plug-in Anymix Pro is an integral part of Nuendo 6, Steinberg’s newly announced version of its renowned post and audio production system. Nuendo 6 with Anymix Pro onboard will be released in the first quarter of 2013.

“We really enjoyed working with a professional team of specialists, who have exceeded our expectations,” remarks product marketing manager for Steinberg Timo Wildenhain on the joint collaboration. “Anymix Pro is an awesome plug-in for panning and upmixing – a perfect choice for Nuendo 6, the world’s most advanced surround mixing DAW,” he continues.

Anymix Pro instantly adjusts loudness and EQ settings automatically once the signal is moved within the listening space. Also on board Anymix Pro are high-quality upmix features, making it easy to upmix stereo channels to 8.1 surround or backwards by keeping the naturalness of the original sound. In addition, Anymix Pro can be highly configured according to individual needs. Anymix Pro directly integrates into the new mix console of Nuendo 6.

“We’re really excited that Steinberg has recognized the potential of the IOSONO technology, and we’re proud to be a part of the most powerful surround-production environment available today,” comments Olaf
Stepputat, CEO at IOSONO.

Anymix Essential and Anymix Pro will continue to be available as stand-alone products to be used with all digital audio workstations supporting VST / RTAS. The plug-in will be further developed by IOSONO, as Robert Steffens, the company’s director of software development, states: “The feedback we received from audio professionals regarding Anymix was extremely positive. We’ll continue to create high-quality
surround mixing solutions for our customers, and we’re already working on Anymix Pro 2, supporting Avid’s new AAX format.”

More information: IOSONO

iZotope announces Insight—Essential Metering Suite

iZotope has announced Insight, an essential metering suite for post production and broadcast applications.

More than just a traditional metering plugin, Insight provides the valuable visual feedback imperative to the mixing and mastering stages of any audio project. In addition, Insight offers peace of mind and added security to audio engineers seeking compliance with BS.1770 loudness standards, as specified by regulations like the CALM Act.

Insight provides a full suite of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during mixing and mastering, troubleshooting problematic mixes, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards. Fully customizable and scalable, Insight allows you to visually monitor all relevant information from your stereo or surround mix in a convenient floating window. With level meters, loudness meters, a spectrogram, spectrum analyzer, vectorscope, surround scope, and a loudness history graph, Insight allows you to keep an eye as well as an ear on your mix at all times.

Insight features

  • Immediately detect potential mix problems through real-time visual monitoring and color-coded alerts.
  • Ensure your audio is fully compliant with current loudness standards with forward-thinking tools that adhere to standards like BS.1770-1/2/3.
  • Perform deep and flexible analysis with zoomable meters and the ability to route audio from any tracks or buses to Insight.
  • Design your ideal metering plug-in by choosing the meters you want to view, customizing them, and resizing the Insight window to fit your current workflow.
  • Get an extensive suite of metering tools in a single plug-in, including true-peak level meters, loudness meters, loudness history graph, stereo vectorscope, surround meter, 2D/3D spectrogram, and spectrum analyzer.

Insight will be released mid-November, 2012. Insight will be available separately and will be included with all purchases of Ozone 5 Advanced. Upon Insight’s launch, all existing Ozone 5 Advanced customers will be notified with details to install Insight for free.

More information: iZotope / Insight