Lancaster, PA (April 29, 2009)--Cobalt Digital Inc. is incorporating Linear Acoustic upMAX surround sound upmixing technology into its 9305 embedded audio delay processor, allowing reformatting from stereo to 5.1 for storage or transmission.
"Broadcasters today need processing solutions that can reduce both the time and expense of bringing programming with 5.1-channel surround sound to their audiences," said Christina Carroll, vice president of sales and marketing for Linear Acoustic. "Working with Cobalt Digital, we offer the market a smart, flexible solution for surround-sound delivery. Our partnership enables high-performance stereo-to-5.1 conversion at a fraction of the cost of purchasing outboard upmixing equipment."
"With the upMAX-enabled 9305-UM, we can offer our customers and openGear partners cutting-edge upmixing capabilities for outstanding 5.1 surround sound while saving them both money and space," said Chris Shaw, vice president of sales for Cobalt Digital Inc. "Linear Acoustic was our partner of choice in enhancing the 9305 because the company is a well-respected leader in audio processing with a reputation for high-quality, innovative solutions. The upMAX technology in the 9305-UM has certainly lived up to that reputation."
The Linear Acoustic upMAX algorithm, which also provides downmix support, may be enabled manually or operate in automatic mode. The new Linear Acoustic AutoMAX-II auto-detection algorithm bypasses upmixing when applied content is already 5.1 channels. User controls support audio channel mapping, allowing the operator to adjust audio center width and the surround field depth, as well as to enable/disable the LFE channel.
Capable of applying independent delay for up to 16 channels, the Cobalt 9305 processor receives an HD/SD-SDI signal, de-embeds all audio data, applies a separate delay to each channel, and re-embeds the audio into the video stream--all without touching the active picture or any non-audio ancillary packets. The system offers adjustable delay to 30 seconds and allows the operator to lock pair delays.
Cobalt Digital Inc.