Burbank, CA (October 13, 2006) – Cubase is featuring mp3 Surround capabilities for the first time, it was announced today by global technology corporation and mp3 Surround licensor Thomson. Cubase 4, from audio software leader Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, includes tools for encoding multi-channel content in mp3 Surround, the surround sound solution with the convenience of mp3.
Steinberg joins eMusic, DivX, Sony Corporation and Samsung on the list of top-tier media and consumer electronics companies that have recently licensed mp3 Surround.
“A pioneer in digital audio technologies, Steinberg helps set the course for the entire music industry,” said Rocky Caldwell, general manager, mp3 Licensing, Thomson IP and Licensing. “Now with Cubase 4, artists will see how easy it is to output and distribute music using mp3 Surround and how much it elevates the listening experience.”
“Surround functionality is of increasing importance to many audio professionals,” said Kazunori Kobayashi, Steinberg’s managing director. “Support for this exciting new cross-platform codec complements the surround functionality in Cubase 4, and looks set to accelerate the expansion of surround in both professional and consumer environments.”
Developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Germany in conjunction with U.S.-based Agere Systems, mp3 Surround is a high quality audio compression technology for music recorded in 5.1 channels and is the only backwards compatible, multiplatform solution of its kind today. A recent Consumer Electronics Association study (Audio Purchasing: The Continued Quest for Quality, January, 2006) revealed that surround sound quality surpasses watts of power as the top issue for audio consumers worldwide.
Mp3 Surround produces efficient, multi-channel files that are less than half the size of competitive software and comparable to those encoded by standard mp3. Mp3 Surround is ideal for music production software, broadband media distribution, consumer electronics, PC and handheld video games and automotive systems.