San Francisco, CA (August 21, 2009)–Penteo, LLC has announced that Orban/CRL is the first to license its new automated stereo-to-surround system.
Orban is licensing Penteo’s technologies to include in their Optimod-Surround 8585 audio processor and upcoming broadcast appliances.
“The Penteo system is based on entirely new stereo analysis,” says John Wheeler, Penteo, LLC founder and inventor of the new technology. “We believe it’s the first truly significant breakthrough in the art of converting stereo into 5.1 surround sound in the last 15 years. We’re thrilled that this major player has stepped up to the plate.”
Penteo has developed a system of processes and patent-pending proprietary technology that converts any stereo mix of music, film, and TV soundtracks directly into 5.1 surround sound. At the core of this system is the new stereo “panorama slicing” algorithm that Wheeler says creates a much cleaner, clearer, more discrete 5.1 surround experience than any other 5.1 conversion technology available today.
“Most importantly, our surround masters downmix back to stereo with absolutely no sonic artifacts,” Wheeler said. “Our approach absolutely respects the vision of the original mixing engineers.”
Robert Orban, chief engineer of Orban/CRL stated, “When choosing an upmix algorithm to complement Orban’s Optimod-Surround 8585 audio processor, I auditioned a number of different processes. Of these, only the Penteo Surround upmix sounded like discrete five-channel while preserving the balance of the stereo source without coloration. I was particularly impressed by its ability to place dialog firmly in the center channel even when the mix included other elements placed around the stereo soundstage. Penteo was the hands-down winner of my shoot-out.”
Most recently, Warner Bros. blockbuster Watchmen and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds became the first major motion pictures to take advantage of the Penteo 5.1 process.
The company is currently in discussions to license the technology to consumer electronics makers and professional production hardware manufacturers.