Plymouth, MN (March 16, 2004)–Sonic Studio’s first cross-platform, software-only product, N-code, is a professional encoding tool for preparation of audio files for secure download and future music delivery formats. Working in cooperation with Sony’s e-Platforms Technology division, N-code is the first professional encoding tool to support their ATRAC3plus codec.
Short for “Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding 3 plus,” ATRAC3plus is an enhancement of Sony’s original ATRAC3 compression technology originally developed for the MiniDisc format. This latest version analyzes longer periods of audio signals to obtain more detail on input signals and also introduces a newly developed algorithm that achieves optimal bit allocation for a wide range of audio signals. The result is higher quality sound at higher levels of compression. Connect, Sony’s new music service which is due to launch in the spring of 2004 will support the ATRAC3plus format.
“We are pleased to be the first to market with an encoding tool for this promising new format,” said Jeff Wilson of Sonic Studio, LLC. “ATRAC3plus is sonically superior to existing compression schemes at similar bit rates, plus it is part of a much more secure DRM system.”
“We are pleased that Sonic Studio has added ATRAC3plus encoding capabilities to its industry standard mastering tools,” added Dan Kinney of Sony e-Platforms Technology. “It’s in all of our interests to get behind an online delivery format which provides greater copyright security. Sony’s ATRAC3plus codec, in combination with our OpenMG and MagicGate DRM technologies provide greater copyright security while improving sound quality at the same time.”
N-code includes both Macintosh OSX and Windows XP versions and is protected with a hardware key, allowing the product to be easily moved between workstations. 44.1 KHz PCM AIFF and WAV file formats are supported at 16, 24, and 32-bit resolution. Four compression bit rates are provided from 48 to 256kbps. To learn more about N-code and ATRAC3plus, visit www.sonicstudio.com. N-code is available exclusively from authorized Sonic Studio resellers worldwide.
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