Anaheim, CA (January 12, 2011)—Sonnox and Fraunhofer IIS will release a plug-in set at NAMM for mastering online distributed audio.
The new Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in allows users to audition codecs in real time, on-the-fly, instead of having to encode the mix to mp3/AAC, preview it, tweak it and then go back and re-render.
The Pro-Codec plug-in enables mix and mastering engineers to audition up to five codecs in real time within a DAW environment, produce an optimized mix and batch encode to multiple formats simultaneously. All major codecs, including mp3, mp3 Surround, AAC-LC and HE-AAC are supported, as are lossless codecs such as mp3 HD and HD-AAC.
Sonnox has developed an FFT display to illustrate the input signal, output difference signal and a graphical indication of the audibility of codec-induced noise. Bit-stream integrity meters reportedly reveal potential decode overloads. Instant A-B auditioning enables engineers to switch between codecs. A ‘blind listening mode’ (ABX) augments codec comparisons.
Harald Popp, Head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems Department at Fraunhofer IIS, comments, "With the growing importance of online music distribution, we have seen a strong need for mastering engineers to prepare mixes for download acquisition. Our search for the perfect partner to solve this issue led us to Sonnox and their uniquely successful plug-ins. The opportunity to collaborate with them on this truly market-driven product has been an extremely gratifying experience."
“Fraunhofer’s mp3 and AAC technologies have revolutionized the audio industry,” adds Sonnox Managing Director Rod Densham. “We are excited to be collaborating with them in this unique new mastering solution, which we believe will change the way engineers prepare final mixes or masters for online distribution.”
The Pro-Codec plug-in is compatible with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, Sequoia and Wavelab. Both Mac and Windows are supported.
The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in (pictured) will be introduced at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Sonnox Booth # 6278.