Merging, Auro Ready 3D Panner Engine

Merging Technologies’ upcoming 3D panning and mixing engine will work with Auro-3D creative tools and be incorporated into the next Pyramix and Ovation software releases. The engine will allow direct import of Pyramix files to the Auro-3D encoder, and the plug-in decoder will be able to be used with Pyramix to monitor the Auro-encoded stream.
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Merging Technologies’ current Ovation system
Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2014)—Merging Technologies’ upcoming 3D panning and mixing engine will work with Auro-3D creative tools and be incorporated into the next Pyramix and Ovation software releases. The engine will allow direct import of Pyramix files to the Auro-3D encoder, and the plug-in decoder will be able to be used with Pyramix to monitor the Auro-encoded stream.

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Since many of 3D productions are being mixed and mastered with Merging’s Pyramix, the partnered companies are intent on integrating an immersive panning tool with the Auro-Codec technology. Auro-3D is already a part of D-Cinema, with a theatre install base worldwide and numerous post-production studios equipped with the Auro-3D studio system. Auro-3D-recorded and remixed music releases on Pure Audio Blu-Ray have come out, such as classical releases by 17-time Grammy nominated audio engineer Morten Lindberg, Mando Diao’s new rock album and an immersive audio-visual album from the German band, Lichtmond. More releases on the way, now being mixed at studios such as Wisseloord and Galaxy.

The 3D panner is reportedly suitable to work with any format of object or channel-based audio, and in parallel, Merging is involved with a number of national broadcasters that are evaluating technologies to bring immersive audio into the home. Standards bodies such as the EBU and SMPTE are also looking at ways to bring some more order and clarity to the situation, and Merging is following them to ensure that its technology can be used in any circumstance.

Merging’s Head of Software Development, Dominique Brulhart opined; “We looked at the various panning solutions available and the way the different formats were evolving. Having our own specific needs for film post-production, TV post-production, live shows and high resolution immersive recording, it was pretty clear that we had to do more than just design a 3D panning tool. We decided to implement our own pretty revolutionary 3D panning and mixing engine. In parallel, knowing that Auro-3D addresses post production, recording and live sound already have consumer decoders available. That logically led us to integrate with this technology at the earliest stage of our development so that the complete Auro-3D Creative Tool Suite will be available immediately upon the release of Pyramix 10. Opening up creative possibilities and addressing the high-end audio market perfectly matches our philosophy.”

Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO of Auro Technologies and inventor of the Auro-3D format commented; “As I have always been a fan of Merging’s expertise and quality, we are delighted that Merging have been able to align its new panning and mixing engine with the Auro-3D Creative Tool Suite. Being able to work seamlessly across Pyramix and Auro-3D will allow more creativity and a smoother workflow. Creating amazing sound in 3D has never been easier!”

Merging Technologies SA
www.merging.com

Auro Technologies
www.auro-3d.com