Washington, D.C. (February 16, 2016)—Jeff Mullen, an Emmy Award-winning sound designer and mixer based in Washington, D.C., has adopted Nugen Audio's new Halo Upmix tool for automated upmixing of stereo audio to 5.1/7.1 surround.
Mullen, who is founder and owner of Sonichead, a full-service audio post-production facility specializing in television productions, uses Halo Upmix to produce both a 5.1 upmix as well as a stereo mix for a range of projects. The ability to create an upmix to 5.1 surround from stereo components is a standard requirement for many Sonichead projects, and Mullen is typically under a very tight timeframe to produce the upmix.
"Other upmixing tools would produce a 5.1 output that sounded very different from the original. I was spending too much time tweaking parameters to make the upmix sound natural and bring it up to my clients' quality standards…. Halo Upmix is a tremendous improvement over anything else on the market. With Halo, the phasey artefacts, strange reverbs and delays are now gone and the mid-range is no longer over-hyped. In fact, the upmix sounds identical to the original stereo source material."
Mullen has more than a decade of professional audio experience, with a specialty in long-form and short-form video content as well as commercials, promos, 5.1 surround, and stereo. In 2015, he was on the team that produced the Daytime Emmy-winning 2014 preview campaign for PBS.