Sonnox & Fraunhofer Team To Release Pro-Codec

A collaboration between Germany-based mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, and plug-in designer/manufacturer Sonnox Ltd., has produced a solution for improving the quality of online music. The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec claims to be the first time engineers are able to audition codecs in real time, meaning the Pro-Codec eliminates the time-consuming cycle of encoding a mix to mp3/AAC, previewing, tweaking and re-rendering. The entire process may now be accomplished on the fly, freeing the engineer to concentrate on producing an optimized mix during the preview process.

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Mix and mastering engineers may now audition up to five codecs in real time within a DAW environment. The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in enables the production of optimized mixes, and provides the option to simultaneously batch encode to multiple formats. All major codecs, including: mp3, mp3 Surround, AAC-LC and HE-AAC are supported, as are such lossless codecs as mp3 HD and HD-AAC.

Sonnox has now devised a high-resolution FFT display, which illustrates the input and output difference signals and a graphical indication of codec-induced noise audibility. Bit-stream level meters clearly display the possibility of decode overloads. A-B auditioning enables engineers to switch seamlessly between codecs, or input and codec. A blind listening mode (ABX) further supports codec comparisons.

The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec is available now for a price of $495 / £295, and is compatible with most popular DAWs – Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia and Wavelab. Both Mac and Windows are supported.


Author: FutureMusic

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