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TSL Release Free SurroundZone2 Plug-in For Soundfield Recordings

TSL have released SurroundZone2 and it is available free of charge to give anyone the freedom to manipulate SoundField B-Format and A-Format recordings. 

The new plug-in merges the functionality from the original “Surround Zone” and “SPS200 Surround Zone” plug-ins into one new plug-in. At the same time they have added some new controls such as “Snap Tilt” and “individual polar pattern control” for the surround modes.

They have also released a range of quick start guides for different DAWs including a Pro Tools Quck Start Guide.

TSL SurroundZone2 Supported Output Formats:

  • Stereo (Mono)
  • 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1
  • B-Format

TSL SurroundZone2 Controls:

  • Input and Output trims
  • Hi-Pass Input filter
  • Mic Orientation: End-Fire and Invert
  • Solo and Mutes for the Individual outputs
  • Rotate, Snap Tilt (individual front and rear tilt) and Zoom
  • Individual Width Controls
  • Individual Polar Pattern Controls

TSL SurroundZone2 Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX Native, both 32-bit and 64-bit, for both PC and Mac
  • VST, both 32-bit and 64-bit, for both PC and Mac
  • AU, both 32-bit and 64-bit. Mac only

The Future Of Surround Sound?

Auro 3D inventor Wilfried Van Baelen takes us on a tour of Galaxy Studios and explains the advantages of his new immersive surround sound format. Although it is coming from the designer and shows the studio complex he built, he covers some very interesting issues regarding immersive sound and what works and doesn’t work.

Auro 3D is obviously pitching up against Dolby Atmos, but there is discussion as to what the sound format should be to go with 4K video and the 9.1 format is getting some interest. Its a neat solution because it is the conventional 5.1 format, with a quad system higher up for the height information. 

There is a debate as to whether this format is only for big studios and big films or whether it can be scaled down to the small screen or even the mobile platform. What do you think?  Where is 3D sound going? Do you think that 9.1 will take off?

What about encoded headphone based delivery? I tried the DTS system when I was at NAB last year and took my headphones off because I thought they had left the speakers on, which they hadn’t so with that short demo I was fooled with audio coming from behind listening to just a pair of headphones.

ADL Penteo 4 Pro Surround Upmixing Plug-in £399 - 33% Discount

Audiotech Digital Ltd has announced today the release of the new Penteo 4 Pro plug-in that discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, sonic-free and natural-sounding surround.

Check out Mike’s detailed Show & Tell Video Review and find out why he likes this so much and Penteo 4 Pro Surround is his ‘go to’ upmxing plug-in and why he has awarded it Editors Choice.

Penteo 4 Pro Deal Has Finished

We are sorry but the deal finished in mid April 2014. You can buy the plug-in direct from the guys at Audiotech Digital Ltd for $999.

Penteo 4 Pro is 100-percent ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. The plug-in features an intuitive visual interface modeled after vintage gear, and offers six automated preset modes as well as advanced manual controls for fine- tuning.

Native AAX64 Support For Pro Tools 11

Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. As a result, Penteo 4 Pro AAX64 uses 52% less CPU processing power thereby allowing a sound designer more flexibility to simultaneously use more tracks in a mix than ever before.

New Features

  • Touch Screen Controls – In addition to mouse operated controls, Penteo 4 Pro is the first up-mixer to support multi-touch controls. Mixing is not a linear, sequential process — Penteo’s unique multi-touch interface allows a sound designer to control more than one Penteo feature at once, thereby creating a natural mixing experience through simple hand contact. Penteo 4 Pro is the world’s first multi-touch plug-in designed for use with the Raven MTX Surround console.
  • Pro Tools Automation Keyboard Shortcuts for all parameters - Quickly add and select parameters for automation using standard control/alt/cmd shortcuts.
  • Usage Preferences – With choice of circular or vertical knob drag usage options, a sound designer can select the most natural feeling knob movement for mouse or multi-touch.
  • New bypass channel routing - Stereo bypass channels now routes to the ProTools channel output standard. 

Iosono AnyMix Pro Surround Panner & Upmixing Plug-in £139 - 33% Off

The Anymix Pro plug-in is described by Iosono as “the surround maker” and actually it isn’t an unreasonable description. In the video above, Mike demonstrates how it is a Surround panner that can pan outside of the surround field with loudness and EQ compensation built in. It is also a Surround Upmix enabling you to produce surround capable and downmix friendly upmixes of stereo content. Please note what you are listening to in the video above is a downmix of the surround output.

The plug-in comes with a broad selection of up and downmix preferences tailored to be used in post-production, broadcast, music and game sound design. Anymix doesn’t only redistribute audio material to a certain output configuration, but gives you full control over important parameters, turning the mono or stereo mix into an ultra-realistic surround scenario.
The plug-in can be used to convert any input setup from mono to 8.1 to any output format from stereo to 8.1. In addition, the included surround panning mode offers deep control of channel positioning within the surround field. Whether it is static panning, an individual motion automation or pure upmix processing – Anymix is the great tool.

More info and to buy…

Thank You Community - Brahma Ambisonics Mic Is Fully Funded

Brahma Ambisonics Mic

Yesterday we posted this story about a Brahma Microphones, small company using Kickstarter to try and fund development and manufacture a new low cost ambisonics microphone. 

They started their appeal on November 1st 2013  and when we posted the story yesterday they only had 16 hours to go.  At that point they had raised $20,000 but were still $5,000 short and were not optimisitc of reaching of their target.  

15 hours to go for the brahma microphone kickstarter project to end, we are at 20000 dollars so we will probably fall short.

Within 8 hours of us posting the story they had reached reached their target and so could progress and in fact at the end they had $28,414 pledged.

They were delighted with the response and tweeted back to Mike….

Thank you to everyone who reached out and helped this small team of entrepeneurs reach their target. We are hoping to review the Brahma microphone as soon as they can get one to us.

KickStart An Ambisonics Mic Project

Would you like to have a low cost ambisonics mic? If so, you might want to consider signing up to this Kickstarter project for a Brahma Ambisonics mic, but hurry as there isn’t much time as they need $25,000.

Until now ambisonics microphones have been very expensive but if this kickstart project is successful then then it will be possible to get an ambisonics microphone for as little as $649.


Please note - we haven’t tried one of these microphones yet, so cannot vouch for the quality.

Exponential Audio Announce Release Date For Surround Reverbs

On Friday November 29, 2013, Exponential Audio’s new surround reverbs will be available for purchase in the Exponential Audio webstore.  These powerful and flexible new plugins are already at work in a number of major facilities and it’s time to turn them loose.

  • Phoenixverb Surround $359
  • Phoenixverb Surround (upgrade form stereo version) $259
  • R2 Surround $459
  • R2 Surround (upgrade form stereo version) $349
  • Phoenixverb & R2 Surround bundle $659
  • Phoenixverb & R2 Surround bundle (upgrade form stereo bundle) $459

You can learn more about them right here, and you’ll be able to download and demo them for yourself as soon as they’re available.  

Iosono Release Anymix Pro AAX 64 bit Version For Pro Tools 11

Iosono is pleased to announce the release of Anymix Pro AAX. This surround mixing plug-in is now supporting Avid’s new AAX Native Format, and as you can see in my video Anymix Pro is both a surround panner and a surround upmix plug-in in one plug-in.

Anymix Pro AAX now features support for Avid control surfaces via EUCON (System 5 series), Avid C|24 and ICON. The update also includes new automatable parameters and shortcuts for a better workflow. Katja Lehmann, Marketing Manager for IOSONO says…

“We have received great feedback on Anymix Pro, our users have been especially happy with time saving tools like the distant-dependent feature as well as the high-quality upmixing functions. We’re always trying to incorporate user feedback into our software and so we’re happy to now offer the much awaited AAX support,”

Anymix Pro AAX 64-bit for Mac and Windows is now available for EUR 299,00 in the IOSONO online shop as well as selected distributors.

The update will be free for all existing Anymix Pro customers already using the VST/RTAS version. 

Where Are We With Stereo To 5.1 Upmix Plug-ins

Updated on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:36AM by Registered CommenterMike Thornton

The move to AAX plug-ins in the post world is going well except for one crucial area - stereo to surround upmixing. Currently there is only one plug-in available and that is the Waves UM225/226 plug-in, but all the big players in the upmix sector seem to be taking their time.

TC Electronic UnWrap
This is probably the most waited for plug-in and as I have discussed before TC Electronic seem to be focussing on their hardware. It seems I am not alone in this concern, on a thread on the DUC started by friend of the site Mike Aiton, Thirerry says this..

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ADL Pento Pro 3 stereo to 5.1 Upmixing Plug-in Show & Tell review

Mike takes the Penteo Pro 3 stereo to surround plug-in for a spin around his surround rig to see if it lives up to the claims of being completely downmix compatible. As we can only release videos with stereo audio everything you listen to is the downmix of the plug-ins surround output.

It is currently available in RTAS, VST or AU formats but they are working on an AAX version for Pro Tools 11.

Penteo 3 Pro is available for £675 plus VAT. If you would like to try it for yourself then you can request a free trial.

They have just announced Penteo 3 Touch - all the same functionality as Penteo 3 Pro, but with added multi-touch control that is included with the new Slate Raven MTX Surround console. Watch the video here.

Show & Tell Review Of The Spatial Sound Card From New Audio Technology 

The team at New Audio Technology have been working a a number of ‘3D’ audio solutions and the Spatial Sound Card is great for playing back multi-channel content to the client with a laptop and a pair of headphones or earphones and using the binaural principle to enable the listener to experience surround just by listening through headphones.

Soundfield Announce Plug-In Update Status And Pro Tools 11

We have heard from Soundfield about the status of their plug-ins the UPM-1 and Surround Zone and this is what they have said….

“We are just in the process of creating our Plug-In strategy for the future and both AAX (native not DSP) and 64-bit support feature highly. 

We also asked about about comments that the UPM-1 puts a heavy load on the computer and they responded…

“We know that the UPM-1 is resource hungry, in the hardware version we are running a dedicated SHARC DSP which is running pretty much flat out. The new version will have some savings but it will never be a lightweight plug-in, great upmixing takes a lot of resources.”

You can see my review on the UPM-1 here, and certainly in the absence of the TC Electronic UnWrap, this is in my opinion one of the best upmixing plug-in around at the moment and it would seem they are across the process hungry issue too. So I am looking forward to the new version of the UPM-1 that I can run on my Pro Tools 11 HDX rig.

Show & Tell Review On Schoeps Free Double MS Tool Plug-in

We have just added the Schoeps Double MS Tool to our free plug-in database and so I thought it would be could to take a look at it as double MS or MSM is my preferred surround micing technique.

Maggot Software Close To Adding New Feature To Spanner

Justin has announced this tease on his Facebook page…

There’s one particular feature I’ve been wanting in a panner since the first time I walked onto a mix stage - and now I finally have it! Stay tuned…

Wonder what it could be?