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A Conversation With Wilfried Van Baelen - No Compromise Studio Owner & Creator Of The Auro 3D Immersive Format 

Mike sat down with the creator of the Auro 3D format Wilfried Van Baelen and over just short of 2 hours we discussed how he came into sound as a performer first, then a producer, how he built his first studio in an unused chicken coup.

We moved on to discuss the design and building of his no compromise Galaxy Studios with 100dB isolation between adjacent studios. The development of mixing in 5.1 and stereo on the same console, first on a digital console and then on an analog desk. 

We explored how Wilfried discovered height in sound which led him to develop the Auro 3D format, consider how we perceive the world around us and how that impacts on the design to produce as natural reproduction system as possible and the benefits of recording natively in Auro 3D to improve the immersive experience.

We chatted about the David Goliath relationship with Dolby and how Auro 3D is being taken up in the film and cinema worlds as well as games.

We covered a lot of ground in this 112 minute conversation and if you are exploring or working in 3d immersive sound this is an essential listen. Even if you aren’t in the 3D audio world there is loads of interesting stories about no compromise studio design, and how we listen and perceive the world around us.

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Take a look at the images below to see how the studio was built and more….

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Nugen Audio Celebrate 10 Years At IBC 2014 With A Raft Of New Products

Our friends at Nugen Audio will be celebrating 10 years of service to the broadcast community at IBC2014, demonstrating their latest innovations in their family of post-production and broadcast audio tools including key new standards-compliant technologies that further ease the burden of loudness compliance. Jon Schorah, Founder and Creative Director told us…

This year at IBC, attendees will see why NUGEN Audio has become the go-to company for loudness management and compliance. We will also be demonstrating how NUGEN Audio is broadening its toolset to address other audio requirements, such as dynamics, upmix, and support for the DPP standard. We’ve taken the lead on addressing dynamic content adaptations with our new DynApt algorithm to expand content repurposing. We’re also proud of our participation in the DPP, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting the very latest developments in loudness compliance and management. Finally, for the first time, we’ll be showcasing some of our upcoming innovations in upmix technology.

Click on the image to see a larger versionNEW: LMB DPP AS-11 Program Compatibility

NUGEN Audio’s LMB is an offline file-based loudness analysis and correction program for high throughput applications. A new update to LMB’s MXF file-handling option introduces DPP AS-11 compatibility. NUGEN Audio is a participant in the DPP compliance program, an initiative founded by U.K. public service broadcasters to help speed the transition to fully digital production and distribution for television. As a member of the AS-11 DPP compliance and certification program, NUGEN Audio is helping to develop quality assurance criteria for the AS-11 DPP specification for digital file formats. Making its IBC debut, the MXF file-handling option introduces native MXF audio-handling that enables LMB to perform automated analysis and correction of audio within an MXF container while preserving all other data within the file.

Everyone Adopt The DPP Specifications

We recommend that all broadcasters look at the excellent work the Digital Production Partnership has undertaken to take the various standards and produce a real world set of delivery specifications for all the UK broadcasters. It will make our lives in UK based post production so much easier to be able to provide the same output for all broadcasters, so please broadcasters in other territories take a look at what the DDP has done in the UK and adopt it and make everyone’s lives even easier.


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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. 

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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