Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-in  From Sonnox

The revolutionary Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in enables the auditioning, encoding and decoding of audio with codecs such as mp3 and AAC in real time.

Sonnox Ltd. (Sony Oxford)

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Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Video

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    • Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-in

Manufacturer's Description from Sonnox

 For the first time, the Pro-Codec enables engineers to use Apple’s iTunes Plus codec for real-time auditioning, making it a powerful, time-saving tool to efficiently mix directly for the Mastered for iTunes programme. Now the exact same clipping behaviour of the iTunes encoding chain can be monitored and levels corrected if necessary, saving time and ensuring high quality output during the mixing process.

Also integrated into the plug-in are Fraunhofer's own AAC and mp3 codecs, including MPEG Surround and multi-channel AAC formats for surround mixing.

The Pro-Codec's extensive monitoring tools and built-in encoding/decoding features enable mixes to be optimised for specific target formats, ensuring maximum fidelity for final encoding and distribution.

The primary purpose of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec is to provide a way of monitoring your host session material using the highly regarded Fraunhofer encoders, without the need for offline processing. By auditioning and comparing codecs online, it allows you to make executive decisions on the best codecs to use, and when all is complete, then write the encoded audio to disk.

Also contained within the plug-in is a fully featured offline encode window. You can compress Wav or Aiff files for offline batch processing with the codecs and settings of your choice.

When you need to import an encoded file into your project, but the host does not recognise the file format, the plug-in also has an offline decode section. This eliminates the need for any proprietary applications to be used when importing encoded material into your session.

All of the available codecs compress an audio data bitstream. Different codecs compress using different algorithms, and will compress to very different degrees.

HE-AAC is optimized for the best quality at very low bit-rates, and will produce very small files (potentially around one hundredth of the input file size). Lossless encoders, in contrast, are not so effective at compressing data and will produce files that are around half the size of the input. The familiar mp3 codecs produce compression factors of typically around 12.

The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec can also decode compressed files for import into the host sequencer (or for general purpose decoding). 

Features
  • Supported Codecs:

 

- mp3, Apple AAC iTunes+, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, and HE-AAC v2
- mp3 Surround, MPEG Surround, AAC-LC multi-channel, HE-AAC multi-channel
- mp3-HD and HD-AAC (Lossless Codecs)

  • Ability to select up to five codecs for simultaneous export, in real time, to encoded files

  • Comprehensive auditioning with glitchless switching

  • Ability to audition the difference between input signal and codec output

  • AB auditioning in real time between codecs, or between codec and input signal

  • ABX mode for blind statistical testing

  • Graphical displays include:

 

- High resolution display of the Input signal and Diff signal.
- Indication of the audibility of audio removed by the encoding process
- Bitstream levels and ability to compensate for overloads
- Indication of filesize or datastream compression
- Phase metering

  • Off-line encoding and decoding

  • Compatible with many digital audio workstation applications, such as:

 

- Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia and Wavelab. (Mac and PC)

Sonnox Ltd. (Sony Oxford)

About Manufacturer

Sonnox Ltd. has evolved out of Sony Oxford, which in turn traces its history back to a group of five dedicated audio professionals that first worked together in the early 1980s. These engineers spent many years together designing analogue and digital consoles for Solid State Logic, and subsequently left to start a new Company in 1988 that was called Oxford Digital. Over the following few years the team slowly expanded, until in 1993 it became Sony Oxford. The major product design from Sony Oxford was the OXF-R3 Digital Mixing Console, commonly called 'the Oxford Console'. This high end digital audio console was conceived by Oxford Digital in the late 1980s and productised for commercial release by Sony in the mid 1990s. All hardware and software, all audio i/o, all system architecture and cosmetic design, and all audio algorithms and signal flow were designed by the engineers in Oxford, including an audio DSP chip (at that time it was impossible to buy DSP technology with enough power). Even a bespoke microcode compiler and router were developed from scratch. Although software maintenance of the OXF-R3 continued for some years, the core activities of the group diversified. Sony Oxford became the world leader for development of 1-bit audio processing (DSD, the basis for SACD), and additionally a variety of R&D contracts were undertaken on behalf of various groups in Sony. As technology became cheaper with increasing power, a group formed in Sony Oxford that began to focus on how best to re-purpose the Oxford technologies into audio workstations. This group became a development partner with DigiDesign and began work to create the Oxford EQ for Pro Tools. At the same time, work was started on the infrastructure for an e-commerce scheme that would become instrumental for sales and registration of the new software products. In September 2002 the CD boxed versions of the OXF-R3 EQ started selling around the world. This was followed by a port of the EQ to TC Works PowerCore, a version of the OXF-R3 Dynamics section, and then two newer plug-ins (the Inflator and the TransMod), which didn't feature prominently in the Oxford console and needed significant re-working for the plug-ins market. These early products were followed with a Reverb and a Limiter, and the platform base was broadened to include native hosts such as VST and Audio Units. By 2006 this plug-ins software initiative was operating as an almost self-contained business unit within Sony. To stimulate the business and allow it to thrive, the business unit was spun out of Sony in April 2007 and became a new and independent Company called Sonnox Ltd. Looking to the future, Sonnox is committed to expanding its plug-ins business with frequent introduction of new products and support for a wide range of platforms. We are working hard to grow the world-wide distribution channels for our products. We're introducing innovations such as the MediaPack, which allows simple and flexible purchase of our products from any outlet; and Flexible Bundling, which invites the customer to choose the plug-ins in his own custom bundle and tops this with a generous flexible discount. However, it all comes down to a passion for audio. We take a no-compromise attitude to our designs. We put extreme care into the quality, the functionality and the performance; we agonise over the user interface; we test, test and re-test; and we listen to feedback from our customers. We take great pride in our after-sales support. We want to provide you, the audio professional, with the innovative tools you need to undertake your job with more creativity, more flexibility and more efficiency. Our pedigree, for want of a better term, is the high end recording studio where quality is crucial. The philosophy behind our products has always been to couple the highest quality audio with intuitive operational simplicity, and bring that to the pro-audio market at an affordable price.

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