Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Kind of Loud Technologies Announces Dolby Digital and DTS Encoder Software for Pro Tools
Kind of Loud Technologies announced today he development of two 5.1 encoder software packages for Digidesign’s Pro Tools — SmartCode Pro will be available in both Dolby Digital and DTS versions. Pro Tools is the digital audio workstation of choice among audio professionals worldwide.
Kind of Loud Technologies provides a complete suite of surround reduction tools that allow Pro Tools users to mix in 5.1 surround. SmartPan Pro is a panning plug-in that brings true discrete 5.1 surround panning to the Pro Tools platform. In February, the company shipped its groundbreaking RealVerb 5.1 Surround Reverb for Pro Tools — the first surround reverb on the market in any form. Tweetie, a monitoring and calibration plug-in and Woofie, a bass management plug-in, are critical utilities necessary in professional surround production. SmartCode Pro completes the suite of surround software that allows Pro Tools users to record edit and encode their surround mixes completely within the Pro Tools environment. Until now, Pro Tools users have had to rely on costly dedicated hardware to encode their 5.1 mixes; to date there are few software encoders and none designed for Pro Tools.
“Pro Tools users are known to be ‘early adopters’ of new technologies and not surprisingly, they have sought 5.1 encoding/decoding software for some time,” says Suz Howells, VP marketing and sales for Kind of Loud. “With SmartCode Pro, Digidesign’s customers will have the technology to create and encode 5.1 mixes entirely within Pro Tools,” she adds.
SmartCode Pro is an AudioSuite program that allows Pro Tools users to review in real time 5.1 mixes created by the Pro Tools software and the SmartPan Pro plug-in; then encode and decode the mix to create a 6-channel surround master. SmartCode Pro/Dolby Digital ($995 MSRP) and SmartCode Pro/DTS ($1995 MSRP) are expected to ship Q3, 2000.