Kind of Loud Technologies SmartPan Pro Helps Bring Surround Sound to Various New Releases

 Tuesday, July 06, 1999  
Kind of Loud Technologies� SmartPan Pro Helps Bring Surround Sound to Various New Releases

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is the second movie to be released in the new Dolby Digital Surround EX format. Kind of Loud Technologies worked closely with mixer of the film, Brian Slack, Chief Engineer for Digital Sound & Picture, to create a custom 6.1 version of SmartPan Pro, their surround sound plug-in for Pro Tools. SmartPan Pro is the crucial link between Pro Tools and surround sound production. Users of SmartPan Pro can create mixes for Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-video, DVD-audio, and game formats.

SmartPan Pro has also been used recently to bring surround sound to a popular new music release. Producer David Tickle has used SmartPan Pro to create a 5.1 surround mix for Sting�s next album, Ten Sumner�s Tales, a Universal/DTS release.

David Lynch�s newest film, The Straight Story, was also a project in which the SmartPan Pro was used. John Neff, Chief Engineer for Lynch�s post facility, Asymmetrical Studio, found SmartPan Pro to be a success. Neff comments, �SmartPan Pro allowed us to eliminate the console on the mix stage. We�re going to dump the console.�

Available directly from Kind of Loud at and through selected Digidesign Pro Tools resellers, SmartPan Pro�s suggested retail price is $995.00.

Kind of Loud Technologies will be the North American distributors of Gallery�s Axis(TM) joystick and software. A professional joystick designed for control of SmartPan Pro, the Axis is compatible with either ABD or USB Macintosh computers and the Axis software interfaces the joystick and other devices with SmartPan Pro. The suggested retail prices are $795 for the Black model, $895 for the chrome unit and $299 for the supporting axis software.

For more information, contact Kind of Loud at 831-466-3737 and visit their Web site at

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