The revolutionary Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in enables the auditioning, encoding and decoding of audio with codecs such as mp3 and AAC, making it possible to produce online-ready mixes in real time!
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.
By default the ONLINE mode is active, and the centre panel of the GUI contains a large FFT display, showing the spectral content of the input signal in yellow and the DIFF signal in red (the difference between the input and output signals).
Beneath the FFT window the CODEC LIST contains five rows that allow the selection of up to five codecs simultaneously. The associated MON buttons allow monitoring of the selected codec. The ARM buttons allow selection for online recording to an encoded file.
To the right of the codec list are three tabbed windows; shown here is the BITSTREAM LEVEL / TRIM window. There is also a COMPRESSION tab that gives an indication of the data compression for the selected codecs, and an A-B tab that allows A-B and A-B-X auditioning.
- Supported Codecs:
– mp3, Apple AAC iTunes+, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, and HE-AAC v2
- 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)|