SoundField Supplies Minnetonka Audio with Upmix Plug–in for AudioTools Server

UK manufacturer SoundField chooses Minnetonka AudioTools Server as premier automation platform

Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. and SoundField Ltd., a UK manufacturer of microphones and processing software for broadcast and recording applications, have reached an agreement whereby Minnetonka will distribute SoundField's stereo-to-5.1 upmixing technology as part of Minnetonka's AudioTools Server family of products.

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AudioTools Server is a software framework for adding audio–related processing, quality control and management functions to file–based workflows within existing asset production systems, while SoundField’s UPM-1 plug-in converts stereo content to 5.1 surround while retaining stereo and mono folddown compatibility.

The need for multichannel conversion of archival and newly created stereo content has progressively increased as all consumer delivery channels move toward surround carriage. Designed to seamlessly integrate into today’s multichannel, file–based post production workflows, the UPM-1 is the first upmixing plug-in to be bundled with AudioTools Server (ATS), adding another valued function to ATS’ extensive collection of standard options, such as loudness measurement and control, watermarking, file/format validation, compliance and QC (quality control), conditional branching, encoding/decoding, channel multiplexing/demultiplexing and transcoding.

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SoundField’s choice of Minnetonka Audio as a development partner further strengthens ATS’ position as the default audio processing and control platform for broadcast workflows. “We are delighted that SoundField has chosen AudioTools Server to further extend their reach into post–production and broadcast, and we're excited to be a part of their ecosystem,” said John Schur, President of Minnetonka Audio. “The UPM-1’s ability to faithfully maintain downward compatibility, coupled with our extensive experience with plug–in partners and automated workflows, will result in more quality options for increasingly harried post houses.”

“Minnetonka is a company that broadcasters are increasingly turning to for more effective management of their file-based workflows,” comments Pieter Schillebeeckx, Chief Designer at SoundField. “Major broadcasters in Europe are already using the UPM-1 for stereo-to-5.1 upmixing, but making it part of Minnetonka's supplied suite of post-production tools makes our technology available to even more movers and shakers in the broadcast world. So both companies benefit considerably from this sales agreement.”

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The UPM-1 Plug-in option for AudioTools Server will be available from select resellers or direct from Minnetonka Audio Software. For more information on the SoundField UPM-1 Plug-in, or for in–depth information on how AudioTools Server can increase listener engagement and improve the quality and consistency of your deliverables, call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481.

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