Minnetonka Audio Unveils Essential New Dolby E Update

Company releases high performance cross–platform version 2.0 of SurCode for Dolby E

Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announced today that the company has released a major new version of their SurCode for Dolby™ E family of encoding and decoding products.

SurCode for Dolby™ E provides easy integration of Dolby E elements into existing workflows on a wide variety of industry–leading audio workstations. Linear PCM, with complete metadata support, can be encoded and decoded in real time and in the background at faster than real time speeds with convenient, familiar, cross–platform plug-ins.

Version 2.0 of SurCode for Dolby™ E brings a fivefold increase in encoding speed thanks, in part, to in–depth utilization of multi–threaded execution on all platforms. To further broaden RTAS, AudioSuite and VST support, a Final Cut Pro Export Decoder and AudioSuite Decoder has been added to the roster. The new Export Decoder for Apple’s Final Cut Pro enables convenient decoding to PCM without having to resort to external applications or processing loops. The faster-than-real-time decoder for AudioSuite compliments the existing real-time decoder and confidence monitor plug–in for Avid’s RTAS. Maintaining up to the minute platform parity, both SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder now also support the recently released Pro Tools 10 and Apple’s Mac OS 10.7 Lion.


The new 2.0 version of the SurCode for Dolby™ E Production Suite leverages the increased processing speed and platform–specific additions of the new release bundled together with Minnetonka Audio’s AudioTools AWE™ and the SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player plug–in. This bundle provides real-time and faster-than-real-time encoding and decoding of Dolby E streams and files, while adding the ability to automatically downmix surround streams to stereo in real-time. The SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player plugs into Avid’s NewsCutter, Media Composer and PT10, and includes cross–platform VST as well as AudioTools AWE formats.

“SurCode for Dolby E 2.0 continues to advance the reach of Dolby E in post production,” said John Schur, President of Minnetonka Audio. “With a new FCP Export Decoder, we’ve deepened our support for Final Cut Pro, while adding AudioSuite decoding to our existing RTAS support for Avid’s evergreen Pro Tools line.”


Jayson Tomlin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Minnetonka Audio, stressed the leap forward in processing speed and productivity that the new release affords. “A 5x boost in encoding speed is huge for engineers in the hot seat. They can crank out more product in far less time than before, hitting deadlines easier and freeing up capacity to focus on other tasks.”

SurCode for Dolby™ E 2.0 is a no–charge upgrade for existing customers. Individual encoder and decoder packages and components, along with the 2.0 SurCode for Dolby™ E Production Suite, are available now from select resellers or online at Minnetonka Audio Software. Licenses are cross–platform and bundle/suite licenses are modular, allowing them to be assigned to separate iLok USB Smart Keys according to the purchaser’s deployment needs. For in–depth information on SurCode for Dolby E and all of Minnetonka Audio’s products, visit minnetonkaaudio dot com on the web or call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481.


About Minnetonka Audio Software
An award winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for top media professionals around the world. Their SurCode, discWelder, AWE and revolutionary AudioTools Server product lines broadly support the CD, DVD, BD and DTV standards, and represent the definitive leader in OEM codec licensing, as well as file–based QC and loudness control. Spanning over two decades of operation and based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. has a subsidiary in Germany in addition to an international network of distributors and channel partners who share their commitment to quality and service.