Pro-Codec


Overview

The revolutionary Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec allows real-time auditioning and comparison of a variety of audio codecs. It has a display that helps analyse codec-induced clipping and noise, and enables real-time compensation for clipping.

 

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.

 

Integrated into the plug-in are Fraunhofer's own AAC and mp3 codecs, including MPEG Surround and multi-channel AAC formats for surround mixing, as well as Apple's iTunes+ codec for mixing directly for the Mastered for iTunes programme. (Mac version only).

 

The software now includes a stand-alone Manager application, which enables batch processing of multiple files and includes a full metadata editor.

 

Features

64-bit compliant (AAX / AU / VST)

Supported Codecs:

 - mp3, Apple AAC iTunes+ [Mac only], AAC-LC, HE-AAC, and HE-AAC v2

- MPEG Surround, AAC-LC multi-channel, HE-AAC multi-channel

- HD-AAC

Comprehensive real-time auditioning with glitchless switching

Batch encoding of multiple files

Includes metadata editor

Select up to five codecs for simultaneous export, in real-time, to encoded files

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 codec-induced artefacts

- Bitstream levels and ability to compensate for overloads

- Indication of filesize or datastream compression

- Stereo image metering

Offline encoding and decoding

Compatible with many digital audio workstation applications, such as:

 - Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia. (Mac and PC)

 

Formats

Native: AAX Native, RTAS, Audio Units and VST

Mac Intel OSX 10.5 or later / Windows XP / 7 / 8

 

 Real-time Plug-in

The centre panel of the plug-in contains a large FFT display, showing the spectral content of the input signal and difference signal (the difference between the input and the encoded output signal). Noise-to-Mask ratio, in green, indicates the audibility of output artefacts and codec-induced noise.

Pro-Codec Image

 

Beneath the FFT display 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.

The button at the bottom left of the plug-in, will launch the Pro-Codec Manager application.

Real-time Processing

When clipping occurs during the codec process, 'overs' are shown with red clip LEDs along with the amount in dB.

Online Processing Overs

Trim can be applied to reduce the level into the encoder so as to avoid clipping.

 

Pro-Codec Manager

A standalone application, the Pro-Codec Manager, is included with the Pro-Codec plug-in where metadata can be edited, and filed based off-line batch processing can be set-up.

 

 

Metadata Editing

Metadata Editing

Metadata can be written to files during encoding or added to existing MP3/M4A files using the Pro-Codec Manager. Even artworks can be simply dragged onto the window. Both ID3v2 and iTunes metadata formats are supported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batch ProcessingBatch Processing

Batches of files can be encoded (or decoded) to a target output format in the Pro-Codec Manager, saving huge amounts of time. Tags in the metadata editor can also be written to each file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




System Requirements

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 7, 8, 9 & 10, 11

Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration : avid.com

Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1

  - Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only

Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8

RAM 1GB minimum

iLok key with latest drivers

iLok2 required for AAX plug-ins 2

SuprEsser DS compatible with ProTools 10 / 11 / S3L with approved ProTools CPU, OS and hardware configuration. Go to AVID.COM to find more information.

 

Audio Units

Audio Units compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc.)

Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1

  - Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only

RAM 1GB minimum

iLok key with latest drivers

iLok2 required for 64-bit plug-ins 3

 

VST

VST compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sequoia etc.)

Mac OSX 10.4 or later

  - Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only

Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8

RAM 1GB minimum

iLok key with latest drivers

iLok2 required for 64-bit plug-ins 


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Pro-Codec

  • Brand: Sonnox
  • Product Code: Pro-Codec
  • Availability: Pre-Order
  • R5,495.85