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Minnetonka’s Audio Expertise Expands Telestream Vantage Ecosystem

Minnetonka Audio develops custom AudioTools Server software connector for Telestream Vantage

MINNETONKA, MN — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI), a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announces today they have integrated a new service for Telestream’s Vantage platform, AudioTools Connector for Vantage. Telestream’s AudioTools Connector for Vantage links Telestream Vantage with AudioTools Server (ATS), supporting fundamental loudness control workflows or custom workflows that utilize all of ATS’ potential. An optional service for Vantage, AudioTools Connector for Vantage will be available through Telestream’s international network of resellers and system integrators later this year.

MASI’s AudioTools Server is a universal automation platform for audio processing that addresses enterprise requirements for scalability, adaptability, interoperability and redundancy. Its agility, versatility and fidelity–first approach has made AudioTools Server the reference audio automation platform for loudness control worldwide.

AudioTools Server’s intelligent, nonlinear workflow controller is driven by a powerful XML scripting language specifically tailored to control audio workflows. The AudioTools Connector for Vantage allows ATS to be easily controlled from Vantage, supplying essential loudness control along with custom audio processing. Predefined, custom workflows can be as complex and specific as required. AudioTools Connector for Vantage offers two ways of operating ATS directly from within Vantage Workflow Designer; a simple user interface selects Loudness Adjustment Types, and enters target requirements for various loudness parameters; or the user can call any predefined AudioTools Server workflow directly from AudioTools Server.

John Schur, President of Minnetonka Audio, points out that ATS is more than just loudness management. “We are very pleased that Telestream has recognized our best of breed AudioTools Server, and has partnered with Minnetonka Audio to augment their world class Vantage video transcoding and workflow solution,” Schur said. “ATS excels at complex, sophisticated audio processing and now, Vantage users can gain access to our audio expertise through a tightly integrated interface.”

Markus Hintz, Director of Global Sales and Business Development, emphasizes that Minnetonka Audio’s narrow focus on audio is a powerful benefit to Telestream customers. “By combining Vantage with AudioTools Server, the benchmark in transcoding and video automation coupled to the most versatile audio processing platform available, best in class processing for audio and video are now both possible.” Hintz added that, “…AudioTools Server customers already use ATS alongside Vantage. The introduction of AudioTools Connector for Vantage provides an even better way to orchestrate workflows across both platforms.”

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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 the world’s top media professionals. Its revolutionary AudioTools Server is the file–based software alternative to hardware program optimizers, bringing expert audio automation to existing media production infrastructures. The AudioTools Server, SurCode, and discWelder product lines support the full array of audio codecs, file types, and standards for CD, DVD, BD, broadcast, and digital television. The company is the leading provider of professional OEM audio solutions as well as file–based QC and loudness control. Spanning more than two decades of operation, the Minnetonka, Minnesota–based company has a subsidiary in Germany and an international network of distributors and channel partners who share its commitment to quality and service. More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

AudioTools Server, AudioTools Connector for Vantage and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Incorporated. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Minnetonka Audio Software Products at the 2013 IBC Show

NEW AudioTools Server 3.0
At IBC, Minnetonka Audio will show the latest version of its flagship product, AudioTools Server (ATS) 3.0. ATS 3 is loaded with major enhancements including improved workflow processing, support for additional codecs and container formats, augmented load balancing and failover for multisystem environments, easier oversight for administrators and much more. ATS 3 is an enterprise software system for file-based workflows, designed to automate even the most sophisticated audio tasks.

Via SOAP and XML, AudioTools Server seamlessly integrates audio expertise into existing video infrastructure, and interoperates with Amberfin, Aveco, Avid, Civolution, Ericsson, IBM, Sony and Telestream among others. The system is also a complete solution for managing and processing Dolby® E, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and linear PCM content, as well as the audio essence within transport streams, MXF and QuickTime® containers.

Version 3 of our benchmark audio automation server offers a new processing feature, AudioTools Movie Adaption, providing intelligent, adaptive prep of HDR (High Dynamic Range) theatrical audio mixes for broadcast and emerging platforms. Also new is the VLC or Voice Level Consistency measurement feature, which determines if dialog levels across a program are uniform. VLC predicts potential on–air problems when intercut with other content. Supported file types have also been expanded, including LXF and GXF containers, plus a wider variety of audio essence formats for transport streams.

 

NEW SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus Technology Preview
SurCode for Dolby® Digital Plus creates fully compliant Dolby® Digital Plus™ E-AC-3 files from multichannel WAV or AIFF sources. As a Dolby-certified product, the encoded audio files are compatible with all Dolby Digital-branded decoders, in either software or hardware versions. SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus also provides encoding and decoding of legacy Dolby Digital AC-3 files. Cross–platform plug–in and native versions enable auditioning, encoding, and decoding/confidence monitoring, making it easy to produce 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 assets in real time for digital distribution. For repurposing existing 5.1 stems, SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus also upmixes from 5.1 to 6.1 and 7.1 formats. SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus will be available as a single, cross-platform installer for native, RTAS, AAX, and VST formats.

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NEW SurCode for Dolby® Pro Logic II Version 3
At NAB 2013, MASI previewed the groundbreaking new version of their well–known SurCode encoder/decoder for the Dolby® Pro Logic format. IBC witnesses the formal release of the product. Pro Logic is the world’s most widely used surround format, and SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II offers complete, Dolby-certified Dolby Pro Logic II encoding and Pro Logic II, Pro Logic IIx, and Pro Logic IIz decoding of up to eight channels of audio.

Cross–platform plug–in and native versions enable auditioning, encoding, and decoding of audio, making it easy to produce surround-encoded stereo assets in real time for analog and digital distribution. SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II v3 is available as a single, cross-platform installer for native, RTAS, AAX, and VST formats. Version 3 is a no–charge upgrade for owners of the current iLok version.

The product’s monitoring and loudness measurement tools and built-in encoding/decoding features enable mixes to be optimized for all playback situations, regardless of whether the LtRt is decoded into surround or remains in stereo mode as delivered. In fact, SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II is the first product of its kind to integrate Minnetonka Audio’s industry-standard loudness measurement technology from its benchmark AudioTools Server family. Real-time loudness metrics are displayed, ensuring that all are loudness compliant.

Photo Link: The All New SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II

 

NEW AudioTools Connector for Vantage
The new AudioTools Connector for Vantage supports fundamental loudness control workflows or custom, custom, predefined workflows that utilize all of ATS’ potential. Custom loudness control workflows can be as complex and specific as required. AudioTools Connector for Vantage allows Telestream’s Vantage customers to drive AudioTools Server profiles from within the Vantage workflow designer.

By combining Vantage with AudioTools Server, a benchmark in transcoding and video automation coupled to the most versatile audio processing platform available, best in class processing for audio and video can be realized.

Photo Link: Telestream’s New AudioTools Connector for Vantage

 

NEW SurCode for Dolby® Dolby E for Avid AAX & Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC
Dolby E is the industry standard for transporting multichannel digital audio, and SurCode for Dolby® E is the industry standard for file-based, faster than real time processing of Dolby E. SurCode for Dolby E is now available as a single, cross-platform installer for Avid’s RTAS and AAX formats, along with VST and native. This version is a no–charge upgrade for existing owners.

For Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC, audio professionals can now tap the Dolby–certified reliability of SurCode for Dolby E Decoder VST. Working within the Windows Creative Cloud environment, SurCode for Dolby E Decoder brings full metadata support and simplified workflow, decoding user’s audio in sync with the timeline. It’s as simple as instantiating SurCode for Dolby E Decoder and selecting a Dolby E file. In a single pass, decode all 8 channels of a Dolby E stream.

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Company Overview:
An award-winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for the world’s top media professionals. Its revolutionary AudioTools Server is the file-based software alternative to hardware program optimizers, bringing expert audio automation to existing media production infrastructures. Their AudioTools Server, SurCode, and discWelder product lines support the full array of audio codecs, file types and standards for CD, DVD, Blu-ray™, broadcast, and digital television. The company is a leading provider of OEM audio solutions as well as file-based QC and loudness control. Spanning more than two decades of operation, the Minnetonka, MN-based company has a subsidiary in Germany and an international network of distributors and channel partners who share its commitment to quality and service. More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

Minnetonka Audio Announces SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus Encoder for Adobe Creative Cloud

AMSTERDAM AND MINNETONKA, Minn. — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI) today announced it will provide technology demonstrations at IBC 2013 of its Dolby-certified pro coder, SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus Encoder for Adobe® Creative Cloud™. The SurCode Dolby Digital Plus Encoder is designed to be tightly integrated into the Adobe Media Encoder CC, available in Adobe Creative Cloud. A trial version of the Dolby-certified pro coder, SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus Encoder, will be integrated into Media Encoder CC and support both stereo and more surround formats.

The tech presentation at IBC showcases seamless access to the full set of Dolby’s professional encoder options. From within Adobe Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe Audition® CC – both available in Creative Cloud – 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus streams can be encoded directly within a user’s surround mixing environment, multiplexed and added to a DVD or BD authoring project.

“For today’s audiences, 5.1 is not enough. Dolby Digital Plus adds up to eight main channels to support increasingly popular 7.1 playback,” said Jayson Tomlin, Minnetonka Audio’s VP of Business Operations. “Those extra channels mean more precise placement and localization on playback.”

Thanks to significant gains in coding efficiency, all this extra capacity is carried as fully discreet, individual channels with no matrixing, so imaging is solid and repeatable across a variety of speaker configurations and playback conditions. That extra efficiency also translates into either lower data rates with quality equivalent to Dolby Digital, or superior fidelity at the same rate or file size as your legacy content. The trial version of SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus Encoder for Adobe Creative Cloud will provide full functionality for 14 days before activation is required.

 

About Creative Cloud

Learn more about new features coming to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects® CC and other video tools in Adobe Creative Cloud at www.adobe.com/go/ibc2013. Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that provides users with unlimited access to download and install flagship Adobe Creative desktop applications, game developer tools and integration with the Adobe Touch Apps. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to publishing services to deliver apps and websites, cloud storage and the ability to sync to any device, and new products and exclusive updates as soon as they’re released. Individual, education, team, government and enterprise membership plans are available for Adobe Creative Cloud.

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 the world’s top media professionals. Its revolutionary AudioTools Server is the file–based software alternative to hardware program optimizers, bringing expert audio automation to existing media production infrastructures. The AudioTools™ Server, SurCode, and discWelder product lines support the full array of audio codecs, file types, and standards for CD, DVD, BD, broadcast, and digital television. The company is the leading provider of professional OEM audio solutions as well as file–based QC and loudness control. Spanning more than two decades of operation, the Minnetonka, Minnesota–based company has a subsidiary in Germany and an international network of distributors and channel partners who share its commitment to quality and service. More information is available at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

 

SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus Encoder for Adobe® Creative Cloud and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Incorporated. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

AmberFin Announces AudioTools Server as Strategic Best in Breed” Addition

AmberFin reports the addition of ATS as software QC tool for their Unified Quality Control platform

MINNETONKA, MN — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI), a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, reported today that AmberFin has added MASI’s AudioTools Server (ATS) as a new, automated QC tool to their Unified Quality Control or UQC Server, part of their enterprise iCR platform. UQC plug–ins enable users to specify an optimum combination of software tools for a specific QC task, including Minnetonka Audio’s expert audio processing, from a select group of specialized vendors and products. From within AmberFin UQC, users can now select AudioTools Server from a broad range of ‘best of breed’ QC systems. This provides audio-specific processing tools from Minnetonka Audio integrated on the unified UQC platform, with the result that all QC tools are available in a single user interface and timeline.

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SurCode for Dolby E Gets Creative with Adobe

Company releases Dolby E toolset for Creative Cloud suite

SurCode for Dolby E

SurCode for Dolby E in Premier Pro CC

MINNETONKA, MN — Minnetonka Audio Software, Incorporated, a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announced today the completion of validation tests on their SurCode for Dolby® E decoder for use within Adobe Systems Incorporated’s new Creative Cloud application suite.

Dolby E is the industry standard system for multichannel digital audio carriage across an asset’s entire post–production life cycle, and SurCode for Dolby E is the Dolby–certified industry benchmark for file–based processing of Dolby E. The 2.1 version of SurCode for Dolby E decoder has passed Adobe’s stringent requirements for compatibility with Creative Cloud’s VST hosting.

The superior Dolby E capabilities of SurCode are now available in Adobe’s benchmark production suite, including Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe Audition® CC. SurCode for Dolby E is the only product line that addresses Dolby E workflows across all popular production platforms. SurCode for Dolby E’s support for Creative Cloud joins the existing VST 2.4 plug–in support of other surround–capable hosts, including Fairlight, Nuendo, Pyramix and Sequoia. One license runs SurCode for Dolby E on any and all platforms, including Final Cut Pro and across Avid’s product lines.

As a long standing development partner, Adobe Systems is a pivotal part of Minnetonka Audio’s platform strategy. “Adobe came to us with a request to bring SurCode for Dolby E into the Creative Suite fold,” said Minnetonka Audio president John Schur. “We are excited to be able to validate a Dolby E workflow in Premier Pro CC, strengthening the Creative Suite brand with new post–production capabilities.”

Version 2.1 of SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder and version 2.0 of SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player are no–cost upgrades for existing license holders, and a how–to video will be available on MASI’s YouTube channel for the Adobe Premier Pro CC use case. The latest releases are available, as individual products and value–focused bundles, through Minnetonka Audio’s international network of resellers and system integrators. For complete information on the SurCode for Dolby E family of products and all of Minnetonka Audio’s offerings, visit minnetonkaaudio.com on the web or call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481 or +49-2162-1062622.

 

About Minnetonka Audio Software
An award winning solutions provider for film, broadcast, game, optical disc and SVOD production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for top media professionals around the world. Their SurCode and revolutionary AudioTools product lines broadly support radio, television and OTT broadcast standards. The company is also a leading provider of professional audio OEM solutions as well as file–based QC and loudness management systems. 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.

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Minnetonka Audio Blankets Avid With Dolby E

SurCode for Dolby E Encoder in Avid's Media Composer

Company releases enhanced Dolby E suite with broad platform support

MINNETONKA, MN — Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announced today a new 2.1 release of their SurCode for Dolby E family of software encoders and decoders. They also announced a new 2.0 release of their SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player purpose-built for Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

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Minnetonka Audio Slates IBC for Next Gen ATS & Dolby E Advancements

Company demos new reference loudness control solution along with new product releases

AudioTools Server 2.0 at IBC 2012

MINNETONKA, MN – Minnetonka Audio Software, Incorporated, a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, will be exhibiting at the upcoming International Broadcasters Convention, demonstrating new versions of several of their key products.

Updated loudness control and quality control (QC) technology for file-based audio will be featured with the 2.0 release of AudioTools Server™, a no-charge upgrade for AudioCare subscribers. An already mature problem solver at national and private facilities worldwide, ATS 2.0 adds load balancing and frame rate conversion plus smart MML/STL processing. Minnetonka Audio’s TruCorrect™ smart loudness processing eliminates perceived loudness changes and degraded intelligibility associated with traditional methods of correcting content containing extreme dynamic range.

The benchmark measurement algorithm, Dolby Dialogue Intelligence™, has been integrated in the 2.0 AudioTools Loudness Measurement module. This industry reference measurement approach provides dialog anchoring as a dynamically chosen option within ATS workflows based on the actual content. MXF processing performance has also been enhanced, along with True Peak measurement via Accelerated TruPeak™, which also uses the actual content to determine whether a True Peak measurement is required.

The addition of two new utilities, a unified Queue Control and a Job Wizard client application, round out the improvements to the 2.0 release of AudioTools Server. The new Queue Control is a global administration application that allows the operator to load, execute and monitor jobs and workflows. It also eases oversight of multi-node management and load balancing. The new Job Wizard utility makes the myriad capabilities of AudioTools Server more approachable with an uncomplicated user interface. The Job Wizard significantly simplifies the creation of new jobs and job templates.

At IBC 2012, Minnetonka Audio will also feature the latest SurCode software releases, including SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player 2.0 which was purpose-built for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder version 2.1. Broad support for Avid’s product line, including Pro Tools, NewsCutter, Media Composer and Symphony, is a key feature of the new SurCode Encoder/Decoder release.

Minnetonka Audio will be demonstrating the new AudioTools Server and SurCode for Dolby E at the upcoming IBC convention, September 7th through the 11th. For in-depth information on all of Minnetonka Audio’s encoding, measurement, QC and loudness control solutions for media production and post, visit stand #7.G43 at IBC, head to minnetonkaaudio.com on the web, or call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481 or 49-2162-1062622.
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 and revolutionary AudioTools Server product lines broadly support the CD, DVD, BD and DTV standards, and represent the definitive leader in OEM audio 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.

AudioTools Server, ATS, Accelerated TruPeak, TruCorrect, SurCode, discWelder and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Incorporated. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 


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ATS Success Heard Round The World

Company experiences record breaking sales of loudness control solutions

AudioTools Server from Minnetonka Audio

AudioTools Server from Minnetonka Audio

MINNETONKA, MN – Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, reported today that their installed base for the AudioTools Server automated audio processor line has outstripped all projections for FY 2011 and sales are setting records for the first half of FY 2012. more

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DVEO Encodes Dolby Digital with Minnetonka Audio

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SurCode from Minnetonka Audio

Minnetonka Audio Provides SurCode for Dolby Digital 5.1 Technology to DVEO

MINNETONKA, MN - Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announced today that DVEO, a provider of professional broadcast quality subsystems since 1982, has entered into an OEM agreement to license SurCode for Dolby(r) Digital 5.1 encoder and decoder technology from Minnetonka Audio Software.
SurCode for Dolby Digital 5.1 creates fully compliant Dolby Digital AC-3 files from multichannel WAV or AIFF sources. As a Dolby-certified product, the encoded audio files are compatible with all Dolby Digital-branded decoders, in either software or hardware versions. DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc., has licensed the OEM version of SurCode for Dolby Digital as an option for their MultiStreamer(tm) and MPEG Gearbox product families of broadcast quality multichannel MPEG-2 to H.264 streaming transcoders.
"We are proud to have DVEO as our newest OEM partner," said Eric Jorde, North American Business Development Manager for Minnetonka Audio. "DVEO needed to add Dolby Digital encoding to their powerful video transcoding products and they chose Minnetonka Audio to meet this requirement. This agreement creates a complete solution for standards-compliant video streaming."
The MultiStreamer and MPEG Gearbox transcoders capture various video formats and send multiple simultaneous IP streams to iOS, CDNs, and remote video capture devices. DVEO will enhance their transcoders by offering a reliable solution for converting audio files to AC-3, so they chose SurCode for Dolby Digital 5.1 OEM.
"Minnetonka Audio is a well-established audio company with an excellent reputation," stated Scott Grizzle, Product Manager for DVEO. "We are very happy to license their plug-ins and SDK, which enable best-of-class encoding. MultiStreamer and MPEG Gearbox customers now have the option of transcoding their audio into high quality AC-3 via SurCode for Dolby Digital 5.1."
DVEO will demonstrate the new SurCode for Dolby Digital integration at the upcoming NAB show in Las Vegas. For more information on DVEO and their MultiStreamer and MPEG Gearbox product family of streaming transcoders, visit www.dveo.com or visit NAB booth SU2114. To learn more about Minnetonka Audio's OEM licensing solutions for media production and post, along with all of Minnetonka Audio's products, visit booth SL7706 at the NAB show, head to minnetonkaaudio.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.

SurCode for Dolby E, SurCode, discWelder, AWE, AudioTools Server and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Minnetonka Audio Lands Agreement for Dolby Media Meter 2

Minnetonka Audio Software will distribute & resellbellwether dialog loudness benchmark
Dolby Media Meter 2

Dolby Media Meter 2, trusted loudness measurement

MINNETONKA, MN – Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound and consumer electronics applications, announced today that they have finalized a worldwide agreement with California-based Dolby Laboratories, Inc. to distribute and resell the Dolby(r) Media Meter 2 product.

Dolby Media Meter 2 is a software tool that measures loudness in audio content for broadcast, packaged media, cinema, VOD and games. Differences in audio levels between programs and channels or between programs and commercials can cause major annoyances to TV viewers. These differences have proven much easier to hear than to measure. Dolby Media Meter 2 addresses this issue with award-winning Dialogue Intelligence(tm) technology. Dialogue Intelligence automatically detects speech in the audio track and only then measures loudness. Dolby Media Meter 2 also supports ITU-R BS.1770 and the EBU R-128 loudness measurement specifications.

Dolby Media Meter 2 runs as a stand alone, cross-platform application and as a plug-in for AudioSuite, RTAS, and VST formats. To better address the needs of the post-production community, Minnetonka Audio has created a new, all-inclusive product bundle that gathers together Dolby Media Meter 2 with SurCode for Dolby E Encoder and Decoder plus SurCode for Dolby E Stream Player. The SurCode for Dolby E Master Suite package replaces the existing Production Suite bundle. Dolby Media Meter 2, along with the new Master Suite, are available to channel partners and customers through a fully automated, online order fulfillment system.

As experts at surround encoding and decoding, dealing with correct dialnorm settings has been a vital part of Dolby Media Meter integration into AudioTools Server from the very beginning. Markus Hintz, Director of Global Sales and Business Development at Minnetonka Audio, reflected on the intrinsic value of Dolby Media Meter 2. “Dolby Media Meter is the most comprehensive loudness metering tool on the market, a solid and unobtrusive multi-platform work horse, with varied and unique measurement types. Dolby Media Meter is also the only assessment tool that can measure loudness within encoded audio and easily point to discrepancies between metadata settings and measured loudness.”

“Loudness metering and encoding are two essential steps to a successfully encoded program,” Hintz continued, “and Minnetonka Audio has an interest in assisting content producers to correctly encode their material, which hinges on correct dialnorm settings. Since software metering and software-based encoding products are typically used together, it can only benefit our customer base now that Minnetonka is able to offer a comprehensive solution. We are proud to be selling the pioneer in loudness measurement, bundled with our market leading encoding products.”

Dolby Media Meter is available for immediate delivery from Minnetonka Audio resellers and distributors and also directly from their eShop. Minnetonka Audio will be demonstrating the Dolby Media Meter 2 package at the upcoming NAB convention in April. For in-depth information on Dolby Media Meter 2 and how it integrates into the AudioTools Server family of automated QC and loudness control solutions for media production and post, visit booth SL7706 at the NAB show, head to minnetonkaaudio dot com on the web or, call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481 or 49-2162-1062622.
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.

SurCode for Dolby E, SurCode, discWelder, AWE, AudioTools Server and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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