The EBU, IRT and BBC R&D team have joined forces to launch the EAR Production Suite, a set of open-source software tools for producing next-generation audio (NGA) content using open standards.
In a blog post, the BBC R&D team said there were two main goals in releasing the EAR Production Suite.
Firstly, the team said they think the tools will enable people to produce NGA audio with the Audio Definition Model (ADM) standard. It enables sound engineers to produce immersive and personalisable content using the Audio Definition Model (ADM) format and to monitor it for any ITU-R BS.2051 loudspeaker configuration using the ITU ADM Renderer.
“We also want to encourage the adoption of the ADM standards across the industry,” added the post. “We’ve made the code open-source, and the core capabilities are available in libraries that can be used by others in their software, whether digital audio workstations or encoding tools. With these tools, we hope to demonstrate the value of the ADM and show how to make use of it in practice.”
The EAR Production Suite (EPS) includes a collection of VST audio plug-ins for use in digital audio workstation (DAW) software; the core EAR Production Suite plug-ins and a supplementary plug-in to support using the ADM with third-party tools.
The EPS is available to download via the EBU.