The updated Auro-3D authoring tools and new Auriga PRO from Auro Technologies were showcased at the AES Convention in Berlin last month.
The Auro-3D authoring tools consist of a set of plug-ins which now includes 3D panning and mixing with support for all Auro-3D formats and various surround formats, as well as encoding with the Auro-Codec. Each plug-in is inserted on its own DAW audio track and connects to the A3DHost processor. The Auro-Panner sends its track’s audio to a selected Auro-Bus, which routes the signals to one or more Auro-Mixing Engines. The Auro-Mixing Engine lets the user set Auro-3D and down-mix configuration settings, mixes the audio, and then sends it back to the DAW using the Auro-Return plug-ins for monitoring and bouncing of the mix. It also contains the Auro-Codec Encoder to immediately output the encoded deliverable.
The Auro-Codec encoder has been integrated into the Auro-3D with the aim of providing a flexible solution to create native 3D audio. It allows users to create immersive 3D sound without interfering with the existing workflow, whilst making the 3D content available through a single file distribution to be played back in digital cinema, or home theatre via Blu-ray. The Auro-3D format adds both a height and top layer to create a 3D soundscape.
The Auro-3D Auriga PRO, as a full-function processor, supports high-resolution audio and video formats, and comes ready for current 3D audio formats with Auro-3D’s Engine inside. It is the reference processor for Auro-3D Decoding and allows the user to reproduce 3D cinema sound experience.