Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Version 2


Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Version 2 is an updated version of their real-time mp3/AAC encoder/decoder for mix and mastering engineers to audition and compare the differences in the sound of their music mixes when played through any choice of up to five different, simultaneously running perceptual audio codecs.

Version 2 adds Apple’s iTunes Plus codec to the list of codecs for the “Mastered for iTunes” program. Available only in the Mac version, Apple’s iTunes Plus codec, for the best possible sound quality as all perceptual audio codecs, requires that its exact clipping behavior must be monitored and levels corrected if necessary. This saves time and ensures high quality output during the mixing/mastering process.

Other additions to Version 2 are: the latest MPEG Surround codec along with Advanced Audio Coding Low Complexity (AAC-LC) multi-channel and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) multi-channel support. This opens up Pro-Codec Ver 2 for multi-channel use by mixers/producers of surround music used for surround broadcasting and streaming.

Version 2 of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In is available at the same price as Version 1, $495. A free upgrade is available for Version 1 owners.

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By Barry Rudolph

miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA.