Spatial Sound Capability for Pyramix 10

Merging Technologies will use IBC 2015 to not only launch the latest version of its non-linear recording, mixing and editing system but also announce major changes to the software it uses and how it is priced. Pyramix 10 builds on the mixer arrangement and recording/post functionality of the previous version with support for all leading spatial sound formats, plus a new surround panner.

The addition of 3D panning to Merging's Pyramix digital audio workstation was prompted by comments from users of the system and is aimed at both film and video post-production, where immersive sound is beginning to become an important consideration.

To accommodate this additional processing Pyramix 10 incorporates higher power and 64-bit working. The DAW is now able to deal with loudspeaker layouts from mono to the NHK 22.2 format for 4 and 8k, with room for further expansion above that. Among the spatial systems that can now operate within Pyramix are: Auro 3D in 9.1, 11.1 and 13.1 configurations, Dolby Atmos, supporting bus routing for both the 9.1 channels and associated objects, and DTS Neo: X as well as NHK 22.2.

After setting up the bus for the appropriate immersive system, operators are able to use the Strip Panner to place sounds anywhere in the sound picture. X/Y/Z positional data for where the different audio elements appear is transferred to each bus, with simultaneous control of panning to any number of buses at the same time.

As well as the 3D capability the range of plug-ins for different processing functions has been expanded to work with the 64-bit VS3 and VST capability. Included amongst these is the CEDAR for Pyramix 64 noise reduction tool. This features new CEDAR algorithms and user interfaces but it has been designed to still be familiar to long-time users of the system.

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