Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix Launched at IBC

Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix, launched at IBC, is designed for upmixing stereo audio to 5.1/7.1 in TV and film productions.

Available in Avid AAX, VST and AU formats, Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix automates the creation of a stereo-to-5.1/7.1 downmix-compatible upmix with center channel management and spatial density controls.

Halo Upmix provides a new solution for upmixing stereo audio to surround 5.1 or 7.1 — an increasingly crucial requirement throughout the film and television production environment and in the gaming industry. When there is no access to the original multitrack recording, performing a quality stereo-to-surround conversion can be a complex and difficult challenge.

This is particularly true when downmix compatibility is critical. For instance, when consumer set-top boxes play out stereo downmixed from broadcast 5.1.

"Halo Upmix fills an important role in TV and film production," said Jon Schorah, creative director, Nugen Audio. "It's a radical new approach to upmixing that not only provides the assurance of downmix compatibility needed for TV surround production, but also delivers enough creative malleability to satisfy film audio professionals."

Combining technologies including frequency- and time-domain energy distribution and neural network artificial intelligence, Halo Upmix is designed to target various upmix goals including full stable surrounds, downmix matching and/or full dialog isolation.

In addition to stem and group upmixing, Halo Upmix's center channel control and management are provided to help fine-tune a surround mix and to create intricate mixes when there is no access to the original stems. The solution's center channel control includes Nugen Audio's proprietary neural network-based dialog extraction.

Halo Upmix is now available directly from Nugen Audio and through resellers at an estimated retail price of $499. A special introductory price of $449 will be available until Oct. 31.

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