Mol, Belgium – January 8th, 2021 – AURO Technologies today announced the release of the AURO-3D Creative Tools Suite 3.0. The latest version of the Creative Tools Suite not only provides a whole host of new features, it is now simpler than ever to access all the main features of the Creative Tools Suite and start working in AURO-3D. Through the new AURO-3D web-shop and new licensing plan the main features of the tools suite, enabling the creation of immersive content are now available for free.
The AURO-3D Creative Tools Suite provides audio professionals with a complete set of plug-ins for the creation and authoring of immersive and interactive content in the AURO-3D formats in parallel to legacy format mixes. Each plug-in in the suite provides a distinct functionality, designed to optimally integrate into any existing content-creation workflow for movies, music and broadcast applications. The Creative Tools Suite 3.0 delivers a variety of new features all designed with the audio professional in mind with a focus on intuitive and efficient solutions to a variety of content creation requirements.
“With this new update of our Creative Tools Suite, we have added very powerful functions that will bring the creation of Next Generation Audio within reach of many engineers that previously were not able to mix immersive or interactive content. Making the most of this functionality available for free will now bring our Tools Suite also in reach of many students and aspiring musicians who can now experiment with the amazing possibilities of immersive sound in AURO-3D. We are very excited to see and hear what audio engineers, musicians and producers will create with the newest version of the AURO-3D Tools Suite and hope we can help them in releasing new and great AURO-3D content in the near future. In the meantime, we keep the focus on further improving the workflow, with many exciting announcements to come in the near future.”
New features include the all new and patent pending AURO rendering algorithms with room-centric panning, ensuring all mixes are translated as the creator intended from playback in the studio, to cinema, home systems and mobile devices. Support for channel and object-based audio with dynamic objects for Immersive mixes is now offered, with dialog enhancement through interactive gains as well as support for multiple languages, auxiliary tracks, commentary tracks and much more in a single audio stream.
To provide users improved efficiency and simplified workflows the new monitoring function makes it possible to switch between different versions of the mix on the same monitoring setup, a feature totally unique to the Creative Tools Suite. Correct mix profile selection ensures compatibility with the supported features and limitations of the target deliverable. Support for loudness measurement is also offered ensuring users derived down-mixes and interactive programmes comply with EBU R128 guidelines.
New output options are delivered with the Auro-Return plugin, new exports enabled as well as new quality control features with import and playback of SMPTE IAB and ADM files, all this plus the availability of the highly acclaimed Auro-Matic Pro plug-ins as part of the suite delivers audio professionals the ultimate in functionality and convenience for the creation of Immersive and interactive content.
The new licensing model has been thoughtfully developed to deliver users the ultimate in simplicity and convenience, offering a variety of options to suit all. It is possible to export a mix with any of four individual licenses available and for those industry specific requirements, four content creation bundles are delivered in the form of CTS for Music, Cinema, Movies and Broadcast. Existing users are offered an exclusive upgrade package instantly available on the new AURO-3D web-shop. This also means that all new updates going forward will now be available automatically to ensure users always have the latest and greatest tools at the click of a button.
AURO-3D Creative Tools Suite 3.0 is available now at buy.auro-3d.com.
Existing users are eligible for very appealing upgrade options and a special 10th Anniversary discount offer of 25% is available on AURO-3D CTS for Music bundle.
On Wednesday 28th October, AURO Technologies in conjunction with WOWOW conducted an Advanced Audio Distribution Experiment from Hakuju Hall in Tomigaya with great success. This was the world’s first attempt to hold a piano and drum duo concert by Mayo Nakano and Takanobu Baba, and to live-stream the video and sound using the AURO-3D high-quality immersive audio coding technology AURO-Codec.
This event is another milestone AURO-3D can add to its impressive list of “first-ever” achievements, it is also another milestone in the history of the audio industry. The world famous Japanese journalist Reiji Asakura wrote in Yahoo Japan; “This experiment is groundbreaking in that it can capture a place and bring the concert hall itself into the home, and I think it is a revolution in the way Edison’s ‘Mary’s Sheep’ was recorded on a gramophone”.
With more than 1 million homes already with AURO-3D compatible receivers by more than 60 different AV Receiver models in the market means there is no need for any software or hardware upgrade, this solution is backwards compatible with even the first-ever AV Receivers sold with AURO-3D. Due to updated regulations around the Covid-19 outbreak, measures were taken meaning attendance was by invite only with very limited numbers possible.
The recording and mixing carried out by renowned Japanese sound engineer and executive creator at WOWOW, Hideo Irimajiri brought the whole experience together receiving incredibly positive feedback from those who experienced the live concert in the hall as well as the playback in the foyer that provided such a “remarkably natural immersive sound experience”. Reiji Asakura wrote in the Japanese magazine Stereo Sound ONLINE: “I experienced the sound of streaming in the foyer before I heard the live performance in the hall, and I could feel the softly enveloping sound field, the sharp piano sound and the powerful drum bass. It felt as if I was in the hall. The Hakuju Hall has a very high ceiling, and the sound can spread unhindered, but I could even perceive this “height” in the playback”.
Kimio Hamasaki Director Business Affairs and Business Development Japan; Standardisation Officer said of the event “I remember the launch of AURO-3D at the AES Spatial Conference that I organized in October 2010 in Tokyo, it is amazing that 10 years later, this natural immersive experience and its audio quality can now be streamed over IP to everyone, even if they don’t have an AURO-3D setup because then the 5.1 or Stereo version will be heard in the way it was intended by the creators. Wilfried presented his ideas of AURO-3D in my workshop ‘Surround Sound with Height’ at AES Paris and San Francisco Conventions in 2006 and he introduced the end-to-end solution of Immersive Sound by AURO-3D at the AES 40th International Conference on Spatial Audio in 2010 chaired by myself.”
Belgium March 20, 2019 – The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), have both requested accelerated development of 4K UHD and 3D audio related standards and to integrate the newest technology into the existing broadcast system. Auro Technologies participated in the standardisation process and key elements of the Auro-3D format and technology suite have been selected to become part of the upcoming Chinese 3D Audio Standard (C3DA), driving the immersive and interactive experience for the broadcast world.
Auro Technologies introduced “Immersive Sound” and revolutionised the audio industry with the Auro-3D Format, after its inventor Wilfried Van Baelen presented its 3D speaker layouts in 2006 at the AES convention. These speaker layouts (Auro 9.1 up to Auro 13.1) were adopted by various standards such as ITU-R BS.2051, which is also used by the new Chinese 3D Audio Standard. Although the naming uses a different numbering system, Auro 9.1, or 5.1.4 (5.1 + 4 Height speakers), it still remains the most efficient speaker layout to reproduce a 3D sound field whilst maintaining backwards compatibility with 5.1 Surround.
Yves Trélohan, Key Managers and Saffelberg Investments have purchased Auro Technologies’ Home Entertainment and Luxury Audio Product Division. This encompasses the StormAudio hardware brand, its intellectual properties, infrastructure and inventory, all now hosted in a dedicated new company, Immersive Audio Technologies Group. The move allows Auro to focus unencumberedly on its long-term vision of innovation and software for connected, immersive and interactive audio and entertainment. It also grants StormAudio complete autonomy in all aspects of brand management as it gains momentum in the CEDIA channel worldwide.
Mol, Belgium – December 4 , 2017 – This month, StormAudio, the high-end immersive hardware brand owned by Auro Technologies, has been purchased by Immersive Audio Technologies Group in a Management Buyout. Yves Trélohan has organized the Management Buyout with the support of Saffelberg Investments. Trélohan has served as Auro Technologies’ Home Entertainment and Luxury Audio Product Division (StormAudio) Senior Vice President since the company first acquired the brand from Digital Media Solutions in 2015, a company he was Chief Executive Officer of at the time.
Tokyo, Japan – November 15, 2017 – ResoNetz Airfolc Inc., a Japanese specialist for media network solutions, today announced that it will incorporate industry-leading Auro-3D® audio standards into its hardware products through a new partnership with Auro Technologies, the Belgium-based leading immersive audio technology company.
Auro-3D available out-of box in Denon® and Marantz® AV receivers.
VISTA, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2017)—Today at CEDIA 2017, taking place from September 5-9 in San Diego,
Auro Technologies’ Immersive Sound Format Debuts in VR Gaming with CCP Games’ Launch of Sparc for PlayStationVR
Auro-3D Enhances Player Experience, Offers the Sensation of “Being There”
Mol, Belgium – August 29, 2017 – Auro Technologies, a Belgium-based immersive audio technology company, today announced that its Auro-3D® Immersive Sound format will be available natively in Sparc™ for PlayStation®VR, a unique full-body virtual sport game developed by CCP Games.
Abbey Road Institute’s Sonic City Studios and Auro Technologies Partner to Offer Immersive Sound Mixing for Music Producers
Amsterdam, Netherlands: – 2017 – Auro Technologies, a Belgium-based immersive audio technology company, today announced a partnership with Sonic City Studios to upgrade its current facilities in Holland, becoming a certified Auro-3D® audio post production music studio.
Amsterdam-based Sonic City Studios recently opened its facilities as part of the famous Abbey Road Institute’s European campus expansion, and is offering music producers the opportunity to mix in full immersive sound by implementing an Auro-3D® PMC sound system.
Vienna Symphonic Library’s All-New Multi Audio Format Percussion Library
Vienna, April 26, 2017 – Vienna Symphonic Library ushers in a new era with an innovative library of orchestral percussion instruments: Synchron Percussion I was recorded at the company’s newly revitalized scoring stage, Synchron Stage Vienna. 16 masterfully played percussion instruments were captured in every nuanced detail with an expansive, phase-controlled multi-microphone set-up, making it the first sample library ever that provides several available microphone positions and flexible routing options to create stereo, surround and Auro 3D mixes. The instruments stand out with their huge dynamic range and liveliness, providing up to 16 velocities and 8 variants of each hit. Synchron Percussion I is currently available at a reduced introductory price through May 31, 2017.
David Miles Huber Releases New Album, GAMmA, in Immersive Sound with Auro-3D®
Grammy-Nominated Producer’s Latest Release in 3D Audio Gives Fans an Immersive Electronic Music Experience
Mol, Belgium (May 19, 2017) – Today, electronic dance and downtempo music composer David Miles Huber released a brand new album, GAMmA, natively mixed in the Auro-3D immersive sound format created by Auro Technologies. The album, produced and released through the Auro-3D® Creative Label, supplies hi-resolution, multi-channel mix versions including Stereo: The Berlin Remixes, Stereo: The Chill Mixes, 5.1 Surround Version: The Berlin Remixes and 9.1 Auro-3D®: The Original Mixes, which offers a true three-dimensional immersive listening experience.