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FAIRLIGHT GOES 3D - AudioTechnology

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April 16, 2013

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DTS (originally Digital Theater Systems) and Fairlight have collaboratively announced the release of Fairlight’s new 3DAW, a 3D audio production platform with native MDA mixing and format support. The first of its kind, Fairlight’s 3DAW enables sound designers to truly mix object-based audio in unrestricted 3D space, monitor on any configuration, and output in DTS’ proposed future specification—MDA. Additionally, Fairlight’s 3DAW will feature the ability to mix soundtracks for DTS Neo:X, a channel-based audio solution designed to support up to an 11.1 speaker system (yes, 11.1). The MDA specification is currently being proposed to international standardisation committees as an alternative to today’s closed proprietary solutions. MDA allows every sound element of a soundtrack to be mapped in 3D space, storing all of the spatial and behavioral information of each sound element as metadata. Mixing audio with MDA as opposed to other surround sound platforms allows a soundtrack to maintain the exact spatial characteristics of the audio as intended by the mixer. The new Fairlight 3DAW is available as a turnkey solution based on Fairlight’s Crystal Core Media processor and software.

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fairlight www.fairlight.com.au

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