New Audio Technology has announced that the Spatial Audio Designer V2 (SAD V2) with MPEG-H support update has been released for MacOS and Windows. Customers can upgrade for free.
The new SAD V2 supports the creation, authoring, monitoring and export of MPEG-H masters. The new SAD V2 can be inserted as a plug-in in any digital audio workstation (DAW) and offers a complete MPEG-H workflow for any audio or music producer.
Tom Ammermann, general manager of New Audio Technology and Grammy nominee for 'Best Surround Sound Album' 2018 with Kraftwerk 3D – The Catalog said: "It was a real challenge. We had to change the SAD structure basically to integrate the MPEG-H real-time workflow. It should run just out of the standard immersive audio workflow. We wanted to prevent long learning processes because the focus should be to create MPEG-H content intuitively. This development was supported by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS pretty well whose real-time processing engine we implemented in the SAD. So, we're pretty certain, the SAD will stay the market leading tool to create immersive audio in the professional domain."
MPEG-H is a next-generation audio standard. It supports different sources including objects, multichannel mixes and ambisonics masters. Additionally, MPEG-H supports the usage of metadata that consumers at home can use to create an individual mix from the MPEG-H stream.
Currently SAD supports the MPEG-H standard as defined in ATSC 3.0 and DVB. For the transport within the studio environment the SAD creates a format which can transport the audio tracks together with the metadata over the sixteen audio channels of the SDI infrastructure used worldwide in broadcast.