LasVegasProAudio, the direct-sell division of TransAudio Group, is now shipping SoundField’s Surround Zone plug-in for Digidesign’s Pro Tools software on both Mac and PC platforms (pictured).
The Surround Zone brings all the control and innovation of SoundField’s surround and stereo processing to the digital domain. Combining hardware features of both the SP451 surround processor and the MKV System, The Surround Zone is designed to accept the B-Format information generated by any of the current SoundField microphone models.
A full surround recording can be captured using a single SoundField microphone incorporating a patented multicapsule array. Because the microphone captures the sound at a single point, all channels are completely phase coherent. This enables surround mixes to be collapsed back to stereo or mono without the loss of any vital audio information. Each microphone system outputs SoundField B-Format, which is a three-dimensional snapshot of any acoustic event.
Once the SoundField B-Format is in the Digidesign environment the plug-in enables the user to generate various surround mic-arrays with variable polar patterns. The Surround Zone provides a choice of three separate 5.1 arrays, individual 6.1 and 7.1 arrays, independently variable width of both the front and rear pairs, phase coherent LFE and individual level controls with mute and solo all with bar graph metering. The software also provides additional control over the sound such as Rotate (360 degree horizontal rotation), Tilt (adjust the microphone pick-up angle by plus or minus 45 degrees in the vertical plane) and Zoom –(focus in on sound sources). The Surround Zone can output mono, stereo, M/S, 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1.
In addition to the surround capabilities also provided are simultaneous stereo outputs. The stereo page features fully variable graphically displayed polar patterns, variable stereo width, variable highpass filter from 20Hz up to 250Hz and mid/side encoded output.
Both the Surround Zone software and SoundField Microphones can be purchased directly from LasVegasProAudio. Direct purchase price of the Surround Zone software is $975; the price for both the software and SoundField SPS422B microphone is $5,650.