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Surround Zone Plug-In Comes to Pro Tools


September 27, 2004

SoundField has announced the new Surround Zone plug-in for
Digidesign's Pro Tools software on both Mac and PC platforms.

The Surround Zone brings all the control of SoundField's surround and stereo
processing to the digital domain. It combines the hardware features of both
the SP451 surround processor and the MKV System and is designed to accept the
B-Format information generated by any of the current SoundField microphone

A full surround recording can be captured using a single SoundField microphone
incorporating a patented multi-capsule array. Because the microphone captures
the sound at a 'single point', as opposed to multiple spaced microphones, all
channels are phase coherent. This enables surround mixes to be collapsed back
to stereo or mono without the loss of vital audio information. Each microphone
system outputs SoundField B-Format, which is a three-dimensional snapshot of
any acoustic event.

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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. Specifically 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 bargraph 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 – zoom 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 high-pass filter from 20Hz up to
250Hz, and mid/side encoded output.

Both the Surround Zone software and SoundField Microphones can be purchased
directly from Direct purchase
price of the Surround Zone software is $850.00 and combination price of the
software and SoundField SPS422B microphone is $5,200.00

MSRP: Surround Zone for Pro Tools: $1,062.50 If purchased with the SoundField
SPS422B microphone: $6,500.00

For more information, visit their web site at

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