SoundField releases software version of its UPM-1 processor
The manufacturer is the latest software version of its UPM-1 stereo-to-5.1 upmix processor, which was originally released in hardware form at IBC 2008.
Whilst the hardware UPM-1 is aimed at live broadcast applications, the new plug-in version is designed for post-production workflows. It is available in VST (PC and Mac), RTAS (PC and Mac) and Mac-only AU formats and is aimed at high-definition broadcasters who need to ensure that all of their material is transmitted in fold-down-compatible 5.1 surround, including archive stereo material, effects and jingles.
The UPM-1 plug-in uses an algorithm which analyses the stereo input material and separates ambient sounds from the direct sounds – or what might broadly be referred to as the ‘distant’ and ‘close-miked’ sounds. As with the original hardware unit, the plug-in allows detailed adjustment of the relative levels of direct sound and front and rear ambient sound in the final 5.1 mix, with continuous software rotary controls for width and centre channel divergence. Level, mute and solo controls are also provided for each channel.