At the 2016 NAB Show, NUGEN Audio will launch a new 9.1 option for the company’s
acclaimed Halo Upmix plug-in. Building on the ground-breaking algorithms that
established Halo Upmix as a leading stereo upmix solution, NUGEN Audio will be
among the first companies to introduce a 9.1 upmix option, which includes overhead
positioning and generates a 7.1.2 (Dolby Atmos®) bed track-compatible upmix.

With this new extension, sound designers and post-production engineers can bring
existing stereo content more easily into the breath-taking realism of a full Dolby
Atmos mix. Dolby Atmos allows content creators to design mixes that will transport
listeners with audio that moves all around them, including overhead. With an
expanded and detailed visual interface, overhead positioning will be clear and

This expansion to the capability of Halo Upmix is a timely introduction, as Dolby
Atmos is now increasingly being integrated into cinemas, home theatre systems,
mobile devices, and UHD movie title releases. NUGEN Audio has worked closely
with Dolby to ensure that this new 9.1 upmix solution serves to enhance surround
post-production workflows worldwide.

“We have worked closely with the entertainment industry to develop an ecosystem
of tools and workflows that meet the needs of sound mixers and editors, and we
are delighted to see NUGEN Audio embrace Dolby Atmos in their award winning
upmix plug-in,” said Curt Behlmer, senior vice president, content solutions and
industry relations, Dolby Laboratories. “This functionality showcases industry and
consumer demand for next-generation audio experiences, and makes it easier for
creative professionals to produce Dolby Atmos experiences for consumers around
the world.”

The Halo Upmix 9.1 option builds on several key NUGEN Audio technologies, which
are based on frequency-domain and time-domain energy distribution and neural
network artificial intelligence. Producers can target various upmix goals including
full stable surrounds, exact downmix matching, or full dialog isolation. In addition to
stem and group upmixing, producers can use Halo Upmix’s center channel control
and management to fine-tune a surround mix and to create intricate mixes when
there is no access to the original stems. The solution’s detailed centre channel
control includes NUGEN Audio’s proprietary neural network-based dialog extraction,
which can be applied in all upmix cases, from stereo to 5.1/7.1 and 9.1. The 9.1
extension adds an overhead positioning element using a similar highly visual
interface to that which established Halo Upmix as a popular solution among post

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