Kind of Loud Technologies, a Universal Audio Company, announced today that it has released SmartCode Pro, a Dolby Digital software surround encoder program for Pro Tools AudioSuite platforms.

Software-based encoders offer an efficient and cost-effective alternative to hardware encoders. SmartCode Pro will allow Pro Tools users to create DVDs or reference CDs directly from their 5.1 mixes created with the new Pro Tools 5.1 software. SmartCode Pro is complemented by Kind of Loud’s surround production tools including RealVerb 5.1, the first surround reverb, Tweetie, a monitoring and calibration plug-in and Woofie, a plug-in for bass management.

“With the rapid advances in DVD authoring, Dolby is pleased to introduce Dolby Digital Surround encoding to the DAW market.” said Nancy Byers-Teague, Marketing Manager, Professional Audio Products, Dolby Laboratories. “Universal Audio has been pioneer in providing surround tools to the professional music and post arenas and Dolby is proud to work with them on Smartcode Pro.”

“This is the first and only 5.1 software encoding option for Pro Tools users,” said Paul Rice, President. “Even before Pro Tools was surround-capable, there has been tremendous demand for this product. It really simplifies the the encoding process, which allows our customers to better serve their clients.”

SmartCode Pro/Dolby Digital is available from Kind of Loud and its authorized dealers and distributors for a suggested list price of US $995.

Based in Santa Cruz, California, Universal Audio is well known for its vintage analog reproductions. With the recent acquisition of Kind of Loud Technologies, the company is focused on merging the best of analog and digital technology. The company is devoted to this endeavor, following its motto, “Analog Ears, Digital Minds.”

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