IBC2016: Merging and bcom partner up for Pyramix update

Merging Technologies will use IBC2016 to present the latest version of its Pyramix digital audio workstation, which now features audio spatialisation plugins from b<>com, the French Institute of Research and Technology that offers professional solutions capable of working with the High Order Ambisonics format.

In order to facilitate the adoption of ambisonic technology, the teams at b<>com have developed a software suite that can be incorporated into post-production workstations. This suite will allow content creators to position sources in a sound environment and apply spatial processing to them (rotation, focusing, masking). These audio plugins carry out most of the processing, from capture to output on speakers or headsets (binaural).

According to Merging, the benefits of the Pyramix workstation include:

• Mixers and plugins integrated with immersive 3D Panner up to 30.2 with monitoring
• Simple and accurate editing of sound and video clips
• Simultaneous rendering in different formats
• Usable locally and/or on a network

And the strengths of b<>com plugins are:

• Audio source virtualisation in High Order Ambisonics format
• Easy to use
• Binaural reference rendering for production and post-production of content in HOA format
• Virtual Studio Technology Interoperability

"This software suite fits perfectly into the tools we want to make available for producing immersive soundtracks. It was also developed in collaboration with French users of Pyramix , particularly regarding the 3D panner," said Maurice Engler, project and regional manager at Merging Technologies. "Our studio customers appreciate having an easy way to work with this exciting new audio format on their professional tools."

Jean-Yves Aubié, manager of the Advanced Media Coding lab at b<>com, added: "The production of audio content in ambisonic format is a major challenge in the development of immersive content, particularly in virtual reality and 360 video. With this software suite, we offer an effective, professional-grade solution that can be fully integrated into most audio post-production workstations on the market."