IBC2016: Nugen unveils upgrade for Halo Upmix

Nugen Audio has introduced a ‘significant’ upgrade to Halo Upmix, its plugin for upmixing stereo audio to surround sound, at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

With the newest version, Halo Upmix now enables multichannel-to-multichannel upmixing, delivering new levels of versatility and time savings in the production of surround audio.

Available in Avid AAX, VST, and AU formats, Halo Upmix automates the creation of a stereo-to-surround, downmix-compatible upmix with unique centre-channel management and spatial density controls.

The latest version of the plugin adds a new set of algorithms for upmixing from multichannel audio (LCR, Quad (4.0), 5.0, 5.1, 7.0 and 7.1) to either 5.1, 7.1, or 9.1 (7.1.2). This expanded multichannel support means that Halo Upmix users have an even broader array of options for upmixing, while the upgrade also includes other modifications designed to enhance user operability and finesse the interface customisation process.

Earlier this year, the company introduced a 9.1 option for Halo Upmix that allows the introduction of a vertical dimension into the upmix, generating a 7.1.2 (Dolby Atmos) bed-track-compatible upmix.

"Since its launch at IBC2015, Halo Upmix has received widespread industry acclaim — helping producers tackle a wide range of upmixing tasks easily and intuitively without compromising quality. And at this year’s NAB Show, we became one of the first companies to introduce a 9.1 upmix option," said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, Nugen Audio. "Now, with the new multichannel-to-multichannel features, Halo Upmix offers even greater support for audio professionals in surround production and provides the control and flexibility needed for surround upmixing at the highest level."

The multichannel-to-multichannel upmixing capability will be a free upgrade for existing Halo Upmix customers and is being demonstrated on Nugen’s stand 8.D56 at IBC2016. Halo is priced at $499, and the 9.1 extension is $199.