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We spend our professional lives making mixes sound as good as they can – and then hand them on for encoding and distribution. Later we often wish we could have made some improvements. 

What if there was a way to audition and compare up to five audio codecs in real time? Enter the Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In. 

Its intuitive display helps you quickly focus on key issues such as codec effect on frequencies, audible artefacts and codec-induced overloads. Optimize your mix for specific formats, such as AAC or mp3, before encoding it using the Plug-In or the separate Manager application for background batch processing.

FEATURES

  • Real time auditioning & encoding with glitchless switching 
  • Supported Codecs: 

- mp3, Apple AAC iTunes+ (Mac only) AAC-LC, HE-AAC

- MPEG Surround, AAC-LC & HE-AAC multichannel, HD-AAC 

  • Select up to 5 codecs for simultaneous real-time encode 
  • Batch processing using dedicated Manager application
  • Comprehensive metadata editing
  • ABX mode for blind statistical testing
  • DIFF monitoring; listen to effect of codec on input signal

COMPATIBILITY

AAX Naitve
RTAS
Audio Units
VST

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 10.3.8, 11.3.2, 12.4 – AAX Native
Pro Tools 9, 10 – RTAS
Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration: www.avid.com 
Legacy RTAS support for OS X 10.6.8 – 10.8.5  & Windows XP: Pro-Codec Manager not included
iLok USB device with latest drivers
iLok2 required for AAX plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager

 

Audio Units

Audio Units-compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc.)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 – 10.11
Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.6.8 – 10.8.5: Pro-Codec Manager not included
iLok USB device with latest drivers
iLok2 required for 64-bit plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager

 

VST2

VST2-compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia etc.)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 – 10.11
Windows 7 or later
Legacy 32-bit support for OS X 10.5.8 – 10.6.8 & Windows XP: Pro-Codec Manager not included
iLok USB device with latest drivers
iLok2 required for 64-bit plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager

 

MacWindows
Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
Pro Tools 9 – 10 (RTAS)Pro Tools 9 – 10 (RTAS)
Logic Pro X 10.2Nuendo
Logic 8 & 9Cubase
Digital PerformerAbleton
NuendoSamplitude
CubaseSequoia
AbletonPyramix
Studio 1Studio 1

The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec is compatible with the following hardware DSP accelerator or consoles:

Pro Tools AAX DSP-
Pro Tools TDM-
Avid Venue-
Avid S3L-
Avid S6L-
Universal Audio UAD *
Sold and supported by Universal Audio Inc. (www.uaudio.com)
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CodecMode44.1 kHZ48 kHz88.2 kHZ96 kHZ
MP3CBR max/min13849/734513849/734526978/1469026978/14690
 VBR37041391277408278254
AC-LCCBR/VBR3648364861446144
HE-AACCBR max/min7398/73007398/73007296/36487296/3648
 VBR730073001460014604
HE-AAC v2CBR/VBR915391531830618306
HD-AACn/a4096409661446144
AACVBR512081921228812288
NATIVE44.1 – 48 kHz: HDX44.1 – 48 kHz:- TDM44.1 – 48 kHz:-
 88.2 – 96 kHz:  88.2 – 96 kHz:-  88.2 – 96 kHz:-
 176.4 – 192 kHz:  176.4 – 192 kHz:-  176.4 – 192 kHz:-

COMPARE PRO-CODEC vs CODEC TOOLBOX

 Pro-CodecCodec Toolbox
Real-time Codec auditioning
Encode to mp3 or AAC formats
Decode to WAV or AIFF
High quality codecs from Fraunhofer
High quality iTunes+ codec from Apple
Encode audio with samples rates up to 192kHz
Encode audio only at 32, 44.1 and 48kHz
Full resolution encoding of 16, 24 and 32-bit files
16-bit resolution encoding of 16, 24 and 32-bit files
Listen to difference between input and codec output
Visual frequency feedback from FFT
Detailed NMR frequency indicator
Ability to select up to 5 codecs for simultaneous comparison
Encode to 5 different formats simultaneously
ABX Test mode
Trim levels manually
Compression ratio meters
Online / realtime encoding with a DAW
Variable quality settings
Metadata editing
Batch processing

REVIEWS

"Once you've used Pro-Codec you won't hear compressed audio the same way ever again."

"Once you've used Pro-Codec you won't hear compressed audio the same way ever again."

"...one of the most useable plug-ins for mastering and mix engineers on sale today."