Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

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Audition codecs in real-time

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 plugin. 

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 plugin or the separate manager application for background batch processing.

Fraunhofer pro codec plugin gui
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
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SPECIFICATIONS
  This plug-in offers 2 activations for each product licence you own.
  All licences must be kept on the same iLok account, and each activation will allow you to authorise your Plug-In using the following methods:
 
  • iLok USB device. iLok2 / iLok3 required with latest drivers
  For more information about these choices please click here.
   

 

 

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 / iLok3 required for AAX plug-ins & Pro-Codec Manager
 
Audio Units
  • Audio Units-compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc.)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later (for 10.15 Catalina compatibility click here)
  • 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 / iLok3 required for 64-bit plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager
 
VST2
  • VST2 compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia etc.)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later (for 10.15 Catalina compatibility click here)
  • 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 / iLok3 required for 64-bit plug-in & Pro-Codec Manager
Mac
Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
Pro Tools 9 – 10 (RTAS)
Logic Pro X 10.2
Logic 8 & 9
Digital Performer
Nuendo
Cubase
Ableton
Studio 1
Windows
Pro Tools 10.3.8 – 12 (AAX Native)
Pro Tools 9 – 10 (RTAS)
Nuendo
Cubase
Ableton
Samplitude
Sequoia
Pyramix
Studio 1

The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec does not support Avid’s TDM/HDX hardware DSP platform. This includes Venue, S3L and S6L systems.

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
NATIVE
44.1 – 48 kHz:
88.2 – 96 kHz:
176.4 – 192 kHz:
BUNDLES

The Fraunhofer Pro-Codec is also available in the following money-saving bundles.

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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