2008-04-14

Lawo Plugin Server Offers SurCode for Dolby E

Lawo chooses MASI to complete Dolby E Workflow.

In a common development effort, Lawo, Dolby and Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI) announce the new Lawo SurCode for Dolby E Real-Time Decoder plug-in that operates in the new Lawo Plugin Server. A Dolby E Encoder module will follow later this year.

The Lawo SurCode for Dolby E plug-in functions as a VST plug-in that is controlled by a graphical user interface allowing for full control and recall on the fly, completely integrated into the Lawo production environment. The unique real-time integration allows one or more instances of the Dolby E Decoder on the Lawo Plugin Server to be used in combination with existing Dolby E hardware products.

“With the Dolby E Decoder Plugin we break new ground with regard to Dolby decoding. It provides our customers with several decoding processors in one tool. The enormous benefit of the Plugin Server is, of course, its flexible handling. MASI was clearly best choice as a partner for this project” says Felix Krueckels, Product Manager of the mc²-series.

The Lawo Plugin Server is designed as a virtual effects rack and can therefore be operated with as much ease as when using a digital workstation. At the same time Lawo SurCode for Dolby E has been designed for full compatibility and interoperability with Dolby E hardware equipment. Lawo SurCode for Dolby E licenses are stored on an USB License key allowing for additional plug-in instances or moving licenses from one studio to another in the most flexible way.

“Lawo’s Plugin Server is the perfect vehicle for integration of a real-time plug-in based delivery format to the live broadcast engineer. It’s the best of both worlds really,” says John Schur, President of MASI.

Lawo SurCode for Dolby E Real-Time Decoder retails for 2.850 EUR and is available from Lawo, through Minnetonka’s international network of pro audio resellers, and online at www.minnetonkaaudio.com.

SurCode is trademark of Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc.

About Minnetonka Audio Software (MASI):
Minnetonka Audio Software is a company of musicians and engineers with a passion for music and quality.  From SurCode™ surround encoders to the discWelder™ family of DVD-Audio authoring tools, our products are in use by top professionals around the world for video, broadcast, games, and CD/DVD production. Supported codecs include Dolby® Digital, Dolby Pro Logic™ II, DTS™, and MLP™ formats.

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For more than four decades, Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.