DTS (Digital Theater Systems, Inc.) has introduced a new suite of three pro-audio software encoders for Mac and PC to create DTS soundtracks for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, and 5.1 CD titles. Providing a 96kHz solution for both DVD-A and DVD-V, two of the encoders can also create 6.1-channel discrete DTS soundtracks. Designed for pro-audio facilities, the encoders will be available through the DTS' international distribution network at the end of Q2 2004 (www.dtsonline.com/pro-audio/find/).
DTS is offering two new standalone encoders for both Mac and PC: a 48kHz/5.1 package, and a 48kHz/5.1-channel plus 96kHz/ES encoder package. The 48kHz solution allows engineers to create 5.1-channel soundtracks, and also includes 44.1kHz capability for encoding CDs. The 96kHz/ES package includes all of the capability of the 48kHz encoders, but also adds the ability to create 96kHz or 6.1-channel discrete extended surround DTS soundtracks.
Each of the standalone encoders accepts both Wave and AIFF files, and conducts confidence checks at all points in the encoding process to ensure the bitstream is properly encoded and that it is sample accurate.
The company has also developed the DTS X Encode facility encoder for Apple's Xserve RAID, which can handle up to 99 different mixing engineers on either Mac or PC platforms. This is the first time a DTS codec has used a RAID system to allow multiple users to access and encode information via an Intranet or the Internet, and is the first system to permit encoding a DTS bitstream remotely.