Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dolby Showcases Advanced Audio Tools at the 2006 AES Convention

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Complete Dolby Media Producer Suite Shipping by End of October with All Components, Including Dolby Media Encoder, Dolby Media Decoder, and Dolby Media Tools

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 04, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced that it will showcase its advanced audio products and technologies at the Audio Engineering Society's 121st Convention, October 5-8, at San Francisco's Moscone Center (booth 602). The company will demonstrate its products for mastering audio files for DVD and high-definition disc media, for production and delivery of surround sound programs destined for digital or analog television and radio broadcast, and for audibly superior live sound reinforcement.

"Our products have always been aimed at making it easier for audio professionals to create and deliver the highest quality for their customers," said Tim Partridge, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Professional Division, Dolby Laboratories. "This year at AES we'll be demonstrating some exciting new tools that continue to raise the bar for performance and convenience in many segments of the industry, including broadcast, packaged media, and live sound."

Dolby also announced today that by end of October it will be shipping for the first time all three components of its highly anticipated Dolby(R) Media Producer suite, including Dolby Media Encoder, Dolby Media Decoder, and Dolby Media Tools. The Dolby Media Producer suite provides a powerful and convenient software solution for mastering audio files for DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc media, and utilizes a client-server model to improve the work flow of postproduction facilities.

Dolby Media Producer

A suite of professional audio mastering tools, Dolby Media Producer consists of three separate Mac OS(R) X applications, available individually or as a complete package. Dolby Media Encoder offers comprehensive encoding and job control capabilities in a client-server environment, while Dolby Media Decoder provides reference decoding functions, including all Dolby decoding and listening modes. In addition, Dolby Media Tools offers bitstream and metadata editing features to save costly reencoding of previously encoded audio files. The Dolby Media Producer suite supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and MLP Lossless(TM), for the new HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats as well as DVD-Video and DVD-Audio formats.

Dolby Lake Processor

The Dolby Lake(R) Processor, the first live-sound product released by Dolby, which acquired Lake Technology in 2004, enables sound engineers to improve the quality of sound management while saving time in the setup and handling of loudspeaker systems. The processor provides better control and flexibility of complex speaker systems throughout setup and during events, improving the sound of the system so audiences have a better experience. Additionally, the software application provides centralized control for a network of hardware processors. Based on Lake's trusted sound reinforcement technologies, the new system includes an easy-to-use interface for real-time management, an advanced loudspeaker processing system, and unique Iso-Float(TM) ground isolation technology.

New to the AES Convention will be the KIT 989 CobraNet(tm) module upgrade option, which adds up to 16 bi-directional channels of industry standard CobraNet(tm) digital audio transport to the Dolby Lake Processor. Orders are now being taken for delivery in November.

Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer

Making its AES debut, the Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer is an innovative and flexible product that offers the world's first intelligent file-based audio loudness analysis and correction system. Compatible with many of the most common broadcast media file formats in use today, the DP600 expands upon the technology developed for the award-winning Dolby LM100 Broadcast Loudness Meter with Dialogue Intelligence(TM). Terrestrial, cable, and satellite broadcasters now have the ability to automatically normalize the loudness of all of their file-based programming and commercials without affecting the original dynamic range. Programs can be normalized by either adjusting metadata values or scaling the audio signal itself to a target loudness level. The system also offers the option of faster-than-real-time, file-based encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E content, as well as efficient transcoding between the coding formats.

To learn more about Dolby's AES activities, products, technologies, and sponsored convention events, please visit www.dolby.com/events/AES2006.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For 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. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

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