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 or later – 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 10.6.8 and above
  • 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 10.6.8 and above
  • 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 and above (AAX Native)
Cubase
Ableton
Studio One
Logic Pro X 
Plus any host that supports VST, VST3, AU or AAX
Windows
Pro Tools 10.3.8 and above (AAX Native)
Cubase
Ableton
Studio One
Plus any host that supports VST, VST3 or AAX

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.

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."

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