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From naturally extracted and expanded soundscapes to full cinematic big-stage enhancement, Halo upmix delivers with intuitive ease, all the control you need to fine-tune your surround mix to perfection. With unique centre channel management, including switchable dialog extraction, Halo is perfect for all types of production from archive restoration and TV through to the full 7.1 Feature Film experience.
"From the get go, Nugen Halo provides fast easy and clear up mixing on all my fx, bg and mx stems that need that surround push. The interface is elegant and the presets make even the most novice user feel at ease"
William Storkson | AudioSFX
Powerful real-time analysis of the original stereo material identifies and extracts locational cues, to naturally extend the panorama - without the introduction of any artificial reverberation, chorusing or delay into the downmix - leaving the inherent character of the original source intact.
Because Halo generates a coherent spatial sound, you can be assured of a high-quality downmix. The 'exact' mode function ensures ultimate downmix performance where, as in TV re-purposing for instance, maintaining the relationship between the original, upmixed and downmixed versions is imperative.
For those situations that require an immersive cinematic dynamic, full control is available of all the relative surround balances, allowing any surround upmix to be crafted for a perfect blend into the complete 7.1 panorama.
Detailed Centre Channel Control
Centre channel extraction and control is provided for in a separate 'advanced' panel for use when dealing with intricate mixes, where no access to the original stems is available, offering unparalleled control - including neural network based dialogue extraction.
Powerful Spatial Analysis
Halo also includes a powerful spatial analysis view, intuitively showing the energy distribution of the upmixed panorama. Colour can additionally be used to indicate the speaker source for audio in any position, clearly indicating cases including phantom vs hard centre predominance etc.
Phantom Centre LF Centre Divergence Hard Centre
9.1 Optional Extension (7.1.2 Dolby Atmos® bed track-compatible upmix)
- Stem and group upmixing
- 7.1 cinematic sound stage enhancement
- TV stereo to surround upmixing with hard centre
- Re-purposing of original stereo for cinematic release
- TV archive enhancement for 5.1 broadcast
- Natural extension of original stereo panoramas and atmospheres
- Upmix to Dolby Atmos compatible 7.1.2 bed tack (9.1 extension required)
Cross platform/Multiple format
Halo Upmix is available in VST, AU and AAX formats & requires a surround-compatible plug-in host (5.1/7.1).
Gary Zacuto | Shoreline Studios
"HALO was used in two recent game cinematics - Fallen Empire received 'Best Trailer' award at E3 in Los Angeles, and Dishonored was 2nd. Both trailers were mixed with Halo as our upmixer. "
Audio Media International | Simon Allen
"NUGEN Audio has released a very professional product with Halo right from the onset... It was quite astonishing how extreme the surround image could be; yet the downmix was almost identical to the original."
Mike Aiton | Mikerophonics
"I used NUGEN's up mixer in the latest Harrods cinema commercial mix. NUGEN's unique amount of control with its focus, divergence & front/back fade gave me the ability to dig in and control the problems to get the best result. Happy ears indeed! I also used the NUGEN upmixer to create a better surround fx mix. Simple but powerful. A new go to plugin! "
Alan Sallabank | 8dB Sound
"By being able to ride these parameters in such an intuitive fashion, with the display giving me reassuring visual feedback, Nugen Halo gives unprecedented levels of control in my opinion. Nothing else on the market is as intuitive, easy to understand, and folddown safe."
Stereo to 5.1 & 7.1 upmix
Including: LCR, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 & 7.1
Stereo to 9.1 Extension
7.1.2 (L, C, R, Ls, Rs, Lsr, Rsr, Ltm, Rtm, LFE)
Highly Downmix Compatible
- Coherent spatial upmix
- 'Exact' downmix mode
- In-place downmix audition
Natural Panoramic Extension
- Preserves character of original audio
- No artificial reverb, chorus or delays introduced to downmix
- Full access to all surround balances
Detailed Centre Channel Control
- Neural network dialog extraction
- Low frequency energy dispersal
- Clear phantom vs hard centre control
Powerful Spatial Analysis & Intuitive control
- Clear visual feedback representing surround panorama
- Workflow enhancing direct control over upmix parameters
- Full LFE control options
Click here to download product manual
Halo | Introduction
Mark Apicella from SSR London takes us through the highlights of Halo Upmix.
Halo | Overview
Preview video overview of the Halo interface by Mike Thornton of ProTools Expert.
We support AAX, VST, VST3, AU and AudioSuite in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. RTAS is also available as 32-bit only.
Note: The AAX surround support requires Protools HD
Minimum System Specification
Mac OSX 10.7.x, 512 MB RAM
Windows XP or above, 512 MB RAM
Surround capable DAW/NLE.
Halo 9.1 upmix extension currently supports Avid Protools (AAX) & Steinberg Nuendo (VST3) for Windows and OSX.
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