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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.
"I have been using [Halo] at every possible opportunity. The way it processes stereo sounds directly into 5.1 or larger multi-channel surround arrays is astounding. I have tested all the other plug-ins that offer this functionality, & for me Halo wins hands down. "
Mike Wabro | Audioinsight LTD
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
Optional 3D Immersive Extension
(7.1.2 Dolby Atmos® bed track-compatible upmix/Amisonic Output)
- 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 (3D extension required)
- Upmix to 1st order Ambisonic (AmbiX format) for VR applications (3D 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).
William Storkson | AudioSFX
"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"
Tony Friedman | Outpost Sound
"Almost everything I mix requires 5.1 delivery, but all of my music comes to me in stereo. That's why it's so critical to have a company like NUGEN. Halo is a truly musical sounding upmixer with an easy to use interface that gives you the control you need to fine tune your sound. Get Halo today. You won't be sorry."
Scott Gershin | Technicolor
"Halo Upmix is proof that sometimes the most elegant tools are also the simplest. Upmixing is a task that can be extremely time-consuming, but Halo Upmix makes it really fast and easy to generate a surround mix that sounds almost identical to the original stereo source."
Mike Prestwood-Smith | Re-recording mixer
"I’m currently using it (Halo Upmix) on Kingsman: The Golden Circle for upmixing stereo source tracks to 9.1 with the Halo 3D Immersive Extension. The interface is very intuitive and now having the ability to spill into the ceiling channels is fantastic."
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 3D Immersive Extension
7.1.2 (L, C, R, Ls, Rs, Lsr, Rsr, Ltm, Rtm, LFE)
1st Order Ambisonic (AmbiX format) output
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 (64 bit) Vista 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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