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3.2 Monitor Drop Down Menu

 

Choose What to Listen to

The Monitor Drop Down Menu lets the mixer listen to different versions of the mix:

Figure 3 – 3 | Examples of Different Options Selected in the Monitor Drop Down Menu

The available options in the Monitor Drop Down Menu and their exact impacts on the mix vary with the selected option in the Input Format Drop Down Menu in the Input Menu.

Mixing Mode: If the Input Format is Set to an Immersive Format

 

Figure 3 – 4 | Available Monitor Options in Mixing Mode

Mixing Mode | Monitor Option: Input

The Monitor option “Input” in Mixing Mode makes the plugin simply output the audio signals welcomed in the input channels of the track.
In this scenario, no treatments are operated on the mix. The plugin can then be considered to be set in “Audio Through” mode.
This mode lets mixers export their non-encoded immersive mix in Auro-3D format using the standard bounce options natively provided by the DAW.
It can also be used as a sanity check to make sure that the original mix is valid before using any Auro specific features.

Mixing Mode | Monitor Option: Encoded

The Monitor option “Encoded” in Mixing Mode makes the plugin encode the mix in real time using the Auro-Codec Encoder.
In this scenario, the mixer can listen to the encoded mix trough the corresponding encoded channels.
An Auro-3D mix is typically encoded in Surround 5.1 or 7.1 formats that carry the encoded information.
This mode lets mixers listen to the encoded downmix, control its quality, adjust it in the Auro-Codec Menu if necessary.
Once validated, the encoded mix can ultimately be exported using the Auro-Codec Encoder Export Button.

Mixing Mode | Monitor Option: Decoded

The Monitor option “Decoded” in Mixing Mode makes the plugin encode AND decode the mix in real time using the Auro-Codec Encoder.
As one of the key feature of the Auro-Codec is to provide 100% channel separation, the decoded mix should sound exactly like the original one.
Therefore, this monitor option can be considered as a sanity check to make sure that the decoding process is sound and that the original mix remains untouched.
After listening to the decoded mix and controlling its quality, mixers can ultimately export the encoded mix using the Auro-Codec Encoder Export Button.

Mixing Mode | Monitor Option: Binaural

The Monitor option “Binaural” in Mixing Mode makes the plugin downmix to Binaural Stereo using the Auro-Headphones technology.
In that scenario, the mixer can listen to the immersive mix using headphones and adjust the binaural processing in the Auro-Headphones Menu.
Once validated, the binaural mix can eventually be exported using the standard bounce options natively provided by the DAW.

Mixing Mode | Monitor Option: Stereo Dmix

The Monitor option “Stereo Dmix” in Mixing Mode makes the plugin downmix the immersive mix to Stereo in real time.
Once validated, the Stereo Downmix can ultimately be exported using the standard bounce options natively provided by the DAW.
Note that if the Auro-Codec Encoder License is activated, the Stereo Downmix can be adjusted in the Metadata submenu from the Auro-Codec Menu.
 

Quality Control Mode: If the Input Format is Set to an Auro-Codec Encoded Content

 

Figure 3 – 5 | Available Monitor Options in Quality Control Mode

Quality Control Mode | Monitor Option: Input

The Monitor option “Input” in Quality Control Mode makes the plugin simply output the audio signals welcomed in the input channels of the track.
In this scenario, no treatments are operated on the mix. The plugin can then be considered to be set in “Audio Through” mode.
This mode can be used to simply listen to the original encoded mix from the Auro-Codec Encoded audio material.

Quality Control Mode | Monitor Option: Decoded

The Monitor option “Decoded” in Quality Control Mode makes the plugin decode the Auro-Codec Encoded content in real time using the Auro-Codec Decoder.
As one of the key feature of the Auro-Codec is to provide 100% channel separation, the decoded mix should sound exactly like the original immersive one.
If successfully decoded, the resultant Format is then explicitly indicated in the Input Menu and in the Output Menu as well.
 

Remark:

    The decoded format illustrated in the 3D scene can sometimes be different from the default Auro Format configured in the project.
    This scenario occurs when one of the “Auro-Codec Encoded Content” options is selected in the Input Format Drop Down Menu (typically Surround 5.1 or 7.1), if the plugin receives Auro-Codec Encoded audio materials (typically Surround 5.1 or 7.1 tracks that carry encoded information) and if the decoded format contains more channels than the default format configured in the project (an automatic downmix rendering is then applied).

 

Quality Control Mode | Monitor Option: Binaural

The Monitor option “Binaural” in Quality Control Mode makes the plugin decode the Auro-Codec Encoded Content and downmix the decoded mix to Binaural Stereo using the Auro-Headphones technology.
In that scenario, the mixer can listen to the decoded mix using headphones and adjust the binaural processing in the Auro-Headphones Menu.
If necessary, the binaural mix can eventually be exported using the standard bounce options natively provided by the DAW.

Quality Control Mode | Monitor Option: Stereo Dmix

The Monitor option “Stereo Dmix” in Quality Control Mode makes the plugin decode the Auro-Codec Encoded Content and downmix the decoded mix to Stereo in real time.
If necessary, the Stereo Downmix can ultimately be exported using the standard bounce options natively provided by the DAW.