Better Audio For Streaming Media

Waves introduce MaxxStream      09/07/08

Better Audio For Streaming Media

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Waves Audio has introduced MaxxStream, an all-in-one software solution which uses Waves processors to condition and optimize the audio quality in streaming media formats for better, clearer sound. The company say that, consisting of the MaxxStream application with its plug-in chainer, as well as SNMP-monitoring utilities, MaxxStream lets streaming media providers harness the power of the same acclaimed Waves audio tools used by top engineers and producers on hit records, in major motion pictures and in popular video games.
Here’s the details in Waves’ own words…
Streaming is enjoying unprecedented growth. Waves addresses the need for high quality audio conditioning by offering solutions that provide comprehensive streaming processing. From compression and equalization to limiting and bass extension, MaxxStream supports all Waves plug-ins. It is also easy to install and easy to implement, running transparently between users' audio source and encoder. The result is streaming audio that is clearer, punchier and more bandwidth-efficient.
Intuitive and user friendly, the MaxxStream chainer holds up to eight Waves plug-ins and can support up to 16 encoder instances simultaneously. A single input channel may also be directed into several MaxxStream stations and processed specifically for each designated target. Additionally, it satisfies the diverse needs of listeners with different equipment by performing multiple high-quality sample-rate conversions to multiple bit rates in real time, and it combines audio capture and conditioning into a single, real-time process.
MaxxStream also doubles as a standalone software processor for live audio. Users can connect their sound source to their audio card or external I/O, and load MaxxStream with Waves plug-ins for a powerful stereo multi-effects unit.
MaxxStream comes bundled with more than 50 factory presets, taking the guesswork out of creating streaming configurations. It also uses 32-bit floating point processing throughout, as well as a Watchdog utility and basic SNMP monitoring and control. It is compatible with Microsoft® Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003.
MaxxStream comes in two convenient configurations:
  • MaxxStream Pack includes:
    • AudioTrack for equalization, compression, and gating
    • Renaissance Vox for vocal enhancement
    • L1 Ultramaximizer for limiting and level maximization
  • MaxxStream Pro Pack includes:
    • C1 Parametric Compander for compression, expansion, gating, and equalization
    • C4 Multiband Compressor for multiband expansion, limiting, compression, and EQ
    • L1 Ultramaximizer for limiting and level maximization
    • MaxxBass for psycho-acoustic bass extension
    • S1 Stereo Imager for spatial enhancement
    • Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer for precision frequency-shaping
    • DeEsser for reducing sibilance ("ess" and "shh" sounds)
Pricing and Availability:
MaxxStream Pack: $500 MSRP
MaxxStream Pro Pack: $1600 MSRP
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