Quality-first Audio Automation

AudioTools Server is a collection of enterprise-ready audio solutions designed to add file-based expertise to automated environments. The AudioTools Server family represents decades of expertise encapsulated in flexible, focused packages of audio specialization. 

AudioTools Server automates the most sophisticated audio tasks and offers a wide variety of processing, specifically created for use in cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV, radio, and post production facilities. As a pure software platform running on commodity hardware, including VM or cloud deployment, AudioTools Server is flexible and customizable, allowing for new workflows as requirements inevitably change.

  • State-of-the-art audio processing
  • Customized, efficient file-based workflows
  • Unrivaled loudness tools
  • Compliance to broadcast standards
  • Interoperability with major environments
  • Modular scalable platform

AudioTools Server - Leader in Loudness

Loudness Control is a significant use case that employs Linear Acoustic APTO™ loudness processing. Our loudness normalization processes are designed to fully preserve the existing audio and only apply a gain change combined with optional peak limiting.

There are other use cases that require changing the dynamic range and other more complex parameters of the audio content and can control dialogue intelligibility. AudioTools Movie Adaptation Automation, for example, is a collection of intelligent loudness profiles, adapting a theatrical audio mix for broadcast, and creating the best possible audio experience for all modern platforms such as OTT/web, mobile/handheld and VOD/SVOD.

USE CASES

Loudness Measurement & Adjustment

State-of-the-art loudness control based on international standards & practices. AudioTools Movie Adaptation Automation profiles for improved and compliant dialog intelligibility in high-dynamic range content. 

Audio Adaptation

Automated adaptation of audio content to specific output specifications, including: upmix, downmix, channel management, and frame rate conversion.

Dolby Automation

Automated Dolby encoding and decoding including metadata handling. Dolby E quality control, with optional correction.

Quality Control

Audio specific quality control of audio files or container formats, including channel assignment detection and correlation check.

The Server Architecture

The AudioTools Server communicates directly with modules to configure the overall system for the required functionality. AudioTools Server, as a system, can then interface directly with your existing DAM, CMS or DBM workflow manager.

Modular Design

While a modular architecture allows AudioTools Server to always be “state-of-the-art”, the real power of this approach is using workflows to combine module functions in a sequential or highly conditional profile.  AudioTools Server is also a VST plug-in host, allowing for 3rd party plug-ins to be used as part of an overall AudioTools Server workflow. 

Enhanced Workflows and License Management

AudioTools Workflow Control is the command and control option for AudioTools Server that enables standalone operation along with support for threaded multiple concurrent processes, load balancing and dynamic reconfiguration of workflows on the fly. AudioTools Server can deploy floating licenses through a license server, offering a scalable system for small businesses or enterprise class facilities.

AudioTools Server is internally driven from tailored XML profiles. For an operator, preset workflows can easily be called up and edited through the AudioTools Operator App, while Queue Control provides an overview with detailed access to all running processes.

AudioTools WorkflowEditor

AudioTools WorkflowEditor is a flexible tool for setting up and configuring AudioTools Server workflows. The software comes pre-installed with a comprehensive selection of over 600 workflow templates, covering most common workflow types and featuring all aspects of AudioTools Server processing. Each template is displayed and can be configured through the software’s graphical interface, making it easy and fast for operators to conform workflows to meet their requirements. Preset management tools allow you to save and recall your conformed workflows in a user defined library for quick and simple access. Jobs and watchfolders can be submitted to the server for processing directly from the WorkflowEditor, or workflows can be exported for submission via third party tools or web services integration.

AudioTools OPERATOR

AudioTools OPERATOR is ideal for simple, manual operations and can be used in conjunction with, or instead of, any other methods used to drive AudioTools Server. AudioTools OPERATOR enables direct editing of workflow parameters into the OPERATOR GUI, allowing changes to be made prior to submitting the job. The exposed parameters are entirely customizable in combination with any of the Advanced Loudness Adaptation profiles, AudioTools OPERATOR provides a flexible and user-friendly approach to complete any adaptation task.

AudioTools WebClient

The WebClient allows you to monitor AudioTools Server processes via the network. It is possible to check logs, results, and progress from any machine or mobile device with access to the network of AudioTools Server.

AudioTools FOCUS for Loudness Control

AudioTools FOCUS is an easy to use application designed to measure and adjust the loudness levels of audio or video assets. AudioTools FOCUS handles the complexity of loudness management through predefined master presets, conforming to every loudness standard. AudioTools FOCUS can be used with AudioTools Server or is available in a number of sizes as a standalone product.

Integration

AudioTools Server supports manual job submission, hot folders, and a full web services API, guaranteeing that it fits into any environment, on any integration level.

Integration Partners

Arvato, Aspera, Aveco, AVID, Cinnafilm, Dalet, Dolby, Evertz, Geminisoft, Harmonic, IBM, Kantar Media/Civolution, Root 6, Sony, Tedial, Telestream, Vector 3, VIZRT, and others

Content & Formats

AudioTools Server is a complete solution for managing and processing audio formats. With audio at the center of a complex audio ecosystem, a payload may contain “containerized” video assets, transport streams, Dolby–encoded content, and metadata, requiring that each layer of the asset must be carefully handled.

Formats:

Linear PCM Audio: AIFF, WAV, RF64
Codecs: Dolby E, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, mp2, mp3, MPEG-4, HE-AAC, AAC
Container: MXF, QuickTime™, LXF, GXF, selected Transport Streams