TSL Products Brings New Levels of Ambisonic Control to Pro Sound Effects’ New Chicago Sound Library

SoundField microphone helps capture Chicago ambiences from all angles; SurroundZone2 software lets sound editors point to anywhere in the soundscape

TSL Products, the leading broadcast equipment manufacturer, today announced that Pro Sound Effects' newly released sound library, Chicago Ambisonics used TSL's SoundField microphone to help them capture the city's ambiences from all angles.

Featuring over 3 hours of immersive urban ambiences, the Chicago Ambisonics library also includes TSL's SurroundZone2 software which allows sound editors and mixers to change position of “virtual microphones” in any direction with a variety of polar patterns for greater control and creativity. This is the second Ambisonics library PSE has released, following last year’s acclaimed NYC Ambisonics, which also used TSL's SoundField microphones.

"TSL Products’ SoundField microphone is an accurate and reliable mic for easily capturing entire three-dimensional soundscapes. The ability to adjust the position of the mic in post-production is a major advantage of the Ambisonics format, and the intuitive interface of the SurroundZone2 software makes it easy to incorporate this into any sound editor’s workflow," said David Forshee, Pro Sound Effects' Library Specialist.

Sounds of Chicago are in high demand due to more productions filming in Chicago than ever before such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Empire, The Exorcist, The Patriot & more. Produced and recorded in 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution by Pro Sound Effects, the Chicago Ambisonics sound effects library was captured throughout Chicago including recordings from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field. And with leading companies in new immersive media technology recently selecting Ambisonics as the standard spatial audio format, Chicago Ambisonics is perfect for VR audio and 360 video applications as well.

Without the SoundField microphone, PSE would have had to use multiple microphone arrays to capture surround soundscapes. However, this type of set-up takes time and usually produce audio that suffers from phase incoherency creating several problems when the 5.1 audio has to be ‘collapsed’ to create a stereo soundtrack for broadcast over SD or legacy networks.

Particularly unique for a sound effects library, PSE’s new Chicago Ambisonics library gives editors and mixers the ability to creatively manipulate the surround space to precisely match the visuals. By supplying the original B-Format audio file from the SoundField microphone as well as a TSL’s SurroundZone2 plugin, the ambience can be completely adjusted to fit the requirements of the scene.

Thanks to TSL's SurroundZone2 software sound effects can be customized and then decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1, and beyond as required. This gives users an unprecedented level of control over a wide range of microphone parameters from a single intuitive user interface.

“Chicago Ambisonics offers unparalleled flexibility and realism when mixing backgrounds for a project,” said David Forshee. “The B-format files give users the ability to tweak perspective of the city ambiences with software in real time to specifically match the setting of a scene."

About TSL Products

TSL Products designs, manufactures and markets a range of hardware and software solutions that serve to simplify operations within the television broadcast, cable, satellite, IPTV and IT industries.

Specializing in audio monitoring, surround microphones and processors, broadcast control systems and power management tools, TSL Products’ solutions satisfy and exceed the commercial, technical and operational requirements that exist in IT-based and traditional workflows, helping its customers to lower costs, generate revenue and streamline operations.

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About Pro Sound Effects

Pro Sound Effects® develops the most useful sound effects libraries for next level media production. Audio professionals in post, games, film and television rely on PSE libraries to fuel creativity, finish projects faster, and produce better sound. PSE libraries span the sonic spectrum, are continually updated and accessible 24/7 online, on drive, and from any computer. Based in Brooklyn since 2004, PSE continues to push the industry forward with theHybrid Sound Effects Library™, Freelancer Program, flexible multi-user licensing and client-driven library development.

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