Merging Launches Pyramix 14

Powerful new Dolby Atmos for Music features are added

Puidoux: January 2022 - The 25th Anniversary edition of Merging’s Pyramix recording, mixing and mastering suite introduced Dolby Atmos for Music workflow for the first time and based on the feedback from users and the team from Dolby, it became clear that some improvements would make a big difference. Pyramix 14 delivers that next level of production for those mixing and mastering Dolby Atmos releases. It addresses all the common scenarios encountered in the preparation of suitable material for this enormously successful format. In essence, Pyramix 14 allows you to focus on your mix whilst in the background, handling the most powerful Dolby Atmos renderer automatically for you. No need to scratch your head with complex I/O pages and export windows anymore. In order to keep the full capabilities of a Dolby Atmos renderer including binaural monitoring and large speaker sets, while preserving the CPU and giving the same user friendliness as a renderer integrated into the DAW, Pyramix 14 now configures the Dolby Atmos Renderer to fit your project with a single click of a button. Pyramix now automatically discovers any Dolby Atmos Renderers on your network and lets you simply pick the one you need to connect to. Then decide how you'd like your Pyramix mixer to be, click on "Update Renderer" and start working immediately, no matter the complexity of your project. Pyramix completely configures the Renderer, maps all kind of immersive buss layouts by automatically creating the required static objects and updates all the complicated audio routing for you.

The key new features are:

  • Ingest. - The ability to load any Dolby Atmos ADM file into Pyramix. Pyramix can immediately build a complete mixer to play the loaded ADM correctly.
  • Power. - For mastering or whenever you need to load multiple ADM files into your project, Pyramix gives you maximum help and speed: Choose to either have Pyramix automatically mapping beds/ objects to existing mixer busses or route it all manually to the mixer if you prefer. (Pyramix's powerful separation between timeline tracks and mixer strips means you can load as many ADM files as you want and keep organized!)
  • CD Import. - Dolby Atmos is becoming more popular thanks to the immense demand from streaming platforms (Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, etc.) so now there has never been more pressure to repurpose the huge existing CD catalogs into Dolby Atmos. This task requires careful work to preserve the original intention, timing and metadata of the original CD.
  • Repackage. - Pyramix has been the most flexible immersive platform for more than a decade, being one of the first to bring multichannel as well as Ambisonic up to the 7th order.
  • Trusted Tools. – In addition to the proven tools within Pyramix, we have close alliances with people sharing the same values and understanding of immersive audio through Dolby Atmos. Find out about our partners Flux and Penteo.

The ability to import ADM files into Pyramix also benefits Merging’s Ovation 10 because one can import to Pyramix, then publish to Ovation provided there is an Ovation Premium key present. Those ADM files can be used as audio cues for instant live playback, either through a Dolby Atmos Renderer or the built in Merging Renderer, capable of rendering up to 384 dedicated speakers with the MassCore Engine.

“Pyramix 14 is a logical development for Merging and was very much guided by our existing Dolby Atmos customer base.”; remarked Merging’s Head of Software Engineering, Dominique Brulhart. “The aim is to provide not only the most powerful workflow creatively, but to also automate some of the more time-consuming administrative tasks. We feel happy that this has been achieved.”


Pyramix 14

Ovation 10

Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 25 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first.

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