Waves Audio introduces the new UM225 and UM226 Stereo-to-Surround Processors, two audio tools that bring acclaimed Waves quality to the upmix soundscape. From music to movie soundtracks and beyond, content of all types is being upmixed from stereo to surround, expanding the listening experience and creating multi-speaker surround environments. Audio engineers are being called upon to upmix from a wide variety of source materials, and when the original multi-track sessions are not available, they have to work from stereo mixes. Using Waves' patented center and rear channel extraction processes, together with a unique LFE channel enrichment process, the UM225 (for 5.0) and UM226 (for 5.1) deliver improved surround imaging, for a wider soundscape with better separation.
Experienced engineers know that in order to achieve optimal surround sound, they must maintain the character of the original stereo mix, including absolute levels, relative levels and relative positions in space. At the same time, they want to realize the potential of the center, rear and LFE channels, for a rich, enveloping 360° mix. For sound designers who want to use stereo effects on surround soundtracks, for post-production specialists who want to enhance thunderous LFE effects like explosions, earthquakes, or street rumble, or for audio engineers updating archive material to the new HDTV surround standard, the UM225 and UM226 are extremely versatile, delivering the highest quality stereo-to-surround processing available today.
Key UM225 and UM226 features include superior channel de-correlation and ambience; enhanced clarity and separation of frontal center; profile modes for film and music; advanced LFE channel LoAir enrichment with cutoff-frequency control; adjustable rear channel ambience; and an intuitive surround graph.
The UM225 and UM226 are available together as a single collection. They are also available in Waves Mercury and 360° Surround Tools. Users of Waves Mercury and 360° Surround Tools covered by Waves Update Plan will receive the UM225 and UM226 at no additional charge.