on Thursday introduced DTS-HD Master Audio Suite (MAS) and the DTS Surround Audio Suite (SAS) — two new Mac and PC-compatible software suites used for audio and video professionals who are readying audio streams for surround sound processing. Coming in the third calendar quarter of 2005, DTS-HD MAS will cost $1,495, while DTS SAS will cost $795.
Digital Theater Systems (DTS) sound is a multichannel surround sound system that competes with Dolby Digital. It can be found in some movie theaters, DVD players and in home theater amplifiers.
Both suites consist of an encoder module, a StreamPlayer decoder and StreamTools stream editing and verification software.
The DTS-HD MAS encodes bit streams in DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES 6.1, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HIgh Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio — a format that’s bit-for-bit identical to a master soundtrack, according to the developer.
The new DTS-HD MAS can be used for DVD Video and surround music CDs, as well as HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc formats. It supports HD DVD and Blue-ray Disc Primary or Main audio streams with up to 7.1 channels of audio at sampling rates up to 192 kHz.
The included StreamPlayer decoder is capable of decoding any DTS bit stream. It can lock to timecode from an external source, and works with QuickTime movie tracks to verify visual lipsync.
The DTS SAS lets you encode bit streams compatible with standard DVD Video and DTS Surround Music CDs. It also includes StreamPlayer, and can be upgraded to the DTS-HD MAS when you’re ready.
The new suites will be compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” and Windows XP.