The new MP3 Surround format will offer multi-channel sound while being fully backwards compatible to stereo MP3. Using the novel surround decoders based on recent significant technological advances, multi-channel surround sound is produced from MP3 Surround files.
The same files, played back on conventional MP3 hard- or software devices, deliver high quality stereo sound.It supports any surround configuration including 5.1 channel surround.
Yet, the data rate required is comparable to stereo MP3! It can be used in various ways. Internet radio stations, for example, could deliver their programs in surround audio using the same infrastructure as before. Or music download shops could offer realistic live recordings of concerts, so everybody can enjoy multi-channel audio at home turning it into a concert hall or, if combined with video, into a cinema.
This package contains the following software:
>MP3 Surround Commandline Encoder
>MP3 Surround Graphical Encoder
>MP3 Surround Commandline Decoder
>MP3 Surround Realtime Player
>MP3 Surround Decoder Dynamic Link Library (dll)
>MP3 Surround Development Kit (SDK)
>MP3 Surround Winamp Plugin (experimental)
>Readme for MP3 Surround Winamp Plugin (experimental)
* Encoding and decoding of MP3 Surround files * Full multi-channel capability (5.1 format) * Complete backward compatibility to existing MP3 players and devices * Data rates for multi-channel sound comparable to those for current stereo MP3
* Windows 2000 or Windows XP * At least Pentium III 1 GHz or similar CPU * At least 128 MB memory * At least 30 MB of available hard-disk space * DirectX 9.0 or later * Soundcard with at least 5.1 channels and discrete output