GDC Technology Limited has announced that DTS has successfully tested and approved the company’s solution for its media servers to support DTS:X for the new SMPTE’s ST 2098-2 immersive audio bitstream standard. The IAB standard delivers a single interoperable audio format for theatrical distribution. To demonstrate the company’s long-term commitment to enhancing the DTS:X immersive sound installations in cinemas worldwide, all existing DTS:X screens in Hong Kong and Singapore have been upgraded to support DTS:X for IAB. The existing DTS:X screens worldwide will be transitioned to DTS:X for IAB over the next several months.
In August 2021, GDC introduced new media servers with the built-in cinema audio processor option based on the architecture of the SGS certified SR-1000 Integrated Media Block
The SR-1000 offers the audio processor designed for 5.1/7.1 PCM uncompressed surround sound, and the 15.1 audio processor for immersive sound system such as IAB. The license that unlocks the optional built-in cinema audio processors can be procured remotely from GDC. This year, the innovative SR-1000 with a built-in cinema audio processor can offer the complete solution for cinemas worldwide to playback the filmmaker’s audio and visual intent by featuring DTS:X for IAB object-based audio, with 16 channels, 24 channels or even 32 channels of audio output.
“DTS is an important partner to GDC,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology Limited. “The transition from proprietary sound formats to the IAB standard is a giant leap forward for the cinema industry. Producing media servers with DTS:X for IAB rendering up to 32 channels represents is another milestone in the pursuit of offering our customers a complete immersive sound solution.”