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Public Beta Upgrade Offers Comprehensive Metadata Editing Tools

REEDSBURG, WISCONSIN — Sound Devices continually looks at ways to improve workflow from field production to post production. The recent release of a public beta version of Wave Agent is an important addition to workflow management. Compatible with both Mac and PC platforms, the new software provides comprehensive metadata editing tools for .WAV and associate metadata files as well as file playback for sound files recorded with the company’s popular 7-Series Digital Recorders — the 702, 702T, 722 and 744T models as well as the newest recorder in the series — the 788T.

Available immediately, as a no-charge download from the company’s website (www.sounddevices.com), Wave Agent helps users manage and edit Broadcast Wave file metadata (BEXT) and iXML metadata as well as allowing for batch editing of large file libraries. Wave Agent users are offered the flexibility to modify sound report templates to meet the needs of each project. Additionally, the software generates sound reports in PDF format, ensuring the reports can be viewed regardless of the editing application being used.

The software’s interface is user-friendly and is designed for speed, making sense of the often-complex metadata generated by the current generation of field recorders. Wave Agent has a large display for time code, actual time and remaining time counters.

“File and workflow management is an important aspect of production sound,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director of Sound Devices. “This new release of Wave Agent gives users a great deal of power to prepare and manage the large number of sound files generated during today’s productions, with uncompromising speed.”

In addition to the administration of metadata, the software allows for the playback and conversion of any type of .WAV files (poly, mono, bit depth, sample rate). Wave Agent converts .WAV file between monophonic and polyphonic formats. It also features an intelligent batch mono-combine function. Users also have the ability to control the gain, pan, solo and mute tracks during playback. To help correct sync issues in post, Wave Agent users can modify time code frame-rates to correct mistaken frame-rate settings.

“Wave Agent is an important feature addition to our 7-Series recorders,” adds Tatooles. “Many users have portable computers on-set and Wave Agent becomes a powerful extension of the recorder.”

About Sound Devices, LLC

Sound Devices' portable audio mixers, digital recorders, and related products are used worldwide for mission-critical productions including feature film, episodic television, documentary, new-gathering, and acoustical test & measurement. The Company designs and manufactures its products in Reedsburg, WI.

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