Ultimate Mixer Experience


Built-in Automation

In addition to session-automation via ProTools, Penteo provides six preset modes to reduce mixing time and effort:
  1. Hard Center – provides a totally discrete center channel
  2. Penteo Music – ideal for music & special effects, discrete center partly replaces the phantom center
  3. Stereo Plus – effective for when surround channels may be lost further down the processing chain
  4. Quadraphonic – all content fed into L and R, Front and Rear Channels
  5. LCR – 3.0 / 3.1 mode that produces no rear surround content
  6. Triangle – fully discrete center, with all remaining power in the rear
But modes are just the starting point: Penteo 4 Pro’s advanced controls still allow a mixer to further refine any mix beyond the preset mode foundation – a mixer can precisely manipulate the center, rear surrounds and low frequency settings to achieve the perfect mix. Below is a table with the controls that can be used to further refine the surround experience:

Easy-To-Use Continuous & Comprehensive Controls

  • LEFT & RIGHT INPUT – allows you to balance input from the source before
  • CENTER FADER – The left-hand fader on the main control panel changes the level of the synthesized discrete center channel. The level of monaural components is kept constant by varying the amount of phantom center in L and R to complement the discrete C channel.
  • SURROUND FADER – The right-hand fader on the main control panel varies the level of the rear surround channels, altering the balance of energy between front and rear.
  • MUTE/SOLO AND PEAK DISPLAY METER FOR EVERY OUTPUT – provides a visual reference to the surround mix

Advanced low frequency/bass management settings

Penteo provides precise controls for how low frequency (LF) energy can be delivered to the speakers:
  • LFE – generated from the mono sum using a low pass filter, the LFE knob allows the filter output to be attenuated down to nothing as required.
  • EFFECT –‘Boost’ adds LFE content without removing LF energy from the main channels. ‘Split’keeps the bass level constant, allowing the LFE channel to share the workload of the main channels. In this setting, the LF energy in the full range channels automatically balances with the LFE level.
  • FREQUENCY – five different settings 1/3 octave apart
  • DIVERGE – after any attenuation due to SPLIT, the remaining LF content of the center channel can be redirected to the front Left and Right outputs. Low frequency signals are usually mono because they cannot confer directional information. This causes them to appear in the center channel only, which often results in signal overload/clipping. Using DIVERGE can avoid overloading center speakers in consumer equipment with poor bass extension.
Learn more about why Penteo is different and it’s use cases and benefits.