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CAST BlackTrax expands into 3D audio market

The Canadian developer of image tracking systems has established a new division to promote spatial sound.

BlackTrax, part of the CAST group of lighting design and video imaging software developers, has appointed Christopher Jenkins (pictured) to run its new audio operation.

Jenkins is president and chief executive of US sound post-production facility BISBY Corporation and has worked as a re-recording mixer as well as having been an executive at Universal Studios and Todd-AO.

The stated aim of BlackTrax Audio is to adapt its parent company’s 3D image positioning and tracking technology for the sound domain to produce spatial systems for television and film production, as well as live events.

Bruce Freeman, chairman of the CAST Group, comments that with 3D already being done for visuals, new audio technology combined with BlackTrax’s live data streaming system can do the same for sound.

“BlackTrax delivers the data which pinpoints the 6D precise target information to bring ‘live’ alive and life into playback,” he says. “While 3D audio is the Holy Grail for sound engineers and scientists, it’s audiences that are the big winners.” Speaking about his new role, Christopher Jenkins says, “BlackTrax is a beautiful creative tool that will transform the way that we experience audio integrated with lighting, visuals and performers to engage, thrill and immerse audiences.

Taking advantage of developments in audio digital signal processing technology, we’ll be actively embracing opportunities for BlackTrax in Europe and the Americas.” BlackTrax states that it will “accelerate and increase its international presence over the next few months in the audio world.”