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Open source HE AAC decoder coming up

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 23 Jun 2003 13:34

Open source HE AAC decoder coming up Ahead Software MPEG-4 developer Menno Bakker has announced that the next version of the open source AAC audio decoder FAAD will include SBR decoder source from Ahead Software.
HE AAC is the next generation equivalent to MP3Pro. In other words it’s an optimized audio compression mode for low bitrates, such as portable player or internet usage. It is sometimes referred as AAC SBR or AAC+. The SBR stands for Spectral Bandwidth Replication. It is an audio enhancement technology designed especially for low bitrate audio and speech codecs.

This open source code release is a marketing move from Ahead Software, which is preparing for the Nero Digital launch as a part of Nero Burning ROM v6. Many audio player softwares have AAC support based on the FAAD decoder, so with this release Ahead is extending the support for their upcoming encoder in a snap.

Menno's announcement at Hydrogenaudio.org

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