Things are starting to get exciting here. Our exhibit of 52 songs converted from stereo CD masters drew quite a bit of attention at the Audio Engineering Society show in October. Todd Rundgren, Rupert Neve (the console magnate) and his wife; Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, and dozens of audio pros came by and were mesmerized. We did an upconversion of a classic 1970s hit (Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence") for Universal Studios sound department heads -- for an upcoming feature -- right on the spot at the show. Two different companies have now approached us to license the technology for live use -- mostly to free live television mixers to not have to worry about 5.1 mixing... just do a good stereo mix and let Penteo handle the 5.1 pan.
So many other "effected" 5.1 conversion methods have disappointed people -- in many cases because they sound like they're going through a rubber hose when downmixed back to stereo. Because Penteo is a pure panorama slicer, it downmixes perfectly. Don't be surprised if you see the Penteo name on the credits of some of your favorite live reality shows next season.
Best of all, one of Hollywood's great Engineer/Producers of the '70s has requested a test upmix of a classic album that, like so many others, could never be remixed into 5.1 because the masters have been lost, thrown away, or intentionally destroyed. It's too early to divulge any details, but its really exciting.