Technology


Neutron Music Player is based on own, mature and sophisticated audio engine which can also be used for games, simulation and other software that requires audio functionality. Neutron Audio Engine is very portable and capable of running on any CPU architecture. Its code and interface is developed using low-level C/C++ language that guarantees close-to-metal operation and resulting high performance.

 

32/64-bit HD Rendering

Uses 32/64-bit software audio rendering that provides exceptional audio quality on most platforms where SIMD CPU extensions are available. On low-end and mobile platforms it utilizes 32-bit processing.

Ambiophonic Surround Sound

Features the Ambiophonic R.A.C.E. digital signal processor which widens Stereo and makes it much more spatial. Stereo sound becomes reacher and surronds the listener. Any application which is using stereo assets may benefit from using this feature.

3D Sound

Supports 3D sound positioning. It accepts mono, or multi-channel audio sources, supports speaker configurations up to 7.1.

Directional Sound

3D audio rendering core supports directional 3D sound. The direction is applied by audio cone which can be set to sound, or listener.

Automatic HF Occlusion

Provides automatic occlusion of high-frequencies with built-in low-pass filter in order to improve the perception of 3D environment by listener and simulate natural sound occlusion due to air absorption, listener head position (in case of directional audio cone).

Gapless Playback

Supports true, sample accurate, gapless playback of multiple audio streams and provides necessary mechanisms through its API to achive this.

Crossfading

Supports crossfading of multiple streams. Similarly to gapless mode this feature allows to blend two tracks into one during real-time playback. Crossfading is useful for playing background music in games when constant and uninterruped music atmosphere is required.

Formats

General: MP1, MP2, MP3, OGG, FLAC (8,16,24,32-bit), WMA, AC3, AAC, M4A, M4B, M4R, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, MOV, APE, ALAC, WV, MPC, WAV (pcm {8,16,24,32-bit LE}, ima4, ms-adpcm, u-law, a-law), AU (pcm {8,16,24,32,64-bit BE}, u-law, a-law), MPEG, AVI. Modular: MOD, IM, XM, S3M. Voice: SPEEX.

Low-Latency I/O

Supports low-latency I/O with audio hardware. Due to the specific design of audio rendering core it can operate even at 1 millisecond latency, of course, if audio hardware allows that. The desired latency can be set individually for each master-mixer.

DSP Network

Unique audio rendering core is split between multiple elements - mixers and sounds. Mixers can be interconnected. Sounds are capable of sending audio data to multiple mixers simultaneously. Mixers are routing to other mixers which can do effect processing, resampling, format conversion, data merging.

Asynchronous

Features full asynchronous core design for stable playback of audio content. Even on low performance systems Neutron sounds allways good, without pops and clicks.

Non-Real-Time Processing

Supports Non-Real-Time (NRT) processing. NRT allows to render and output to file an audio which has undergone complex effect/DSP chain processing, which would not be possible in real-time due to high CPU load.

Effects

Support popular digital audio filters and effects. Effects can be grouped in chains and applied to sounds and sub-mixers.

VST3

Supports VST3 effects and can be used as their host. The supported features are:

  • 32/64-bit processing
  • GUI front-end
  • non real-time processing (NRT)
  • multiple effects chaining
  • mixing effects with iAuxSFX effects in the same effect chain

Any application, including games, can be powered with high-quality effect implementation delivered by VST3 effect developers.

Capturing

Supports audio capturing into file and memory. Flexible API allows to apply additional effects (example: AGC) and filters (example: High-Pass). Capturing object can be represented by standard sound with its complete functionality, including 3D positioning.

Voice-Chat

Provides the complete voice-chat client-server solution. Supported transport protocols: TCP, UDP. Voice-chat functionality is implemented in several modes:

  • Server-mixer (client receives final, mixed audio):
    • Lowest network bandwidth usage
    • Lowest CPU and RAM consumption
    • Speaker will hear self
    • only single sound object
  • Client-mixer (client receives audio data from other clients which is routed through the server):
    • Moderate network bandwidth usage
    • Higher CPU and RAM consumption
    • Speaker is able not to hear self
    • Each party represented by individual sound object

 

Plugin Extensible

The functionality can be extended with plugins which can provide support for additional audio formats and specific hardware.

Occlusion Culling

Implements occlusion culling system for 3D sound objects. Its role is to remove 3D sounds from rendering process automatically in order to decrease CPU and RAM consumption. The system is hybrid and affects sounds on object level and during rendering process.

Lua Scripting

Supports additional Lua scripting of sound events and parameters. Lua scripts can be attached to sounds, sound banks and globally to the whole system. Valuable feature of Lua scripting - randomization of sound parameters during application run-time.

Sound Banks

Supports sound banks which may contain compressed and uncompressed audio data. Sound banks can additionally be customized with Lua scripts which are encapsulated along with audio data inside the sound bank file.

Multi-Instancing

Provides sound multi-instancing feature which can be valuable for the game applications with short, multiple and frequent sound events, like shooting, jumping and similar. Besides common technique Play-Stop-Play... multi-instancing feature allows to set the number of simultaneously heard instances of the same sound. When limit is reached instances are reused in FIFO order.

 

Features


  • 32/64-bit real-time rendering in software
  • Low-latency audio I/O
  • Non-Real-Time (NRT) mode
  • Automatic real-time occlusion culling of sound objects and their audio streams
  • Shared static audio buffers
  • Speaker setup: up to to 7.1
  • Effects (software): Chorus, Distortion, Echo, Flanger, Phaser, Pitch shifter, Ring modulator, Equaliser, Compressor, AGC, ReverbI3DL2
  • Filters (software): Low Pass, Low Pass Occlusion, High Pass, High Pass Occlusion, Band Pass, Band Stop 'notch', Peaking EQ, Low Shelf, High Shelf, High Pass Butterworth, Low Pass Butterworth, Band Pass Butterworth, Band Stop Butterworth (2-nd order)
  • 3D sound
  • Directional sound with audio cones
  • Sound banks
  • Lua scripting of sound events and parameters
  • Asynchronous core
  • Capturing
  • Sound multi-instancing
  • Additional formats and drivers by plugins
  • Interface: C++ with inline documentation of functions, interfaces, parameters
  • Precompiled binary: Microsoft Visual C++, GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
  • Platform:
    • PC: Microsoft Windows (XP SP2 and newer), Linux, OSX.
    • Mobile: Google Android OS, Apple iOS, PlayBook OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, Windows 10 Mobile, Tizen OS.
    • Console: By request.

 

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