I’m looking forward to 8.5, it seems that it will be a paid update. Can anybody confirm or hint at pricing?
One thing that I am wondering about is the AAC encoder feature. The info on website says “This allows music or spoken word content to be rendered directly to the AAC format (e.g. HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, HD-AAC and 3GPP) for upload to the iTunes platform”.
Are there any iTunes aggregators that accept AAC files directly for iTunes distribution? It seems that in the US, all aggregators only accept 16-bit WAV, and hopefully 24-bit WAV soon. I haven’t seen any services that accept or request AAC files directly. This is always confusing for clients that think they need to upload mp3s for iTunes sales since iTunes sells mp3/AAC files. Clients seem to have a hard time comprehending that you need to start with high quality WAV files that get converted to AAC and tagged with data even though I try to be clear about this when sending them masters for approval.
I wish you could submit AAC directly for iTunes sales because then you wouldn’t have to worry about possible overs when WAV files are converted to AAC. I have Sonnox Pro Codec to test if overs will occur, and looking forward to trying the new Encoder Checker.
My main hope for 8.5 is a way to easily convert a montage to a different sample rate without all the markers shifting. I don’t mind manually re-linking to the correct sample rate files, but redoing all the markers, effects and clips gains etc. takes a lot of time for something that could be so simple.
Multi-format rendering looks great!