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There's a white paper here on the topic for more technical details: http://www.dolby.com/uploadedFiles/Assets/US/Doc/Professional/Dolby-Atmos-Next-Generation-Audio-for-Cinema.pdf My personal opinion? I think it will flop, at least to start with (although I hope it doesn't). I mean, most cinemas can't (or won't - you decide) even get 5.1 running correctly, ...


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Hi Andrew, Here are the short answers to your questions... Yes... the downmix is part of the Dolby or DTS decoder built into the DVD player. It's not an option, if the Dolby or DTS logo is on it, it will do it. I'm not from London, but any authoring house should be able to do this for you if you give them both sets of tracks - you need to have two separate ...


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There are tons & I'm sure you'll get lots of good examples, but I gleamed most of what I know from "Master and Commander". Everything is impeccable. ADR, Foley, Sound Design, & some of the best Mixing you'll ever hear. There's incredible attention paid to perspective & panning. Just watch the opening action sequence & you'll have to change ...


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Using some rather expensive and specialized hardware, such as a Dolby surround encoder. If your stereo system has a discrete 5.1 analog input that would be easier to get set up either by manual cable-swapping or via a mixer that allows for multiple discrete submixes. This may introduce some latency, however. Alternately, if your computer has multiple ...


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I don't know about surround sound, but if you haven't watched "Apocalypse Now" then do! That film has such an abstract sound and sheer brilliance in it's sound design. Also Rawly I've never listened to "Children of Men"'s sound design closely in the past, time for a second listen! Thanks for the recommendation! :) Also if you get a chance to watch "Life of ...


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Working on headphones for a 5.1 mix is not a good idea. Nevertheless, what you might be looking for is a 5.1 to binaural renderer. An example of such a product can be found here : http://smyth-research.com/technology.html What I would suggest is doing most of the job (editing, premixing stems, filtering, etc.) on a stereo monitoring system (therefore ...


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Well, I found the solution in another software named "Sound Forge Pro v10". Steps: File > New > Select "Surround 5.1" or "Surround 7.1". In that page you will see 6 or 8 rows. Drag&Drop your files in these rows. After that you can change the default channel assigned to row by clicking on the numbers at the top of right-side. Finally save the result ...


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Calibrating without and SPL meter is not calibrating...period. You're a bit out of luck with the 003 in terms of controlling the other outputs, as well. You will definitely need some sort of surround controller; preferably one that has bass management built in. It may seem like a moot point if you don't have a sub-woofer, but you'll need a sub-woofer ...


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I've recorded in double ms several times and used the Schoeps DMS plugin, but only for SFX work. I've never heard of anyone recording dialog in double ms unless it's large crowds. Surround production dialog sounds very problematic to me. Panning dialog in film mixing is a slippery slope. Some mixers do it, usually to sell off screen dialog, or for channel ...


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You can find an interesting discussion of "Baby Boom" and Split Surround" and other terms relating to 70mm release prints with magnetic sound here: http://www.film-tech.com/ubb/f1/t003513.html These formats had 6.0, 4.1, 6.1, and other layouts. There's a chart here: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~smpte/table.html These 70mm formats from the late 1970s were for ...


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Split surround wasn't the first "5.1." It wasn't even the first surround format. "5.1" is a term created by Tomlinson Holman to describe a particular surround format (the one that most people today are familiar with). Various other formats have been tested over the decades, and they were all experiments as to what people thought would work. Someone though ...


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"get a man bag" classic - has to be a joke ;)


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They have achieved their goal: We talk about it.


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It is best to use the extra head room for dynamics rather than continuous loudness, especially in a horror film, dynamics is your most powerful tool. Set up a monitor level to a standard 85 dB, ten use your ears. While working on loud scenes for an extended period you can reduce the SPL to say 80, but switch back to 85 from time to time to check your work. ...


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You can also check and make sure that everything is in phase in your mix. That happened to me once. The theater was actually in mono and I hadn't correctly made sure that there were no phase issues.


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They release this video 1 day before the April Fools, it has to be one!


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Naaaaaaah...looks legit to me ;-)


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After 15ms of just astounding joy, yeh it must be :P Although what really annoyed me, was they went to the lengths of saying its a lightening adapter, which isn't even true for the iXY (and god I want it to be)


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If you want to capture surround sound ambience, I'd recommend to you to use 2 stereosets instead of a double MS. Because of it's setup, Double MS is not 'really' a surround setup, it's something between of it. If you want to get something wide, take 2 stereo sets: one in front, one in rear. best Guido


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It's a matter of taste really. My take on this is that Schoeps and Sennheiser are the staples in high-quality, well-engineered field mics. Sennheiser being generally more technically appealing (better specs) workhorse mic (never fails, gets the job done), but Schoeps for the Schoeps sound, which to me is the most well-balanced around, pretty much regardless ...


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Create aux sub group tracks for each of the stems you need like dialog, music fxs etc, then set up record tracks off those so when you lay off the programme you can create all the stems, the full mix and the M&E mix in one pass. The principles are the same fro surround with downmixes to create stereo versions as well. Spend some time building a ...


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I'm quite surprised about the overhead speaker part actually. Partly as humans don't do up and down directional hearing very well at all and also because I heard Dolby had experimented with it over 10 years ago and didn't get very good feedback on the results. I agree with Fred that I'd rather they put more effort to ensuring cinemas replay the audio better ...


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I don't have an Mbox Pro myself, but I have successfully played back 5.1 sound from a variety of movies through several multi-channel audio interfaces. The trick is to configure which output of the audio interface represents which surround channel. You do this by opening 'Audio Midi Setup' (it's in Applications>Utilities), and then, in the audio window, hit ...


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I Second what @Dave Matney has said - I get quite a few showreels sent to me and I can tell you now that and the ones that get the most attention are those that are easily accessible i.e. streaming via the net. DVD's or CD's of music through the post are a pain because our whole recruitment system is online so you can't add links to their work, bookmark ...


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Assume that your demo will be viewed / listened to on a stereo device, unless they've actually ASKED for your demo. Vimeo does not support 5.1, though, so people that want it can hear it there. (see below) Also assume that no one is going to ASK for your demo (someone will, don't worry, but assume that no one will). They're going to go to your website and ...


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