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Dolby Announces Atmos Cinema Sound

Dolby Laboratories announced Dolby Atmos, a new audio platform geared to change the experience of sound in entertainment. Launching in the cinema, Dolby Atmos aims to deliver a more natural and realistic sound-field, which transports people into the story with a lifelike, sensory experience.

According to Dolby, Atmos introduces a hybrid approach to mixing and directs sound as dynamic objects that envelop the listener, in combination with channels for playback. Dolby Atmos enables adaptive rendering to ensure that the playback experience is as close as possible to the creator’s original vision in any given environment, irrespective of the specific speaker configuration in the playback environment.

“Dolby Atmos is our most significant innovation in years and represents the future for entertainment sound in cinema,” said Kevin Yeaman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dolby Laboratories. “We have leveraged our deep insights into how people hear and experience sound to empower filmmakers, studios, and exhibitors with new technology that transforms storytelling.”

Dolby said Atmos is an end-to-end solution that takes into account the entire content pipeline and brings together mixers, studios, and distributors to create dramatic improvements in the audio experience. The Dolby Atmos platform provides content creators with a new creative freedom to tell their stories. It simplifies movie distribution with a single universal package to deliver to audiences the full impact of the artist’s intent, regardless of theatre configuration.

With the ability to transmit up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio inputs (channels or objects), and the ability to render from 5.1 all the way up to 64 discrete speaker feeds, Dolby Atmos introduces a completely new audio capability for exhibitors. The inherent scalability and adaptability of Dolby Atmos allows exhibitors to manage their budgets and upgrade cinemas over time, yet improve the experience for audiences at each step.

To effectively support precise positioning and movement of sound around the theatre, speakers must be individually amplified and support a wide frequency response and dispersion. To help exhibitors with their upgrades, Harman Professional has been working with Dolby to design innovative and optimized solutions to simplify deployment of Dolby Atmos.

 

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