Dolby Atmos is a new and very exciting way of mixing in surround sound!
As opposed to 5.1, which was the surround format for quite a while, Dolby Atmos creates a 360-degree field of space for you to work with. You can move things around as you want to, and then it looks at the playback system you have and it translates that into their speaker system. It can be anything from a Sound Bar or an Amazon Echo from Best Buy to a Dolby Atmos equipped movie theater.
Making its way from film sets and post-production suites all the way into living rooms, Dolby’s Atmos surround sound technology has quickly become one of the most important and impressive technologies in home cinema.
Since the very first Dolby Atmos installation in the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (for the June 2012 premiere of the Disney/Pixar animated film, Brave) Dolby Atmos has transitioned from the “future of home cinema audio” to very much the here and now.
That’s not only thanks to the immersive surround sound technology gaining traction in Hollywood, but also its support throughout the chain – it runs from content creation and distribution right the way through to hardware and device compatibility. Video streaming services, TVs, AV receivers – you name it, there’s a good chance Dolby Atmos is part of the package.
Dolby has also developed Dolby Atmos Music tracks, which add a whole new dimension to music listening, and London’s Dean St. Studios has recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art PMC loudspeaker system for Dolby Atmos Music projects, the first at an independent recording facility in the UK.
Atmos Music takes the same immersive multichannel audio format used to create Atmos soundtracks for movies and applies it to the music production process. The result is an entirely new way of listening to music.
If you have a Dolby Atmos-capable A/V receiver, soundbar, or TV, you can access Dolby Atmos Music via the Tidal app on one of these streaming devices: Apple TV 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick (2nd gen), Fire TV (3rd gen), and Nvidia Shield TV or Nvidia Shield TV Pro (2019 or newer models).
There’s no rules with the Atmos system, so there is an unlimited amount of possibilities with it – you can get really bold and create some amazing music with this system!
Watch the video below to learn more about Mixing in Dolby Atmos with Dave Way!