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Dolby bringing Atmos to homes… are small post houses next?

By Robin Shore

Last month Dolby announced that its groundbreaking Atmos surround sound format will soon be available outside of commercial cinemas. By sometime early next year consumer’s will be able to buy special Atmos-enabled A/V receivers and speakers for their home theater systems.

I recently had the chance to demo a prototype of an Atmos home system at an event hosted at Dolby’s New York offices.

A brief overview for those who might not be totally familiar with this technology: Atmos is Dolby’s latest surround sound format. It includes overhead speakers which allow sounds to be panned above the audience. Rather than using a traditional track-based paradigm, Atmos mixes are object-oriented. An Atmos mix contains up to 128 audio objects, each with  Continue reading

Sync Sound’s Ken Hahn talks surround and more

Sync Sound is a mainstay in terms of audio post production in New York City. Started by partners Ken Hahn and Bill Marino in August of 1984, they began with one mix room. As business grew they added two more mix rooms, a ADR/Foley stage and six sound design/edit rooms.

These guys have seen everything. Small studios swallowed up by larger ones, companies closing their doors, a tough economy, but over the years they have not only survived but thrived.

Co-owner and supervising sound editor Ken Hahn, who specializes in mixing for television, film, home video, CD and DVD, in stereo and 5.1 surround, recently answered some questions about his work using the Penteo stereo-to-surround plug-in on the Master Class section of the Penteo website.

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