Wednesday, May 31, 2000
Dolby Laboratories Posts Guidelines for Producing Surround Music; White Paper Aimed at Producers, Engineers, and Record Labels
Anticipating the imminent release of DVD-Audio discs, which will deliver discrete, high-resolution, multichannel music to consumers, Dolby Laboratories has posted a white paper entitled “Some guidelines for producing music in 5.1 channel surround” in the Technical Information section of its website, at www.dolby.com/tech. The paper is posted as a downloadable Adobe PDF file.
“While many surround sound mixes have been created for movies, 5.1-channel mixing for music is a relatively new field, one that presents us with many questions and choices,” says John Kellogg, general manager, Multichannel Audio and Music Production for Dolby Laboratories. “We want to clarify the technology and provide an up-to-date snapshot of what the music industry knows and doesn�t know about six-channel mixes for music.”
The white paper describes the origin of multichannel audio in the cinema, the differences between mixing for film and for music, and how to set up a 5.1-channel monitoring environment. It also provides suggestions on how music mixers might best employ the format�s six channels. Additional information related to DVD-Audio sound mixing can be found in “Dolby Digital Professional Encoding Manual,” also available in the Technical Information section of Dolby�s website, and “DVD Audio: A Producer�s Primer,” available in the Professional Products section at www.dolby.com/pro.
For more information, contact Dolby at 415-645-5000.