Dolby Atmos at the Media City Festival

Evangel Ric Lapore

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One of the highlights of the 2013 Next Generation Media City Festival at Salford University MCUK in Manchester was the Dolby Atmos presented by former Salford University student from the School of Acoustics, Digital Media and Audio Engineering… Matt Densborough who is now Dolby’s Director for content services.

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He talked about the latest Cinema Sound technology which was based not on 5.1 or 7.1 but 9.1 surround sound technology enhanced with additional speakers and mainly triple balanced panning which is the Dolby Atmos.  There are more than 250 cinemas worldwide embracing this new technology in Cinema Surround Sound.

Dolby had investigated Wavefield synthesis before coming up with the Atmos and they had tried out channel based audio and having 264 speakers to run the surround experience was  really not cost effective for the consumer market.

Salford Universities Wavefield Synthesis Development

http://www.acoustics.salford.ac.uk/res/drumm/WaveFieldSynthesis/

Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) is a computationally expensive but…

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