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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Another look at Worship Space Acoustics

Acoustics has been a field that interests me… especially going to Churches or Worship Spaces and trying to listen to it’s sound and it’s architectural design and structure.  Architectural Acoustics is a modern field in architecture and acoustics that combines or bridges both disciplines.  Below was a study in Worship Space Acoustics …

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Maybe You Should Know (a Christmas Cover)

This song was popularized by Kenny Rogers and while listening on You Tube and looking for a Karaoke Version there seems to be very few of these online and most of them distorted.

Very nice song but shame all you can here online basically is distorted so I decided why not revive this track by creating my own version.  Simple piano strings re-arrangement with a drum loop on the choruses.

Made use of the vocals to create that spatial impression as well as basic blending with the backing vocals.  Desktop recording with a 2i2 interface usb mixed and mastered using headphones (not really recommended and not ideal) but it worked.

FREE download of this version on Soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/evangelriclapore/maybe-you-should-know-revived

Merry Christmas to you all and advance Happy New Year !!!

From the man on the keys…

Evangel Ric Lapore

Acoustic Lens Technology – the research continues

Acoustic Lens

Acoustic Lens

You may have seen these lenses on BMW’s, Mercedes, Audi’s and Ashton Martin’s while enjoying 007 Bond films and other popular films.   They look weird and amazing like this one below a 7.6 surround set-up with the TV as the centre channel.  Each BeoLab 5’s carry a massive power output of 2500 watts of Class D-amplification technology. Four speakers 2x 1000 watts low sub and high sub 1x 250 watts mid and 1x 250 watts high using acoustic lenses.

7.6 Surround Sound

7.6 Surround Sound

Well, these speakers have acoustic lenses,  a technology based on circles and ellipses and how sound waves can be controlled using aluminium lenses.

Usually, to get in the sweet spot, one has to be in the middle of the left and right stereo speaker position e.g. mixing or mastering audio or even just listening in order to enjoy the balance of the sound and realize the movement of the music in the stereo field.  The very thing that these acoustic lenses are here for is that they expand the “sweet spot” instead of 60 degrees it’s times 3 based on the papers written about acoustic lenses.  Meaning in order to enjoy the sound or music one need not be in the same center position of two loudspeakers with equilateral distances creating a 60 degrees angle (30 left and 30 right) and having to hear a phantom image at the center.  With the acoustic lenses, anywhere you are in the room you will still be on the sweet spot so to speak because the acoustic lenses spreads the audio 180 degrees (high and mid frequencies) .  Not worry about the sub frequencies coz as we know sub or low frequencies are omni-directional anyway.   Simply means the acoustic lenses helps expands the sweet spot spreading the high and mid to 180 degrees in the room.  More than a decade old research by Sausalito Audio…

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According to Robert Archer of CEPro

The “Acoustic Lens”

Originally conceived by Moulton, Sausalito Audio’s Acoustic Lens solution was developed by LaCarrubba for architectural loudspeakers.

Now, Sausalito is working to leverage that technology.

The Acoustic Lens technology has already been successfully implemented in Bang & Olufsen’s line of freestanding loudspeakers and audio systems designed for Audi and Aston Martin automobiles.

The Acoustic Lens acts like a wave guide and horn, says Wertman. In traditional speaker designs, she says, treble sounds beam. They also create what she calls “undesirable floor and ceiling reflections.”

“Traditional off-axis lateral treble performance is generally poor and, though many companies have tried to solve the problem, the Acoustic Lens is the device that best addresses it,” she says.

The Acoustic Lens takes vertical radiation and flattens it to achieve an even, 180-degree horizontal dispersion, Wertman explains.

“The difference in audio performance is not only measurable, but it’s easily discernable to average listeners,” she says.

The widening of the so-called “sweet spot,” the Acoustic Lens is especially valuable to custom installers, says Wertman, helping them overcome common compromises.

I have personally heard this with my ears,  Bang & Olufsen’s  BeoLab speakers the BeoLab 18, BeoLab 20’s as well as the BeoLab 5’s and BeoLab 3’s all these award winning speakers from the International CES have the same expanded sound on the highs and their mid-ranges.  On top of that, the waves are controlled to have less reflections from the ceilings and the floor (or horizontally and vertically) giving a balanced expanded throw from the speakers.

I wouldn’t recommend it for studio work of course but for in car audio systems and for hi-fi listening they are great, well they are the best.  And tuning your speakers in the living room would be very easy … so much easier than you think. What I have tried was using the TV (BeoVision Avant 55″) as a centre channel in a 5.3 surround set-up with my left and right front speakers (BeoLab 18’s Award Winning CES Best of Innovations, Design and Performance speakers for 2014)  an added BeoLab 19 Sub-woofer (wireless using WiSA Technology) and BeoLab 17’s for the left and right surround speaker set-up.  It’s just amazing and people are blown away by the sound distribution across the room.  Not mentioning the WiSA Wireless Technology Streaming from the TV to all the 5.3 surround set-up which is better than CD quality.  CD is 16-bit 44kHz from a player and WiSA is Immaculate Wireless Sound from B&O streaming audio at 24-bit 48kHz (high-definition audio).

Wait… wait… wait… are you saying 5.3 surround?  well, where’s the other 2 coming from ?  I mean the 0.2 coming from?  hmmm… good question.

Well, the answer is that the TV itself (BeoVision Avant 55″) is the only TV in the market with 4K Technology, 2D/3D dimming, carrying a built-in 8 loudspeakers all active with class-D ICEPower amplification technology.  the TV alone is in itself a 3.2 channel sound system (1x 6.5 inches sub omni and 1x 4 inches sub front with 3 mid ranges and 3 tweeters all active).  So, setting the TV a 1.2 (center and 2 subs) plus the Wireless Speakers left front, right front, 1x wireless sub, left surround and right surround makes a 5.3 surround set-up. Just crazy.  Levels can be selected and adjusted in dB’s, speaker distances can be manipulated as well, and many more.  The BeoVision Avant is the 2015 CES International Best of Innovations Award Winning Television from 4k Ultra High Definition Picture to Iconic Sound and Choreographed movement with proper aluminium finishes and not plastic painted with silver with flimsy stand,  this got a 65 kgs. motorized floor stand with a full circuit board on it giving you the total positioning and experience as well as choreographed movement.  Sorry, not trying to sell you a TV here but it’s mind blowing how these technologies have evolved through time.  If you want full range sound with a very good mid presence stay away from the cheap high and low boosted speaker systems that don’t have proper mid-ranges and that costs you around 1,500 pounds to 3,500 pounds with all the clutter of wires.  You will just be buying a system with  NO MIDs at all … all you get is ssssssss… and boom boom boom…

A lot of consumers don’t know these facts and that’s why Bang & Olufsen always have the impression of having to be expensive.  Well, acoustic research and technology is not cheap.  Scientific study and engineering technology is not cheap to translate into products at all.  And I would stand by Bang & Olufsen why their products have to be priced as such because of the translated technology and research as well as the design they employ to their manufacturing of high-end speaker systems and video systems.  If you want quality then that has to be seen, that has to be felt, and that has to be experienced.

A Wireless Sub you never heard before

Maybe most of you have not known this WIRELESS SUB WOOFER.

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Yes, it is wireless … and it is streaming in 24-bit 48kHz of solid high definition audio.  Using WiSA Technology  (Wireless Speaker and Audio)

http://stores.bang-olufsen.com/great-britain/bang-olufsen-of-st-albans/featured-products

Introducing the BeoLab 19 Wireless Sub delivering high-definition audio to your set-up whether in the studio or in the home. Better than CD quality and streaming  through Bang & Olufsen’s patented Immaculate Wireless Technology WiSA running on 24-bit 48kHz. The latest in wireless technology only from Bang and Olufsen.

Read this below from WiSA:  Thanks to WiSA.

WISA® TECHNOLOGY

As TVs have gotten thinner, delivering increasingly better video, their audio quality has not kept pace, for the simple reason that there’s limited space on these ultra-thin displays to fit a high-quality speaker. Consumers who want premium HD audio to complement their HD video must invest in a separate audio system. In addition to the expense of these systems and the complexity of setting them up, there’s the challenge of running all those speaker wires – as many as eight in a 7.1 surround system. Without hiring professional installers, it’s nearly impossible to make these cables “disappear” or blend naturally into the surroundings. Likewise, once the speakers are installed, they need to be calibrated and balanced to the room environment, requiring specialized equipment and expertise that is often beyond the reach of the average consumer. And once the system is installed and configured, it becomes virtually impossible to rearrange it without additional expense.

A wireless audio system that is affordable, easy to install, and simple to configure is the ideal solution for home theater – and WiSA technology provides that solution.

Overview
WISA compliant devices use the relatively uncrowded UNII frequency spectrum to transmit high-fidelity, “interference free” audio ranging from stereo to 7.1 surround sound, along with system configuration and calibration data.

System Set-up
Learn the features that make WiSA technology the new global standard for the wireless transmission of HD audio in a home entertainment environment.

Scalability
WiSA compliance ensures interoperability among transmitter and speaker brands, so consumers can mix and match products from different vendors and easily grow their systems.

Key Attributes
Key features of WiSA technology at a glance.

Whitepaper
A high-level introduction to WiSA technology that compares it with competing wireless audio solutions, looks at audio market trends, and explores the market opportunities for WiSA-enabled products.

An easy way to get into the Music Industry will get you noticed internationally

The Music Industry has been swept by a lot of new developments from analogue to digital,  tape to CD’s, super audio CD’s to mp3’s and more with online selling, download sites and even illegal download sites as a digital platform for the aspiring artist or musician.  Then we have the social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, Flicker, Tumbler, WordPress, and more as the new age biggest and the easiest link for any budding singer/songwriter or musician to be heard and discovered globally.

Working for Polycosmic Records and Dyna Records from the analogue era up to the digital age I have personally seen and felt these changes and the way the market behaves especially in Asia where piracy is a “NORM”.   It’s part of the industry and you can’t get rid of it.

So, how did we do it then?  How can we do it?  Or simply, how can we get into the Music industry and be discovered internationally. A sure hit solution for any artist from the UK, USA, EU, Canada, Australia and outside the Philippines.

This is the music business and how it works is that an artist needs a good following.  Maybe a million hits on you tube, a million followers on twitter, a million followers on your FB like page, a million audience atleast I guess and then you can be noticed by record companies who likes the idea of profiting from your songs selling  this to a million audiences.

Say, you have a ready album recording of your original songs and compositions.

Before, in the mid 90’s, recording companies could easily sign up a singer to become an artist if you have a good recording voice, good materials and a presentable face and body.  Straight away they’ll sign you up and you’ll get to be noticed easily by an audience of more than 90 million (in the Philippines alone) talking about you on the radio, tv, print media and news tabloid, buying and listening to your music.

Now, with a market of more than 100 million plus 10 million abroad nobody would like to sign you up even if you have the voice, the recorded album on a CD master, good songs, sexy body.  Why ?  You need a good following… an audience… a network… a captured market from the point of view of the record company who will finance your project.  Mind you before you can get your slice of the pie the record company secures their share first.

Well, if no one will sign you up then do it yourself.  DIY it !  100% will be yours.

Get an adviser, acting manager or producer who knows the trick in that industry.  The Philippines has more than 100 million listeners locally and 10 million all over the globe.  This will be your audience so, what you need to do is get the top 3 tracks you have from your album recording and match it with the kind of genre this market wants.  You only need an audience to be discovered internationally and the throw and bounce effect works here.

Throw your materials in Asia to get a wider audience and have this following noticed by scouts and or record companies in the UK, EU, USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, and all over the globe.

No to record companies,  go for the label that will help you with a sure hit TRI-MEDIA solution which covers the following:  I know a few and it only starts from £19,500-£26,500.

Album Copyright, Licensing, Replication and Distribution (Nationwide Philippine Market)

FREE 1,000 initial CD copies with digital mastering distributed nationwide to all Astrovision, Oddyssey, Radio City, SM and Robinsons outlets. (HMV like)

Radio Airplays, TV guesting and appearances, Myx Video Channel, Mall Tours, and Print Media with major newspapers and magazines including tabloid.

With FREE 3 days hotel accommodation in Manila, Philippines

Cost ranges from £19,500 – £26,500

TRI-MEDIA Promotion and Marketing Plan

Radio/ TV/ Print media/ with Mall Tours Marketing Plan

1. Radio Airplay nationwide from Manila FM stations :  MOR, Star FM, Energy FM, Win Radio, LS FM, iFM, Big Radio, Yes FM, Love Radio  3-5 stations airplay.  Top 3 songs in the album promoted not only a single.

 2. Print Media (total of 10 write ups inclusive of writers fees)

Including major dailies and tabloids The philippine star, manila bulletin, manila standard, the manila times, abante, peoples journal, tempo and etc.

3. Ever Gotesco Malls (3 malls in Manila  Commonwealth, Record, Ortigas Malls inclusive of sound system, host, food trapaulins and etc.)  SM and Robinsons mall tours can be arranged for additional fees.

4.  MYX Video Channel for music video.

5. TV Guestings (included) more can be arranged for additional fees.

6. Service Fees for 3 months promotional period minimum target schedules would be from September to October.

7. FREE 3 days hotel accommodation upon arrival for 2 people. (3-4 star hotel)

Contact:  Peak Management at 07515864600  or email me at RICLAPS@HOTMAIL.CO.UK

Evangel Ric M. Lapore – Updated Profile

Born in the Philippines and grew up in a family of musicians, started singing and playing the piano age 10 at their family owned school of music. Was teaching piano in high school, composing music and was in a band for 8 years as keyboard and backing vocalist. Finished his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Silliman University and gone into music technology and composition in 1992 when he met American Music Professor Danford Byrens.

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Won songwriting competitions locally and released his own self-produced album the same year after winning several songwriting contests. Finished his Masters in Business Administration degree from the Ateneo de Davao University while teaching part-time and managing a 24 channel analogue recording/rehearsal studio as in-house musical arranger, songwriter, and assistant engineer. Worked in Manila for Polycosmic Records (a Polygram Company) as Sales Supervisor and A and R coordinator in 1994 in three different key cities. 2001 was signed up with Dyna Records as Recording Artist and released an album of 10 original compositions arranged and interpreted with hit song revival “When you remember me”. Worked with Dyna Records producer Boyet Manahan, Tracks Studio Producer Angee Rozul, South Border producer/arranger Jay Durias and other producers in the Philippines music industry.

Left for the UK and took formal study in Music Production and Commercial Audio Engineering from the MIDI school in Manchester under Cristophe Mcbride, Audio Mastering sessions with Paul O’Brien at POB Audio Studios, the Music Masters course with David Tolan and Producer Jim Spencer. Won top 2 in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest out of 6500 entries worldwide with track “He’s alive not a lie”. USA Songwriting Contest 2008 as finalist with “Dream I found” and Pacific Australian Songwriting 1st place winner Dance Category with “J45”. Released in the UK his self-produced gospel album “He’s a live” in 2008 while performing and as musical director at Life Change Community Church.
Freelance live sound engineer, audio lecturer and piano tutor as well as worked for Studiospares Ltd. in London. (A Pro Audio Company). Worked with Paolo Urban Chain Studios Engineer and John Robinson at Clique Productions London and other London studios. Produced Erela Mae’s “Wish you were here” album in London 2012 and 2014 released another Christian Gospel Album of his compositions “Worship the Lord”. Finally, finished his degree in Prof. Sound and Video Technology with First Honours from the University of Salford, Media City UK.

More than 20 years of mixed music industry experience as performer, arranger, singer/songwriter, audio & video engineer, lecturer and producer up to this time.

BSC (Hons) in Professional Sound and Video Technology from the School of Science Computing, Engineering, Acoustics and Audio at the University of Salford, Media City, UK.
Dissertation: Worship Space Acoustics ( A Study in)
Master in Business Administration Degree from the Ateneo De Davao University in the Philippines
Diploma in Music Production and Commercial Audio Engineering, MIDI School Manchester, UK
Bachelor of Business Administration from Silliman University, Philippines

A combined Music Production, Audio Engineering, Video & TV Engineering experience with Business Administration and Music Business Experience. Pro Audio Products and Sales experience as well as Music Production and Freelance Lecturing and Teaching experience.

Specialties:
Music Production & Performance, Composition, Recording, Mixing, Music/Piano tuition

Added skills:
Video Production, Multi-Camera Filming, Video Editing, Audio/Acoustics Measurement, Recording Studio Design and Set-up, Music Business and Artist Promotions with links in the Philippine Music Industry.