5.1 Surround Sound: Up and Running

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Focal, 2000 - Technology & Engineering - 273 pages
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5.1 Surround Sound: Up and Running offers a wealth of practical information for recording engineers. It examines such topics as loudspeakers, room acoustics, bass management, as well as a variety of available microphone and recording techniques and tips for postproduction. A thorough study of distribution formats, including an overview of existing and emerging media, and the psychoacoustics of multichannel sound complete this book.

Multichannel or surround sound involves recording sound on five separate channels and playing it back through an array of speakers. Developed a few years ago for the home theatre market, it is only now being introduced to the music industry with the acceptance of the new DVD audio format. This is the hottest topic in the music recording business, and it will require a major conversion on the part of the studios.

*Hottest topic in sound recording today
*Mixing tips for multichannel sound
*Step-by-step instructions for setting up a monitoring room
*In 2001 Tom Holman won a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the research and systems integration resulting in the improvement of motion picture loudspeaker systems

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Tomlinson Holman is one of the most prominent figures in audio today. He is widely known for introducing new products and processes in the field, including the THX Sound System, Home THX, and the THX Digital Mastering program developed while he was Corporate Technical Director at Lucasfilm, Ltd. Mr. Holman has won career achievement awards from Cinema Audio Society and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association, as well as an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 2001. His feature film credits include Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi among others.

Arthur Baum received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Harvard University and went on to study film sound at the University of Southern California. He has mixed and recorded sound for several independent films, webisodes, and documentaries and has edited sound for television programs airing on Discovery Channel, Syfy Network, Cartoon Network, and Animal Planet. In addition to his work on independent and corporate projects, Mr. Baum has served on the faculty of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, teaching sound theory and technique to incoming film production students.

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