Originally Posted by Jeff Cooper
Quote:Originally Posted by Kevin EK
A total of 164 speakers are used to make the Dolby Atmos sound - 36 JBL speakers at and behind the screen, and 128 Meyer Sound speakers in the surround positions. Surround positions now include two large trusses hanging over the audience - 68 of the speakers are found in those trusses.
Seriously? How is this going to catch on? How many theaters are going to pay to upgrade their equipment to this standard? What about maintenance? What are the odds that at least 1 of those speakers will be blown? How many movie sound editors are going to compose their effects for placement in each speaker? What are the costs of this going to do to ticket prices?
Robert already touched on this, but the sound designers, just place the sound where they want it in the room on a GUI and the Atmos processor does the rest. This is because there is no standard for how may speakers an Atmos theater will have. There are some with as few as 26 (could be lower now) and you could have some with up to 64. The Atmos processor in each theater decodes the mix and decides based on the number of channels in that specific theater where to direct the sounds in the mix. During a demo I saw a mixer take a sound and with the mouse move it all over the room in real time. As to blown speakers, they system does a self test each day looking for speaker problems. If it finds a problem it sends a repair alert and routes around that speaker until it can be fixed.
There will be a big roll out in 2013 with over 1000 screens world wide. A lot of next summers blockbusters will be mixed for it as well.
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