Press Conference for Dolby Atmos hosted last week at CEDIA
Brett Crockett looked bit nervous with the final question and the guy, was asking some good questions should have dropped in few more. Greg P. Russell, mentioned before about reducing dynamics of the film mix on Transformers 3 on one of these vimeo in the past. I like it when the guy with stick, said "level with us" caught him out. Frankly, I don't watered down dynamics. (its been common for decades. its like adding DNR and EE I don't want it) If It was extremely loud I'd use ether Night Mode our outboard audio limiters/compressors as I don't want hearing loss.
Well my question is. Why no up date of the stage channels form common 3 to 9 or more for better future proof? So I don't have to bloody well or anyone else sell theirs in less than 10 years after spending £899 to over £1 grand and won't even get 10 years use out of it. Also why no stereo discrete below surround. All this EQ thing is easy as long as the AVR has RCA outputs to support outboard pro gear.
Also each cinema playing same film never sounds or feels the same way twice as all the cinemas and homes come in different sizes. Still lowering down on the dynamics won't go down too well. I won't buy no more Transformers films T3 was just dreadful the Dolby surround-TrueHD 7.1 didn't sound realistic with performers it sounded like BBC Easterenders at 7pm around my friends on flat screen tv with 1" speakers. I'd rather play ICE STATION ZEBRA and have dialogue panning LCR or half pans in-between its like the performers are in my home and not just coming from the common centre all the time. The mix breaths and all I was hearing in the video was the same old story. Still GRAVITY dtsHDMA 5.1 with the dialouge panning with PLIIx switched in extendeds behind on the 4 surrounds with easy clearness that makes me turn around or look over my shoulder while keeping one eye on the screen.
This set up atmos overhead. Setting up easypeasy. Use pink noise and angle the speakers until you have good tonal highs mid and mid bass well mid bass will have a bit of omnidirectional tone and can't do much about that. It is what it is.
Well I have heard Dolby Stereo overhead surrounds at UCI 25 years ago with Dolby CP55 and SRA5 for SR when SR prints came in and the effect of hearing it still I can hear and remember the locations I was looking at as have nearly all the films on Laserdisc DVD DVD-RW HD-DVD or bluray and thou it was Dolby Stereo optical I can ether down miux it play it with the stereo surrounds which worked with dts when that was installed few years after I left.
Nearly 98% of the Dolby Atmos films I won't touch or buy. Only few I might buy again if cheap or I will wait for lowest price for Dolby TrueHD 7.1 GRAVITY if that ever happens if its only 5.1 then they can keep it. I'm not spending out on an AVR Atmos, this year or next year, maybe 2016 I'm really not as much as excited as I was hoping this whole thing was going to turn out at. Disappointed no 9 screen or below stereo surround and I don't want to listen to another 7.1 that has random sound effects. I know what the scene in the film should sound and feel like and in REAL LIFE we don't feel helicopters pressing on our bodies at the same distance seen in film flying around. I only saw two Real helicopters yesterday afternoon that I took pictures off, A sea-king and a Chinook. If you was standing close to one you would I no doubt feel the rotor blades moving air and feeling windy feeling. Inside one I'd guess there would be some vibration resonates going on. That is where in films I see a lot going wrong.
Earthquakes I doubt produce 120db airborne and making the auduaince DEAF! Otherwise wouldn't the cinema or home be falling down within a few seconds and then after its finished the home would be deemed unsafe to live in. Structural damage. The only thing a film can't do is wind blowing gently on me with around 60db. Not unless its sub playing at silly SPL 105 more db.
I know all fore-well a film is a film.
We all know 3d is not doing good so lets try something else then? Well as sound listener and sucker for something better. Dolby labs, haven't delivered. Sorry guys got try better. And yes I do hear a lot of REAL WORLD sounds below me EVERY DAY! I can hear my own footsteps no less than 60" inches below me. "We hear overhead" every day really. RAIN or water doesn't often sound in thin air! It sounds when its landed on an OBJECT!
I even hear my cat as below surround every day for past 6 years! Why? Because he is 60" below my ear level.
Atmos "life like"? Just another marketing poly. The more things change. The more they stay the same. if they where selling at £130.00 I might be interested.
I'm not duffing Dolby labs, I have plenty of their products. I feel there just jumping too fast.