Logic: Getting Started With Surround Sound – Do I Need Dolby Certification To Work In Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment?

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Logic Pro was announced with Dolby Atmos. Read on for full details and watch a free tutorial on how to get started mixing in Dolby. In the Audio>I/O Assignments tab, set the Surround format to (3/) and the output routing as shown below. Ensure that the. touch surround panning for Pro Tools, and stereo panning for Logic Pro X and V-Panner is a free app that requires V-Control Pro 2 software installed.
 
 

 

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In this article, we look at what it takes to make your studio suitable to mix in Dolby Atmos for music, whether you need certification, what hardware and software you will need, how to build or convert your studio to Dolby Atmos, as well as our exclusive 6 part tutorial series on setting up and using Pro Tools Ultimate and Dolby Atmos Production Suite to work together in this exclusive everything-you-need-to-know guide to mixing music in Dolby Atmos.

Most music is recorded and mixing for delivery in stereo. There have been a number of experiments in delivering music over the years in formats with higher channel counts like quad and 5. Dolby Atmos was originally created for cinema sound.

Following widespread theatrical adoption, this technology has filtered through into the Home Cinema environment for both film and TV content spanning drama, documentary, and live events.

This new format allows artists to push their creative boundaries. With Dolby Atmos Music, mixers have the ability to place and move sounds in a 3D environment with more precision, allowing for even more creative possibilities.

But if you are looking to mix your next music project in Dolby Atmos then you are in the right place. Read on….

Dolby Atmos is an immersive experience that utilises up to 64 speaker channels. The speakers completely envelop the audience from behind the screen, on the walls and overhead.

Dolby Atmos is designed to enhance the conventional 7. These objects can be moved through the theatre in all 3 dimensions. Dolby Atmos Cinema processors take into account the exact specification and dimensions of any playback auditorium so that the effect is the same in each theatre.

Watch this video as Dolby explains it much better than we could in words. As well as a 7. This is essential, for the second part of the Dolby Atmos system – the objects. You can have up to objects, that are separate sound elements that, any one of which, you can position around the theatre at will. So a Dolby Atmos mix consists of three primary elements:. Think of this as your main mix bus. Objects are great when you have specific discrete sounds which want defined positions.

For theatrical cinema release, you must use a Dolby Certified studio to mix and master your Dolby Atmos audio mix. When it comes to Dolby Atmos for Music it seems that currently there is no requirement to use a certified studio. You only need to use a hardware Dolby Atmos Rendering and Mastering Unit for theatrical cinema releases.

For all other Dolby Atmos work, you can use either of these two solutions…. There is also a day free trial available too so you can trial it ut without having to spend a penny. You will need Pro Tools Ultimate and above to access the Dolby Atmos native integration workflows.

The Music Panner is the first Dolby Atmos plug-in designed specifically for music workflows. Using the powerful built-in sequencer, users can create tempo-synced object panning routines in immersive Dolby Atmos Music mixes. Even better is that the installer package also contains documentation and useful session templates. The Dolby Atmos Music Panner v1. Object and Object pair sections now include a field where you can type in a valid input channel number.

There are new default object positions in the virtual room when inserting a panner plug-in:. Mono panner: By default, the object is placed in the front centre of the room C position. Stereo panner: By default, the first object is placed in the front left corner of the room, and the second object in the front right corner of the room. The Linking selector is set to Mirror X.

Round trip paths in the virtual room now display with an arrow on both ends of the path. Elevation shape options have been reordered to match the order of the options in automation playlists: manual, wedge, sphere, curve. In the Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite and the Dolby Atmos Production Suite you can configure up to 22 speakers, giving a maximum configuration that would be 5 across the front, 2 pairs of speakers on the sides, 5 pairs of overheads, 1 pair of rears and a sub. In reality, most rooms with these renderers tend not to go beyond a 9.

This means that if you are wanting to mix music or post-production, you will need a 7. Although you can work on smaller systems like a 5. Ideally, all 11 speakers should be the same brand and model. But overall its the same concept, the fronts should all be the same, it is best if the sides match the fronts, but the sides, rears and heights speakers can be smaller models from the same brand.

For a 7. These are not very common and will not be cheap either, but there is another way and that is to combine your audio interface and monitor controller. From Focusrite, there is the Red 16Line , which can be configured as a monitor controller although there is not a speaker calibration option available. We have featured two home-based Dolby Atmos studio builds so far and although they were are both aimed at Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment, because they are using a single computer and Dolby Atmos Production Suite they are equally relevant for working in Dolby Atmos for Music.

The first was a conversion of an existing home studio belonging to Korey Pereira, MPSE, who is the owner and creative director of Soularity Sound, a post-production company based in Austin, Texas. The second was a new-build with a purpose-built studio in his back garden by Graham Kirkman.

Both articles focused on the practical issues involved in building or converting a studio into a space to mix Dolby Atmos with a Dolby Atmos 7. I spent hours and hours drawing and re-drawing it until I got it to where I wanted it and then sent this plan off to the building company who approved it and then, just as building work was about to start….

COVID raised its ugly head…. Eventually, the guys were allowed back on site and building began. The only things I had to change from my original plan were the locations for the power sockets and where the ceiling speakers would go because with the lights and ceiling acoustic treatment I had limited space for the speakers. Graham already had a 7. I looked at several models and ended up settling on the JBL 7-Series.

The biggest draw for me was the ability to mix and match between passive and powered and large and small speakers. For Graham when it came to a monitor controller after one blind alley he went for a Focusrite Red 16Line to serve as both the audio interface and 7. In this article we outline the business case for Dolby Atmos by asking industry experts, mixing in Dolby Atmos to share their business reasoning for investing in Dolby Atmos.

To help answer this question we turned to a number of people at the top of their games who have recently chosen to upgrade their own facilities to enable them to mix and deliver content in Dolby Atmos. Audio Professionals Give Their Verdict. What is the point in creating content in Dolby Atmos if consumers do not have the equipment to take advantage of the immersive object-based format?

In this article, we will investigate the take-up and benefits of delivering content to the consumer in Dolby Atmos. I’ve never seen any commoner homes have 5. I highly doubt they’ll have any clue OR space to properly position Atmos. Our facility is moving to Atmos rapidly and this article is encouraging, but the question still is a hot point when speaking with my colleagues.

Anyone shed some light? Please and thanks. On May 17th , Apple announced Apple Music is bringing industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos in June We have all the details…. You don’t need a pair of Apple or Beats headphones in order to listen to Dolby Atmos tracks from an iPhone or iPad — any headphones will work, as long as you enable a specific setting.

In this article, Reid Caulfield, takes a look at what we think we know so far, how this affects audio professionals and asks who needs or wants, Immersive Sound for anything? All of that said, there is the smell of opportunity is in the air. In this article, we explore some of the early concerns. In this article, we explore the new features Avid have introduced including support for sample rates and bit depths up to KHz and 24 bit as well as the Dolby Atmos format.

Mixing music in Dolby Atmos can unlock a whole new world of creative possibilities and really bring any piece to life with immersive audio. These differ from Beds in that they are not fixed speaker locations, but point sources of sound, that exist in a 3D space. Because these are point sources rather than speaker channels, their position within the 3D listening space remains the same, regardless of how many physical speakers you have in your listening area.

Across a series of 6 articles, brought to you with the support of Avid, Post-Production Specialist and Immersive Audio expert Alan Sallabank shared detailed tips and tricks to help you get to grips with the audio post-production workflows for content to be delivered in Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment, which will be especially useful if you are delivering to the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

Again these tutorials are aimed at post-production workflows but because the setup and configurations for Dolby Atmos For Music are virtually identical so been though you will be mixing music in Dolby Atmos, these tutorials will be very helpful. Running everything in software does also put quite a strain on your host computer, so we would also recommend that you are running a machine with at least six physical cores and at least 32GB of RAM.

In this free video tutorial, looking at Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment workflows, we start with how to set up your Pro Tools session and the Dolby Atmos Production Suite as well as a look at some terminology.

Because of the unique way that the Dolby Audio Bridge works with Pro Tools and the Dolby Atmos Renderer, you can easily find yourself experiencing issues with digital clocking errors, sync drift, control surface latency, and timecode discontinuities unless you get the specific setup of your system correct from the outset.

In this second tutorial, we show how to set up your clocking and interfaces in such a way that you avoid damaging your speakers and your sanity. Since the release of Pro Tools Ultimate When it comes to loudness, what this means is that there is no offline process available to automatically gain loudness and true-peak compliance.

In this free video tutorial, looking at Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment workflows, Alan looks at best practice when using immersive upmixing and reverb plug-ins, with a firm focus on ensuring downmix compatibility. Learn more: If you want to explore the different ways that different plug-ins facilitate being able to output to a higher channel count than the default 7.

In this free video tutorial, the sixth in a series of 6, looking at Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment workflows, we now progress to the end game – Mastering. We circle round to where we started and look in detail at all the deliverables that are required as well as the Atmos master mix because the production will also be distributed on mediums that do not or cannot support Dolby Atmos. We also have a glossary of terms as working in Dolby Atmos brings with some more jargon that you will need to understand.

As well as our 6 part series above there are other tutorials available on working in Dolby Atmos that we recommend looking at. As this tutorial is nearly one hour long, we have provided section headings with the running time that section starts, so that if there is a particular topic you want to watch you can jump straight to it rather than have to watch the whole tutorial though.

That said, we do recommend watching it all the way through once so that you get the full picture. Then when you need an answer to a specific issue you can go to that point in the video, and get the answer quickly. Dolby has put together a set of help guides to help music producers and engineers understand and set up their studios to record, mix and master in Dolby Atmos. Delivery Specification It covers specs for the mix room, how to calibrate your monitor system, the overall system design, some sample room layouts, a sample signal flow diagram and producer signal flow diagram.

 
 

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