If you are a die-hard fan of the musicit is highly likely that you are always looking for new methods to enjoy of the songs of your favorite artists.
Whether it’s trying out different headphones, looking for new settings on your speakers, or researching about what is the platform of streaming that best suits your needs.
The options are many and preferences may vary depending on each situation, but if what you want is to access an audio experience in which the sounds are positioned around you in an enveloping way —as if you were the central character in the middle of a movie— this is for you: Dolby Atmos.
The studio producer Omni SoundlabChristopher Manhey, who is dedicated to incorporating this technology —coming from the cinema— into the Chilean music scene, explains to Third that allows listeners to be immersed in what they are hearing through greater spatiality sonorous.
According to his account, with this format “we began to expand the image of what traditional stereo iswhich are two channels and two speakers”.
“The standard format of Dolby Atmos it is a 7.1.4, that is, (to produce) we use seven speakers on the horizontal axis (around), one for low frequencies and four in the sky”, he details, “that gives a total of 12″.
That means that here “sounds no longer just come from the right, left and center (as it is in stereo), but we also work with a whole three-dimensional container where we can position and make them move”.
But is it necessary to be in a studio with those capabilities so that you can feel the experience?
Manhey says no, so you can rest easy. You don’t need to have a studio with 12 speakers to be able to hear the music you like and that offers the possibility of doing it in Dolby Atmos.
In simple terms, this is because They also use an audio file format called ADM, which, unlike other more traditional and high-quality formats such as WAV, has an “adaptive” character.because it preserves a set of metadata that contains “coordinates in the XYZ Cartesian plane,” according to Manhey.
“If you put a WAV in your car, in a studio, on the radio, in your headphones, it will always be the same. Instead, the ADM, by containing all this spatial positioning metadata attached to the audio signals, what it does is you can listen to the sound file in our 7.1.4 studio, but then go to your car (which, by the way, there are already many that come with integrated Atmos) and the mix adapts to the speaker system you have”.
In other words, It is an “intelligent” format, which can make you enjoy that three-dimensional sound spatiality in your headphones, a soundbar or other electronic devices. Manhey even adds that tYou can also listen to it on the speakers of your computer or on your phone cell phone.
“ADM is flexible and adaptive, while WAV is fixed,” adds the Omni Soundlab producer, “that’s the point of it and why this technology has a significant opportunity to scale to a massive level and not remain only in a niche”.
Currently, it is positioning itself more and more in the industry both globally and nationally. In fact, just a few days ago, the Chilean duo denver re-released one of his most iconic songs with this technology: “Gym Magazine” of the disk Out of field (2013).
The relaunch of said title in Dolby Atmos (by Manhey) and in stereo (with the work of producer Chalo González), It’s just the kickoff for the album’s 10-year celebration, which will include the rest of the tracks with both types of remixes.which will be published throughout 2023 along with surprises such as remixes and vinyl with artistic novelties.
in conversation with Thirdthe co-founder of the group, Mariana Montenegro, says that “The album is characterized because it has orchestral arrangements, so the concept of giving it a specialty in the mix is super ideal”.
Together with the news from Dënver in the framework of Out of fieldan album considered a cult pop work on the national scene, Omni Soundlab specialists have remixed with Dolby Atmos such iconic titles as the voice of the 80s (1984) from The Prisoners, Remembering Chile (1965) by Violeta Parra and the single “Mira niñita” by Los Jaivasamong others by prominent artists.
This is when a key question arises: what platforms allow you to listen with this technology?
The producer of the aforementioned studio —which is also using this modality for live concerts— assures Third that actually most apps in this area offer Dolby Atmos or the ability to listen to songs in a three-dimensional audio mode (also referred to as “spatial audio” or “spatial audio”).
“I mean, call yourself Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music and Deezer, which are the main”, lists Manhey.
But, where is spotify?
“He hasn’t given the official yes yet,” he comments, “although There are several facts that suggest that the ‘let’s go’ will take place this year, with super specific things like that they have already done a Dolby Atmos study in Los Angeles and I know that there are a couple of beta versions of the app that already have Atmos integrated”.
“It is something that they are investigating and the truth would be very rare for them to be left behind with all this.”
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