5. 1 Surround Sound Up and Running

ISBN-10: 0240803833
ISBN-13: 9780240803838
Edition: 1999
Authors: Tomlinson Holman
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Description: This text offers practical information for recording engineers. Key features in this guide include: market rationale for converting your studio, step-by-step instructions for setting up a monitoring room, mixing tips and distribution formats.

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Book details

List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This text offers practical information for recording engineers. Key features in this guide include: market rationale for converting your studio, step-by-step instructions for setting up a monitoring room, mixing tips and distribution formats.

Table of Contents
Preface
Colophon
Dedication
Introduction
A Brief History
Montoring
Introduction
How monitoring affects the mix
Full range monitoring
Spatial balance
Room acoustics for multichannel sound
Choice of monitor loudspeakers
A standardized setup, the ITU solution
Left and right
Surround
Subwoofer
Setting up the loudspeaker locations with 3 pieces of string
Setup compromises
Center
Left and right
Surround
Subwoofer
Setup variations
Use of surround arrays
Surround loudspeaker directivity
Square Array
Near Field Monitoring
Time adjustment of the loudspeaker feeds
Low Frequency Enhancement--the 0.1 channel
Film roots
Headroom on the medium
Digital Film Sound enters the picture
Bass management or redirection
Digital Television comes along
Home reproduction
0.1 for music?
The bottom line
Calibrating the monitor system: frequency response
A choice of standardized response
Calibrating the monitor system: level
Multichannel Microphone Technique
Introduction
Pan Pot Stereo
Spaced Omnis
Coincident and Near-Coincident Techniques
Crossed Figure 8
M-S Stereo
X-Y Stereo
Near-Coincident Technique
Binaural
Spot Miking
Point of View in Multichannel
Use of the Standard Techniques in Multichannel
Simultaneous 2- and 5-channel Recording
Surround Technique
Microphone Technique for the Direct/Ambient Approach
Microphone Technique for the Direct Sound Approach
Special Microphones for 5.1-channel Recordings
Combinations of Methods
Multichannel Mixing
Introduction
Mechanics
Panners
Work arounds for 2-channel oriented equipment
Panning law
The art of panning
Non-standard Panning
Panning in live presentations
A major panning error
Increasing the "size" of a source
Equalizing multichannel
Routing multichannel in the console and studio
Track layout of masters
Double-system delivery with accompanying video
Reference level for multichannel program
Fitting multichannel on digital video recorders
Multichannel monitoring electronics
Multichannel outboard gear
Delivery Formats
Introduction
New terminology
Audio coding
Cascading coders
Sample rate and word length
Inter-track synchronization
Reference level
Post-production formats
Track layout
Post-production delivery formats
Multiple streams
Metadata
Three level-setting mechanisms
Dialogue Normalization (dialnorm)
Dynamic Range Compression, DRC
Night listening
Mixlevel
Audio Production Information exists
Room Type
Dolby Surround mode switch
Downmix options
Level adjustment of film mixes
Debugging
Lip-sync and other sync problems
Reel edits or joins
Media specifics
DTS CD
Digital Television
Digital Versatile Disc
Audio on DVD-Video
DVD-Audio
Super Audio CD
Intellectual Property Protection
Toward the Future
Psychoacoustics
Introduction
Principal localization mechanisms
The Minimum Audible Angle
Bass management and LFE Pyschoacoustics
Effects of the localization mechanisms on 5.1 channel sound
The law of the first wavefront
Phantom Image Stereo
Phantom Imaging in Quad
Localization, spaciousness, and envelopment
Lessons from Concert Hall Acoustics
Rendering 5 channels over 2; Mixdown
Auralization and Auditory Virtual Reality
Beyond 5.1
Conclusion
Sample Rate
What's Aliasing?
Definitions
Multi-Bit and One-Bit Conversion
Converter Tests
Word Length
Conversion
Dither to the rescue
Dynamic Range
Actual Performance
How Much Performance is Needed
Noise shaping
The bottom line
Analog Reference Levels related to Digital Recording
Surround Resources
Facilities Consulting
Setup and Test Materials and Equipment
Microphones
Small Format Consoles
Large Format Consoles
Systems for Live Sound
Multichannel on Digital Audio Workstations, Hardware and corresponding Software
Hardware Platform: Pro Tools
Software
Hardware Platform: Digital Audio Labs V8
Software
Hardware Platform: Direct X, etc.
Software
Harware and Software: Sonic Solutions
3D Sound Production Tools
Monitoring Switching Systems, Volume Controls, Controllers
Outboard Equipment
Multichannel Meters
Format Encoders and Decoders, Hardware and Software
Headphones for 5.1
Multichannel Power Amplifiers
Upmixing Facilities
Organizations
Index

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