We had the pleasure to sit down with Thomas Dolby last week in England to deliver his custom Minimoog Voyager XL. Dolby talked with us about his experiences with Moog synthesizers, his musical course of, and his history with many alternative musicians. Dolby’s initial proof-of-concept trial was held in 2014 in a private nightclub in San Francisco where the company headquarters are located, and subsequently there was an invite-only Atmos social gathering held at Sónar Barcelona — the Music, Creativity & Know-how show — in 2015.
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In this approach, Dolby Stereo maintained the traditional association of three entrance channels behind the display (Left, Centre and Right), plus a single Results Channel distributed around a lot of small audio system mounted on the aspect and rear walls of the theatre — simply as with the earlier expensive magnetic-stripe codecs.
The 1970s was the decade of a wide (and largely incompatible) number of home four-channel ‘Quadraphonic’ surround-sound methods, a number of of which employed phase-matrix methods (very similar to Mid-Side encoding) to squeeze four audio channels onto a stereo medium (albeit with pretty dreadful ranges of inter-channel crosstalk).
There is already a rising vary of domestic dwelling-theatre equipment from the likes of Philips, Samsung and Yamaha which is able to replay Dolby Atmos material at dwelling. The first big movie launch to make use of this new format was the original Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, in 1977.