View from the front: Mix with the Pros Atmos edition

View from the front: Mix with the Pros Atmos edition

On 26th October, we hosted the seventh instalment of our hugely popular Mix With the Pros series of events. This time, we tackled Dolby Atmos mixing, with presenters from Avid, Dolby, Sound Technology and Focusrite all offering advice on how to build your Atmos mixing environment and workflow. 

Big thanks to all of you who attended, to our speakers for their incredibly informative presentations, and to Pro Tools Expert for their lovely write up.

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Avid’s Simon Sherbourne was first out of the gate, talking about the new 3D-friendly tools that are coming to Pro Tools in the 12.8.2 update that was announced at AES. The update links the front and rear pan parameters for easier object panning (which Simon was kind enough to demonstrate on our S6), and makes it easier for you to test out your proposed Atmos mix in 7.1.2 before committing to a final mix. It’s also worth noting that Simon managed to do all this with just a MacBook Pro, proving you don’t need as much power as you’d think to run the Atmos Production Suite software.

After that, Dolby’s James Shannon took to the stage to explain the different requirements for Atmos Home and Theatrical certifications, and the investments needed to reach Dolby Premier Studio status.

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And while chasing premier status does mean incurring upfront costs, Sound Technology’s Ben Todd was on hand to showcase the reassuringly reasonably priced JBL Intonato speaker management system, which we’ve praised elsewhere.

Finally, Focusrite’s Simon Short dropped by to give us a crash course in Dante, the audio-over-IP solution that’s increasingly popular among pros who are dealing with immersive mixes. He also spoke about the Rednet X2P and Red 16Line interfaces (we’re very keen on the 16Line, as we’ve mentioned before) which he was kind enough to bring a long for us to have a look at.

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NAB 2017: Avid Pro Tools to provide native Dolby Atmos mixing

NAB 2017: Avid Pro Tools to provide native Dolby Atmos mixing

Avid and Dolby collaboration delivers the industry’s deepest integration and the most efficient audio mixing workflows for powerful immersive audio experiences.

Avid have announced that the forthcoming release of Avid Pro Tools, the leading professional digital audio workstation, will offer native Dolby Atmos mixing. Through a collaboration between Avid and Dolby, Pro Tools will streamline complex workflows and facilitate the most fluid, efficient audio mixing for the leading immersive audio format.

This collaboration is a further demonstration of Avid’s commitment to providing the most comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and optimise media. Avid will showcase Pro Tools with native Dolby Atmos mixing at the Avid booth during NAB 2017 (Booth #SU902).

Pro Tools will feature a comprehensive suite of Dolby Atmos workflows to enable audio post professionals to work more fluidly in the multi-channel and object-based audio format. New features will include built-in Dolby Atmos panning, deep Avid pro mixing control surface integration, advanced automation with the Dolby Rendering and Mastering Unit (RMU), and more. And as a key component of the Avid MediaCentral Platform – the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient media platform – Pro Tools delivers the most integrated end-to-end workflow in the industry.

“Dolby Atmos is becoming the hottest thing in cinema and home theatre, enabling filmmakers to deliver bigger, more immersive audio experiences,” said Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer, Avid. “We’ve worked closely with Dolby to deliver an unparalleled workflow to empower our user community of world-class audio professionals to raise the bar for immersive sound in movies, TV, music, and video games. It’s another example of the deeply integrated workflow you won’t find anywhere else, powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform.”

Pro Tools enhancements include support for Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 audio stems with built-in fold-down logic. On-the-fly switching and automation between surround and object outputs give mixers the ultimate flexibility. For the most fluid re-recording workflows, Pro Tools also synchronises audio and automation punches between input and playback modes in conjunction with the Dolby RMU. And support for ADM BWAV files, containing object metadata, makes remixing more efficient and economical for repurposing content.

Combined with Pro Tools | S6 and Pro Tools | HD, the premium suite of Dolby Atmos mixing tools delivers the most powerful, integrated and affordable solution for mixing Dolby Atmos soundtracks for theatrical releases. Dolby Atmos support for the fully cloud-enabled Pro Tools application enables customers to futureproof their workflows and make mixing for immersive content a flexible, collaborative process.

Availability

Pro Tools with native Dolby Atmos mixing will be available in Q2 2017.

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The view from the front: Mix with the Pros 3D

The view from the front: Mix with the Pros 3D

Missed our 3D sound event? You’re in luck. A couple of attendees – familiar MWTP face James Ivey from Pro Tools Expert and the new, more mysteriously named Statis from Beatnik TV – have kindly done everyone else a massive favour by rounding up the event.

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Statis’ latest vlog over at Beatnik TV explains that “the event is devoted to helping audio professionals understand and work with the limitations and opportunities of [3D mix downs and sound for virtual reality]. From how to mix audio in 3D space to how to work with the issues created by movement in virtual realities, the event covered a huge range of the hurdles facing everyone working in these new sectors.” His video, below, features highlights of some of the day’s demos from Dolby, Sennheiser and more. (He also visited a very cool-looking graffiti show in the same episode, so you can brush up on your street art at the same time).

For a more detailed rundown of who said what, head over to Pro Tools Expert for James Ivey’s writeup, where insights include the fact that the S6 “can be used alongside any Eucon compatible application like Apple’s Logic Pro and because the S6 can address multiple machines and DAWs at the same time you can have different faders or banks of faders assigned to the different DAWs  at the same time. So you can have a group of virtual instrument channels from Logic running on the same surface as your dialog channels from Pro Tools.”

(There’s also a nice overview of the different speakers’ topics – useful in case you ever need to make small talk with Richard Addis or need to know who to direct your Dolby questions to).

Pro Tools Expert also managed to grab Avid’s Rich Nevens for a sit-down interview in our highly photogenic Steampunk demo room. Watch below for an overview on Rich’s journey to Avid’s Director of Strategic Solutions, and what Avid are planning for the future.

Thanks very much to James and Statis for a) dropping by and b) taking the time to give us such positive write ups – hope to see you next time, guys!

Missed out on Mix with the Pros? Our next instalment will be in early 2017, so keep an eye on our events page for dates, as well as a whole host of other upcoming audio-related events you might be interested in.

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