Historic Abbey Road recording studio converts to Dolby Atmos, as format gathers pace

posted on Thursday, 13th August 2015 by Steve May

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London’s Abbey Road has become the first recording studio in Europe to install a Dolby Atmos mastering suite. The upgrade is all part of high profile revamp for the Grade II-listed building, designed to reinforce the studio’s position as a leading venue for soundtrack recording.

The industry needs the facility says Dolby Labs Senior Account Manager Stephen Auld. “If you’ve got an artist who wants to do a Blu-ray or stream in Dolby Atmos, they will want somewhere where the can remix or change it. Abbey Road is all set up and ready to go.” Abbey Road has long taken a leading role in recording technologies, and was an early facilitator of multi-channel sound mixes for Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio.

Auld says the number of Blu-rays offering Dolby Atmos sound is gaining pace. The latest title to be launched is The Gunman (pictured above), starring Sean Penn. “We’re getting there,” he says. “With playback systems we have a nice mix of manufacturers and range of products. What we’re learning now is that in terms of global content, music and regionalisation are really important. We’ve made an effort to engage in local content production.” He cites best selling German-language sports documentary Attention: A Life in Extremes as an example. “For the growth and success of the format, it’s good that we have a wealth of international content.”

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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