Immersive Audio
Hear, There and Everywhere

Welcome to our second annual Immersive audio-focused issue of RECORDING Magazine. I am proud to say that, over the past few years, RECORDING Magazine has been at the forefront of Dolby Atmos, Apple Spatial Audio, binaural mixing and more, offering some of the most coverage of the immerging immersive audio movement, and this issue is our best yet!

Reviews

A key component of any immersive system is the speaker, and in this issue, we lend our ears to the One25A from Amphion, the 8381A from Genelec, the HR3.5 and Pro3s models from Ocean Way Audio and the new ROKIT 5 Generation Five and ROKIT 8 Generation Five from KRK Systems.

In headphones, we meet the immersive-focused Maxwell from Audeze, and we also check out the beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO X Limited Edition.

Next, we check out the 4th-Generation 32 channel, Orion 32+, from Antelope Audio, and the TASCAM Sonicview 16XP & SB-16D Digital Stage Box.

Moving in the box, we check out a great collection of immersive-focused plugins. From The Cargo Cult, we test drive a trio of plugins: Spanner, Slapper and Stem Cell. From Eventide we have MicroPitch Immersive and Black Hole Immersive, and from PSP Audioware we clamp down our spatial mixes with Aural Comp.

Interviews

Talking Atmos with Richard Chycki

Interview By Paul Vnuk Jr.

Noted audio engineer Richard Chycki (Rush, Pink, Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Seal, Mick Jagger and more) has been immersed in multi-channel audio for over two decades. Sit in on our master class with Richard as he walks us through what he has learned moving from stereo to 5.1 to Dolby Atmos. [GET IT HERE]

Features

Five of our six features this month are squarely on the topics of Immersive Audio and Dolby Atmos. In Inside The Studio, Mark Hornsby walks us through how Russ Berger Designs converted Crossway Studio (formerly Whitney Houston’s private residential studio) from stereo to Atmos. [GET IT HERE]

In RECORDING’s Field Notes, Giles Reaves goes out into the field to gather observations and advice from his friends Chuck Ainlay and Tom Davis who are immersing themselves in Dolby Atmos. [GET IT HERE] Aaron Trumm brings us A Short History of Immersive Audio. [GET IT HERE] Atmos expert Will Kennedy wants to talk about your low end in his article Know Your Lows: The LFE, Your Atmos Music Mix, And You, [GET IT HERE] and immersive audio educator Alex Solano shares his expertise on Divergence, Low-End and Other Dolby Atmos Tips and Tricks.. [GET IT HERE]

Our final feature this month is also spatially motivated as Joe Albano teaches us about Delay-based effects in Studio 101. [GET IT HERE]

…And More

Dave Martin is back with advice in Readers’ Tracks, and last but certainly not least, producer, studio and speaker designer Allen Sides shares his thoughts on immersive audio in this issue’s Fade Out.

Please join us and immerse yourself in the June issue of RECORDING magazine.