A few weeks ago, I made the trek from NYC to Paramus, NJ to have a listen to the newest audio format for Cinema, Dolby Atmos! Now I have to say, I was like a kid on their way to a candy store, I could not wait to hear the new sound, plus get to see the new Pixar movie, Brave. I was so excited I almost forgot I had to drive to New Jersey just to hear it! (What’s that about?!)
Now 5.1 and 7.1 are still awesome formats for listening to movies, and they have opened the doors for sound designers to have a lot of fun sonically. BUT, where having up to 8 channels is pretty cool, Dolby Atmos redefines the concept of channels and focuses instead on plotting sound effects individually in a 3D space by utilizing a combinations of 64 speakers! This was made possible by introducing ceiling speakers, which allow the audio to float anywhere around the room. It feels as though you are immersed in the movie and really compliments the 3D visuals.
Brave was amazing, and without giving anything away, there are some intense fight sequences and lots of arrows that whiz by! If you have a car, a zipcar, like long bike rides, or live in Jersey, check out Brave in Paramus, you wont be disappointed! (Also, keep your ears open for the Disney logo, the rainbow over your head is pretty cool!) Enjoy!