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Chapter 8. Mixing to Picture in Pro Tools > Stereo and Surround Formats

Stereo and Surround Formats

In the audio post-production world, you must be prepared to mix down your project to just about any format, from mono through 7.1 Surround. One project will often be mixed down to several formats at the same time. Specialized tools are needed to perform these down-mixing routines. Dolby systems require that you encode a special signal when mixing down surround tracks. In today’s ever-changing consumer world, you never know how your original 5.1 mix is going to be heard. It might end up coming out of a mono television speaker, audiophile home theater system, or anything in between. Being able to preview all these possibilities is an important part of your mixdown procedure.

Encoding and Decoding with Dolby® Technologies

Dolby Laboratories is the leader in multi-channel, sound-encoding techniques. They have pioneered methods for bringing multi-channel surround sound into theaters and into the home. You should be familiar with the encoding processes that certain Dolby formats require.


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