Is the end of stereo imminent for music too?

Musik usually comes from two loudspeakers. One stands in front on the left, the other in front on the right of the listener. It is similar even at concerts in halls or stadiums. Except that a lot of boxes are stacked on one side and the other. It’s not been like that in the cinema for a long time. Noises, voices, effects and music can be heard from left, right, front and back. In more and more movie theaters you can also hear sounds from loudspeakers in the ceiling. Such cinemas support the Dolby Atmos format; one speaks of three-dimensional sound, of spatial sound. Cinema buffs appreciate this format, especially for action films, because the audience is acoustically right in the middle of the action and can precisely locate the noises in some scenes.

What works with film sound also works with music. After all, most bands consist of at least three or four musicians anyway, whose instruments are spread around the room. So what is it like to hear music not just in stereo from the front, but three-dimensionally or spatially so that it sounds around you? It’s pretty impressive. We sit together with founder and owner Stefan Bock in a room of his MSM studio in Munich and listen to each other through some of his Dolby Atmos recordings. In the genres of classical and jazz, the format still convinces us on a sober, more cerebral level.



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