San Francisco, CA (February 6, 2008)--Dolby Laboratories, Inc. is providing equipment and onsite support to the Recording Academy to enable the production of a single 5.1 mix of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards live telecast on February 10. The two-channel mix for the analog broadcast will be automatically generated at CBS network center in New York.
Dolby's support eliminates the need for creating and delivering two separate mixes. Key factors are the ability to accurately monitor and coordinate the mixes made in five locations at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and to anticipate the downmixed two-channel output of the network center. The onsite mixing engineers will create a 5.1-channel program to accompany the HDTV broadcast that is encoded into the Dolby E format; they will then send the mix to CBS master control. From there, a separate two-channel downmix encoded in Dolby Pro Logic II will be created automatically for the analog broadcast using a DP563 Dolby Surround and Pro Logic II encoder.
"The wonder of the Grammy Awards is due in equal measure to the pageantry and to the technical complexity of producing one of the world's most famous events in live entertainment television. This year marks the sixth year we've worked with Dolby, and their support via equipment and technical expertise has really given us confidence in producing the 5.1 surround sound mix at the show," said John Cossette, the show's executive producer.
In addition to providing equipment for multiple mix rooms, Dolby is also providing onsite engineering support by working closely with the show's audio mixers, coordinators, Recording Academy representatives and production company personnel.
"By allowing the show's mixers to focus on the 5.1-channel mix and to rely on our technology for monitoring and automatic creation of the two-channel program, surround sound and two-channel audiences alike will benefit," said Rocky Graham, director of technical marketing, broadcast, at Dolby Laboratories.
Dolby Laboratories, Inc.