San Francisco (February 9, 2007)–Dolby Laboratories, Inc. is working with The Recording Academy for the fifth year in a row to deliver an audio surround sound broadcast of the 49th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday evening. The worldwide broadcast will feature live musical performances from some of the industry’s hottest artists and will air on CBS and CBS HDTV at 8:00 p.m. EST. The program will be broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 on HDTV, and Dolby Pro Logic II on analog channels.
“The Recording Academy sets out every year to establish new industry benchmarks for technical excellence at the Grammy Awards,” commented Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. “Once again, we thank Dolby for its remarkable contribution to the high quality of our broadcast audio. Dolby’s support has been instrumental in achieving these superior results, especially during the last five years that we have offered high-def and surround sound on our Grammy Awards show production.”
In support of this complex production, Dolby is supplying equipment for multiple mix rooms as well as providing on-site engineering support. Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Dolby engineers will work closely with the show’s audio mixers, coordinators, Recording Academy representatives and production company personnel.
The mixing engineers on the show will create a 5.1-channel program to accompany the HDTV broadcast, which will also be sent to Dolby DP563 Pro Logic II Encoders to automatically create the Dolby Pro Logic II soundtrack for analog stations. Dolby DP570 Multichannel Audio Tool units will enable the mixers to emulate a wide range of home environments for monitoring, ensuring that their program will sound its best under any circumstance.
The 5.1 and Pro Logic II signals will be encoded together into Dolby E, a Dolby professional audio technology designed for broadcast audio distribution, and sent from the Staples Center to CBS master control in New York.
“We are honored to work with The Recording Academy to ensure that GRAMMY viewers hear the best surround sound audio performance possible in their homes,” said Rocky Graham, director of broadcast products, Dolby Laboratories. “The Grammy Awards always strive for the highest audio quality and continue to bring innovation to live broadcasting. We are very pleased to play a role in the production of this prestigious event.”
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