Todd-AO Installs Dolby Atmos

Todd-AO has completed installation of a Dolby Atmos system on Stage 1 at its facility in Hollywood, in support of the upcoming "Iron Man 3."
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Hollywood, CA (March 19, 2013)-Todd-AO has completed installation of a Dolby Atmos system on Stage 1 at its facility in Hollywood, in support of the upcoming Iron Man 3.

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"Todd-AO is committed to continuing a long tradition of innovation and leadership in embracing groundbreaking technology in the service of filmmakers," said David F. Alfonso, owner of Todd-AO. "Dolby also has a long tradition of visionary leadership in audio technology, and we believe Dolby Atmos offers a whole new range of creative possibilities for our team of artists at Todd-AO. We are profoundly excited to be able to make this first installation in our Hollywood facility to create the Dolby Atmos mix for Marvel's Iron Man 3."

Dolby Atmos mixes channels-based mixing methods with dynamic audio object-based mixing, which provides control over placement and movement of individual sounds or "objects" within a theatre environment.

"The Dolby Atmos platform enables our mixers to utilize a larger sonic canvas; aside from its unique object-based panning, we can now create spatial ambiences and musical boundaries which surpass what was achievable in any previous theatrical sound format," said Steve Bartkowicz, chief engineer of Todd-AO. "The Dolby Atmos system in the historic Stage 1 at Todd-AO Hollywood is the largest scale dubbing stage installation to date, consisting of 58 audio channels. We selected components for the system which exhibited the power handling and timbral characteristic match to the legendary Todd-AO custom screen channel systems."

"The Todd-AO organization has invested significant time and resources to understand the Dolby Atmos technology and its implications for our workflow as well as the creative opportunities it would create for our sound designers and mixers," said Alfonso.

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