Adam Howard has once again quantum leaped his sound game by making Howard Audio one of South Africa’s first Dolby Atmos enabled and calibrated Home Entertainment mixing studios for commercials, music and OTT streaming services such as Netflix. What is Atmos and why should you give a damn? Here’s a hint, it’s not only a cinema thing anymore…
To put it simply, Atmos is surround sound but even surround-ier. The Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound that you’ve (hopefully by now) heard of has speakers surrounding you, right? Well, with Atmos, (wait for it….) you also have speakers ABOVE you. This added “height sound” means you are totally inside or immersed in the sound field the way you experience sound in real life. Think of sounds that are naturally above you; a helicopter flying or wind, trees, birds, you can now hear these sounds from where they are supposed to be, above you! Still confused? Miss Dolby Atmos herself explains it as: ‘Atmos technology can place each voice, instrument, or sound in its own space. Wherever you hear it, you’re in the centre.’ BOOM
‘There have been so many final mixes I’ve done and in hindsight, I can see it was screaming for Atmos to really create the immersive experience for many end users.’ Says Adam Howard.
But here is why you need to give a damn… Netflix, Apple TV, Disney, Amazon Prime, Tidal and Apple Music are already offering content in Atmos with more major platforms joining all the time. Atmos is the future of sound, and according to Adam pretty soon all content will need to be ‘Atmos enabled’. The game-changer is that you don’t have to be in a cinema to experience the ultimate sound anymore, you can now experience Dolby Atmos at home on sound-bar speakers or even headphones, MIND BLOWN.
Soon after launching the service, Howard Audio was awarded a Netflix 6-part series for final mix in Dolby Atmos (for Jan 2022) and has already completed 10 Atmos music mixes for African artists through their friends at Jazzworx. Clickety click here to listen to Howard Audios work on an EP for Nigerian artist Lade and below Howard Audio’s Courvoisier ‘sound experience’ that was a finalist at this years Loeries; ‘Although originally just in stereo, we knew that this was screaming to be in immersive sound.’ Says Adam.
Grab your headphones for the Dolby Atmos experience.