At a special media event that was attended by about 500 people, my good friend George Massenburg asked the crowd, “How many of you truly know the joys of surround-sound playback or production?” In that crowd, about 20 of us raised their hands. He then went about the business of playing back several world-class projects that most of the crowd was familiar with, and talking about the benefits of surround-sound music and audio-for-visual production (Figure 18.1). Right-on, George!

Truth is, whether you’re an advocate or an adversary of the concept of surround sound, one thing is for sure … it exists in the here and now, and it is certain to play an ever-growing role in the media technologies of tomorrow.

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