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Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 4th Edition by David Lewis Yewdall

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Chapter 22

Emerging Technologies Sound Restoration and Colorization

5.1-6.1 AND HIGHER

What Is 5.1?

Sounds like odds on a horse race—or at least it used to. Now I hear an odds quote and I think they are talking about a new speaker system.

Back in the mid-1990s, a young sound department trainee burst into my room. He was all excited as he announced that the decision had been made to mix the soundtrack we were working on in five point one! Wasn't that great?! I smiled at the news. He spun on his heels and disappeared down the hall to tell the rest of his friends.

My smile vanished as I sat there—stumped at the announcement. What the devil was five-point-one? This was the new breakthrough sound technology that everybody was talking about around ...

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