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The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 3rd Edition by David Lewis Yewdall

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Chapter 21

Emerging Technologies

Sound Restoration and Colorization

5.1 TO 6.1 AND HIGHER

What Is 5.1?

Back in 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 town. Gee, I was going to have to learn a whole new way of doing things. I decided that I did not want to disclose my ignorance too blatantly, ...

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