Lesson 14. Working with Surround Sound
Have you ever noticed that when you watch a movie on a really big screen, you almost start to feel as though you are in the middle of the action? This happens because the screen is so large that it fills your entire field of vision. The screen doesn't need to extend behind you, because your eyes see only what's in front of you. Is that true for sound? Do you hear only what's in front of you? Of course not. So why do people typically listen to music played only through speakers sitting in front of them? These days they can put speakers around them and hear prerecorded sounds from all directions, as they hear other sounds. This is something that the movie industry has done for quite some time, and consumers have begun to follow suit, making surround sound home theater systems hugely popular.
Recent years have seen ever greater activity in surround sound music production. New audio-specific formats such as DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, and of course DVD-Video are making their way into the market as vehicles to deliver surround sound music to the masses.
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To hear the results of this lesson, you will need an audio interface with six outputs wired to a six-channel surround sound playback system. If you do not have this type of system, you can follow the lesson steps, but you will hear your results only in stereo.