(Beverly Hills) — The posh Beverly Hilton Hotel was the site for the third annual Surround Conference and Technology Showcase, December 7-8. Over 550 people attended the event sponsored by United Entertainment Media and companies such as DTS, Denon, TC Electronic, Steinberg and Genelec.
Surround 2001 was a two-day event where the current state of the nascent surround sound recording/mixing format was discussed and explained by acclaimed professionals. Noted luminaries such as John Eargle, Tomlinson Holman and Chris Jenkins of Universal moderated various forums, while many other mixers, designers and producers presented an ongoing package of 24, hour-long seminar/conferences. Day one's 12 conferences were divided into two tracks: Case Studies or “How Did They Do That” and Production Hardware or “What Gear Do I Use?” Day two's tracks continued with more production hardware usage and the most interesting: Delivery Formats or “How Does Surround Sound Reach Its Audience.” These hour-long conferences offered general Q&A periods, along with examples of nearly ideal surround sound/picture playbacks of current, major theatrical and music releases.
Additionally, the conference's scheduling permitted ample time to visit over a dozen different manufacturers' exhibits demonstrating the latest production hardware and software used in the production of multichannel surround sound for film, TV, DVD-V, DTS, DVD-Audio and SuperAudio CD release formats. Complete documentary DVD-V copies of the event will be available soon.
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