Pictured (L-R) are John Wheeler, Penteo President and Founder; Randy Spendlove, Paramount President of Motion Picture Music; Tamara Johnson, Penteo Director of Industry Relations; Jason Richmond, Paramount Exec. Dir. / Motion Picture Music; Tom Kobayashi, Penteo CFO; Sasha Owen, Penteo COO; Kim Seiniger, Director of Music Production; and Chris Stone, Penteo Corporate VP. Photo by David Goggin.
Diverse Selection of Legacy Stereo Hits Converted to 5.1 Surround
Paramount Pictures hosted a presentation of PenteoSurround, with a demonstration of numerous stereo hit records and popular soundtracks converted from stereo recordings to full 5.1 Surround. John Wheeler, inventor of the process, demonstrated the new 3D audio process with selections from films such as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and classic stereo tracks from artists such as Steeley Dan.
Discussions focused on the crucial
need for stereo to 5.1 conversion for film and television, especially from sources which no longer have multichannel audio masters. Randy Spendlove, Paramount’s President of Motion Picture Music, remarked on the number of films from the company’s catalogue that are being readied for re-release, including the upcoming “Footloose.”
“PenteoSurround will make our job so much easier now,” he commented. “Not only are we converting classic stereo films, but there is a great need for Surround versions of popular songs that are planned for new films we are working on.”
Jason Richmond, Executive Director of Paramount’s Motion Picture Music, added, “The converted Surround audio from Penteo is remarkable. Not only is it a rich and accurate experience – but you can actually distinguish the individual voices and instruments, making it much simpler for our mixers to work with legacy tracks and new dialogue and effects.”
ABOUT PENTEOSURROUND(r) 3D AUDIO
PenteoSurround, Inc., based in San Francisco, California, has created cutting-edge technologies and services that convert any stereo audio into 5.1 surround sound, with automatic downmixing back to stereo. The company has developed proprietary, patent-pending technologies and applications that allow television, film, and music industry professionals to convert and deliver their stereo content and assets into superior-quality 5.1 surround sound automatically, setting a new standard in completely downconvertible, stereo-compatible 5.1 audio processing. Penteo is a registered trademark of PenteoSurround, Inc.