Dallas Audio Post (DAP) has joined the Dolby Atmos party with the installation of a redesigned mixing stage that augments the facility’s Meyer Sound 7.1 system with Atmos mixing capabilities.
“After observing that many popular platforms, including Netflix, Facebook, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, just to name a few, were moving beyond 5.1 as a delivery format, we decided to make the move to immersive on our main mixing stage,” said Roy Machado, DAP’s owner and chief engineer, in a prepared statement.
Managed by Miles Rogers and Ashley Hanson of Berkeley, CA’s Meyer Sound and DAP’s Mahopac, NY-based architect, Francis Manzella, the project required the fabric walls to be stripped and all of the speaker boxes to be relocated on DAP’s main mixing stage. New downward-facing height speakers are suspended from the ceiling, hanging beneath the acoustic tiles. The Avid Pro Tools MTRX is used for system IO and a DAD SPQ card handles speaker control.
Dolby’s Bryan Pennington commissioned the stage, setting up calibration profiles for different configurations — Dolby Theatrical Atmos, Dolby Home Theater Atmos, 7.1, 5.1 and stereo. Two Meyer X800C high-power cinema subwoofers were added at the last minute to fill out the low end. The final design includes three (LCR) screen channels, 12 surround speakers (four on each of three walls), eight height speakers (four rows of two each, including one row just behind the mix position), two surround subwoofers and four LFR subwoofers.
DAP is located in Carrolton, Texas, in the north-central part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.