Audio News for November 29, 2016

New Sony Dub Stage Equipped to Master Films in Immersive Sound Formats – The new Culver City stage is designed to simulate a typical home theater environment. It includes object-based surround formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. It is currently preparing several feature titles for Blu-ray, 4K UHD and digital delivery. It is equipped to master feature films and TV in immersive sound formats. The mix stage features an Avid Pro Tools S6 mixing console with 24 faders, two Pro Tools HDS systems, Ancillary gear from Blackmagic, Pegasus and Brainstorm, and a custom-built Delicate Audio truss system for mounting nearfield speakers to conform to the specs of individual sound formats. “Flexibility is essential,” says one of the Sony designers.

New Complete Mozart on DGG & Decca –  Deutsche Grammophon and Decca have released the ultimate in over-the-top gifts in their 200-CD Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition. The box weighs about 20 lbs. and includes 240 of old and new recordings of every known Mozart score: his operas, symphonies, concertos, piano music, even his arrangements of Bach and Handel. Some 600 eminent artists perform the Mozart works and you download the opera librettos and song texts from a web site.

Google Has Become Most Trusted Education Platform – A number of research firms, app developers, and even academics are hailing Google as the most trusted education platform in the market. Apple has been releasing its premium Mac and Apple II computers for years, but Google has bolstered the education platform by releasing cheaper hardware materials. Google’s “Chromebooks” are a most practical marketing package and its “G Suite” has been made available for many universities across the U.S.  It is a platform consisting of collaboration and communications tools in the form of Google Docs, Drives, Gmail, etc.  Though they may go at it different ways, Google and Apple’s goal for both is the world of education.

Gifts for the Nerds and Techies in Your Life – The Glyph Video Headset can be used as just a high-end headphone for music, but it is equipped with screen-less video – millions of micro mirrors which emulate natural eyesight. You can watch your movies in a plane, etc. ($549 at Amazon). Then there is the Pyro Mini Fireshooter, which is a bracelet allowing you to shoot fireballs from your hands ($149). The Bionic Bird is a French drone that flies like a bird. You control it with a smartphone app and it can perform some acrobatic tricks. Its “egg” is really a portable charger, and there are two extra wings (a bit over $100). The Pilot is a real-time language translator that fits in the ear and can take all the anxieties out of traveling the world outside of English-speaking countries. You’ll understand most everyone around you, but the Pilot doesn’t ship until next year. (It’s $199 on Indiegogo).

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