Behind the Oscar-nominated sounds of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
If pictures have 3D, then sound has Dolby Atmos. Academy Award-winning sound mixer Christopher Boyes tells CNET how he used the audio tech to give moviegoers a more engrossing experience.
In an era when more people are watching movies at home or on their mobile devices, Dolby and Hollywood are hoping sound will lure people back into theaters.
Dolby Atmos, an evolution of Dolby’s 5.1 and 7.1 systems, was used on two of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies for sound mixing, “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.” The system includes speakers in the ceiling theater, in additional to the front, back, and sides of a theater. The real audio innovation comes from the ability to isolate sounds and control where, when, and which sounds come through each speakers.