Proper Setup is the Key

People spend a lot of money to experience surround sound at home but some end up complaining that they do not get the expected result. The title says it all. Today, I will share how you should set your surround sound system the way sound emitted through those speakers was meant to be felt. Placing the speakers in a line will not do !

Figure : 5.1 Speaker Setup

Figure 1 : 5.1 Speaker Setup [1]

The figure given above shows how a typical 5.1 surround system should be placed in order to experience the optimum sound quality from the speakers. L, C and R are left, centre and right speakers, respectively while Ls and Rs represent left surround speaker and right surround speaker. Sub is the subwoofer which deals with low frequency content.

Given below is a suggestion by Dolby :

“Create a clear path between you and your speakers. If you can’t see the speaker, sound is being blocked” [2]. I found this really meaningful.

A recent innovation by Dolby is Atmos and this can now be experienced at home.

Figure 2 : Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 setup

Figure 2 : Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Setup [3]

The system is similar to that of 5.1 but notice the two speakers on the ceiling. The .2 in 5.1.2 represents these two speakers. The link given below has a more detailed picture illustrating the arrangement with angles :

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/guide/dolby-atmos-speaker-setup/5-1-2-setups.html

Dolby has shared other speaker setups ideal for home use. Explore these out in the Dolby website.

References

[1] 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker Setup. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.audioholics.com/home-theater-connection/speaker-placement-setup-tips-for-upgraded-home-theater-systems/5.1.jpg/image_preview. [Accessed 10 February 2015].

[2]  5.1 Speaker Setup Guide . 2015. 5.1 Speaker Setup Guide . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dolby.com/us/en/guide/surround-sound-speaker-setup/5-1-setup.html. [Accessed 10 February 2015].

[3] Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Speaker Setup. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://icdn2.digitaltrends.com/image/atmos-5-1-2-with-two-in-ceiling-speakers-970×646-c.jpg?ver=1. [Accessed 10 February 2015].

Feel Those Beats

Recently, I have been listening to more hip-hop songs, especially the ones produced by Timbaland. According to what I feel, he is the best producer of hip-hop music. Timbaland has worked with so many pop artists such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, JAY Z and Nelly Furtado.

I thought of producing my own hip-hop, R&B and dance tracks and the results were satisfactory. These have been shared in my Soundcloud page and on Twitter but I will share them at the end of this post. Various instruments such as piano, drums, koto and violin have been used in the production stage. I use Apple Logic Pro X for music production. A bit of Photoshop was also learnt to create cover art.

Well, check the tracks out. I hope you’ll love them. If you like my tracks, please “like” and “share” them on Soundcloud and other social media.