In cooperation with d&b audio, the band had installed 3D sound in many venues during their last world tour, to complement the show's 3D visuals with matching 3D audio. Based on concert recordings made over the last four years, Kraftwerk now mixed the songs in true Dolby Atmos 3D sound.
Supported by renowned 3D audio expert Tom Ammermann, Kraftwerk member Fritz Hilpert mixed the material in Steinberg’s Nuendo in combination with a Nektar Panorama P1 production controller. Thanks to its deep Nuendo and Cubase integration, the P1 provided him with tactile access to the mix parameters, speeding the process up significantly. Tom Ammermann comments: “We have really pushed the limits of what has been done with 3 D sound up to now. We have taken the Dolby Atmos Array to its limits and used it extensively. Also, there has never been such an impressive Headphone Surround 3D mix – I am really excited about the release of this project.”
One of the concert halls with Kraftwerk's stage setup in the background and extensive speaker installation for 3D sound.
(All photos: © Kraftwerk. Used with permission.)
Kraftwerk’s 3D catalogue will be released on May 26th, 2017 and be available in Blu Ray, CD and Vinyl formats. The two latter versions feature Tom Ammermann’s special binaural headphone mixes, so surprisingly you will be getting a taste of 3D audio via conventional headphones even on vinyl.
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