How To Record In Dolby Surround Sound

The theater darkens (after the trailers and commercials fade) and the “Recorded in Dolby Surround Sound” logo fills the movie screen, leaving audiophiles such as yourself wondering how to record in Dolby Surround Sound. You need to only understand that avoiding frustration where such questioning is concerned only requires:

  • Knowledge of Dolby Surround Sound as opposed to conventional stereo
  • A properly calibrated Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound equipped audio system
  • Appropriate transfer devices to capture the sound you desire


  1. It’s not just two channels. Unlike a traditional stereo approach, it should be understood that recording in Dolby Surround Sound involves more than two channels. Typically, Dolby Surround Sound utilizes five channels (and speakers) that include a sub-woofer for the lowest frequencies, while also allowing the left and right portions of its sound reproduction system  So understand these principles before recording.
  2. The technology is now available (to some extent) where most all consumers are concerned. Take a look at the Dolby website or other internet resources. Check your local library and book retailer.
  3. Check your A/V equipment. Most of the tools required to record in Dolby Surround Sound are already available on the equipment you own. So just take a look at the settings on your components.
  4. If you have Dolby Surround Sound capability, simply adjust the various settings for audio capture. In other words, if sound meters are available in your equipment you should use them to make sure that all volume levels and other sound components are appropriate. Otherwise, you can use your “God-given” recording arts ear to monitor such inputs to make sure all is well.
  5. But what’s being inputted? Whether recording live sound (that requires microphone usage, line-to-line transmission, etc.) or pre-recorded material you seek to duplicate, it’s important to realize the appropriate hook-ups. This specific recording can be achieved by simply using the jacks available in the back of your Dolby Surround Sound unit.           
  6. A large degree of experimentation is required while recording in Dolby Surround Sound (since its basic principles reflect those of any other type of recording). So, in other words, the adjustment of treble, bass, balance, etc. will more than likely require numerous tries, adjusting the various features on each speaker, according to your preference.
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