Chances are you know Ray Dolby only through the logo shown here from movie theaters and on screen, but there’s alot more to the story than just movies sounding good. Ray Dolby’s noise reduction and surround sound technologies revolutionized filmmaking and led to the Dolby company and that logo we all recognize. The audio engineer died yesterday at the age of 80.
Star Wars was a critical point in time for audio technology, with Dolby’s innovations proving critical to the mixing process. That process sometimes needed to combine hundreds of individual tracks. Basically movies sound awesome because if this guy.
Former colleague Michael Minkler says, “in 1977 when we mixed ‘Star Wars,’ there’s literally no way a movie of that magnitude was ever going to make it without Dolby Noise Reduction… If Ray Dolby’s inventions had never happened, (the mix for ‘Star Wars’) could not have happened.” I think we should all be thanking the man for enriching our lives.
Source The Verge