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Dolby Laboratories acquires immersive audio competitor IMM Sound

IMM Sound’s immersive audio technology includes both theatre systems and audio post technology with their Immersive Audio Workstation mixing console.

Dolby Laboratories has acquired IMM Sound, the Barcelona-based provider of immersive audio systems for cinemas. IMM’s immersive sound technology will be discontinued and used to enhance Dolby’s own Atmos [pictured] immersive sound system.

Immersive, or “3D”, audio is a term given to a variety of technologies aiming to faithfully recreate the experience of hearing sound in real life, including height information, that goes beyond traditional surround sound. IMM Sound’s immersive audio technology includes both theatre systems and audio post technology with their IAW (Immersive Audio Workstation) mixing console.

Dolby’s Atmos immersive audio system also provides and end-to-end solution with cinema set ups and mixing technology. The Dolby Atmos theatre system has support for up to 64 speaker channels, including speakers in the cinema ceiling.

In June, Dolby equipped the first European Atmos screen with Barcelona’s Cinesa Diagonal Mar Screen 9. Other immersive audio systems include Belgian company Auro Technologies Auro 3D.

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