DJing in 3D: How DJs use Music Stems with Dolby Atmos

DJing in 3D: How DJs use Music Stems with Dolby Atmos

DJing in 3D: How DJs use Music Stems with Dolby Atmos

Surround sound technology made a significant advancement in 2012 when Dolby Laboratories debuted the ultimate surround sound experience dubbed Dolby Atmos. Many movie theater chains began replacing their 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems for Dolby Atmos equipped theaters, some even requiring an upcharge for the Dolby Atmos experience. Now, we are witnessing a new trend of Dolby Atmos slowly making a mark on nightlife by introducing Atmos into nightclub sound systems. The possibility of having Dolby Atmos available at your local nightclub is something that is exciting and promises more creativity for DJs to experiment with 3D sound placement, as well as a more dynamic music listening experience for club goers.

Dolby’s DJ App for Atmos

The switch to Dolby Atmos is a step away from traditional stereo systems found in most venues and nightclubs, which only allow the placement of sound in the left, right or center channels. With Dolby Atmos, the increased speaker count allows the DJ to place a sound in 128 different placement points around the room. First introduced to London’s Ministry of Sound nightclub in 2016, Dolby Atmos proved to be a successful investment that revealed a new market available for Atmos technology. In 2017, Chicago’s Sound-Bar nightclub became the second venue to brand itself with Dolby Atmos. San Francisco’s, HALYCON, is now the third music venue in the world to introduce Dolby Atmos, and the first on the West Coast. Debuting the new sound system with 14 additional Pioneer speakers, HALYCON with sure to attract more attention with upcoming events featuring artists like I_O, Chus & Cabellos, Christian Martin, Doorly, Hydra, Solarstone, and Yousef.

The process of mixing song stems in Dolby Atmos requires extensive preparation using Dolby’s panning plugin to place the instruments around the room to create an immersive experience. Luckily, Dolby has a useful Stem Creation Guide included on their website that may help clarify this process for DJs who have never mixed in Dolby Atmos before. According to the guide, DJs should approach their stem creation with the final format of a maximum 12 total groups/stems. The drums and bass would remain stereo, and only the melodic and FX elements would be the sound “objects” placed around the room. These types of elements might include stems such as Keys, Pads, Synths, Leads, Percussion, FX, and Vocals. With this information it is clear how valuable obtaining the individual stems to a song is when DJing in Dolby Atmos. XTRAX STEMS can be a useful tool if you do not own or have access to the original stems of a song. Given that DJs would need to have the stems to the song to play in Atmos, XTRAX STEMS can become incredibly useful for someone who may want to DJ at a venue with Atmos technology. Only time will tell if Atmos continues to spread to other venues and if audiences will express increased interest in events presented in Dolby Atmos.

Venomisto Presents ADX TRAX Pro 3 SP Tutorial Series

Venomisto Presents ADX TRAX Pro 3 SP Tutorial Series

Venomisto Presents ADX TRAX Pro 3 SP Tutorial Series

Hi all,

I’m excited to be working together with Audionamix on some real cutting edge technology. Their source separation solution is the only one I’ve found that really works for creating professional sounding acapellas and instrumentals.

I’ve gone ahead and put together a 5-part video tutorial series on using Audionamix ADX TRAX Pro 3 SP to isolate vocals from a song. In it, we’ll walk through a vocal extraction together, from start-to-finish. Some of the things we’ll cover include:

  • Running the initial audio source separation
  • Refining the pitch guide to achieve a more accurately pitched separation
  • Boosting consonants to extract those hard-to-isolate “S” and “F” sounds
  • Using different algorithms to get the best end result possible
  • Diving into the Spectral Editor to polish your isolation for that last 5–10%

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VOCAL EXTRACTION TUTORIAL SERIES

In addition to this tutorial series, I’ve been doing Pro Tip videos. In these, I explain how to use a TRAX power feature. You can find the first 2 I did here, where we cover the Smart Attenuate Tool and the Pan-Specific View.

Finally, I’ll also be live streaming my production process for a new remix track, using TRAX to get the original acapella. I’m pretty excited about it, so stay tuned for more!

Check out the tutorial series today, be sure to subscribe if you enjoy it, and of course, leave a comment if you have any questions or ideas for more videos you’d like to see.

Until next time,

Audionamix partners with VENOMISTO

Audionamix partners with VENOMISTO

Audionamix partners with VENOMISTO

Solo artist VENOMISTO, in partnership with Audionamix, is launching a series of in-depth Video Tutorials on audio separation using the TRAX product line, inspired by his own music production process.

Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube page to stay informed when a new tutorial is available. You can also visit venomisto.com/audionamix to watch his first two pro-tip videos featuring TRAX Pro 3 SP:

Pan-specific View

In this video, Venomisto showcases how to use the Pan-Specific spectral editing view in order to remove instrument interference in an isolated vocal. The Pan-Specific View is available in TRAX Pro 3 SP and TRAX Pro 3.

Smart Attenuate Tool

In this video, Venomisto troubleshoots drum bleed in an isolated vocal using the Smart Attenuate tool (available in TRAX Pro 3 SP and TRAX Pro 3).

VENOMISTO will also be joining us at AES NY to showcase his new TRAX Tutorial series, and to celebrate he’ll be giving away free Audionamix products every day!

Click here to register to attend AES in NY October 18th – 20th for FREE on Audionamix and meet VENOMISTO in person.

Additionally, VENOMISTO has just released his second EP, Sevens or Better. This latest offering features original compositions ranging from four-on-the-floor dance numbers, to vibrant tropical soundscapes, to otherworldly post-apocalyptic epics. Fans can stream Sevens or Better on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual suspects. The EP is available now HERE.

Sevens or Better cover front

VENOMISTO is Dance Music for the World. Dance Music for the 22nd Century.

“Please, Mr. Brown” Sarah Vaughan (Pontus Winnberg Remix)

“Please, Mr. Brown” Sarah Vaughan (Pontus Winnberg Remix)

“Please, Mr. Brown” Sarah Vaughan (Pontus Winnberg Remix)

Here’s another great example of how a classic tune can take on new life with the help of ADX TRAX! Listen to Sarah Vaughan’s  “Please, Mr. Brown” transform from an  original to a remix  in 40 seconds!

Remixed by Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, “Please, Mr. Brown”  is yet another hit track from the Verve Remixed: The First Ladies album, courtesy of UMG and Verve Records.

“Blue Skies” – Ella Fitzgerald (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

“Blue Skies” – Ella Fitzgerald (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

“Blue Skies” – Ella Fitzgerald (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

In 2013 we worked with  Universal Music Group to separate the vocals from 13 original recordings courtesy of the queens of Jazz…after a little remixing from some of today’s top DJ’s and Producers, the Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, album was created. Check out a snippet from the ADX TRAX  separation of  Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies.”  After about 20 hours and multiple processes, our team delivered the  stems of the track to  Maya Jane Coles, to  flip and produce  into the full remix  that is available for download here.

ADX TRAX SEPARATION

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REMIX

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