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How does immersive sound from Barco work?

As you can see in the soundfield diagram below, Auro 11.1 adds two additional layers of sound to the existing 5.1 surround sound layer. The Auro 11.1 format incorporates a unique height and overhead channel which allow for natural lifelike sound with sound waves coming from every direction, just like they do in real life. In this way, Auro 11.1 creates the most realistic and natural immersive audio experience.

Auro 11.1 soundfield diagram

Watch the educational video below for a short explanation of how the system works.

The Auro 11.1 format in a nutshell

  • Unique three-layer sound technology (surround, height and overhead)
  • Compatible with existing 5.1 installations
  • Minimal hardware investment required
  • The most economically viable immersive sound system
  • The perfect complement to your premium branded experience
  • Fully ready to support future immersive audio standard

“After independently testing both commercially available immersive cinema sound solutions, it became abundantly clear that Auro 11.1 provides the best complement to the Cinemark XD experience. We firmly believe that the fullness and richness of Auro’s height layer, coupled with the discreetness of the future and open standard object-based capabilities supported by Auro, will make for the best movie going experience possible. It’s backward and forward compatibility with existing cinema audio systems, in addition to the ease and economy regarding both implementation and operation, are also critical elements.”

Damian Wardle, Vice President of Worldwide Theatres Technology & Presentation, Cinemark

“It’s highly compatible with our existing audio configuration. The unique speaker ‘height’ layer produces the most natural sound, and literally immerses the audience with audio of unsurpassed quality, at any listening level. Plus Auro 11.1 also adheres to an ‘open-standard’ of content creation, which ultimately translates into fewer restrictions and more choices for both filmmakers and exhibitors.”

Rob Del Moro, Chief Purchasing Officer, Regal Entertainment Group

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Auro 11.1 workflow introduction

This video explains how content can be created in Auro 11.1. The first part gives more information on how to add the Auro 11.1 sound format to the final mix. In the second part of the movie, you'll learn how to record sound in Auro 11.1.

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How to add content in 3D sound to the final mix

There are two ways to create content in the Auro 11.1 format: you can either initially mix it in Auro 11.1 or add the 3D sound format to the final mix. This video explains how you can add Auro 11.1 to the final mix.

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Movies mixed in Auro 11.1

Upgrading to 3D sound

Auro 11.1 cinema speaker set-up
Find out what it takes to smoothly upgrade to Auro 11.1.

Studios mixing in Auro 11.1

DreamWorks Animation

Find out which production companies have mixed movies in Auro 11.1.