Atmos Music on Apple TV 4K

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by brl25, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. brl25 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    has anyone figured out a way to play music in dolby atmos? I know options are limited out there but i'd love to hear how it sounds.

    I know the REM album automatic for the people was recently remastered in Atmos, for example.

    Thanks
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

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    You need two things, I think
    1. DD+ version of Atmos track. I think music is mastered mostly in TrueHD Atmos.
    2. Make it a movie file. I don’t think aTV will play any Dolby-audio from a music file. It hasn’t so far.
     
  3. brl25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, so i should add that to iTunes as a movie?

    As far as i can tell, i can only get atmos via Netflix and Apple's movie store. Waiting for Prime to update to atmos.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68040

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    If you have a Dolby Digital Plus audio track, then yes. If you have a TrueHD audio track, then you won't be able to add this to MP4 movie file at this moment. The rest is obvious.
    To be recognised as movie in iTunes, it will also need to have a video track (you can master in a black frame as simplest solution) and file extension of m4v (ie movie file, not audio file).
    By and large - yes. There are not many other sources that would deliver Atmos sound on DD+ track. Some demo files, originating from Dolby's demo discs, can be found on internet as well.
     
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

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    It sounds amazing! I get a little red Atmos Surround icon on my receiver when Atmos is detected.
    I have not heard a full album, only samples that have been remastered.
     
  6. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do when you "re-master" an album. i.e.. Maybe the mastering engineer can add a touch of reverb to the height channels, but that's it. You can't "un-bake" the cake that is a mixed album.

    What would really be incredible is for mainstream artists to enter the recording studio (or at least the mixing phase) and produce new music with multi-channel production in mind from the start. The only people doing this right now are film composers like Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL. Meaning, he employs surround production while composing and recording.
     
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68040

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    There are some, that have started doing this. Alas, I am not into classical music :(
    http://www.2l.no/pages/album/125.html

    Also, Pink Floyd were back in the day big quadraphonic pioneers, so their quad studio masters could be re-released as 4.0 mixes at least.
     
  8. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502

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    Of course there's the Pink Floyd and other old quad stuff. I love Pink Floyd, but the operative word is "new" music. We can't expect surround music formats to succeed by relying on the same old stuff from 40+ years ago. Gotta get the young artists and producers involved too!
     

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