SAE Brussels are the latest to employ the new Auro-3D format designed by the Van Baelen brothers and Alfred Schefenacker out of Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Auro Technologies Auro-3D, is “a revolutionary means of delivering audio that wraps the listener in a cocoon of life-like sound.” The Auro-3D format offers surround in 9.1 channels , embedded into a 5.1 surround channel PCM mix.
SAE chose Sonodyne SM100AK's for their Auro-3D installation, known for their precision and clarity the SM100AK’s suited the application perfectly.
We went to SAE in Brussels to listen to the Auro-3D system and to find out how Sonodyne was suited to the application. SAE Manager, Robin Reumers, played us a variety of material including an action film trailer which was packed with FX and had obviously spent much time with the sound-design department, a recording made in the centre of a busy city square and finally a recording made in a forest.
We were genuinely impressed. In fact I would go as far as to say that in all my years within the audio industry, I have never heard such a system. The enveloping sound is so natural and the imaging and detail is stunning. And with the addition of the “voice of god” channel which is positioned directly above the listeners head, Auro-3D really came in to its own allowing you to literally pin-point any signal such as a plane or tweeting bird (not the social network kind) flying above you. The moment a movie is released in this format, I will be the first in line at the cinema.
Robin kindly gave us an interview explaining Auro-3D and why they chose Sonodyne for SAE Brussels.