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Ray Dolby, audio pioneer, dies aged 80
FOXNEWS ^ | 09/13/13 | FOX

Posted on 09/13/2013 9:20:52 AM PDT by Doogle

SAN FRANCISCO – Ray Dolby, who pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound audio technologies which are fundamental to the music and film industries, has died aged 80, the company which bears his name announced Thursday.

Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for a number of years, and was diagnosed with acute leukemia last July, it said, adding that the Oscar-winning scientist died at home in San Francisco.

"Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary," said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, the company which the young Dolby created in 1965.

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TOPICS: Hobbies; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: audio; dolby; obituary; roydolby
RIP
1 posted on 09/13/2013 9:20:52 AM PDT by Doogle
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 09/13/2013 9:29:44 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Doogle
Wikipedia article
3 posted on 09/13/2013 9:31:13 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Doogle

Ray deserves a moment of silence.


4 posted on 09/13/2013 9:38:00 AM PDT by Corey Ohlis (Visualize Swirled Peas)
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To: Doogle

Guess she blinded him with science.

And, yes, I know he wasn’t that Dolby.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 9:39:07 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Doogle
Don't know what kind of man he was, but he sure was a pioneer.

I used Dolby products for years in my earlier bands for compression/limiting/noise reduction. This was way before he developed his surround sound system that anyone reading this has probably experienced.

Some swear by DTS having a better sound; others swear by Dolby. It's pretty much a toss up for me, especially now with Blue-Ray.

RIP, Mr. Dolby. You made my bands/vocals sound much better and got me some good gigs and let me sing into the mic without having to move it in and out from my face for volumn control. Also Sir, I had one of your units on my electronic drum kits that balanced the sound levels and when I hit a hard note on a drum, it didn't wake up my wife or neighbors. Thank you for your vision.

6 posted on 09/13/2013 9:40:20 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: Corey Ohlis
Ray deserves a moment of silence.

+1

7 posted on 09/13/2013 9:40:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rinnwald
Guess she blinded him with science. And, yes, I know he wasn’t that Dolby.

The Golden Age of Wireless, one of the best albums of the 80s, and that wasn't even one of the best songs on the album.

8 posted on 09/13/2013 9:41:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Corey Ohlis
Ray deserves a moment of silence.

That was good. But it would have been better in Dobly.

9 posted on 09/13/2013 9:44:19 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Doogle

Science, a harsh mistress!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FIMvSp01C8


10 posted on 09/13/2013 9:46:25 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Also, I was an early adopter of his AC-3 surround: left, center, right, and two back speakers as one channel. Some years later he or his lab found a way to separate the two back channels. That was huge. Listen to the remix of Zepplins "Whole Lot of Love" sometime. You will hear certain instruments go all around the 5 distinct channels.

Not sure who originated the 7 channel sound, but I've tried it and it sounds good but isn't really needed with Dolby's 5.1 surround. Also, he was an innovator of what used to be called Pro-Logic. It was a faux surround sound solution to stereo (2 channel) recordings. It has different names from different brands nowadays, but gave you the feel of surround. I still use it on some of my older CD's that were recorded in 2 channels. Try Pro-Logic on early Stones recordings like Aftermath or Sticky Fingers, or if a Beatles fan, try them.

Mr. Dolby killed stereo. I find stereo boring and I grew up with Elvis in mono.

11 posted on 09/13/2013 10:03:20 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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ping


12 posted on 09/13/2013 10:07:18 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Spinal Tap bump


13 posted on 09/13/2013 10:14:37 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Doogle

Sadness

14 posted on 09/13/2013 10:17:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Rinnwald; a fool in paradise

If I recall correctly, one Dolby sued the other into silence once.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 10:18:05 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
"...binded ME with SILENCE!"


16 posted on 09/13/2013 10:45:01 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Corey Ohlis
Ray deserves a moment of silence.

We have a winner for our "Slow Burning Timed Fuse Punchline of the Day"...


17 posted on 09/13/2013 11:20:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: a fool in paradise

Thomas Dolby (no relation) claims to have invented the cell phone ringtone.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 11:20:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Corey Ohlis

“Ray deserves a moment of silence.”

Good one


19 posted on 09/13/2013 11:21:31 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Doogle

Dolby made cassette tapes listenable. For the youngsters amongst us, that was the audio media between LP Vinyl Records and CDs. [NO I AM NOT GOING THERE - 8 Tracks Yechhh!]

I did see a car with a built-in record player ONCE, not sure why.


20 posted on 09/13/2013 12:36:47 PM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: SES1066

SUBMARINE race watching...


21 posted on 09/13/2013 12:40:35 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SES1066

drive ins


22 posted on 09/13/2013 12:41:21 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

RIP.


23 posted on 09/13/2013 4:45:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Doogle

09/13/13


24 posted on 09/30/2014 9:13:00 AM PDT by golux
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