Surround

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Most music is created and optimized for stereo listening pleasure, and often does not sound really well in surround unless it was specifically created for that purpose.
But immersive music like ambient soundscapes  can benefit greatly when it can be enjoyed in full surround.

In recent years I have re-edited most of the Ambientblog Mixes to full DTS 5.1  surround versions for my own enjoyment (I’m a true sucker for surround ambient!!).
So why not share them with you to enjoy them too? (*)

All files are DTS.WAV format – please read the note below before downloading and playing them!

Click image for playlist details. Click title link to download the file.


Perception Management

PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT (December 2016)
Filesize: 563 Mb


Solace

SOLACE (July 2016)
Filesize: 576 Mb


Secret 41

SECRET 41 (April 2016)
Filesize: 580 Mb


Rope To The Sky

ROPE TO THE SKY (Anniversary Mix) (October 2015)
Filesize: 1.316 Mb
The original mix is split in 3 parts so they can be burned to CD-R when needed (check notes)


Entropic

ENTROPIC (July 2015)
Filesize: 534 Mb


Sounds of a Tired City #32

GHOST ROAD STROLL (April 2015)
FileSize: 532 Mb


Jam Karet (Elastic Time)JAM KARET (ELASTIC TIME) (February 2015)
FileSize: 591 Mb


Siren Song

SIREN SONG (December 2014)
FileSize: 552 Mb


Synaptic Research

SYNAPTIC RESEARCH (April 2014)
FileSize: 555 Mb


Incidental Memories

INCIDENTAL MEMORIES (January 2014)
FileSize: 554 Mb


Tristesse D'Automne

TRISTESSE D’AUTOMNE (October 2013)
FileSize: 542 Mb


Parallax

PARALLAX (June 2013)
FileSize:  544 Mb


Rust

RUST (March 2013)
FileSize: 555 Mb


Broken Lines

BROKEN LINES (January 2013)
FileSize: 547 Mb


Gathering Clouds

GATHERING CLOUDS (September 2012)
FileSize: 541 Mb


Flowers and Bones

FLOWERS AND BONES (June 2012)
FileSize: 524 Mb


Solaris Mindset

SOLARIS MINDSET (March 2012)
FileSize: 546 Mb


Stillness

STILLNESS (January 2012)
FileSize: 535 Mb


November Thoughts

NOVEMBER THOUGHTS (November 2011)
FileSize: 553 Mb


TeloorgangTELOORGANG (DECAY AND LOSS) (September 2011)
FileSize: 553 Mb


Discouraging Intruders

DISCOURAGING INTRUDERS (June 2011)
FileSize: 529 Mb


Amnesia

AMNESIA (April 2011)
FileSize: 538 Mb


Fovea Hex

FOVEA HEX: NEITHER SPEAK NOR REMAIN SILENT (January 2011)
FileSize: 549 Mb


Dawn Secrets

DAWN SECRETS (January 2011)
FileSize: 540 Mb


Secret Chords & Apparitions

SECRET CHORDS & APPARITIONS (December 2010)
FileSize: 546 Mb


Invisible Ink

INVISIBLE INK (September 2010)
FileSize: 552 Mb


Recyclopedia Remix

FRANS FRIEDERICH: [R]ECYCLOPEDIA [R]EMIX (March 2010)
FileSize: 537 Mb


Miserere

MISERERE (January 2010)
FileSize: 556 Mb


Utsura Uutsura

UTSURA UTSURA (December 2009)
FileSize: 501 Mb


The Hum in the Room

THE HUM IN THE ROOM (October 2009)
FileSize: 545 Mb


Acoustical Illusions

ACOUSTICAL ILLUSIONS (September 2009)
FileSize: 536 Mb


Mantra of Walls and Wiring

MANTRA OF WALLS AND WIRING (July 2009)
FileSize: 548 Mb


 

Important note on using these files:
All these surround files are DTS.WAVS.
You need a surround sound decoder (multichannel setup) to play them.
If you play them on a regular (stereo) system you may only hear a loud (and I mean LOUD) noise that might damage your speakers.

Most home cinema sets include DVD-players capable of playing DTS surround sound files directly from CD/DVD.
This means the easiest way of using these files is:

  • download the file and unzip it
  • Burn the extracted .WAV file to disc, exactly the same way you burn any audio disc.
    Note: this does not need to be a DVD: audio CD will do fine.
    Depending on your system, it’s advisable to use the lowest burning speed to prevent writing errors
  • Play the CD on you home cinema/surround sound system. Most systems will automatically recognise the signal and switch to DTS surround settings.
    Make sure the sound level is low when starting the CD: if you hear a loud white noise the system does not recognise the DTS signal. 
  • If you hear the mix as expected, turn up the output level for maximum result!
  • Enjoy (and let please leave a comment below)

Software Media Players:
VLC Media Player  can decode and play DTS-surround files on your computer. Of course you also need a surround (5.1) speaker system to enjoy the full surround sound.
If you play a surround mix on a set with 2 channels, the sound of the back speakers may disspear and the mix is unbalanced. So if you’re listening with a two speaker setup, simply listen to the stereo version!

Streaming directly:
Some streaming devices may also be capable of streaming the DTS-WAV’s directly and delivering the signal to your audio system (that does the final decoding to surround). If you’re lucky enough to have one of these, you don’t need to burn the CD, you can simply stream the WAV file to the surround receiver.

From my own experience I know the Logitech Squeezebox (Touch) flawlessly does this  – but for reasons beyond my comprehension Logitech has discontinued this terrific audio streamer so it is no longer available.

I assume that any streaming device that can stream uncompressed WAV and is connected using a digital link might be capable of streaming these DTS files, but I’d like to know.
If you have a device capable of streaming these DTS WAV’s, I’m interested to hear know which one that is.
It may be of interest for other visitors too – so please leave a comment below.
(Any info on SONOS perhaps?)


 

(*)
Well, to be honest: one of the reasons I hesitated to put them online was the amount of diskspace it takes: to be able to store all surround versions I have made, I have to double the webspace – and so double the cost of hosting.
This website is (and stays) ad-free and generates no money…. So unnecessary to say that any donation to help pay for the webhosting is greatly appreciated!

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7 Responses to Surround

  1. Colman Jones (via Twitter) says:

    Another 5.1 mix from Ambientblog’s Peter van Cooten to download, burn to DTS CD, and enjoy after working all weekend

  2. Simon Turner (via Facebook) says:

    There’s a 5.1 version of Hum in the Room? Wonderful.

  3. Colman Jones (via Twitter) says:

    I’m only just now discovering the wonderful 5.1 DTS mixes of all your podcasts – really nice work there… Keep it up!

  4. Daniel Kořínek (via Facebook) says:

    Really excellent mix!!! DTS WAV possible in VLC media player…

  5. Scott M2 says:

    Agree strongly with Stephen and look forward to exploring these mixes Peter. My favourite pleasure is immersing myself in good surround music. In the ambient vein, after Peter Namlook, Diatonis has the deepest ambient catalog mixed for surround. Both are highly recommended.

    Advance notice Stephen that Jamie (from dreamSTATE) is currently remixing his URM albums in surround for release in the near future.

  6. Stephen Philips says:

    Very nice mixes. It’s a shame we don’t see more 5.1 mixes in the ambient world. I really believe that 5.1 surround was created just so ambient music could be presented properly. We live in a surround sound world, why aren’t more people making surround mixes? Get on it people 🙂