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Sound pioneer Ray Dolby dies at 80


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:45 PM

From Sound pioneer Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories dies at 80:

 

Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound technology widely used in the film and recording industries, has died in San Francisco at 80, the company announced Thursday.

 

Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's disease in recent years and was diagnosed in July with acute leukemia, the company said.

 

“Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Dolby Laboratories President and Chief Executive Kevin Yeaman said in a statement. “Ray Dolby founded the company based on a commitment to creating value through innovation and an impassioned belief that if you invested in people and gave them the tools for success they would create great things. Ray’s ideals will continue to be a source of inspiration and motivation for us all.”

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#2 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:21 PM

His name is prominent on both theater and home sound systems. RIP, Mr. Dolby


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#3 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:29 PM

RIP, Ray.

 

I still have about a hundred cassette recordings I made in the 70s and 80s of live performances by the NY, Boston, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, broadcast in Dolby FM by WQXR in New York. QXR used to periodically broadcast a Dolby digital test tone which allowed me to properly set my recording levels. I'd record with Dolby "off", because the source was already encoded, and play back with Dolby on, with virtually no cassette tape hiss. Great stuff, back in the day. :)


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:53 PM

RIP Ray Dolby. 

And on a lighthearted note:

 

Jeanine: You know, it might have been better if the, uh, album had
     been mixed right.
David: Well I suppose you could cry about that, of course it's
     true. I mean it's true.
Jeanine: It wasn't...it was mixed all wrong, wasn't it?
Nigel: It was mixed wrong?
Jeanine: Yeah....
Nigel: Were you there?
Jeanine: ...you couldn't hear the...
Nigel: How do you know it was mixed wrong?
David: But she's...she's heard the...she's heard the record.
Jeanine: No, but I've heard the album.
Nigel: So you're judgement is it was mixed wrong.
Jeanine: You couldn't hear the lyrics on all of it.
David: You don't agree that you can't hear the vocals?
Nigel: No, I don't. I do not agree. No.
David: Well I think maybe....
Nigel: It's interesting that she's bringing it up.
David: Well she'd like to hear the vocals.
Nigel: I mean it's like it's me saying, you know, you're using
     the wrong conditioner for your hair. It looks sort of...
     frizzy.
David: Don't be stupid.
Jeanine: You don't, you don't do heavy metal in dobly, you know,
     I Mean...it's
Nigel: In what??? In what???
Jeanine: In dobly...
Nigel: In doubly!?! What's that?
David: She means Dolby, alright? She means Dolby, you know?
     You know perfectly well what she means.
Nigel: ...ha ha... 


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#5 OFFLINE   AntAltMike

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:10 PM

When the guy who invented Sensurround dies, we'll all cheer!



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:04 AM

We Home Theater enthusiasts owe you Ray......R.I.P.


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#7 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:07 AM

Very nice to see it on the news page.



#8 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:58 PM

Very nice to see it on the news page.

 

Yes it is. When I started this thread I wasn't sure where to put it since so many of my generation are dying every week. I wasn't sure who is "news" for us here at DBSTalk.


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 06:15 PM

I distinctly remember when the "hiss" went silent.

 

Rest in Peace, Ray.


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