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Like all other forms of media, music has been reaping the rewards of technological advancements with the recent emergence of immersive Dolby Atmos. Artists and digital music distributors have jumped on this clearer and deeper sounding audio and in December 2023 Apple announced that, starting in January, artists can receive a 10 per cent higher royalty rate for spatial audio music delivered to their Apple Music platform. Other providers including Amazon Prime Music, Tidal, and Deezer also offer spatial audio. 

So that the region isn’t left out of loop regarding this innovation in sound, Blank Studios, with support from the Arts Council, will host a series of 8 free-to-attend workshops, focusing on mixing and delivering Atmos and immersive audio for commercial music

The sessions are run in conjunction with the installation of a state-of-the-art 7.1.4 Neumann immersive audio system in the main control room at Blank. The workshops will be the first of its kind in the region and the studio is hoping it will help to bring about the adoption of this emerging format amongst North-East musicians and labels. 

Producer and Blank Studios engineer Sam Grant adds: “It’s an exciting opportunity for myself and for others in the area. Creatively the technology is there now to explore a whole new way of presenting our music. I do think we may have some catching  up to do in terms of adoption, but with the quality of artists in the region, and the creativity we  have, it’ll be amazing to watch the format grow.” 

The eight workshops will run on Monday evenings between 6-10pm, starting 17th June and ending 5th August. A number of the sessions will be set aside for ‘women and non-binary’  groups and ’16 to 25 years’ groups. Each session will have a maximum of 6 places, and ticketing will be operated on a first-come-first-served basis.  

Links to tickets and further details can be found on the Blank Studios website

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