Disney/Pixar news at CinemaCon yesterday, Dolby Laboratories announced that Brave will be the first film to be mixed in the new Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format for theatres.
Dolby plans to install the system in ten to fifteen cinemas worldwide in time for opening day. Under the supervision of Pixar's master sound designer Gary Rydstrom, Skywalker Sound will prepare an Atmos mix of the film for these screens.
Atmos is more than just the biggest leap in theatre sound since Dolby Surround 7.1 was introduced with Toy Story 3 in 2010. “This is, I think, the biggest breakthrough in sound that has happened in my career,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon sound man Erik Aadahl told The Hollywood Reporter.
With speakers 'positioned around the theater and overhead' for near-complete immersion in sound, the system is "capable of transmitting up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio channels, and renders from 5.1 up to 64 discrete speaker feeds".