A New System for Flexible and Immersive Spatial Audio: Airsound Spatial at British Grove Recording Studio

Spring 2024

In the heart of London, nestled within the revered walls of British Grove Studios, a gathering of audio engineering expertise convened. The purpose was to test a new type of spatial audio speaker system against a well-calibrated and World Class studio configuration. Daniel and Ted Fletcher, innovators in audio engineering, had chosen this location to unveil and test their latest creation: the Airsound Spatial sound system.

The Arrival and Setting the Stage

Daniel, accompanied by his brother, Guy Fletcher, producer & Atmos engineer, and their father, Ted Fletcher, an icon in the world of audio technology, arrived with a sense of purpose. The setup was speedy and unconventional for a 7.1.4 capable sound system. Airsound Spatial – a compact yet potent two-to-four-speaker system was simply placed around the room; the setup hinting at the system’s innovation – replacing and simulating the in-house 12+ speaker system from flexibly located sound sources.

Pictured, Tom Coath, Guy Fletcher, Graham Meek,  Tom Allom, Ted Fletcher & Dave Harries (Nigel Heath was standing at the door)

The Audience of Experts

The audience was a roll call of audio engineering and production expertise. Among them were Nigel Heath, a revered name in film music production, Tom Allom, a giant in the world of record production, and Dave Harries, a seasoned veteran with a storied career at Abbey Road. Also present were up-and-coming engineers like Tom Coath, Luie Sylianou, Jason Elliott (studio manager).

The Demonstration: A Sonic Revelation

The demonstration began with an A-B comparison against the studio’s formidable ATC 7.1.4 system. Airsound Spatial, with its flexible software, capable of dynamically adapting the sound stage, began to align to the expansive sound of the larger ATC setup. It was a moment of truth as the smaller system came unnervingly close to the ATC’s soundscape, leaving the audience highly impressed.

The prototype Airsound Spatial loudspeakers

The Game-Changing Moment

The revelation came when Daniel showcased the system’s ability to instantly reconfigure from four speakers to just two. The sound that filled the room from the most dimunutive setup was extraordinary. Nigel Heath, known for his critical ear, was visibly moved, humorously remarking on the system’s almost magical capabilities – accusing the Fletchers of ‘Witchcraft’!

In-depth Discussions and Feedback

Daniel’s conversation with Tom Coath, a young engineer at the studio, highlighted the system’s innovation. Coath, familiar with conventional Atmos sound systems, was highly impressed by Airsound Spatial’s control panel features, enabling instantly flexible speaker positioning whilst maintaining soundstage consistency.

Tom Allom, reflecting on his vast experience, described the system as “remarkable, incredible.” 

Dave Harries, intrigued by the system’s sonic dimensional depth, noted its ability to project layers of sound, commenting that he could hear a choir beutifully recorded and reproduced on Jacob Collier’s ‘Witness Me’ extending back through the studio wall.

Wrapping Up: A Successful Showcase

As the demonstration concluded, there was a palpable sense of achievement. Airsound Spatial had not only met, but exceeded expectations, impressing a gathering of some extremely discerning ears. 

Conclusion: Looking to the Future

The event at British Grove Studios was more than just a successful demonstration; it was a landmark in spatial sound technology. The Airsound Spatial system, with its unique design and versatile capabilities, promises new possibilities for enjoying spatial audio.

It delivers an authentic and convincing Spatial sound experience but from fewer speakers and from versatile locations – hinting at a future where high quality spatial sound like Dolby Atmos can be enjoyed by more people and in more places.

©2024 Airsound Technology LLP. 

Categories: Airsound