We Went To Ministry of Sound To See Sub Focus Play On the World's First Dolby Atmos Club Soundsystem
The Dolby Atmos installation in Ministry of Sound is the first of it's kind, anywhere in the world. It brings Dolby's famous Atmos tech - heard in high end movie theaters around the globe - to the nightclub world. It gives artists unprecedented three-dimensional control of their music, moving sounds around the dancefloor in real time.
Dolby have worked with a number of dance music superstars to show off this incredible soundsystem at Ministry, and most recently the featured drum and bass heavyweight Sub Focus. He spent quite a bit of time leading up to the show at Dolby's headquarters in London, working in their specially designed Atmos studio to prepare music (his own, and tunes from friends) for the night.
Working in an Atmos studio allows an artist to separate elements of a tune to be be manipulated in 3d space, either in pre-automated sequences, or on the fly while playing on an Atmos rig - which currently can only happen at Ministry of Sound. Nick (Sub Focus) had some incredible things to say about the system, including that it made him want "to make tracks specifically for it."
Carly live-streamed clips from the night on our Periscope channel, but we've uploaded a couple to YouTube for those who missed the live broadcast. Check out the backstage chat with Sub Focus, as well as some footage from his set. Of course a YouTube video can't possibly capture the impact of this incredible soundsystem, but even in this format, the energy of the room is palpable. To get a true taste of the Atmos system, you'll have to go to Ministry in person!