The Beatles’ producer, Giles Martin, in an interview has spoken about the arrival of Dolby Atmos, the technology on which Apple’s Spatial Audio format is built, informing that he wants to release a new version of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “because the current one” doesn’t sound quite right. “ It seems that the new technology of Apple does not square much with the songs of always.
In an interview with the specialized medium, Rolling Stone, Giles Martin explained that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ”was one of the first albums, perhaps the first, to receive a mix to be heard using Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio technology. Although the result has been defined as “good”, does not sound “correct” partly because the mix was intended to be a theatrical presentation. Modern technology does not square with the usual theme.
Sgt. Pepper’s, how you present yourself right now, I’m actually going to change it. It doesn’t sound very good to me. It’s available on Apple Music right now. But I will replace it. It’s good . But it’s not good. Sgt. Pepper’s was, I think, the first album mixed in Dolby Atmos. And we did it as a theatrical presentation. I liked the idea of the Beatles being the first to do something. It’s great that they can still be the first to do something. The mix lacks bass and a bit of weight. The Dolby Atmos version of Abbey Road performs much better because it is sonically closer to the stereo version.
Regarding the opinion of the producer in relation to the technology of spatial audio for headphones, he said that it is “A technology that is incredibly difficult to do well”. “There has been exponential growth in the sector over the last two years, but the technology is still in its infancy.
Looking forward to hearing that new mix and seeing the differences.