Dolby Type A Model 361 (#1)

Stream Real-Time Audio to a Robotically Controlled Dolby Type A Model 361 (#1) Using the Analog Matrix Plugin

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Note:  Connect to the “Pama Studios” rack in the plugin for this equipment.

Note:  This device requires plugin v6.1.1.

Dolby Type A Model 361 Overview

The Dolby Type A Model 361 represents a pivotal piece of audio engineering history that has stood the test of time. As a vintage analog device, it offers a level of warmth and character that has become increasingly sought-after in today’s digital world. Crafted with precision and expertise, the Model 361 is a testament to Dolby’s commitment to delivering unparalleled audio experiences.

The unit was originally designed to suppress noise as part of the Dolby Surround Sound when working with cinema audio.  These units boost the treble when recording, then the treble is brought back down upon playback, taking down the hiss with it.

The Dolby Type A Model 361 is an invaluable piece of audio history – an authentic vintage charmer – that has proven its worth in countless professional audio applications.  One of the first engineers to use Dolby A on vocals was Geoff Emerick, who worked on many of The Beatles’ albums. He discovered that the Dolby A processor could enhance the high frequencies in John Lennon’s voice.

Legendary studios like Abbey Road, Air, Capitol, and EastWest have all made it a part of their workflow.  Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Bee Gees, and more recorded using Dolby A (on almost every tape recorder).

Tip: When you want the vocal sound to shimmer a little extra, then Dolby A is a favorite, both on lead vocals and to use as a bus processor on a choir mix. Dolby A is like an active EQ, but in the analog world, where there is less energy in the treble register, then Dolby A lifts the energy. And when there is strong sibilance, then the process becomes passive. Legendary construction.


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