Hi all, I have been trying to add space to some of my audio tracks, and have been playing around with the Dolby Atmos set up,
to great effect… until I try to create a mixdown via the Steinberg Dolby Atmos renderer!
My track sounds really good through playing back through Cubase, but the exported ADM file (Wave) is almost inaudible as the volume is greatly reduced, it seems, automatically when I create the ADM?
When you create an Atmos bus it is not routed through the Stereo Out bus, so the control room is not affecting it, and I cant find anyway to increase the output volume in the renderer, so I guess I must be doing something wrong somewhere but I just cant find it!!
So, to recap, I have the Dolby Atmos renderer working, I have the Atmos Bed feeding the renderer, I am listening to my track using the Binaural setting, and it sounds wonderful, but the created ADM file is almost silent!!
Can anyone offer some pointers please?
Thanks in advance.
thanks for the pointer towards my actual issue here!
I accept that there is a LOT of things I need to know about using Dolby Atmos, so I will be immersing myself in some of your YT vids to see if I can sort out what I need to do!
Interesting point though, I have seen several vids, regarding setting up the Atmos rendered and positioning the audio, but none so far as to how to used the ADM mixdown so as to generate a usable track for general publishing, or am I missing something again? Maybe Steinberg needs a “Dolby Atmos for dumbo’s” tuition vid?
Once again, thanks for the pointer and I’ll let you know how I get on!!
With the External Renderer you can make Mp4’s for consumers to listen to on Dolby Atmos enabled AVR’s and sound bars etc. but ADM files are what you submit to streaming services for publishing. The External Renderer will also play them back without any other software etc.
I read in the Nuendo manual that if you use the Control Room for monitoring and so on, you can’t export ADM files. You need the actual outputs, in the Ouputs window. Here, I only use the Control Room for listening to bay media.
“If you have activated the Control Room, you can instead use the Renderer for Dolby Atmos plug-in as an insert in the Main section. In this case, however, you will not be able to use the Renderer for Dolby Atmos plug-in to export a channel-based Dolby Atmos mix from the Export Audio Mix dialog.”
A channel based mix is not the same thing as an ADM file.
Highly recommend taking the time out and watching a few videos on the subject, (mine are all live streams so maybe a bit long winded for you). No offence intended, it is a complex subject but some of these things are difficult to get across in words without visual guide.
Firstly thank you all for your input on my issue regarding ADM mixdown levels.
I wasn’t really understanding the whole Dolby Atmos application so it was a pretty blind start for me, but I am pleased to say that I have now solved the issue.
Firstly though, a little backgound. I originally posted this on the Cubase forum , as that is the software I am running, but as I got zero response there I posted it on this forum even though I haven’t got Nuendo! I wanted to see the difference Atmos made to my recordings and, as it is included in Cubase Pro, that’s why I started up this particular road!
I am not a professional sound engineer and I think that is where my problems started, but for you information here is how I can now mix my tracks using Atmos, and I must say I am glad I can because they sound so much better!
using the ADM set up assistant, in the renderer-main mix channel config I set it to stereo
in audio connections I made sure Renderer Stereo tab was active, using my Focusrite audio device
ensure the Renderer downmix section is set to Binaural
adjust each track to suit
open audio mixdown, and set Renderer Stereo as the output, then export
I now have pristine, to my ears anyway, Dolby Atmos audio tracks which sound so much better than the original stereo output I used to get!!
So again , thank you all for your steers!