The Ambisonic Picnic CD-R is fully stereo compatible Ambisonic surround, so you drop it into the CD machine and play as usual. This sounds slightly stereo-widened on normal two-speaker setups and will work pretty well in full surround sound on Dolby Pro-Logic systems and old Quadraphonic decoders. The real surround target for the CD version is a UHJ Ambisonic decoder which at the moment are about as popular as the 8-track cassette. However the native "B-format" mixdown of each song can easily be transcoded to other surround formats in the future. B-format may even become a de-facto standard for digital surround sound distribution. There's information on the subject here:http://www.ambisonia.com
I thought from the style that it was likely Mr. Nikmis would be working with individual soundfiles rather than a polyphonic real-time software synth. That made it ideal for transferring the files to me on a disc for surround re-mixing. I thought the style suited it too. As for the music, I think it's excellent and well worth the effort. There was only minimal adjustment of any of the tracks that have been heard before. A little spring reverb in the opposite direction from the main sound source here and there, some slight level changes, some small imagination required when stereo tracks had significant out-of-phase stereo content. The aim was to make it sound the same as the old mix, just with the surround sound element added.
Does anyone else fancy the Ambisonic treatment?
Henry Walmsley. http://www.myspace.com/ambitunes