The groundbreaking audio engineer Ray Dolby died today at the age of 80. His noise reduction and surround sound technologies inspired filmmaking, engendering a company whose name is practically synonymous with stereo sound. Most of us use home theaters, TVs and even phones with Dolby surround sound technology incorporated in them.
With Dolby’s innovations, famous movies like Star Wars were produced with them, proving an essential audio technology to the mixing process as the required to combine hundreds of individual tracks, each containing their own noise and hiss.
The great audio Engineer lived with Alzheimer’s disease for the past several years, and he was two months ago diagnosed with acute Leukemia just two months ago.