February 05, 2014 1:19pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Ray Dolby Tribute Planned by Motion Picture Sound Editors
Motion Picture Sound Editors is planning a tribute to iconic sound pioneer Ray Dolby, which will be held at its 61st annual Golden Reel Awards, Feb. 16 at the Westin Bonaventure.
“Ray Dolby was a brilliant scientist whose inventions are in use every day in recording studios, sound editing suites, mix stages and cinemas worldwide,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “He was a giant in our industry and we take great pride is saluting his many contributions to our craft.”
Dolby, who passed away last September, is the founder of Dolby Laboratories. He is credited with developing a noise reduction system which delivered sound recordings with greater clarity and fidelity that was previously possible. The Academy Award winner also developed the first commercially-viable surround-sound system, which led to the widespread use of 5.1- and 7.1-channel sound systems in theaters and homes.
In 2012, the home of the Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby Theater, and the grand ballroom at Hollywood & Highland is now known as the Ray Dolby Ballroom.