As a musician and sound engineer, I been experimenting on sounds , around 12 years back for the first time i had the experience of Pro-logic 5.1 ( Channels ) Deep purple’s album, it was amazing, later I started experimenting myself on sound variations of different levels distributing each channel, that’s when I figured out even the mono channel which is Single has dual output ( 2 channels ) . In 2004 I heard 9.1 DTS Pro-Logic , the definition of it was more preciser than previous 5.1 but at the back end it was all based on the recording. since 10 years recording has moved from analog to digital completely in most of the studios but still today analog recording is considered the best because of its thickness as compared to digital.
My theory of sound is based on separating audio channels and making each mono ( dual output ) , it resembles Pro-Logic but variation of the sound is different I hope with this one example you will able to understand how many channels it’ll require to record ( Guitar usually have 2 stereo channels ) but how about If we make each string as a single channel ( that would make ) 6 channels while covering pickups with 2 more channels means 8 , now these 8 channels will combine together to sound guitars riff of solo but individualistic they’ll be separate, 8 Channels multiple x2 = 16 channels just the Guitar recording ( Normalizing Zero DB ) now how about when panning the sound all 4 corners set with mics just to pick the effects of the guitar nothing else means 12 in actual and 24 as dual mono .
if such music got introduced for all the instruments and vocal than vocals only will require 6 channels ( Near , Midrange , farside ) If normal track which Bass Guitar , Guitar , Drums and Vocal would be ateast 80 plus channels untill this there are no effects added at all ! but how will it sound I have experienced with guitar and I have no doubt that soon Pro-Multi Logical Digital Surround will be introduced, mixing such music wouldn’t be easy but It’s possible since all the recording channels are not linked with one to another.
By : Farhan Imaan