"5.1 Surround Sound: Up and Running" offers a wealth of practical information for recording engineers. It examines such topics as loudspeakers, room acoustics, bass management, as well as a variety of available microphone and recording techniques and tips for postproduction. A thorough study of distribution formats, including an overview of existing and emerging media, and the psychoacoustics of multichannel sound complete this book. Multichannel or surround sound involves recording sound on five separate channels and playing it back through an array of speakers. Developed a few years ago for the home theatre market, it is only now being introduced to the music industry with the acceptance of the new DVD audio format. This is the hottest topic in the music recording business, and it will require a major conversion on the part of the studios. It includes the hottest topic in sound recording today; mixing tips for multichannel sound; and step-by-step instructions for setting up a monitoring room. In 2001, Tom Holman won a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the research and systems integration resulting in the improvement of motion picture loudspeaker systems.