SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
May 24, 2018  

Our Next Meeting

Ott House Audio

All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required

Meeting Date:

June 21, 2018 at 5:30 PM


Ott House Audio
1111 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Ott House Audio and Denizens Brewing are located very near the intersection of East West Hwy. (MD 410) and Georgia Avenue (US 29) in Silver Spring, MD. 

The Silver Spring metro is but a ten minute walk. Here is a time lapse video of the path from the station to the studio. This web page has a map of the location.

There is ample, nearby parking at the Montgomery County Kennett Street municipal garage, one block south of the meeting location for a nominal fee (75 cents per hour). Please do not park in front of the building at 1111 East West Highway in one of the (only four) available parking spaces.


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Dolby ATMOS Content Creation

Dolby Laboratories

Guest Speaker: Cheryl Ottenritter

We are continuing in the tradition of an annual triple engineering group meeting again this June. Last year we were fortunate to have a well-attended presentation from Dolby Laboratories on the next generation broadcast audio AC-4 delivery standard. This year, Dolby is coming through for us again to present and show in practice the Atmos content creation product that is becoming the standard of surround and immersive audio workflow.

As part of an end-to-end standard through transport and final consumer delivery on multiple platforms, Atmos is a singular system capable of producing all deliverables from mono through stereo and 5.1, to immersive and personalized audio. Dolby Atmos is by far the most popular system for producing content for Blu-Ray, today’s and next generation digital broadcast, gaming, and virtual reality. In recent years, Atmos has moved beyond the world of cinema and into the frantic arena of live TV. The company has mainly looked at creating more realistic experiences in sporting events like soccer matches, racing, and the Olympics.

We have the pleasure and fortune to have Cheryl Ottenritter of Ott House Audio and Dolby Laboratories co-sponsoring this year’s annual DC area professional association meeting. The joint SMPTE, AES, and SBE meeting which will begin June 21 at 5:30 pm in the lower level tap room of Denizen’s Brewing Company in Silver Spring, MD and continue in the Ott House Audio production facility, which is right next door and accessible from the tap house rear patio.


  • 5:30 - 6:15 PM: The early start will give us ample time for fellowship and to catch up with each other.
  • 6:15 - 6:45 PM: Brief SMPTE, AES, and SBE business meeting.
  • 6:45 - 7:00 PM: General presentation will begin.
  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Pre-determined sized groups will be guided through the Ott House Audio facility to visit various aspects of this working facility and augment with technical presentation in the taproom.

In summary, will get a tech talk as well as a hands-on and practical demonstration of the Atmos product in action. We will see how immersive and sound post-production integrates with color grading, a demonstration of Dolby Vision HDR, a practical demonstration of a studio using Atmos for surround projects, and a fully functioning immersive production studio position. Ott House is the only Atmos facility in the mid-Atlantic region. Because it is an online and active space, the only practical way to show the technology is in smaller groups rotating through the studio. Production at Ott House resumes the next Friday morning!

Although we can welcome visitors that do not register, because our friends at Dolby Laboratories are providing a light dinner (and some local beer samples), a fairly accurate count is necessary for planning group sizes, tour intervals, and to prepare enough food, we would appreciate your RSVP by June 19th.  All three organizations will be using SMPTE's Eventbright account which will be opened shortly.  (Watch this space!)

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