Demystifying Dolby Atmos - The Dolby RMU

What is the Dolby RMU?

There are technically 2 variations on the Dolby Rendering and Mastering Unit (RMU). The Dolby RMU for theatrical applications and the Dolby / Dell RMU for near field (home theater), designed for Blu-ray, digital delivery (streaming) and VR content. Although both of these devices have much in common, they are not interchangeable.

The Dolby Rendering and Mastering Unit (RMU) for near field application is a powerful, Dell Server host computer custom built by RSPE Audio Solutions and housed in a 19 inch rack unit. The RMU does all of the processing for managing pans, room calibration and configurations and houses MADI IO for input and output to your Pro Tools rigs, and speaker monitoring system. Each RMU is built and certified by one of RSPE Audio's Certified Dolby Specialists.

The RMU features preinstalled software to perform various tasks in a Dolby Atmos authoring and mix workflow. The Dolby Atmos Designer application is used to calibrate the mix stage and create the room's speaker configuration. The Dolby RMU web client in tandem with the Monitor application, is used to modify Renderer software operations such as loading room configurations, audition a Dolby Atmos mix, record a print master, or play back a print master.

The Dolby RMU for theatrical use is not available for sale. It is only available through a special loan and licensing agreement between Dolby and the filmmaker that also requires the attendance of Dolby engineer when creating final theatrical printmasters.

For more information about Dolby Atmos for theatrical, please contact RSPE Audio.

Dolby Dell RMU Unit

Dolby / Dell RMU for home cinema. Click for larger view

Do I need the Dolby RMU?

If your deliverables include producing an .atmos file, and you want to produce BluRay and digital delivery content, the short answer is yes.

If your Dolby Atmos post work is in a fast paced production environment and includes large sessions, the answer is also yes.

By using a powerful, custom Dell server host, the Renderer in the Dolby / Dell RMU provides powerful functionality including routing, down mixing, tuning and authoring. Having this Dolby hardware platform also allows for web based control of all vital functions used day to day in a production environment.

Can I build my own RMU PC for Atmos?

Dolby only certifies one specific, custom configured Dell server with very particular components and performance requirements. This must be purchased from an experience Dolby Atmos Certified dealer like RSPE Audio Solutions. RSPE have spoken in depth with Dolby engineers and it comes down to highly optimized performance specifications, both in the OS and the hardware.

Do I Need Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite?

If you're going to run the Dolby / Dell RMU, then yes. The Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite provides the necessary software license required to run the Dolby RMU. Mastering Suite also comes with 3 licenses for the Dolby Atmos Production suite. The Dolby Atmos Production Suite is great for pre production work and for preparation of your Atmos mixes prior to delivery to the stage.

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