The State of Surround

To all video game audio editors: consider this your mission. Real time surround has its uses, but it isn't much of a storytelling tool. As surround film and music recordists have already discovered - 5 channels of discreet audio does an excellent job of setting a mood, but it shouldn't be overused. Stereo (or at the very least front-centric) audio has been the standard of home audio for nearly five decades, and for good reason. When it comes time to present information and depth to a listener, clarity almost always trumps immersion.

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