MultiChannelSound was once much more than a record shop. From 1979 through 1986, a group of extraordinary friends and I produced a series of publications to report news and discuss issues about surround sound.
First came The QUAD Quarterly. It provided corrections and updates (quad records were still appearing) to my quadraphonic discography, QUAD Incorporated. After two years, we renamed it MCS Review when we expanded the publication to include articles, reviews and more extensive news. During this period, some issues exceeded 40 pages.
By the end of 1985, the publication had looked at about every surround-sound topic we could imagine. So, we changed to mostly just reporting new developments and delivered these in a light-weight (4 pages) monthly format, which we called MultiChannelSound. This final format did not last very long, just a few issues. Producing MultiChannelSound was strictly a labor of love, performed outside of day job hours. A mid-life career change, a daily two-hour commute and night school left no time for quad. And so in 1986 I folded the publication.
I've offered some back issues for years, but, because the Internet makes it so simple to publish electronically, I'm now placing the best articles from these publications on-line.
I no longer have digital copies of these articles. They lived on a PC I discarded long ago. As a result, I am scanning them from printed copies and then editing the result to remove the many errors scanning introduces. Therefore, expect to see a new article posted about once a week.
With the resurgence of surround sound, I'll concentrate especially on making available articles about Ambisonics. Ambisonics is an extraordinary system which deserves to become the standard mechanism for recording, mixing and playing back surround sound. Unless you are a partisan who's making a buck on one of the current digital surround systems, once you've read about Ambisonics, I think you'll come to agree.
|Ambisonics: An Incomplete Glossary||Dr. Geoffrey Barton||MCS Review, Vol.3, No.4, March 1982|
|Ambisonics Decoded||William Sommerwerck||MCS Review, Vol.3, No.1, June 1981|
|The Fosgate Research Tate II SQ Decoder And The Minim AD10 Ambisonic Decoder||William Sommerwerck||MCS Review, Vol.5, No.4, Spring 1984|
|In Defense of Four-Channel Sound||Harry Maynard||MCS Review, Vol.4, No.1, Summer 1982|
|More About Recording Perspective||William Sommerwerck||MCS Review, Vol.6, No.3, Winter 1985|
|The Revelation of Surround Sound||Peter Fellgett||MCS Review, Vol.6, No.1, Summer 1984|
|Still More About Recording Perspective||Peter Fellgett||MCS Review, Vol.6, No.4, Spring 1985|
|Surround Sound Imaging||William Sommerwerck||The QUAD Quarterly, Vol.2, No.1, June 1980|
|The Tate Directional Enhancement System:  A History||Jim Fosgate||MCS Review, Vol.4, No.4, Spring 1983|
|The Threat of Dolby Surround||William Sommerwerck, with comments by Peter Scheiber||MultiChannelSound, Vol.1, Nos.4/5, October-November 1986|
|Understanding the Scheiber Sphere||William Sommerwerck||MCS Review, Vol.4, No.3, Winter 1983|
|What's So Special About Surround Sound||Larry Clifton||MCS Review, Vol.5, No.4, Spring 1984|
Last updated: May 24, 2015
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