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The Journal of Sonic Studies
Journal of Sonic Studies, volume 3, nr. 1 (October 2012)David Sedman: THE LEGACY OF BROADCAST STEREO SOUND: THE SHORT LIFE OF MTS, 1984-2009

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Abstract

Multichannel Television Sound (MTS) is an innovation that brought new dimensions in sound to American television from the 1980s to the 2000s. This article explores the brief history of MTS and its rise to prominence, with a particular focus on both the early “experimental” years of MTS sound and its short-lived “golden era.” The article concludes with an evaluation of the lasting impact of the technological shift from monaural to multichannel sound design. Although there were numerous technical and industrial challenges to MTS sound, its introduction was essential to the development of television sound design prior to the introduction of Digital and Dolby surround sound in the early 2000s.