Fourth Annual Surround Music Awards Returns to the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Top Surround Pros and Projects to be Honored on December 15, 2005

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — CMP Entertainment Media, the producers of the Surround 2005 Conference, has announced that the 2005 Surround Music Awards (SMAs) will be held on Thurdsay, December 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The fourth annual event, which was held at the Beverly Hilton for its first two years, features a new category for DualDisc projects and will include appearances from top music industry professionals.

The Surround Music Awards honor those who have excelled in multichannel music recording and mixing throughout the year. Previous winners include Queen, James Taylor, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Alison Krauss. The SMAs are also becoming known for the dramatic live performances that take place each year, including Graham Nash and David Crosby at the inaugural event, Dweezil Zappa two years ago, and an all-star tribute to Herbie Hancock featuring George Duke last year.

Nominees and winners will be selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the Surround Sound industry. The deadline for entries is October 14. To enter, download the submission form by clicking the link below:

This year’s nominated categories are as follows:

Best Made-For-Surround Title: For the most outstanding title created from
its inception with multichannel in mind. This release must not have
previously released in any other format. (New projects released
simultaneously in surround and stereo are acceptable.)

Best Mix — Non-Orchestral: For the title that features the most
compelling multichannel recording and mix.

Best Mix — Orchestral: For the title that features the most compelling
multichannel orchestral recording and mix from the previous year,
including orchestral film soundtracks.

Most Adventurous Mix: For the title that features the most adventurous use
of all the available channels in the genre.

Best Additional Features: For the title that includes the most compelling
extra features besides the primary music program.

Best Standard Resolution Title: For the best multichannel music title
presented in a standard resolution (Dolby Digital, DTS, or matrixed
surround) DVD-Video or 48/44.1 kHz formats.

Best Menu Design: For the title that features not only the most creative
menu graphics, but the easiest to navigate as well.

Best Concert Video: For the best multichannel mix of a concert released on

Best Multichannel Reissue: For the best multichannel mix of a catalog
title previously released in mono, two-channel, or matrixed surround.

Horizon Award: The Horizon Award is given to the best newcomer to surround
sound. The requirements for this category is that this has to be the
artist’s first release in a surround sound format.

NEW FOR 2005 — Best DualDisc Release: For the best multichannel mix on
the DVD side of a DualDisc release.

To be considered, all nominated titles had to have been released between 9/1/04 and 10/1/05.

For more information about the 2005 Surround Music Awards, visit or contact Frank Wells at 615-848-1769 or or Anthony Savona at 212-378-0450 or

Presented by CMP Entertainment Media, the annual Surround Conference is the premier, international networking and education opportunity for engineers and producers on the leading edge of the surround sound revolution. Professionals attend Surround 2005 to share ideas and techniques, and to immerse themselves in the latest technologies presented by showcase exhibitors.

For more information on how to exhibit, please contact Margaret Sekelsky at 212-378-0491 or by e-mail at

CMP Entertainment Media produces magazines, books, Web sites, trade shows and events for musicians and the professional audio, video, and installation industries, including Pro Sound News, Guitar Player, Surround Professional, Bass Player, Medialine, Systems Contractor News, Keyboard, EQ, Residential Systems, Rental & Staging Systems, Videography, DV, Government Video, Television Broadcast, Digital Cinematography, Sports TV Production, AutoMedia, Car Sound & Performance, Entertainment Media Expo (co-produced with IRMA), Government Video Technology Expo and Surround 2005.

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