There is a demand for research on the transferability of surround sound audio from one planetarium to another, so that 1) audiences have similar experiences, and 2) audio engineers can easily create this experience. This research will consider: acoustics, production, delivery, equipment, and seating arrangements. Our recent survey of over 100 planetariums worldwide in the fall of 2007 will provide a look at current practices. The University of Colorado Denver and Gates Planetarium have collaborated in order to explore the potential of current audio technology, and to discover what similarities and differences exist between planetariums in order to achieve this goal of transferability.
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