Santa Barbara, California-based rockers Dishwalla made recording industry history this week with the release of their fourth album Opaline. According to Rolling Stone, the album has become the first new music release to hit stores in both CD and the new DVD audio format simultaneously. Opaline was released on Immergent, which falls under the umbrella of the 5.1 Entertainment Group. 5.1 have their own DVD production studios, making it fairly easy for the band to mix their album for surround sound.
After the decision was made to go ahead with the dual format release, the band began recording simultaneously for CD and DVD audio, splitting the signal into different consoles. Upon completion, the DVD-ready tracks were handed off to mixer and engineer Gary Lux, who mixed the album into 5.1 digital surround sound. After Lux completed his mix, Dishwalla listened to the tracks one by one, making suggestions. "We didnít get too crazy, throwing stuff all over the place," said singer J.R. Richards, who is a big fan of the format. He continued, "Stereo is an old hat, like mono. Everything will soon be in surround. 5.1 opens a huge door creatively with all those channels." So is DVD audio the future? Will I have to by Abbey Road for the 4th time? It appears that way. Warner Brothers is working on the simultaneous release of the new Linkin Park album at the end of June, and Senior VP John Beug says that itís just the beginning.