I think the standard surround 5.1 format is AC3.
According to wiki, there are mp3-5.1 formats that are compatible with stereo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3_Surroun d
I dont know if it would be possible to upload such a file on NG, but it could be worth a try. That would be pretty cool, I was on my way to make a small surround-mix last year, and make a small contest or whatever about it for flash authors to animate, but I figured the NG audio player wouldn't accept AC3, so I scrapped that project. That was pre-redesign tho, and I have no idea what hte current player is capable of.
At 3/1/08 01:16 PM, Rig wrote:
True multichannel pieces are usually exported as individual mono files for each channel. At least that's what composers have to send in for performances over here...I'm not sure if there IS a 7.1 format. And if there is, I highly doubt that NG will accept it - I mean, 7.1 systems aren't very common.
7.1 systems are still very common in cinema theatres, I belive they're alot more common than 5.1 when it comes to cinemas.
The standard 5.1 was developed for private use mainly, Orr covered alot of the 5.1 story.
There are loads of other surround-systems, 3-0 (meaning 3 in front and no rear, L, R and C speaker only... the "." would point out the amount of subs, 5.1 f.ex. ), 3-1, one "effect" speakr... this system dont have the intention of being a "surround" system to begin with, rather have one channel for effects, ambience etc. it was developed for cinemas first and foremost.
there's also the 10.2 system, 10 speakers and 2 subs. rawr! actually, any combination is possible... at my uni, they have are building a whole new section, including a "media egg", a building shaped like an egg, with a cool media-setup innit. My old audio-teacher was helping out on the planning stage in 05 and had suggested a 12.4 system, so that one could stand in four different directions, practically having a 3.1 system in four ways. and of course you'd have the rest of the speakres to play iwth when mixing.
surround is normally mixed in Mono, just like Rig mentioned.
finding a standard that everyone is pleased with seem to be the issue tho... i do not know what ppl use mostly today.