Dolby, the audio giant known for making your viewing experiences look and sound cinematic, is now targeting something that people are spending more and more time on: conference calls. The new technology for laptops called Dolby Voice improves the performance of your microphone and speakers so you can sound better on calls and hear other voices better.
Dolby Voice leverages several of the company's existing enterprise products to bring them to the wider consumer market. Most importantly, this new technology can automatically reduce background noise or echoes that could affect your voice quality – regardless of the audio hardware you are on.
In addition, Dolby Voice can dynamically balance your sound levels. This means that for those who are quieter or far from the microphone, the audio can be automatically balanced, making it easier for everyone to otherwise hear speakers at low volume. Similarly, even with a particularly chaotic and crowded call, Dolby Voice can separate and balance all of the individual voices, making the conversation easier and more natural.
Also, it's worth noting that Dolby Voice enhances the audio for you on both the input and output channels. As a result, other participants in the call can not only hear you better, they can hear you better regardless of whether their devices have Dolby Voice.
Most of the Dolby Voice features are instantly available on compatible laptops and work over a wide range of conference call services. However, the voice separation only works on conference platforms that have been optimized for Dolby Voice, such as B. Zoom.
Dolby Voice couldn't come at a better time. With people increasingly reliant on online voice and video calling for both business and personal communications, there is an urgent need for software and hardware to enhance a digital aspect that many hadn't even thought of before: audio. Services like Krisp, which promise to reduce background noise on your calls, have seen a sharp rise during the pandemic.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Dolby is introducing its voice software technology on the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga notebooks from Lenovo. We reached out to Dolby to see about their plans to support more PC makers and laptops in the future, and we'll update this post as soon as we hear about it.