Though his many contributions to the audio world rarely found their way to the pages of XLR8R in name, it’s hard to imagine the current state of audio without Ray Dolby, the San Francisco-based engineer and inventor who founded Dolby Labratories in 1965 and pioneered decades of advancements in audio technology. After battling with Alzheimer’s disease and being diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year, Dolby passed away this week at the age of 80. Perhaps best known for his many contributions to the field of noise reduction in audio recording (i.e. the Dolby Noise Reduction buttons found on many tape players), and, more recently, pushing the field of surround sound to its current status, Dolby was a tireless innovator with an endless urge to better shape the way we all hear and record audio. In light of his passing, Dolby Laboratories has shared a brief video to help remember Ray Dolby’s legacy, which can be watched via the player below.

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