The last years I've been hearing a way to treat the properties of certain sounds (or all of the sound) to make it literally jump out of the speaker. I heard it at first in the theater speaker systems, and whenever mr Zimmer seems to be involved this effect is always there, nowadays.
It is sort of a 3D sound where (unless you're sitting on the front row) the sound is perceived as originating from in front of the actual speakers. When I'm sitting in the middle of our local 400 seat theatre for example, certain sounds is perceived as originating from a place near the first row. It adds to the depth of the sound in a amazing way.
This effect is the most present in the very low end, such as basses and low percussion, but sometimes it's present when a clear solo instrument - such as oboe - is playing over the top of the rest of the sound. I've also noticed that the reverb tail afterwards, seems to be heard more from within the speaker than outside of the speaker - like the "dry" sound did.
I'm not talking about RSS, Surround, or anything like that, 'cause I can clearly tell that this is something else. It sounds like the sound is being treated with some kind of carefully set compression along with being a bit out of phase. Almost all of Hans Zimmers massive pieces from lately has this and when you hear this with headphones it creates a slightly awkward effect. This is not something totally unique, because you can feel sort of the same thing from a great recording of a drumkit (for ex) as well. I guess it is also a result of us being able to do more accurate recordings today than before.
I'm sure some people here recognize what I'm trying to describe. I'd like to find out more about it and start experimenting. The problem is that I don't know what to search for
So, now you tell me(!) or I put the to work on you
Thx for any input or ideas