QSound is an audio processing system introduced by QSound Labs. It was applied at the sound mixing stage and attempts to produce a surround sound effect from a stereophonic source. It was used on around 65 Compact Disc albums from 1991 to around 2001, which display the QSound logo. The first album to use QSound was Madonna’s ‘The Immaculate Collection’ and all the tracks were either re-mixed or mixed using the system.
No additional equipment was necessary to play a QSound Compact Disc, and the discs comply fully with Red Book standards.
As well as Compact Disc albums, the QSound technology was also applied to computer game audio, television programmes and film soundtracks.
On mono devices, music mixed using the QSound system can have elements missing.