SRS Circle Surround 5.1 to be an option.

Instant Live, the live concert CD division of promoter Live Nation, is now producing live recordings in SRS Circle Surround 5.1, with many of the tracks available as digital downloads through Napster.

Fans now have the option to pre-order from Instant Live’s Web site, (www.instantlive.com), and receive their CDs immediately after the show, have CDs shipped directly to their home or order the CD days after the concert. The CDs are also available from the individual artists’ web sites, and participating retailers nationwide. In addition, concert-goers have the option to purchase digital downloads of the live concert through Napster.

SRS Circle Surround is an advanced multichannel encode/decode system that allows full bandwidth surround sound to be stored, transmitted, or delivered in stereo over any two-channel carrier such as standard CDs. Circle Surround CDs play in stereo on a plain CD player and in full 5.1 channel surround sound on any matrix surround compatible home theater or automotive receiver.

Last year, Instant Live entered a deal with Universal Music Group, the first between a major label and a concert CD firm (Billboard.biz, Sept. 26, 2005). That deal cleared the way for to Instant Live to deliver live CDs and digital downloads of UMG acts immediately following shows.

Among the bands participating in Instant Live are the Allman Brothers Band, Trail Of Dead, the Black Crowes and Hall & Oates.