The landscape of sound for picture is moving at a faster clip than ever before. Cinema sound and television audio – broadcast and streamed – are both racing from 5.1 surround to 7.1 to formats that range from 11.2 in broadcast for residential applications to as many as 64 individual speaker locations for object-based audio platforms like Dolby’s Atmos and Auro Technologies’ Auro-3D.
Post-production finishing for Parrott Heads, a new feature length documentary about dedicated fans of singer Jimmy Buffett, was completed recently at Roundabout Entertainment. The Burbank facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, sound mixing and DVD authoring services for the film, currently streaming on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere.
Doli Media Studio of Sofia, Bulgaria, has installed PlayBox Europe’s Lapis with SubtitleNext and Executor Sync Master to power its creative sound production workflow across their newly refurbished and upgraded facilities.
Roland’s Go:Mixer, a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production, is now available. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, Go:Mixer connects digitally via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that’s a marked upgrade over using the phone’s built-in mono mic or analog line input.
Acclaimed sound designer and re-recording mixer Niv Adiri has chosen Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix to create surround 5.1 versions of the music and sound effects on a wide range of cinema projects. Adiri most recently used Halo Upmix on the current film T2 Trainspotting. With Halo Upmix, he was able to work from stereo source tracks to deliver a 5.1 mix that was true to the original sound of the music, but also sounded ideal in a range of surround listening environments.
Renowned rerecording mixer Tom Marks has chosen Nugen Audio's Halo Upmix and MasterCheck Pro to do the mix for the hit Netflix series Sense8, which just wrapped production of its second season. Based in Hollywood, Marks is a rerecording mixer with many popular television and movie titles to his credit.
Mumbai, India-based audio/mix engineer and pro audio specialist for Avid, Sreejesh Nair has chosen Nugen Audio's Halo Upmix plug-in for stereo-to-5.1/7.1/9.1 upmixing. Nair uses Halo to produce a powerfully immersive upmix on a broad range of cinema projects, including the sound tracks of well-known Bollywood titles.
For the second year, the Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have collaborated to produce a series of podcast conversations with the artists nominated for Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.
AlphaDogs Post Production has completed work on the AFI Film, Trouble Man, directed by Jackson Young. The story follows the life of a high school senior who after turning his life around falls into a downward spiral that may prevent him from reaching his dreams of getting into college.
Leading motion picture and television studios, independent producers, sound companies and technology developers are among the sponsors of the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 64th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, slated for February 19 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.