Sound Levels in Cinemas

Something that has been bothering me lately is the variable playback loudness in cinemas, with most cinemas playing back well below the Dolby Reference standard level of 7 (or calibrated to 85dB SPL), but seemingly there pretty much being no standard anymore. Unfortunately films being mixed at lower levels, to make for louder mixes, which … Read more Sound Levels in Cinemas

Intelligibility in Films

The slashfilm.com website has posted up an article discussing some of the reasons why it has often become more difficult to understand the dialogue in films these days. There are a number of points that cover creative choices such as Christopher Nolan’s approach in various films and mixing with theatrical dynamics that doesn’t necessarily translate … Read more Intelligibility in Films

Book Review – Behind the Sound Cart by Patrushkha Mierzwa

Behind the Sound Cart: A Veteran’s Guide to Sound on the Set is a welcome addition to the small number of books available about production sound recording for screen productions, and it is the only book that I am aware of that focuses on the Sound Utility / Utility Sound Technician (UST) role specifically. This … Read more Book Review – Behind the Sound Cart by Patrushkha Mierzwa

Immersive Microphone Set-ups

DPA have some fantastic information in their Mic University and their page discussing microphone set-ups for surround sound and immersive audio formats is a really great primer covering some of the common approaches: https://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/immersive-sound-object-based-audio-and-microphones I’ve recorded using various multi-channel/surround techniques, but my most common approach for ambiences is using an IRT Cross. Although the technique … Read more Immersive Microphone Set-ups

AES Loudness for Internet Audio

The AES have released a new/revised recommendation concerning loudness for internet audio streaming and on-demand application. There are no real surprises in there, with a -18 LKFS/LUFS (+/- 2 LU) integrated loudness for assorted content where the dialogue is not directly measurable on its own, which is in line with previous recommendations, as posted about … Read more AES Loudness for Internet Audio

Creativity in the Studio

Dom Morley from Mix Consultancy, has written some tips for boosting creativity in the studio for the Production Expert website, which are actually just simple tips for creativity generally no matter whether it is in the studio or other types of creative pursuits. Here they are: https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expert-1/5-tips-to-boost-creativity-in-the-studio

Wireless Spectrum Management for Fire Fight 2020 Concert

Profiles Resource Management have written up a great article/post about the work they did in managing the wireless (RF) spectrum for the massive Fire Fight Concert for National Bushfire Relief at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in 2020. The article gives some good insight into the challenges of dealing with many wireless channels in a high … Read more Wireless Spectrum Management for Fire Fight 2020 Concert