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Optimizing the cinema sound experience for a domestic setting

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Film sound mixing is an iterative process where dubbing mixers combine several stems to form the final soundstage of a motion picture. For cinema: end to end control makes it possible to reproduce near consistent mixes at the playback stage, whereas in a domestic setting: playback hardware and listening levels vary greatly in addition to background sounds or noise in the listening space. While mixers have a general consensus on how their mixes translate in a domestic setting; there are a number of considerations to take into account when making mixing decisions at the post-production stage with little documented on best approaches for the task. This paper describes key considerations and requirements to take into account when mixing film sound to ensure translation in a domestic setting and a listening experiment for the purpose of testing different mixing approaches. Two different film mixing approaches were done.

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