It’s the movie watching problem no-one wants to talk about, but someone needs to address. What is that problem? Subwoofers in Cinemas. And why are subwoofers a problem? Seat to seat volume variance. Let’s take a look at this problem and how to solve it.
Some years ago, I had the privilege, as part of a group from the Audio Engineering Society, of visiting NBC Universal Studios – Studio Post. Not only was the tour a lot of fun, but we met with the crew that was mixing feature motion pictures in the Dolby Theater. They are an amazing group of people, and they gave us a demo of their latest 3d audio mix. We were all blown away.
Can I say something personal here? My first job out of college was working at Harrison in Nashville, doing engineering design on mixing console components and accessories. I worked with Dave Harrison and other outstanding technical people. The first Audio Engineering Society trade show I visited was with Harrison, and for that show I answered questions about the film console. It was fun to see two Harrison mixing consoles on the Studio Post tour.