Mastering for movies

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Alécio Costa - Brazil, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    At early 2003 I finished the tracking, editing and stereo mixing of a short lenght movie. However, it was finally mixed to dolby dts 5.1 at a biiiiiiiiig facility here in Brazil.
    When I listened to it at the movies ( ok the sound system was not that grea), it sounded too compressed, I could even listen to noises that were not so apparent at mix time.
    Although the client enjoyed, to me it sounded like these "modern squeezed to death CDS".
    But hey, what do they want to compete with?
    So.. is there a certain threshold, comp ratio, RMS standard for movies?
    Yes, it is quite a silly question but that made me nuts.. :p:
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    The standard reference level that movies should be mixed at is 85db. That is the reference level of what your system is calibrated at and where you set the volume. that doesn't mean that you can't squash it. Movies are suffering the same thing that audio is, level wars. I've gone to some movies where it was painful to sit through.
  3. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    I´m happy ya have not watched mine -lol
  4. soundfreely

    soundfreely Guest

    Isn't 79 dB the reference for movies to be played at home only? I thought that movies intended for theaters is referenced at 85 dB. I have never done any of this type of work (not that I wouldn't someday like to), but I would like to know anyway.

    Oops! I edited the 79 and 85 (wrong #'s before)

    [ November 11, 2003, 06:40 PM: Message edited by: ErikSands ]

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