More than 500 audio professionals turned out for the third annual Mix Presents Sound for Film, a daylong event featuring product exhibition and expert panel series, held on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, Calif., on September 17. The theme for 2016, “Film & Television: A Merging of Art, Technique and Tools,” was chosen to reflect the changing nature of both how visual content is produced and distributed.
New this year: The Production Sound Pavilion, featuring a Parade of Carts, where production sound mixers showed off their rigs and the Cinema Audio Society presented workshops; the Virtual Reality room, where Dolby showcased Atmos at Home and Atmos for VR in a small-room environment, and with headsets; and the Sound Reel Showcase, where Formosa Group assembled eight-minute sound clips from some of the year’s major releases, presented in the Holden Theatre with introductions from the sound teams.
“The new programming really helped round out the event and bring in a full range of audio professionals,” said Tom Kenny, editor of Mix. “And this year our anchor sponsors added exceptional presentations. Dolby took over the executive screening room and the Kim Novak Theatre, showing everything from Cinema Tools to Audio for VR. Avid showed its S6 in the Cary Grant Theatre and had a packed panel on sound for Stranger Things. JBL again built its Dolby Atmos midsize rig inside a TV stage and wowed everyone with its 7 Series monitors. Yamaha/Steinberg revealed how Nuage is tailor-made for object-based audio. They all really stepped up.”
Mix Presents Sound for Film was held at Host Sponsor Sony Pictures Studios and produced in conjunction with Event Partners Motion Picture Sound Editors and Cinema Audio Society. Additional sponsors included Westlake Pro, Audionamix, Meyer Sound, Auro Technologies, Lectrosonics, Audio Intervisual Design, and RSPE,
For more photos and podcasts from the event, including the keynote speech from re-recording mixer Gary Bourgeois, visit mixonline.com.