Originally Posted by Ricci
Yeah. It could have been better for sure but I thought it was Ok. I'd give it 3 or maybe 3.5 stars for the bass. I think with all of the hype over it and the train crash that it ended up being a let down. Sort of like Avatar. Even though there is some bass there and it's not bad on some parts it just could have been so much more.
Good point, especially wrt Avatar. I'd really like to understand the thinking used by the individuals involved with these major releases. When one considers the amount of investment involved, it's absolutely extraordinary. Taking it a few steps further, what valid reasons would the studio, a production team, director, sound designer, and engineering team possibly have to preclude them from utilizing world class extension, extension that truly imparts a more realistic sense of the action so expertly crafted on screen. Obviously capturing, recording, and post production techniques have diligently worked toward the realization of high resolution LF effects, and implementing them into the cinematic experience. Likewise, advancements in high resolution LF reproduction in the home cinematic experience have somewhat mirrored those from the studios.That said, again,... why would anyone involved in these productions, knowingly limit the extension, and ultimate realism, associated with bringing these releases to the public?
1.) We encounter sounds that are well into the single digits, approaching DC, when exposed to our daily activities. Planes, trains, and automobiles, car doors, foot-falls, firearms, ordinance and explosions, percussive tools and instruments, you name it, it's all around and at varying levels of magnitude.
2.) When considering production efforts, including such encounters, with
the associated extension is realistic.
3.) When considering production efforts, including such encounters, with-out
the associated extension is un-realistic.
4.) Production efforts maximize
these effects to heighten
our level of excitement, impending sense of doom.
5.) Production efforts that minimize
these effects, lower
our level of excitement, and our impending sense of doom.
There should be no reason a big action, special effects blockbuster, should not possess state of the art extension. Now the magnitude, and the frequency of utilization of said extension is entirely an artistic one. Balance is key, just as spectral balance is. The skill-set of the design team should ultimately be the final arbiter, not a mis-applied HP filter somewhere between capture, and final dub stage mastering.
Similar to the bottom end, if the top two octaves were omitted, for whatever reason, an equal amount of disappointment, and outcry should also accompany a major release's acceptance.
Thoughts? Where am I wrong?