Originally Posted by FilmMixer
I am a big proponent of doing a near field/home theater mix...
Every time I get into that discussion (as I did in the mastering audio for home theater thread last month) I get jumped on by a small but very vocal minority for having such a view point.
They complain about how they've spent so much money on their gear, how they are better than a cinema, etc....
I don't disagree that there are those that have amazing rooms. With very capable gear, maybe even better than even the best cinemas....
However, they still aren't setup like a cinema.
I have no desire to jump all over you about this topic, but I think it's worth a little more exploration, especially in this thread as immersive audio has the potential to "reboot" the issue.
I have mixed feelings about near-field sound mixes, as I think that the potential is ripe for screwing things up for those of us that have invested in decent equipment and tuning their setups. However, I'm willing to believe that good sound mixers will not crank on those adjustments so hard that it compromises what could be done if the mix was just left alone, but I'm also willing to believe that there are mixers that aren't as skilled, or perhaps are getting pressure from outsiders to make the mix sound good on their flat-panel TV in their office.
Is there any test cases out there that one could hear for themselves the difference between an untouched mix and an "adjusted for home" mix? Perhaps a title that has had multiple releases, where one release was unmodified, and another had the modified mix? I've never seen any references to any, and I would love to experiment with that.
One example that I know of where people are quite unhappy with the modified mix was Jurassic Park. Projectionists that are very familiar with how the movie sounded in theaters in 1993 are very unhappy with how the movie sounds on Blu-ray. Supposedly, the LaserDisc release has the theatrical sound mix. Unfortunately, I do not have access to an LD player or the movie on LD to perform such an experiment.
Regarding Lionsgate.... They have used DTS exclusively for a long time. They were bound to start mastering some titles in DTS:X. It is my understanding that "Insurgent" will be in Atmos. "Ex Machina" was only released theatrically in 5.1. The DTS:X on the BR was done after the fact.
I just checked the Fact Sheet on Lionsgate's extranet, and it's still listing the sound mix for Insurgent
as: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible)
My guess is that Lionsgate used Ex Machina as a test case for DTS:X, perhaps like Gravity was for Warner Bros. with Atmos. Something needed to be first, and for whatever reason, that title was chosen. Since a subsequently-announced title from Lionsgate (Age of Adaline) is using Atmos, I don't think we've seen a studio-wide shift to DTS:X.