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villagesound 10-08-2013 12:29 PM

post mix theatre vs music console room
Hi there,

I compose music for productions as well as other post sound services - from foley to 5.1 mix.

I am interested in building a new console room and am looking for some resources to help me figure out the optimal room dimensions.

I notice that most post audio rooms/mix theatres are of a very different dimension/shape - they are more in the shape of a theatre, the speakers are at the front of the room, the console desk is quite far from the screen, etc.

While most music console rooms, the console desk is further to the front of the room and there is often glass rather than a projection screen, etc.

I have also looked at a lot of mastering facilities, and they too seem to be unique in their general dimension.

So my question is, is there a reliable dimension/shape that i should be aiming for that can satisfy all requirements? A room that i can do 5.1 or 7.1 post mixing in (Dolby Certified if possible), as well as optimal for mixing and mastering music? Any references you can suggest?

Thanks everyone!

quadraphonics 10-08-2013 12:59 PM

Re: post mix theatre vs music console room
Depending on how much room you have, you could look into the THX PM3 standard to give you an idea of what a 'proper' near field mixing room for post would be. If you are looking more into theatrical dubbing, then I would give a call to Dolby. There are very specific size and voicing requirements to be able to perform Dolby Certified Print Masters.


dr sound 10-08-2013 10:39 PM

Re: post mix theatre vs music console room
There is no longer a reason to have a "Dolby Certified Room:.
That was for Film Print Masters. Film is dead.
Now that DCP's are what are being delivered you do not need to have a certified room. That is not to say that you don't need a well designed room that is built around well know sound acoustical principles.
Villagesound, you don't state where you are located.
Here is the best person for you to contact:
Bruce Black of MediaRooms Technology:
Here is a link:http://www.mediaroomstech.com/

Tell him I sent you. He can consult for you. The money you save from doing it right is well worth it. He is very reasonable!

quadraphonics 10-09-2013 06:35 AM

Re: post mix theatre vs music console room
I also can vouch for Bruce Black's work. He helped fix some isolation issues on a Dub stage I worked at. Nice guy, very professional.


villagesound 10-09-2013 03:40 PM

Re: post mix theatre vs music console room
Great - thanks for that pointer. I'll drop Bruce a note.

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