Culver City, CA (February 1, 2017)—Sony Pictures Post Production Services has unveiled the first dub stage on the West Coast that uses IMAX loudspeakers and meets specifications for mixing in the immersive IMAX 12.0 sound format.
The stage is equipped with a 24-fader Avid S6 mixing console and features four Avid HDX-3 digital audio workstations, a Sony SRX-R320 4K cinema projector, RealD 3D system, a MDI Precision White screen, JBL and IMAX loudspeakers and a variety of other sound and picture support gear. The room will be used to prepare 2D and 3D theatrical features and trailers for release to IMAX theaters worldwide.
The stage is in the Jimmy Stewart Building on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. Sony Pictures engineers worked with their counterparts from IMAX Corporation to install and align the IMAX 12.0 system.
“We are excited to offer this new resource to the motion picture community,” said Tom McCarthy, EVP, Sony Pictures Post Production Services. “We are committed to supporting all theatrical sound formats and are particularly impressed with the dynamic quality of IMAX 12.0.”
“We’re delighted to have Sony’s new mix stage, which was specifically designed and equipped for the new IMAX 12.0 and 5.0 sound formats, become available to mix and optimize films being presented in the IMAX format,” added Bruce Markoe, senior vice president and head of post production, IMAX Corp.
The new stage will provide California-based studios with an alternative for preparing titles for IMAX release. “We will provide studios and production companies with an efficient solution so they can get their titles out to IMAX theaters promptly,” noted Sony Pictures Post Production Services lead engineer Nathan Oishi. “Having access to a local source will make it easier for studios to manage the review and approval process, and help improve quality.”
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