Re: Mediations on 16mm optical sound

From: Sam Wells (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 04 2006 - 16:24:25 PST

> using a sound processor or equalizer of some sort can work
> wonders, rather than running line out to an amp with zero equalization.
> Nobody does this with 35mm, why do it with 16mm?

Theaters showing 35 using a Dolby CP, Sony processor or one of the
"Brand X" devices will have house EQ programmed in or should.
The Sony 1000 I've used has a nice programmable eq from the front panel
with custom presets available.

Of course any theater running their 16mm line into this will have the
same house EQ.

(My 'mini-DTS' idea could easily incorporate various EQ options).

I've tried an Aphex Aural Exciter (now calm down) with 16mm and it did
give some interesting fake high end. I'd try a BBE 442; I know the
thing is voodoo but I've used it in telephony applications (8K 16 bit
digital) with interesting results, and also in using audio cassettes
to match DAT recordings (along with dbx single ended NR. Got a bit of
sparkle there)

There are probably various plugins someone could try...


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