JamSync has completed mixing the 5.1 soundtrack and authoring the DVD of the multiple award-winning documentary The Royal Academy, from Tony Cane-Honeysett’s Vox Box Productions. Said JamSync’s Chief Engineer, K.K. Proffitt, “We were able to take Cane-Honeysett’s original score and re-mix it into 5.1 for the film’s soundtrack and 5.0 for the DVDs menu loops . . . It has much greater clarity compared to the stereo version.”
A task like this involves more than just feeding tracks to a surround panner. Proffitt notes, “Denoising location dialogue is always a challenge, but the Cedar Cambridge makes things incredibly easy. Often filmmakers will cover holes in dialogue with music for a stereo mix, but that breaks down completely in a 5.1 mix, so you have to treat the center channel very carefully and sculpt room tone and environmental noise. It involves the usual EQ, de-essing, and compression, with the added problem of phase relationships for dialogue that has to resonate in great halls (and sometimes must surround the listener). I have, on occasion, re-cut a music track to more gracefully move with picture. Sometimes the director agrees, sometimes not, but it’s always worth a shot if you think you can make picture flow more easily so that it doesn’t break up the story line.
“The dialog gave us a real workout,” she continued. “We had dozens of locations as varied as the streets of London, small shop interiors, public transportation, the Royal Academy, and rooms in Mary’s home. They had to work together with Tony’s voice over. You couldn’t imagine the diversity of background noises we had to minimize.”