Loudness Issues in Cinema—Is the Reference Lost?


Eelco Grimm, HKU University of the Arts - Utrecht, Netherlands; Grimm Audio - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

John Fithian, NATO - Washington, DC, USA
Tom Fleischman, CAS - New York, NY, USA
Charles Q. Robinson, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA

Better sound systems may reproduce louder movies. Louder movies generate audience complaints. Complaints press cinema owners to lower the playback level. Lower playback levels make dialogue intelligible. Dubbing stages are pressed to print louder. 

Is the “sacred” reference level lost? This workshop will discuss the current issues with loudness in movies, with points-of-view from mixers, exhibitors, and technology providers.

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