Chapter 12

Sound

We weren’t prepared for the hum of the fluorescent lights. When you were standing in the gym, you didn’t notice it, but it came out loud and clear on the sound track.

Howard McCain

DIRECTOR

Recording Clean Tracks

During the past 40 years, the processing and transmission of sound to film audiences have undergone a radical evolution. Today, projection sound systems such as THX, Dolby, DTS/SDDS, and surround sound have heightened the aural dynamic of the film experience. Digital sound reproduction has drastically changed the way audiences hear soundtracks in theaters. However, with everything that can now be done in postproduction to process and deliver a complex and exciting soundtrack, the most important step in this chain is ...

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