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Sony Pictures upgrades stages to Dolby Atmos

Sony Pictures Post Production Services in Culver City, California, has upgraded three mix stages to support sound mixing for film and television in Dolby Atmos, bringing its total up to seven Atmos stages

Sony Pictures Post Production Services, in Culver City, California, has upgraded three mix stages on the Sony Pictures lot to support sound mixing for film and television in Dolby Atmos format as part of the ongoing expansion of its sound resources, bringing its total up to seven Atmos stages.

Sony Pictures Post Production Services has experienced increased demand to deliver film and television projects in Dolby Atmos, both among Sony Pictures productions and those outside the Sony Pictures family. 

“We want to accommodate all producers, all delivery requirements and all platforms,” said Tom McCarthy, EVP, post production facilities, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “That includes theatrical, large format, broadcast television, home theatre, digital and mobile.”

The work was completed under the direction of Lane Burch, the studio’s executive director, post production sound engineering, with creative consultation from Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell and supervising sound editor Will Files.

Among the upgraded rooms is the 344-seat Cary Grant Theatre, the studio’s largest. Upgrades to the Cary Grant Theatre include 46 channels of JBL loudspeakers to support mixing in Dolby Atmos. The theatre features dual 48-fader Avid S6 consoles, four Avid Pro Tools HDX-3 workstations, a 192-channel HDX-3 Pro Tools recorder, a separate Pro Tools workstation for playback, a Harrison Audio X-Range monitor matrix with a 64-channel X-Range audio engine and 512×512 X-Range MADI router, a 4K Sony digital cinema projector and a new Stewart cinema screen.

The studios’ Jimmy Stewart Theatre was also upgraded to support both Dolby Atmos cinema and home entertainment speaker formats. It features dual 24-fader Avid S6 consoles, three Avid Pro Tools HDX-3 workstations, a 192-channel HDX-3 Pro Tools recorder, a Harrison Audio X-Range monitor matrix with a 64-channel X-Range Audio Engine and 512×512 X-Range MADI router, a Sony 4K digital cinema projector and a custom JBL/BSS speaker system. Both the Grant and Stewart theatres also support IMAX 5, 6 and 12 channel formats.

Dolby Atmos upgrades are in progress on the studio’s 10-seat Theatre 3, located on Stage 6. When work is complete, it will feature a 48-fader Avid S6 console, four Avid Pro Tools HD workstations, a 512×512 Harrison X-Range MADI router, a Sony 4K projector and a JBL speaker array.

While Sony Pictures now has seven mix stages that support Dolby Atmos, it plans to have nine within the next few years. The first project slated for an immersive mix in the upgraded theatres is Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far from Home, which makes its way to North American theatres on July 5, 2019.

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