For six years in a row, Mix Magazine has organized Hollywood’s premier event for the audio industry to celebrate the art of sound for motion pictures and television. Held at the world-famous Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, this year’s Sound For Film & TV proved yet again to be an essential event for those wanting to learn from and network with the top sound editors, composers, mixers, and recordists working today.
As a proud sponsor of the event, Audionamix presented the latest breakthroughs in AI source separation technology. We shared the bustling entrance hall with our friends from Sound Particles, Krotos, Avid, Genelec and more to offer hands-on demos of new and exciting developments in the sound space. At our table, Scott Esterson and Brian Code prepared to give demos of IDC Instant Dialogue Cleaner to show how one can easily and quickly reduce noise in a problematic audio recording.
As attendees arrived and grabbed their swag bags, they were treated to breakfast treats to fuel the day. Wylie Statemen, supervising sound editor for “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”, delivered the keynote address, kicking off an exciting day full of panels, discussions, and presentations focusing on audio for film and television.
Panels covered a wide variety of topics including production sound, immersive audio, and creative mixing techniques. Sound editors from blockbusters “Ford v. Ferrari” and “Spiderman: Far From Home” shared their processes for mixing big budget features and the challenges that come along with tackling such large projects with many moving parts.
After a quick and tasty lunch, we held a special presentation about audio AI and its implications for the future of audio source separation. Ellie McNeil set the stage with a brief background of AI and machine learning, which provided insight into how Audionamix technology can distinguish and isolate elements from a full mix. Stephen Oliver then showed examples of how our Professional Services team utilizes this technology, with clips illustrating dialogue isolation, dialogue removal, and music removal.
We were thrilled by the turnout and response to the presentation, and the enthusiastic questions that followed. Attendees were excited to learn how to access previously unattainable audio assets, by “unbaking the cake” and reverse engineering audio. Isolating elements from a composite mix introduces a wide array of possibilities for content owners including upmixing, remonetization, and restoration. Thank you to all the attendees of our presentation, who walked away with free Audionamix mugs and USB flash drives!
Ending the night was the red carpet walk to the open bar and Sound Reel Showcase in the Cary Grant theater, where editors presented eight minute clips of films of the year’s best film sequences in glorious Dolby Atmos. There couldn’t be a better place to experience a film in immersive audio! Amazon’s upcoming theatrical release “The Aeronauts” was the big surprise of the night, featuring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in one of the most acrophobic scenes in recent memory.
See you next year! Thank you to Sony and Mix Magazine!