Question by Dr. Steve: What’s the problem? I’ve got music from a movie coming in at max but the speaking voices are low.?
We were setting up for our “Rocky Horror” production and ran into some sound issues that we still can’t put a finger on…
we ran the movie from a dvd player, the video went to a projector (which worked fine) and our sound went into our mixer then house speakers, the music and background noise from the film was running fine but when the actors spoke you couldn’t hear it…
…thinking it was the mixer we ran it through a separate independent sound system and had the same problem… so the problem is coming from the av cables or dvd player or wiring to the mixer… how do we get the volumes level?
(sorry for forming my question in a mad ramble format)
Answer by agb90spruce
Movies are generally recorded in surround sound so that the majority of the vocal portion is coded to be reproduced by the center speaker. The first implication of this is that the center speaker should be capable of accurately playing back midrange frequencies (where vocals predominantly lie) — something many speakers are not good at.
Playing back movies in stereo often “mushes” the vocals into the music and background sounds making them hard to distinguish. Even if properly decoded to a good center speaker if the speaker hasn’t been calibrated correctly relative to the front and surrounds vocals can get lost. Finally, all too many movies are improperly — or at least inadequately — mastered and the vocals suffer.
Hope that gives you some ideas.
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