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Can you imagine a listening room setup like that? You might get just what the producer heard, but do you really think you'd enjoy the result? I'm talking not just about the speaker and amplifier choices (which clearly will reveal what's on the master tape, that's why they were chosen, I'd expect, but would not be my first choice for listening), but also the proximity of the speakers to the listening position, the intervening console, etc. Shows how good (and important) the best recording engineers and producers can be, given that most of us don't have rooms like that but still can get terrific sound from their creations.
What a great set-up! Skywalker sound's mixing stages - such
as this one - are considered to be the "State of the Art" -
in mixing stages for film soundtracks.
As the owner of a 12+ year old video post-production & media dupliction company, I've seen numerous articles written up about Skywalker Sound's facilities in various trade magazines. But I do have to say that when you get a
chance to actually go there - as I did several years ago -
during a tour for video & film people - it's even more
I don't know what George's ability as a director has to do with audio. Probably a discussion for another website. I do agree he should have hired a director and should just be the producer. Irvin Kershner, the guy who directed Empire Strikes Back would have been the choice.
I'll bet SW-2 Clones will be a little flat also for this reason. George is a little rusty in the director department.
George is one of the major forces driving digital technology and HT forward; so we all owe him some thanks.
I hope he moves the chair into the sweet spot every now and again! I was wondering why the right channel always sounded louder:-) What a great set-up! Can you spot a real audiophile as someone who puts an 802 center speaker in front of the screen? (I know it's sound mixing only, but I've got that picture in my mind now -- maybe it would fit on top of the TV ...)