New studio produces more realistic sounds

Mediacorp opens Movie-Mixing Studio, which lets film-makers in the region do sound-mixing with the latest technology

A new movie audio post-production studio equipped with technology said to produce more immersive sounds was launched in Singapore yesterday.

Mediacorp's Movie-Mixing Studio (MMS), housed in the local TV broadcaster's facility in Mediapolis at One-north, is the first certified Auro3D and AuroMax mixing studio in South-east Asia.

It produces sounds using the Auro-3D studio system, a leading audio format developed by Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. The system is said to produce a more realistic sound experience.

The first local movie project that will be mixed in the new studio is Jack Neo's upcoming Ah Boys To Men 4, the fourth instalment of his hit film franchise about national servicemen in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The new film, centred this time on SAF's Armoured Formation, is slated for release at the end of the year.

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A Myanmar production company has also signed on to do sound mixing at the studio for 10 films.

Previously, film-makers here who wanted to achieve the same sound quality would have to travel to locations such as Bangkok or Hong Kong.

Mediacorp declined to reveal the cost of setting up the new facility.

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health Chee Hong Tat, who was at the official launch yesterday, said in a speech: "The new studio will offer film-makers access to the latest technologies, which are built to international standards.

"I hope that one day, this will become the choice studio for movie- makers in the region and all over the world."

Previous films that were released in Auro3D's Auro 11.1 format include Fast & Furious 8 (2017), as well as Clint Eastwood's war drama American Sniper (2016), which was nominated at the Oscars for sound mixing.

In Singapore, Golden Village Suntec City is equipped to support Auro 11.1 sound technology.

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Correction note: An earlier version of the story addressed Chee Hong Tat as Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Health. This is incorrect. He should be Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2017, with the headline 'New studio produces more realistic sounds'. Print Edition | Subscribe