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I'm mixing a scene that takes place inside of a movie theater - a heavily sound proofed one.

It's hard to describe the acoustic properties of an environment like that, but I am sure we've all been in one. Everything is much more audible due to the lack of noise pollution and there's a sense of "tightness" in the air around your head. Muffled, etc.

I was thinking of narrowing the stereo field a lot and possibly rolling off a lot of the lows since that tends to be absorbed by materials padding the walls of movie theaters.

Any other thoughts or ideas on how to make this sound good?

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Sounds interesting!

I would definitely agree with narrowing the stereo field. When i'm mixing indoor scenes i usually have my atmos panned to 50 at the widest, with at least one of my layers close to centre. Not that there's any rule, i just like the way this contrasts with exterior scenes.

I wouldn't recommend rolling off any lows. The acoustic treatment absorbs reflections, not direct sound.

So it sounds like you'll have a really quiet environment. One way you can play up "silence" is through "synonyms of silence". That is, small details that you wouldn't hear in an area with a higher noise floor. Maybe add someone coughing out in the foyer, or pay extra attention to your characters' feet and moves in your foley.

I have a feeling that it may be difficult to walk the line between sounding acoustically dead and sounding fake or 2 dimensional (if you use absolutely no reverb). You may have to use a little reverb, or if there are any loud moments you could use some muffled slap.

Best of luck!

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