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October 20, 2006
POP SOUND MIXES LIONSGATE TITLES FOR BLU-RAY RELEASE POP Sound remixed the soundtracks for the films, including several in the 6.1 DTS-ES discrete audio format, which adds a center surround channel behind the audience. The studio also performed conforming to HD picture and encoding services.  

"For films like Saw, Crash and Lord of War, it really adds something to have the center surround," says POP Sound's Tim Hoogenakker. "Much of Saw occurs in a small, contained environment where you hear water pipes, drains and other creepy sounds in the background. It adds to the impact."

Hoogenakker also prepared mixes of each film in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX. 

Part of the challenge in preparing the Lionsgate titles was ensuring backward-compatibility. As the new disc formats are playable on older DVD systems, the soundtracks have to sound great on a variety of consumer technology. POP Sound has the facilities to service both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats. The studio used a combination of Digidesign Pro Tools|HD 3 V.7.2 and AMS Neve digital mixing consoles to complete the project.