LA-based SoundFi has debuted an immersive 3D audio delivery format optimized for headphones. The free app, SoundFi: At the Movies, works on iOS devices (Android will follow soon), with any compatible headphones. Columbia Pictures’ film The Equalizer 2, directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be the first film offered on the platform and will be available in select theaters. In addition to the release of the new technology, SoundFi also announced that Antoine Fuqua has joined the new company as an executive advisor and partner.
SoundFi takes post-production 5.1, 7.1 and object-based sound mixes and renders them into a binaural spatial audio format that provides a personalized sound experience whether someone is watching a movie in a theater or, to be announced soon, watching a movie streamed to a computer, phone or mobile device. The SoundFi audio syncs to the soundtrack, with no disruption to an audience enjoying the traditional loudspeaker audio in the theater, claims the company.
“SoundFi: At the Movies is the best solution for moviegoers and fans seeking the most immersive, headphone-based, audio experience possible when watching a movie,” said Chris Anastas, founder and CEO, SoundFi. “The app was created by audiophiles and movie nuts to provide premium 360-degree/floor-to-ceiling sound through headphones no matter where they are watching their favorite movies. By redefining the way to enjoy a film, we are bringing back the thrill of a movie that is more purely rooted in the audio experience itself no matter what seat you happen to be sitting in at the theater.”
Antoine Fucqua and SoundFi Founder Chris Anastas
The SoundFi: At the Movies mobile app is a personalized audio experience which can be delivered to a phone. Audience members will install the SoundFi: At the Movies mobile application from Google Marketplace or the Apple app store, download the movie soundtrack file desired and then take their smartphone and headphones to watch the movie in their local participating theater. Multiple languages are also available and director commentaries, as well as other audio selections, all in an immersive 3D sound format in their favorite theaters.
SoundFi has brought director/producer Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer 2, The Equalizer, Southpaw, Training Day) into the company in a partnership/advisory board role. His latest film The Equalizer 2 will be the first film to feature the SoundFi tech in movie theaters.
“As a director, I’m always thinking about ways to make the movie better. We go through painstaking details in editing and mixing to get the sound perfect for the audience,” notes Antoine Fuqua. “ SoundFi confidently showcases to movie fans the sonic commitment and artistic intent we have as filmmakers. With our exhibitor partners, SoundFi is presenting audiences with new opportunities and options in the cinematic space.”
The SoundFi: At the Movies mobile application is currently available as a free download in the Apple app store across the iOS platform and is compatible with any headphone. The Android version will arrive in the Google Play store soon. For more information about SoundFi, please visit, www.soundfi.com.