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Nugen Audio Helps Bring 'Sex And The City' Remaster To Life

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'Sex and the City' (SATC) has been a beloved series since it first debuted nearly 25 years ago.

The series captured not just the lives of its famed ensemble (Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte), but also the pulse and energy of its fifth character―New York City. Fast forward two movies and an HBO Max reboot of the series called 'And Just Like That', and the ladies of SATC are once again very much in vogue. So much so that in 2019 HBO decided to remaster all six seasons of SATC. Today, all 94 episodes are completely restored in UHD HDR Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The remaster was quite the undertaking for the special internal restoration team assigned to the task for several reasons. Not only did they need to go back to the original Kodak Super 16mm film and two-inch analog tape to rebuild the series from scratch, they also had to do so amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When the audio team started the project, they were together in the HBO offices. However, once the pandemic began, the team was relegated to their homes, which made the process a bit trickier.

The audio team needed support to capture the true essence of the original audio recordings while also enhancing them for a Dolby Atmos experience. The team persevered, creating new workflows with the help of NUGEN Audio's Halo Upmix software, which allowed them to convert the old SATC stereo mixes into an immersive format.

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