Mixing in Post-Production

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/08/21 [16:32]

Mixing in Post-Production

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/08/21 [16:32]

 

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Mixing in Post-Production

 

 

In post-production, the mixing process should be split into various stages and laid out in a methodical fashion, starting with very specific issues and ending with working on an overall "picture" (no pun intended) of the entire soundtrack.

 

 

You should first work on each individual sound element. Try to make the frequency and dynamic range as even as you can. Use EQ and compression to make each element fit into the mix. You may want to apply reverb to the dialog so it blends in with the rest of the soundtrack. But be careful, you don't want to give the impression that it's too far away. You may also want to apply reverb to other sounds. Either way, make sure that it's neither too wet nor too dry. Of course, you can choose not to use any reverb at all - that's up to you. 

 

 

Once you have finished working on the individual elements, you should work on the overall levels again. Any EQ, compression, or other effect will change the dynamics of each track. Therefore, whatever mix you had made beforehand will not be the same. Remember that the dialog should stand out above all other tracks: you might need to duck the other sounds. The music should have a proportionate level to the dialog (just like when you have to adjust the level on your stereo at home so you can have a conversation with a friend). And the sound effects should be neither too loud nor too soft. Also, hard effects should generally stand out over the backgroundand music.

 

 

Finally, you should check your work for any final touches or changes that may be needed. At this stage you are going to have to get it right, because the next step will be to bounce the individual elements as stems. Later on, it will be difficult to go back to the mix and surgically change one specific thing - sort of like trying to re-equalize the snare drum on a 2-track mix.

 

 

Over the course of the soundtrack, your mix might require specific changes in EQ, dynamics, effects levels, etc. Feel free to use automation to help you out.

 

 

 

 

 

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