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Tips and Tricks

Post Sound Quick Tip #13

BLENDING IT ALL TOGETHERBringing order to chaos is the name of the game when mixing the audio of a production. At this point, you have separated the wheat from the chaff. Every audio element serves a purpose and has been cleaned up and made presentable. Now comes the task of blending the many parts into […]

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Mixing & Mastering Quick Tip #12

BLENDING THE INGREDIENTSAs the goal is to mix a song that translates to as many playback systems as possible, it is vital that you reference different playback systems during mix down. As mentioned in previous tips, checking mono compatibility is extremely important. Your mix will usually be heard in mono, unbalanced stereo or, even worse, […]

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ADR/Voice-Over Quick Tip #12

MASTERING THE COLD READCold reading is as much science as art. Basically you are trying to give the casting director a preview of what you would do if cast for the role without the benefit of rehearsal and/or direction. Let’s start with the technical considerations.Read the copy as many times as is practica,l and try […]

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Post Sound Quick Tip #12

INTEGRATING MUSICThe film score is in many ways the soul of a film. Depending on the production, it can be the glue that holds it all together.The key to effective use of music is making your choices based on function. Ideally these decisions should be made and communicated to the composer/music supervisor during the spotting […]

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Music Production Quick Tip #12

THE ULTIMATE LITMUS TESTThe final step is to make sure all parts are pulling their weight and serve a purpose as well as to verify that your arrangement as a whole is absolutely the best realization of your vision for the piece.Do the parts fit the players? If so, have you leaned too heavily on […]

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Post Sound Quick Tip #11

INTEGRATING SOUND DESIGNSound Design is truly a unique task. On one hand, they create original sounds for fictional objects. This is fairly    straight forward, and famous sounds are instantly identifiable: Godzilla’s roar, the sparking of a Lightsaber, the scream of a ‘Pod-Person’. On the other hand, they create accents, sweeps and swooshes that are sprinkled […]

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Acoustic Quick Tip #12

ROOM BALANCINGSo now that we have summarized the basics it’s time to apply what we’ve learned to what we need to accomplish.The key is to diagnose and address the issues one by one, always choosing the right tool for the right task. There are too many applications to discuss in any detail so we will […]

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Mixing & Mastering Quick Tip #11

LEAD VOCALSWe come now to Lead Vocals, the star of the show. Obviously no ‘quick tip’ could ever hope to sum up all the facets of mixing vocals, but here are some key areas that merit mentioning.This is a trick I learned online (don’t remember the source, Dave Pensado?) and have been using ever since. […]

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ADR/Voice-Over Quick Tip #11

MANAGING A COMPROMISED VOICEThere will come a time (if it hasn’t already) when you have to gut your way through a performance/session with a compromised voice. We mentioned this in tip #8 but it’s worth repeating that chronic overuse/misuse is one of the most destructive things you can do to your voice. Let’s imagine though, […]

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Music Production Quick Tip #11

PREMIXING WITH THE ARRANGEMENTA hallmark of a good arrangement is that it practically mixes itself. In fact, as you fine-tune your arrangement, it can be helpful to ask yourself the same kinds of questions mix engineers may ask themselves about the song further down the line.Can you hear all the parts of the song clearly […]

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