I'm curious how other people do M&E mixing. I've never actually had to mix an M&E before as it was all done for me in the mixer routing in ProTools (I also had totally clean dialogue as the shows were all animations).
Now I'm doing a live-action show that will have all the footsteps etc. replaced to create the M&E track.
I'm thinking of either mixing all the extra SFX/foley along with the dialogue so that it will be at an appropriate level with regards to the actual mix, or would it be better to just mix it as a separate thing so it sounds correct and imagine how it would work underneath dialogue.
As I go through cleaning up the dialogue I am stripping out as much of the production sound as possible and using it. The guys in tracklay are matching the production sound as best they can, otherwise they are ditching the production sound for the M&E.
I like the idea of referring you mentioned, kind of like mixing my two ideas together (forgive the completely intentional pun).
I'm leaning towards mixing it without the dialogue, the more I think about it it seems the most sensible and quickest. I will already have the bulk of the M&E already done as there's wall to wall music and lots of sound effects that I will be working with that come from the main mix