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Best use of ergonomics in an Pro Tools editing environment?

If you're anything like me you spend up to 12 hours a day sitting at an audio workstation, toiling away at your craft. Very often these workstations are set up in an office-type setting, ie. desk, ...
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Post production communities

Hey all - This post is in regards to relationships with other post facilities and post-production operators/creatives in your community. I'm a part of a mid-sized post production facility. We (our ...
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Edit Session Layout Tips for a Shootout

Hi All, First time cutting gunshots for linear sound design and I'm running into some issues. Designing the single gunshots has been fine so far, but I've just hit about 15sec in a row of quick cuts ...
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Indie Feature Production and Post Production Audio Budgets

If you were asked to work post audio on a film, one man band style, and you knew the budget was $150,000, what would you think a fair price would be? This is just for your services. No dolby stuff ...
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Is it worth working for free?

Is it worth working for free? I have worked on a few shorts and done some sound design, learning my chops and the things I have done are well received by people. A director asked me awhile ago to ...
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Dubbing Stage Workflow

I know a lot about running a post production studio from home, and even in larger post suites, with digi surfaces and such. I've done it for a long time, and I've developed a method and workflow that ...
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Matrixing LR as MS?

As I've become more comfortable with mid-side stereo recording and matrixing it as LR in post, rather than at capture time, I'm wondering about the ability in various plug-ins to encode LR into MS. ...
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Serious use of self-recorded IR's

I use reverbs all the time on dialogue, no matter what the project. There may be the occasional voiceover that gets away completely dry, but everything else gets a little bit (or a lot) of reverb. I ...
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How do I fix clipping distortion in my audio recording?

I've recorded a living room concert of two singers with two guitars with a Zoom H2. The recording is fine 90% of the time, but there is some clipping distortion. I think this is caused because I had ...
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As a sound designer/Location Audio Recordist, what would you like a Director to know before production?

Hi guys, This Tuesday, I will be attending a filmmaker's meetup group to talk about sound. The current speaker had a conflict arise and had to bail. I was asked to do the presentation. I have my own ...
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How do I prepare my sound files professionally to share with others?

Hello. I have a question about embedding the correct sort of metadata and general professional preparation for my sound files so I can pass to others and it'll be appropriate for their professional ...
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Sound off on Noise Reduction!

So, folks, what's the dirt on contemporary noise reduction for things like hiss, hum, and background drone noise? Are folks still using DINR, third-party plug-ins, artful gating? My two cents is ...
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Techniques for making a crowd sound bigger and fuller

For the film I'm working on, the on-set recordist recorded some very nice and useful crowds and chants. But these where recorded in mono and with a group smaller than the films requires. Currently I'...
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How do I record snow-based foley without real snow?

At the time of recording, conditions were so severe on set that recording on-set foley was out of the question, much less getting clean dialog. Lo and behold, it's now May, all the snow is gone, and ...
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Baby voice-over

I currently work on an animation project involving 6-to-18-month-old babies. The context is a bit special because we follow the realistic evolution of several babies until they say their first word. ...
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Linking to Source Media in Final Cut OMFs

We're hammering out some workflow issues in prep for a new television series here at work, and I was just wondering, has anyone had any success in creating an OMF in Final Cut that links to the source ...
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Quoting for post sound production.

Hey all, I have to do a quote for post sound production for a feature film and i'm not quite sure where to start. I did read Tim's answer to Colin's question (http://socialsounddesign.com/questions/...
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How important is union membership for sound designers and production sound mixers?

Being relatively new to production sound mixing and post production sound, I've been wandering my way through the indie world not doing too much studio work. How important will it be for me to be a ...
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How to improve guitar tone for recording?

first post: I've been recording/producing for 4-5 years but I've always struggled to get electric guitars to sound the way I want them and I'm wondering what I can do to improve that. (also done ...
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What do the acronyms DX, FX, MX stand for?

I've been using the abbreviations for quite some time now but I don't know why they are called DX, FX, and MX. (Well, FX I can understand.) For me, it's practical because it shortens the track name ...
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What's a good basic mic set for recording SFX

Hi my name is Eric. I'm a 21 year old student and I'm going to Full Sail University here in Winter Park, FL. I'm getting my degree in Recording Arts, but I'm definitely more interested in audio post ...
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Volume automation and noise reduction

What is the role of the dialogue editor in volume automation and noise reduction in movie post production? Thanks, Eduardo
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Glitchy sound design how-to? Example inside

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pNOxynC1Dc&feature=player_detailpage In the opening sequences there is an odd, glitchy, tremolo kind of effect. The same style of design is used in movies like ...
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Normalizing Your Final Mix?

Another question: When I mix films in stereo, I mix for dynamic range at 78dB SPL. This means I have my setup calibrated, I mix the dialogue until it's comfortable, then I mix everything else around ...
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Footsteps for Kontakt

Try this free footsteps patch. Give me feedback please. Requires the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.3 or later. http://www.signoaudiodesign.com Thanks
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How do you bounce back from a failure?

I recently worked on a film challenge project where I was in charge of post sound. I can make all the excuses I want, but in the end, I ran out of time and the project suffered severely for it. The ...
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When to apply noise reduction? Before or after other processing?

I have a recording, in which i will do some processing, specifically: Expand Boost a bit around 150hz I also need to apply noise reduction My question is: When noise reduction is applied? Before or ...
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48 Hour Film Project

Hey All, I agreed to do the post audio for a 48 hour film project and wanted to know if anyone else has ever had experience working on one of these films before. Basically I want to know if I should ...
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Should I use a standalone compressor/gate or do it in post?

I'm recording screencasts and also dabbling in podcasting. I do video editing in Final Cut Pro X. My question is this: Is it better to use a standalone insert compressor/limiter/gate or have FCPX do ...
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Getting started with Audio Production

I'm a musician with a classical background, and I'm really interested in the complete process of Music Production (Acoustic Conditioning, Recording, Post-Producing). I'd love to start learning in a ...
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Hearing loss above 11 Khz

Hi to all sound designers, first time I post on Social Sound Design but I've always found all of your comments here extremely valuable and I very much respect your judgment on all things audio. I've ...
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What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

In contrast to production techniques applied to popular music, most published recordings of classical music can have a very wide dynamic range. This makes then less suited for listening in a car, on ...
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Fixing an over-distorted guitar track

I recorded a metal band last year and have just gotten round to doing a rough mix / master. Unfortunately, I left the guitarist unsupervised who then proceeded to crank up his amp... to the point that ...
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Crazy Question: Is it possible to clean up speakerphone sound - (not music, just speaking)?

I am not a audio person. I am more of a technical problem solver who is on an interesting project to provide remote interpretation to a business audience. I am able to control what goes out (the ...
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How to remove unwanted sounds from 'silence'?

I have an orchestral recording with an audience. In one part of the recording, there are shock chords (loud, short chords played by the whole ensemble) at 0 dB with about two seconds of 'silence' ...
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Cinematic soundtrack recording - is it better to record instruments sections separately or all together?

We want to record something that sounds really cinematic. I've been in a studio twice before with a 50 pieces orchestra and although the quality of the recording was great, it didn't have quite that ...
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How does A/B montage works?

I heard about A/B montage in school, but it was only mentioned once. And I know it has something to do with two tracks, and using it for easier automation and whatever else, when the perspective in ...
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Mixing for Cinema in Home Studio

I am preping for a film mix in my small studio and just was calibrating the speakers but with my small monitors i can't reach the SPL required. SO i decided to reference with a DVD dialogue track at ...
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Does the use of ADR result in loss of characterisation?

Hey everyone. For my dissertation, Im researching if the use of ADR could result in a loss of emotion and characterisation between the character and the film audience. My main reason for choosing ...
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Anyone done work for a music video before?

I'm curious, because I've never done any work for music videos. Specifically, I'm wondering if they use similar dialnorms to standard television programming. Is there anything that's majorly different ...
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How do I create space in my mix (example provided)

It seems no matter what I try I cannot recreate or even get close to the mix I desire. A mix where all my sounds are clean yet full and have the depth I desire. Over the years I have used many ...
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difference between pre and post fade

Why is a pre fade aux used for monitoring and a post fade aux for effects?
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Big Budget Films/Compensation

When working post-production audio on a big budget film, name actors, directors....etc. What would the expected compensation be?
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Recording room ambience

What would be the best way to record room ambience for ambience fx (not room tone for dialogue) with one mic? I'm limited on that side. Should i just transform mono to stereo later?
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Looking for some help on dialogue editing?

Hey guys I'm working on a short film and I am wondering what kind of techniques people use to help get rid of noise floor or room tone. I usually use X-Noise and EQ but I'm wondering what other ...
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Appropriate Film Credits

I've got an independent short film project where I'm the only sound person involved. I've had to do everything from pre-production to post. What would be appropriate for credit(s)? Is there a blanket-...
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Give one sound the characteristics of another

Hi, I swear I used to have a plug in which did this, but as many of you, the sea of tools at my hands has quickly caused my memory to drown. I'm basically looking to take around 30 tonal sounds, ...
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USB or Ethernet Jog/Shuttle Wheel for Pro Tools?

Is anyone using a stand-alone shuttle wheel for fx, dialog or other general post-production editing in Pro Tools? I've fallen in love with the ICON and Euphonix control-surfaces at my college's ...
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Post Time Expectancy

Couldn't think of a better place to ask this as everyone on here is so knowledgable. Could you please give me a general idea on how long it takes a 2-man mix team, a 3-man dialogue-editing team and a ...
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Loneliness Lies in Twos - Looking for Feedback

Hi, I recently worked on a self-funded (no budget) project and I am looking for feedback on my work. A questionnaire is online for you to fill in. Below, you can find three links; a link to the ...