This time I am posting a link to a pdf of the entire mix notes and some additional thoughts on the techniques and ideas behind the mix of this movie. It was an adventure and I am glad I chose to be a part of it with a wonderful team. I hope you find this pdf useful and enjoy these notes as much as we did mixing the movie. Remember these are just guides and not rules to a mix. Click the link below for the PDF.
Till next time, Enjoy and take care!
AMAZING!… I’m going to put this on my iPad and have a thorough read after I have watched the film. You are a legend for sharing this. There’s just not enough great content for aspiring re-recording mixers to read and view on the net but you are definitely leading the way.
Jack Goodman said:
its really fantastic to read your posts. Im a young mixer, but dedicated to say the least. I just upgraded my studio to pro tools 12 hd (omni), and am now mixing in 5.1. I can’t tell you how valuable your notes are to me. I love learning, and I love your ideas. Its hard to find information these days on sound design & audio post at the mastery level. So I greatly appreciate your willingness to share your journey. And I’m really becoming a fan!
Just some thoughts:
– i absolutely loved your ghost signal concept. sending the crowd fx to your key input.. and utilizing the utility feature of the pro comp to monitor the gain reduction rather then the compressed signal was brilliant. I absolutely loved hearing that effect in the film.
– I hadn’t considered the translation of the pro tools surround panner to the array of speakers in an actual theater, so I will definitely keep that in mind!
– even going back to your earlier reads on how you treat dialogue — cutting off the upper frequency range and using harmonic exciters to rebuild it… i just really like your ingenuity, and it helps spark my own creativity.
-also i’ve never tried saturation on a vo. can’t wait for that.
– although it will take many more reads to fully understand your routing scheme for atoms, 7.1 hd, and 7.1 SDDS…it at least gives me an idea of the school of thought for those top level mix sessions.
– oh my gosh.. I almost forgot. the idea that our brain fills in missing frequencies after exposure to those same frequencies just before, will really help me to tone down the harshness on some of my loud fx.
– also your post about turning down passages just before loud ones to increase the perception of loudness without cranking levels will be really helpful to my broadcast mixes…. as you only get so many opportunities to cross the threshold of the short term integrated loudness before your Long term LUFS is over regulation.
there are so many more things i could comment on, but instead I just want to thank you for taking the time to document your work. I will keep following closely!
Thanks a lot for those kind words! I will definitely strive to have good stuff on the blog.