Temp Mix – almost finished!

Phew what a monster!!! This has been the biggest temp mix I have ever done, just check out the two PT sessions we were running live – I’ll explain the whys & wherefores below…

Temp Mix FX and Foley Session (click here for fullsize)


Temp Mix Atmos and Fixes Session (click here for fullsize)


So we ran all six reels in one session – I prefer working this way when editing as well as mixing as it makes it so much easier to refer to moments elsewhere in the film… Its only since getting PT HD and an Intel Mac (with 4GB of RAM) that this has been possible… but it makes for a BIG PT session; the PT session file above is 22MB and my editing session back at the studio is even larger as it has all the source material for the film in it (on library tracks etc) whereas the session I bring to the mix stage has only the material we are using…
The FX session is organised into sets of tracks/predubs which I am busing to 5.1 auxiliarys, which are then fed to the Euphonix desk… Because this temp is so complex, there is too much material to go through panning every source track on the mix stage so I spent a lot of time panning in 5.1 beforehand. I was a little worried as to how this would translate from my edit room to the mix stage but we did some tests the week before the temp mix & it sounded great so I went ahead & did as much panning as I had time to do…. and I am so glad I did – theres nothing better than doing a first play down of the tracks on the mix stage and sounds are placed and/or moving as they should…
I had originally thought I might print 5.1 stems instead of run it all live via auxiliarys but it became apparent we would be getting VFX/picture updates through out the mix & accordingly I would need to be updating the source material for the mix… In the end I was happy about that too as it meant I could keep editing rather than stop and spend a day or two printing stems before the temp mix….
Ok, I’m almost ready for some time out…. and archiving…. and checking the print… and checking the stitch & layback to HD… and checking the blu ray disks… and then having a rest… and THEN starting the next stage in developing the sound design for this movie – YEHAR!

3 thoughts on “Temp Mix – almost finished!

  1. Jon Clark

    Would you mind if I show this to my film sound class? They seem to struggle with the idea of anything over 3 tracks.

    Love the blog! Thanks!

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