Avid has released a six-part master series of tutorials by Scott Weber (Lost, Person Of Interest, Alcatraz) and Avid marketing manager, Tom Graham, covering all aspects of post-production audio mixing.
The series will arm you with all the steps you need to finalising your film’s sound. From beginning your session, to mixing dialogue, ambience, sound effects & foley, right through to mixing the music. Each episode uses Pro Tools but they could be applied to any programs, DAWs or control surfaces you use to mix with.
You can check out all of the sessions below.
1. SESSION MANAGEMENT
The first lesson teaches you how to prepare your project sessions, organise your tracks and recall them to control surfaces and DAWs.
2. MIXING DIALOGUE
This lesson will teach you how the basics on dialogue mixing, including production, ADR and FUTZing.
3. MIXING BACKGROUNDS
This lesson covers ambience and backgrounds mixing, to ensure the sound of your film doesn’t overpower your dialogue. The lesson also covers Capture and Write-To-Selected automation techniques.
4. MIXING SOUND EFFECTS
In this lesson you’ll learn the difference between sound design and mixing sound effects/hard effects. Including mix tips using the Pro Tool’s S3 control surface, using preview mode and aux chains to pre-dub the effects tracks. It also includes tips on blending the LFE (aka sub channel) to bring dynamic elements to your sound FX.
5. MIXING FOLEY
Not to be confused with sound effects, foley is the sounds of movement that are seen on screen but not necessarily captured at the time. It can be a challenge trying to make foley sound convincing, there are so many things to consider, for example the amount of reverb (echo) that needs to be added to your foley so it can match the room sound of your actors. This episode will teach you how to convincingly blend foley to your hard effects and ambience.
6. MIXING MUSIC FOR POST
The final episode is also usually done at the end of your mixing. It covers the need for mixing individual music stems and mixing stereo music in surround sound.