sound mixing 101 in a crunch
April 25, 2012 2:49 PM Subscribe
I need help learning the very basics of sound mixing by Monday
posted by timsneezed to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a beginning filmmaker, and I'm in the midst of editing a short film I made in Final Cut 7. I will be showing somebody a rough cut on Monday and everything right now is looking good except for the sound.
I have good raw material to work with -- the sound guy used three high-quality lavaliers (Tram TR-50) and recorded pretty clean dialogue as far as I can tell -- but I don't have a sound mixer. I may bring someone on later to do the mixing but in the meantime I'd like to fix anything that I can on my own before next week.
What are the basic things I can/should do to fix the raw audio? I guess the problem is I don't know exactly what to fix or what I should be looking for because I don't have an understanding of what professional sound sounds like. Ha. Basically I'm totally out of my depth.
Is there an easy to use guide that could help me in a crunch?
One thing I notice is that some of the audio sounds farther away or closer -- I guess depending on where the lavs were positioned on the actors. Do I just adjust the levels to fix this or is there a better way?
There's also an important line that is sort of ruined at the beginning by someone tapping their foot against a piece of furniture for a millisecond? Is this something a beginner could fix on their own?
My last question is about foley. I'd like to add some foley to the film (mostly door opening/closing and footsteps), and have been looking on the site freesounds.com, but all the clips I've downloaded from there sound pretty fake and I'm not sure why.
Thanks in advance for the help!