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Working with Audio by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 13. Mixing

Mixing is the stage in audio production when the recorded and edited tracks are readied for mastering, duplication, and distribution by combining them into a natural and integrated whole. Generally, the term mixing is used in radio, television, and music recording. In theatrical productions for film and television, the stages are premixing and rerecording. Premixing involves preparing the dialogue, music, and sound effects tracks for rerecording when they are combined into their final form—stereo and/or surround sound. For ease of reference, mixing is used as an umbrella term throughout this chapter.

Basic Purposes of Mixing

Regardless of terminology, mixing, premixing, and rerecording have the same purposes:

  • To enhance the sound ...

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