Mixing in Surround (5.1)

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In order to get this LO checked off, my teammate Jordan Brose and I headed into the C24 with our second bank robbery audio.

First things first, we calibrated the environment in the same method mentioned in my previous blog on calibration. Next up, we booted up our ProTools session and assigned all our outputs to 5.1. Unfortunately, we had a bit of a mix up with the IO settings and thus, struggled for a few hours on why the speaker setting was inverted…and why we weren’t getting anything at all out of our rear speakers! After searching around we figured out the problem and corrected the IO settings to what you can see in the screen cap below (seriously, if you’re having trouble in there make sure the IOs are as follows!).

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Once altering the setting, we conducted a quick test to make sure the sound was correctly travelling to the right speaker as shown on the panning pad for 5.1. Finally, we’d gotten everything working!

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Starting on the surround mix, we made sure to send all our heavy compositional bass to the LFE, with the rest of our composition sticking to the rear to clear some frontal space for the Foley.

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As per normal, we stuck our dialogue smack in center.

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After completing the mix, we added some basic compression and bounced out the track, ensuring all our ProTools settings were pointed at 5.1.

Here’s the final result:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3v1Unt0UFaBeUloYW1IUnhteWs

Overall I really enjoyed the opportunity to mix in surround sound as it really gives you a lot more space to play with!

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