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Lesson 14. Working with Surround Sound > Finishing a Surround Mix

Finishing a Surround Mix

Working with music in surround sound is new to almost everyone, even veteran musicians, producers, and engineers. There are no rights and wrongs at this point. The picture you paint with a surround mix can be much more varied than with stereo. Do you create the illusion that the listener is watching a band that's up on a stage, or do you put the listener on the stage, in the middle of it all? Now that you know what the controls do, it's time to experiment with them. For this section, there is no formal exercise—simply play with your newfound surround toy and see what happens.

Filtering the LFE

Before bouncing your final mix, it's a good idea to remove frequencies higher than what your subwoofer can produce. The signal being sent to the LFE goes over a full-frequency channel, but the frequency response of the subwoofer generally limits what you hear to a low rumble. However, in some consumer 5.1 playback systems, users can indicate in their equipment configuration options that a subwoofer is not present, causing the LFE channel to be redirected into the main speakers—which means the full-range signal of the LFE channel is heard through the main speakers. If that occurs with your song, the consumer will hear a mix that you never intended, and this could be quite disruptive to the overall sound of your song. By filtering the LFE output in Logic before bouncing, you eliminate any possibility that the full-range signal of the LFE will be heard—regardless of a consumer's configuration.


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