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Mixing Techniques

Mixing is the process of making the sounds you’ve put together during the editing process sound good. You mix the individual tracks to make sure that your podcast listener isn’t turning up the volume one moment, then yanking off her headset to avoid permanent hearing loss the next. You also mix to combine tracks—have two tracks playing at the same time—in order to make sure that the track you think is most important is the one that’s most clearly heard.

Let’s look back at the podcast we’ve been working to build. You know the music we used to lead into and out of our podcast? We’ve decided we like it, so we want to have it playing under our setup and wrap up tracks. The first thing we want to do is copy the music enough times to have it play under the complete setup. This process, called looping, is a common technique for creating a long-playing soundtrack behind speech or other sound. When we’ve done this, the track looks like the screen shown in Figure 8.10.


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