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Chapter 8. Mixing to Picture in Pro Tools > Film-Style Mixing Workflow

Film-Style Mixing Workflow

Film-style mixing is such a complex and involved subject it deserves an entire book unto itself. With track counts as high as 450 channels at mixdown, understanding the workflow of a project of this magnitude can help you plan and execute smaller projects and even integrate your work into larger projects.

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HOW MANY TRACKS?

The film Black Hawk Down was reported to have used 450 tracks during the final dub, maxing out the Euphonix System 5 console on which it was being mixed. Now that’s a big mix!

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring used 13 effects pre-mixes, three ambience pre-mixes, three foley pre-mixes, plus dialog pre-mixes. This does not include all the individual channels. Pre-mixes could be in LCR stereo up to 5.1 Surround. That’s easily over 100 channels of pre-mixes alone!

Swordfish effects editor Joe Milner explains, “For example, as an editor, my 90 or so gun tracks on Swordfish were condensed into Travolta’s gunshots, bad guys’ gunshots, gun mechanisms, bullet metal hits, glass hits, and bullet-bys.”


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