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Chapter 11. Mixing Audio > Planning an Audio Mix

Planning an Audio Mix

As a rule, you mix a sequence's audio only after you're satisfied with the editing, a stage sometimes referred to as picture lock. This workflow helps ensure that you don't waste time and effort repeatedly revising a carefully crafted mix. However, this approach is only part of your overall audio editing strategy. It's possible to make adjustments on several levels: to clips, to the track containing the clips, to a submix track that includes several tracks. By nesting the sequence, you allow the cycle to start over. To avoid making redundant or conflicting adjustments, it's important to understand your choices at each step in the process.

Specifying the track type

As always, tailor your plans to your output goal. Make sure your final sequence's master track matches the type of audio you want to output: mono, stereo, or 5.1. The master track's channel type is fixed when you create the sequence—so if you need a different type of master track, you'll have to create a new sequence. In contrast, you can add or delete the type of standard or submix tracks you need at will.


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