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Lou Williams
Aproach to sound editing
on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:48:05 am


I am working on a rather long film project and need a bit advice on how to attack the sound portion of this effort. The actors are long gone so whatever sound I have will basically have to do. Since much of this material is all over the place sonically I am looking for a recommended approach. My immediate concern is the dialog. I know I have to level out this sound but am bit confused on the best methodology. For example should I just adjust the track levels, should I just add gain to the individual clips, or should I select the whole timeline and normalize it? What level do I normalize to? Do I EQ the whole timeline and exactly what does that mean? Of course there are unwanted hums, clicks random noises so when should I add filters to eliminate these annoyances, prior to the previously mentioned efforts or after?
I am currently using Creative Suite 6 Production Premium so my next question is how much do I do Premiere as appose to Audition? Should I just get the basic audio tracks edited and perform all the sound work in Audition?

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated


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Steven Talley
Re: Aproach to sound editing
on Jun 23, 2012 at 1:33:13 am

I would watch the film in a good viewing location and note what sounds good and what sounds bad, what needs to be removed or added.
Do the vocals need EQ adjustment to make it sound consistent?
Will music be added now or later in the editing process?
What about Foley effects?
Will this be made into a 5.1 soundtrack?
Premiere can only do simple audio panning and volume control. Audition is a capable editor and should perform most tasks well.
Just a few of the questions you will need to consider when editing the audio.

Remove sounds not wanted, get volume/panning and EQ consistent, finalize audio using compression and limiting if needed.

Remember, sound is more important then the visual. If you can't understand whats being said, you don't know what the whole story is.
Good Luck

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