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Sam Lee
Re: Condensing 12 tracks of audio into 2 tracks on merged clip
on Jan 11, 2016 at 8:22:25 pm

The 8 tracks of poly wav audio varies. Sometimes the sound guy forgot to turn off the unneeded tracks. Any many instances they're properly turned off but forgot to provide the last two tracks as the mix. This makes it very hard to track down which track is which. There are many situations where the final mix can't be attached (via XLR) to the cam because of mobility and location restrictions. Plus the sound coming from the cam over and over just doesn't sound as good as it's from the recorder's CF. It lacks that sonic clarity and nuances that only a dedicated sound recorder can produce.

The Syn-N-Link is nice but quite costly for this particular production. I've already moved on to FCP 10.2 for several years but occasionally have to use the legacy 7 for clients who just don't want to bother with the upgrade. Not sure how much longer 7 is compatible with OSX. So far El Capitan is OK. But 10.12 and beyond may be not.

For me now, I'll have to go into the tracks and determine which track is best and mix it. That's what the producer wants and I'll follow it. But I think it's not the best plan and prefer everything track to be able be unmixed and in its native isolated track. Then I"ll manually place them on a sequence and export them via the work area one by one. In an ideal production environment it'll be nice of the sound recordist use the same gear all the times and with consistence track layout throughout the entire shoot and use the Auto Mix feature on the higher end recorders (SD and Zaxcom) where it actually auto mute unused tracks and/or silence it when it's quiet. That in itself is a huge post time saver.

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