Originally Posted by PatrickFaith
Awesome, if you were doing most of your mixing in protools before you went to the atmos facility, what are your suggestions speeding up the atmos session?
(i.e. in order for me to save mix time, I would like to do a lot of my mixing in stereo before the session and bring in the files to the atmos facility, was wondering best practices for doing that)
Firstly, set yourself in a 7.1 session. That is the basis format the Atmos builds off of.
Biggest time saver would be just to organizationally separate your main Stereo/5.1/7.1 mix with all the elements you want to swoop around the Atmos array as an object. I had close to 90 tracks and needed to be able to dial in the swoopy atmos sounds quickly. The first day we spent a bit of time finding stuff and I wound up at the Hotel til 3AM cleaning and organizing my session in just this way for the following day. We imported the collected sounds for Atmos and it became much quicker.
If you want atmospherics, and other non-dynamic material you might pan into the rear surrounds in a current format mix, add those to your selected Atmos object tracks.
Room tone, of course, can be spread out as well though I'm not sure of industry format on that yet.
Hope some of this helps if its not too late!
Doug just installed Atmos at the soundstage out here in Western, MA.
I'll ask him if I can take some pictures and share them.