Originally Posted by Tom Fleischman
If both tracks are usable they should always be provided to the re-recording mixer, if time and budget allow. If the schedule is so short, or the budget so small as to not allow you to do a proper job you should let the producer know that your work will be compromised, and then do the best you can, pick the one that you think sounds and matches best. Many times more money will be spent on the stage looking for tracks that weren't provided and should have been than was saved by cutting your budget. You could mention that too.
This completely makes sense to me, I had just always assumed that since when an omf explodes onto my edit window, NO track is usable, my job is to put together an edit that IS usable, that just meant putting together the best of everything recorded. I'm very happy about the amount of very experienced mixers that have chimed in to say that if, as you said, time and budget allow, they'd like the options. It may be something like cold comfort for the next few weeks while I'm editing haha, but it IS some comfort to know that this is fairly typical.
I think it just means a slight change in workflow for me. In the past, I've always gone through the reel, made my selections of which recordings will go into the edit, done a general tidying up pass (laying out tracks by matching perspectives/set ups, smoothing transitions, applying fades etc), then I usually do a fill pass, then on successive passes I go through with a fine tooth comb, removing set noise, replacing syllables, replacing lines with alternate takes if necessary etc.
Now it seems like I need to just make sure I give myself more time to make sure that ALL tracks will play back smoothly, which will adjust how I begin the edit (don't need to listen to everything carefully or make selections), and end the edit (I'll have less passes on each track to get really nitty gritty). I'm hoping that since I'll be spending less time on the one that I'll have a bit more time on the other. And I know the more experience I have, the faster I'll be... So if any of you guys wanna send some "experience" my way, I'm open to it...