Hey guys. Looking to improve my mixing for dialogue and was wondering what you guys do. What I want to know is what you put where and why. For example if you say multiband expander say whether you use it for NR or compression or an EQ if its for notching or shapping.
More concerned with the actual DX chain rather than the overall mix. I know that this topic has been brought up before but no one ever really explains why they use that particular chain and what each step is supposed to accomplish. Thanks!!!
Depends entirely on the show, how it's supposed to sound and how much time I have.
No time -> compressor and de-esser on the DIA bus.
Enough time, I have a comp in every track, along with a de-esser.
Most often, cleanup EQs(notch and all) are first, then denoisers if I have them, then depending on material it'll be pre- or post-comp shaping.
My favorite EQs are EQuality and Renaissance EQ(6-band) for shaping, and EQuick for notching.
The De-Essers depend on how well they handle themselves. Pre-comp it's often the Renaissance DeEsser. I have not had the pleasure of trying out Massey's plugins. I'm real happy he's porting his stuff to VST now. I use plugins in more than just Protools.
The hot new thing in DeEssers is Fabfilter's Pro-DS. Just an awesome unit, which I intend to purchase as soon as possible, because it can gracefully handle almost everything.