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Old 22nd May 2019
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Surround Music Deliverables

Hey all. Doing post for a documentary that I'll mix in 5.1, and while I've frequently upmixed stereo music in this situation, for the first time in my experience I'm working with a composer who has offered to deliver the score in both stereo and surround. So a couple of newbie questions. I monitor in SMPTE order, but it's my understanding that Pro Tools deals with surround internally in Film Order. So does that mean I should instruct him to send me interleaved files in film order? Also, given that it's impossible to make accurate LFE decisions until the final mix, and given the limitations of working with 5.1 interleaved files, should I tell him to leave the LFE channel blank?

Any advice from you seasoned veterans appreciated!