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designing a producer "sweet spot"
Old 6th March 2008
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designing a producer "sweet spot"

We're rebuilding a number of our video finishing rooms (for 5.1). There will be limited space. We're trying to tackle the issue of how the producer (normally sitting behind a counter that is behind the editor) will hear the surround properly. One solution was to put one set or surrounds (appropriately placed and voiced) behind the editor, but in front of the producer. These would be used for the bulk of the editors work. When it came time for the producer(s) (sometimes as many as 5 people) to critically listen, we'd switch to ANOTHER set of surrounds that are at the back of the room (all speakers would be voiced differently for this setup). Keep in mind this is editing a television show that is mainly talking heads (but with lot's of crowd reaction). Music performances are mixed in a real room and flown in to the video edit.

How do people deal with this (especially in surround) issued of multiple sweet spots?

Tim
Old 6th March 2008
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It's really the classic theatrical mix problem.

A classic solution is putting dialog and effects mono center, music and ambiance front L/R and then strictly limit the use of surrounds to effects that "work" even if the level is 6 dB. off.
Old 6th March 2008
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Thanks for responding Bob. We are mixing this way now. The main thing in the surrounds is audience reaction. My concern is that a producer sitting with the rear surround (that's voiced for the editor who is 10 feet away) right by their head will be distracted by the audience ambience.

Tim


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It's really the classic theatrical mix problem.

A classic solution is putting dialog and effects mono center, music and ambiance front L/R and then strictly limit the use of surrounds to effects that "work" even if the level is 6 dB. off.
Old 6th March 2008
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I'd guess you'd want to under-mix the reaction anyway because of the multiple instances of broadcast processing it will probably be facing.
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