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Background too QUIET on television
Old 25th November 2020
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Background too QUIET on television

Hi all -- I've Googled this, but it's the opposite question everyone seems to be asking:

when I'm mixing for television, the dialogue is fine, and things sound great through monitors and headphones... but then once it hits the actual television, the bg music is almost too quiet to hear.

I've started thinking I maybe should just do all my mixing through a television. Any other suggestions?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Both Television and radio stations generally use a processor on their output chain like an Optimod which makes the dialog sound louder compared to the background.
Radio stations tend to use more more aggressive settings compared to television stations.
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Originally Posted by David W. Jones View Post
Both Television and radio stations generally use a processor on their output chain like an Optimod which makes the dialog sound louder compared to the background.
Radio stations tend to use more more aggressive settings compared to television stations.
That's part of it. Also, in the studio, it's the voice vs the m&e. At home or in the car, it's the voice and the m&e vs the entire outside world. Experienced mixers learn to mix with that in mind.
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Only thing I've come up with is mixing on a television, or I had a plugin I'd never used before, Toneboosters Isone, and it makes things sound comparable. I mixed a show the other day through it and delivered, so panicky because I felt like dialogue was getting lost at times. But apparently it passed inspection, sounds great on my phone (sigh) and television. The more I learn about mixing, the less I understand how to do it.
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Originally Posted by David W. Jones View Post
Both Television and radio stations generally use a processor on their output chain like an Optimod which makes the dialog sound louder compared to the background.
Radio stations tend to use more more aggressive settings compared to television stations.
that's interesting--didn't know that. in my case, it's even just running it through a television, while it's still in my hands.
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