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Audio Post Production for Television and Film

Audio Post Production for Television and Film

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The subwoofer channel of a 5.1 system carries only extremely low frequency notes,which are partic-
ularly effective in theatrical screenings. When a 5.1 mix is converted to an LCRS mix,the sound mixer
may choose to include the low-frequency effects carried in the 5.1 channel,but will omit them when
making the TV version of the same mix. So,for surround mixes,it is useful to lay effects specifically
for the ‘subs’to make the most of the dynamic range offered by surround systems. However,this is not

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the case where a mix is intended only for analogue TV broadcast,as these low-frequency elements will
fall outside its relatively narrow bandwidths.

Low rumbles,bass thuds and effects with a large bass component can be laid to create high impact
effects or feelings of unease in the audience,who will not only be able to hear the effect but feel it
bodily as well (e.g. the vibration of a train passing close by). There are a variety of subsonic rumbles
and impacts,or ‘sweeteners’,available in fx libraries that can be laid underneath other fx to add weight
and drama. Alternatively,the effect can be processed through a plug-in such as MaxxBass or an exter-
nal effects unit to emphasize the bass elements,or sent through a harmonizer to lower the pitch
between one and three octaves. The return will have sufficient low frequencies to register in the
subwoofers.

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