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Mixing tips for a Balanced Film Soundtrack (Part 2)

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Howdy SEA Fans welcome to another Tiptuesday blog post.

In our previous Tiptueday blog post, we shared information on the best mixing tips for a balanced soundtrack for film audio.

Today we are continuing with some more tips related to the topic like the audio fades, loops and the importance of silence in the movie.

Audio fades (fading, fade-in, fade-out)

Introduction and suffix of moods and scenes can / should also be supported with the music.

So if you have different settings with different voltages within a scene, and this is also should be shown with different music, you should set meaningful audio fades (fade-in, fade-out, crossfade).

Do not just play all the tracks one after the other, provide a breathing space let the music breathe with the picture.

If two settings or scenes are directly related to each other, this can be clarified acoustically by setting only one piece of music.

However, when it comes to fast picture sequences and mood changes, several pieces of music can serve to express chaos and drama.

These may sometimes be cut tight, depending on what the message requires.

Watch your movie as a whole, and you’ll find that music that is simply dulled without thinking behind a video can even ruin a movie.

A film usually tells a story – the music should help, not just on top of it.

Suitable volume and use of suitable music are the most important points here.

You need a formula how to do that? Very easily.

See, hear and feel your movie. Then you have reached your goal!

Handle to the volume control?

This usually means that the mentioned points were not given any value, it was probably just everything nailed in and shot to the limit – the wrong approach, not only for the music itself but also for your film.

See, hear and feel the movie, you will automatically do the right thing because the gut feeling is usually right.

Do not be tempted by the loudness war.
Let music and film breathe, dynamics instead of broken screaming through loudness delusion.

Loops, repetitions, loops

We have already seen some videos that were set to music with a 5-second audio loop.

No problem with a 5 or 10-second video, but do not loop the same loop for 3 minutes!

Why?

Loops and jingles are ideal for use as gap fillers, sound bridges, audio clips, intros and outros, but please do not use it for soundtracking a whole movie or video clip.

This will be a problem in 98% of cases.

They’ve gone to the trouble of making a movie or making a video – giving their place to the music as well, which is often underestimated.

Do not just pop in a loop, but take the time to find suitable music.

Your viewers will thank you!

Silent passages in the movie

Not always a film must be underlaid from beginning to end with music.

Quite the contrary – even silent scenes and attitudes positively support a tension curve and give both the film and the viewer time to take a short breath and process information.

With a healthy relationship between the set and silent passages, you give your film the necessary dynamics to be able to work and convey a message.

Liveliness through different styles of music and pieces

The choice of matching, but stylistically and categorically different music can do your movie well.

Scenes and mood changes are ideally hinted at and supported by music.

Do not just play the same piece of music for 3 minutes, but liven up the movie with different music.

Even if it’s only a few seconds in some cases – different pieces of music or sound design bring life to the booth and keep viewers on the pole!

Summary

  • A reasonable ratio of volume and loudness, especially when using different pieces of music.
  • Skillfully insert panels and thus weld or selectively separate pictures and moods.
  • Do not use short loops and jingles for a complete movie dubbing! Instead, select matching music and use loops only as bridges, etc.
  • Let the film breathe, not incessant Hollywood action and annoying music but also incorporate silent passages.
  • Support liveliness and dynamics by selecting and using different pieces of music in a film.

Further Reading & Related Videos

You can also go through the links and videos provided below to find more topics related to Sound Mixing and Sound Design for Films.

Sound Mixing your film: Top Fifteen Tips For Working With The Professionals

Sound Mixing your film: Top Fifteen Tips For Working With The Professionals

Sound Design 101: Making Your Film Sound Great

Sound Design 101: Making Your Film Sound Great

Sound Design Tips for Film Editors

Sound Design Tips for Film Editors

5 Basic Audio-Mixing Techniques for Editing Video

5 Basic Audio-Mixing Techniques for Editing Video

Hope you have found this content useful and gained knowledge on how to effectively mix film music after going through the 2 parts of this blog post series.

Do share your perspective about the content which is been discussed as a comment below.

and as always

Happy Sound Engineering

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