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    Tom Hambleton, CAS. I am equal parts composer, sound designer, and re-recording mixer with over 20 years experience with independent film and animation as well as commercial, TV, documentary, and music only-projects. I have sound mixed films back in the Nagra days, and have been slowly gaining more experience in location sound since 2009.

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    Favorite Plug-Ins for Post

    If free is a criteria, then (re)learn to use stock plugins. I could get by with Avid (or any DAW's) stock plugins. It's all about the technique and using your ears to hear where it should go then getting it there (in the time they paid for). Not Free: Avid Pro is god, but not free - subscription. DMG: Equilibrium Compassion FabFilter: DS Limiter L2 Cedar DNS ONE (distinctly NOT free, but you ASKED for favorites......) Exponential Reverbs Acon Digital De-reverberator RX6 ADV -- using round-trip with the application
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    Zynaptiq plug ins

    I found Acon to be a better deverberator. RX's is awful. I have found several uses for Unchirp and Unfilter in really bad sounding things. Or, interviews that were conducted over Skype or some dumb thing. And once, on the deck of a freighter out on the ocean. After dealing with the wind, I need a little something to get the voice to cut. I am glad to have them, but I don't use them that often. I find that I turn a dial slowly and it starts to sound better ... better... then BAM! super ringy and over processed.
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    Re-edit of film years later using 5.1 stems

    I realize this is an ancient post, but I wanted to correct this for any future viewers of this. Do not simply pan and not adjust channels to Downmix to Stereo! This simple formula is: L pan Left, leave at unity R pan Right, leave at unity Center leave Center but drop 3dB Ls pan Left, drop 6dB Rs pan Right, drop 6dB LFE -- I never understood why people drop this especially if you properly use it as an EFFECT! Though, I know that the Dolby Stereo (LtRt) auto downmix does drop it. Why not mix it in? but drop it 6 or 9 12dB. To taste! if is only info below 120 for boom and rumble, why not have it in stereo? "For 5.1 would you just mute all tracks except the Center channel for each stem, and export, then repeat that for L,R,Ls,Rs, LFE?" I don't understand this question. After you print the mix, or consolidate stems then export clips as whole files. No export. No need to mute and do 1 at a time.
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    Sound FX Libraries

    We're having our Second Ever Occasionally Annual Basteal of a Deal Sale. 25% off all libraries. And, one free one. http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/
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    Batman V Superman bathroom scene

    Jim, I've read the DCI spec docs before. I know what Forensic Marking is. Which is, yes, a process added to each DCP. But, Audio Forensic Marking is inaudible. (look at page 120 in your document) That's different than what he says here about using a pattern of taxi horns.
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    Batman V Superman bathroom scene

    Mule muffins! I have never heard of such a thing. My friends who work on big dollah films have all told me tales of overly meticulous sound supers spotting all kinds of things in addition to the editors themselves and the Director. The audio post sound budgets for these things are north of 400K! Creating different position and honk patterns for a MAJOR release would require an unwieldy amount of copies! Think of the spreadsheet and the amount of time to PRINT each mix. Batman V Superman was released in 4242 Theaters. Presumably there will be more. You mean to tell us, there will 6,000 (or more) DIFFERENT copies of the soundtrack? I find this all quite hard to believe.
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    Sound FX Libraries

    5 New products I haven't announced here: Over 100 different kinds of Switches & Clicks! Only $20! http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/product/switches-clicks/ Wide open Grassland Prairie sounds in August - only $30! http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/product/7-grassland-prairies-quad/ Drones. Dark blues, blacks, underwater-like sounds, distant banging, and forebodingly slow movement. Over 60 files and a running time of over 3 and a half hours! http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/product/1-drones-1/ This pack includes 165 files of whooshes, swooshes, and pass-by sounds. http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/product/2-whoosh-1/ License-free radio and TV broadcast clips and full radio shows and reports. http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/product/3-broadcast-1/ Light-Rail in Minneapolis interior and exterior sounds http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/product/mpls-light-rail/ Thanks Gents!
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    Sound FX Libraries

    We've just started rolling out our "Sound Design" elements from our vaults into our library web shop. First up is a Drone collection inspired by my early fascination with Alan Splet and Ann Kroeber's work with David Lynch, I set about to create my own surrealistic and mysteriously deep and surprising atmosphere's. Deep dark blues and blacks, strange industrial ambiences; slow creeping shifts, along with hanging hazes. Drones 01 This collection is great for dystopia films; thrillers, dramas, horror, and anything bordering on or squarely set in the surreal. Only $40 bucks for over 60 files with a running time of over 3 and-a-half hours!
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    RIP - Haskell Wexler

    Deepest condolences to you and your family Jeff. At least he lead a great life and created great opportunities for you. RIP Mr Wexler.
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    Sound FX Libraries

    New Library! R I N G T O N E S This is a collection of close to 100 ringtones for use in cell phones for film and video. Over the years, we've created a library of ringtones similar to the Apple iPhone and Samsung phones for characters in our films. And now we offer them to you! They are in 2 formats : unprocessed in case you wanna go futz yourself; and pre-futzed for those who are futz-tool challenged. Great for multimedia and web menu sounds too! Supah cheap too! 20 American Dollah! RINGTONE PRODUCT PAGE A N D We're having a year End Winter Solstice Sale! 25% off all libraries through Dec 31st. So give us a visit : http://undertonesoundlibrary.com/
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    Please Post SIlly Things

    Staying with *my* theme. I think this is brilliant
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    Sound FX Libraries

    Busy fall for us at Undertone, so we are late in releasing 2 libraries: Sips, Pours, & Set-Downs is a huge library of a variety of cups, bottles, glasses, mugs, steins, growlers, stemware, styrofoam and paper cups, low balls, high balls, shot glasses, snifters, sips, drinks, swigs, slurps, glugs, pours, dumps, drips, set-downs, slides, slams, pick-ups and more! With 300+ files, and a run time of over an hour and a half, this package has you covered for a wide array of human interactions with liquid and their containers. ***WE NOW HAVE A COMBO PACKAGE DEAL!**** You can get Sips, Pours, & Set-Downs ($75) + Cooking & Food Prep ($200) for a total of $225! (Save $50)SIPS Also released, early last week, Winter Forest. The Winter Forest is almost like the desert, most of the life has left or gone dormant. But stay long enough, and like the desert, you will hear life starts to punctuate the stillness. Pileated Woodpeckers hammering at trees. Crow calls. Wind. Branches creaking. And, yes, even bird songs. 24/96 QUAD! WINTER
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    rollercoaster sfx recording in 1 week

    Just saw this post and my first thought was the above are your biggest concerns. FX recording often requires good dynamics for just these reasons. I would look at some Senn 441 or 421's or SM57's or Heil Mics ... something like those (whatever you have) and bring lots of foam and tape and zip-ties.... and find places inside and outside the car. And a couple sets of ORTF stereo (since this won't be surround) in key pass by spots.
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    Does a 5.1 mix = Dolby Digital?

    Dolby Digital really refers to the process of getting the Mix to a 35MM print, which requires an approved room and Dolby Engineer, a Dolby Meter Bridge, a Dolby DMU that creates the MO disk (with a form of AC3) which then goes to the Lab where they marry the picture and MO disk. The Dolby Digital is then put in packets between the sprocket holes. It being an AC3 for DVD's came much later. To make an AC3 or a TrueHD encode of a mix requires no room approval or Dolby Engineer. ATMOS comes with requirements similar to the 35MM process but evolved and more involved that that. You are allowed to use the double-D logo on a DVD or BluRay if you use one of their encoders, you do not need to go through a pay-license process. You only pay (paid) for the 35MM license and logo use. ATMOS you also have to pay. The license for the 35MM included the above process with the engineer and gear. VERY few 35MM releases anymore, though.... 5.1 as wave files are just the surround mix files. There is no format (ok, well, there really is, but no trademarked format). You can put those 6 files into a DCP and not have to do anything or pay anyone else. Part of the confusion comes from Distributors and Exhibitors (especially Festivals) not really understanding what any of this means and giving mis-leading multiple choice questions on the submission forms. Like, "Format of your Film, check one : Dolby Digital. Stereo". When you have 6 mono files that make up the 5.1 mix, or an interleaved 5.1, the answer is neither.