BradTheSoundGuy Posted January 19, 2012 Report Share Posted January 19, 2012 Here's the issue: I recently worked on a show with another sound guy. We each had a couple of people wired, we each sent sound to camera wirelessly via Zaxcom. Multiple times a day I checked my levels. Sent tone, -20, mixed on my 552 between -4 and +4. Now it's come to my attention my audio is extremely low. They're cutting on FCP. His audio is fine, mine is not. The camera's were XD cams. I also recorded a backup on my 552. I've brought the files into ProTools, and the level's are consistently in the green - very rarely reaching pre-clipping in the yellow. He did not record a backup, and used a different mixer (which one escapes me now). The editor has told me my audio sounds muddy as well as very low. I've gone in and seen and heard for myself. There is obviously a difference in our audio. I brought in my backups which were brought into FCP and there is no difference - the same issue. I'm not sure what to think here. I've mixed like this for years with no problems. The audio sounds fine to me in ProTools. I don't know anything about FCP. Why would the other guys audio be fine, and mine be so low? Could the camera's be set differently in regards to sample rate and bit depth? Could it be a transfer issue from the raw file to however it gets into FCP? Why would only my audio be affected? Could there be different settings for each track in FCP where one is compressed and one isn't? Also, about halfway through the shoot my Zaxcom had issues and I switched to hardwiring to camera. They're telling me the issue is throughout all the episodes, so I don't think it was a Zaxcom issue. Finally, I remember noticing recently that the master output knob on my mixer had been brought down a little. I thought it was weird, fixed it and continued on. While this could very well be the problem, I always send tone many times in a day to check my levels. I don't remember if it was this shoot that this happened on, but even so, setting tone on the camera at -20 is -20 no matter what right? If my master had been low and unnoticed for the whole series, I was still mixing to 0, and the camera was still getting audio at the proper reference level right? I doubt this was the problem, as the camera's audio pot's were in their normal position's to achieve -20 and not maxed crazy to make up for a lower output from me. I'm baffled. Did I F up? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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