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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 23. Premixing and Rerecording for Television and Film

The process of combining the dialogue, music, and sound-effect (DME) tracks for television and film is accomplished during the premixing and rerecording stages. Improving in postproduction the already-recorded audio, adding necessary material and signal processing, is also known as sweetening. Depending on the medium, the number of tracks involved, and the release format, the operational stages differ somewhat between television and film. Generally, if few tracks are involved, they may be mixed directly to the edit master—the finished program on videotape, film, or disk. In more complex mixes involving many audio tracks, sounds are first grouped, smoothed, and combined in a premix

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