Fish Hooks Creative Director's Log
Fishdate: April 29, 2013
Every two weeks we board the
to mix an episode of
General Maxwell Atoms and I
immediately head to the bridge
of the ship where
Communications Officer Huy Luong
is also there ready to make sure
everything happens on schedule:
As you can see,
the bridge has many buttons and dials
to get us where we need to go:
Mixing the audio for a show involves
(this includes FOLEY which we talked about over HERE)
But if all three of these things
are played at the same volume
at the same time,
all you'd here
So it's Melissa and Fil's job
to ride the volume up and down
so the dialogue is crisp and clear,
the music is driving the action,
and the SFX are accenting the right points
all without drowning each other out.
It's no small task.
That's why there are
snacks and cookies:
General Burton and I watch the two episodes
Melissa and Fil have mixed
and take notes.
We ask for some dialogue to be clearer...
For some music to be softer...
(or completely removed)
Some monkey SFX added here.
A fart added there.
And then we watch the shows
only this time over
small computer speakers.
Because not everyone has an
eleventy billion dollar sound system
Starship: Advantage Audio.
Most people have a regular TV
with regular speakers.
And we wanna make sure
sounds great on
I heard a story that Ric Ocasek of The Cars
used to transfer all his songs to cassette tape
and then listen to them in his car
before approving the mix...
because that's how most people
heard his music!
from Disney Fleet Command
(not pictured for security purposes)
attends the small speaker pass
to give us another set of ears.
After the mix is done,
it's outputted and sent back to Disney
where we prepare the last and final step
That's our one last
viewing to make sure
everything looks and sounds
And now you know everything
you need to know about mixing!