Dubbing Mixer

What do Dubbing Mixers do?

Re-Recording Mixers, formerly known as Dubbing Mixers, work with all the sound elements (dialogue, automated dialogue replacement, foley, sound effects, atmospheres, and music), and mix them together to create the final soundtrack. They are primarily responsible for ensuring that film sound is correct both technically and stylistically.

Setting the relative volume levels and positioning these sounds is an art form in its own right, requiring the skill and aesthetic judgment provided by experienced Re-Recording Mixers. Because of changes in technology, many jobs in sound post production are less easily defined, e.g., on some small to medium budget films, Re-Recording Mixers may also work as sound designers.

Although they are usually employed by audio post production houses, Re-Recording Mixers may also work on a freelance basis. They work extremely long hours under considerable pressure, and usually work on both film and television drama productions.

What is the job?
Re-Recording Mixers' first task on films is usually mixing the soundtrack for audience previews. Typically, this involves an intense period of time (up to three days) spent in the dubbing studio, where they work at large mixing consoles, mixing and smoothing out (cross fading) the sound, often adding a temporary music soundtrack prepared by the music editor. Re-Recording Mixers must work quickly, to extremely high standards.

After audience previews, the producer(s) and financiers usually require films to be recut and further mixes to be undertaken by Re-Recording Mixers. When picture lock has been achieved (the director and/or executive producer have given final approval of the picture edit), Re-Recording Mixers premix the sound, reducing the number of tracks, so that the final mix can be accomplished with fewer technical complications.

In the final mix, the soundtrack is further refined in consultation with the director, and mixed to a 5.1 Surround Sound industry standard. This process can take between 2 and 12 weeks depending on each film's scale and budget. Re-Recording Mixers finish work on films on the last day of the final mix.

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Job description sources include (but are not limited to) imdb.com, skillset.org and wikipedia.