Ways You Can Finish Your Audio

How do you plan to finish mixing your audio? This is an extremely important question, because it affects what you’ll do to the audio in your edited sequence. Essentially, you have two choices:

Although Final Cut Pro is a capable audio editing environment, having your audio done at a specialized post-production facility means you’ll have a professional audio editor and mixer working on your soundtrack.

Another reason to use a post-production facility is to have your audio worked on in a room where acoustics have been specially designed for mixing. Additionally, excellent monitoring speakers and high-quality audio equipment allow your editor to hear everything that’s in the audio, so you can be confident that the frequencies and levels being adjusted in your audio are accurate.

If you decide to use an outside facility, make sure that you leave the audio in your edited sequence alone, other than editing the audio clips you want for continuity and catching any obvious editorial fixes, such as mispronounced words. Don’t add any filters and don’t overedit your audio (that’s the audio editor’s job). You’ll export your edited audio tracks so that the editors at the audio facility can import the audio into their system for further work. Any filtering, mixing, and fine editing can be done by them.

Most editors focus on the picture and dialogue tracks of their edits and lay in scratch tracks of music, sound effects, and Foley effects for reference. They then export audio clip information from the Timeline along with the corresponding media files. This allows a mixing engineer, music editor, and sound designer to “sweeten” the movie soundtrack.

There are several ways to deliver your sequence’s audio tracks for audio post-production work. You can export: