I've been doing some more intense editing on episode too, and music scoring will start soon (Lord willing). In a studio, there are often multiple projects on the go at once, and (praise God) we are quite busy right now, and music has been in high demand. I am confident the music will be done within a reasonable time though.
While working on this episode, I have broken a personal record. Before the music is even in, the second episode has almost exceeded 40 tracks in the session file. Yup! I kid you not. As someone who is still growing in his skills however, I can't quite track that many in my head at once. Right now I have grown to be able to keep track of about 25 or 26. And this leads me to an important point: in digital, we have virtually no limits, and we need to give ourselves some.
In the old days of audio, you would be limited to a very definite amount of tracks due to physical track slots. Now in digital, our software offer us relatively limitless possibilities. This can be daunting, especially if you are non-linear, non-analytical, big picture person.
When you are face with limitless possibilities it can be more intimidating that exciting. If you go to a restaurant, you don't read a menu with 2000 options for dinner. You pick a section and read the part you are interested in.
An excellent site for sound designers and mixers called The Recording Revolution advises us to:
“Limit yourself like your life depends on it.” - Graham Cochrane
In my current session (for episode 2) I have 15+ dialogue tracks, 10+ sound effects/Foley/ambient track, etc. In reality, I don't need that many, it was just convenient as I was working. Now it is a mess, and I need to pair down these tracks. My advice is to give yourself a limit in your track count. Just pick a number you thing you can deal with at the start of the project (pray about it if you aren't sure) and then stick to that. If you are newer to audio, I would recommend sticking to around 15 or 16 as your “maximum”. Right now, I think I need to keep my maximum around 26 or less.
I hope this update was informative, and that this audio lesson was useful for you. What are some of the tips or tricks you have learned in audio?
Christopher Green Shadows and Daylight producer