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Anticipation > Preparation - Pg. 260

PART 5 Recording and Editing the Production The actor turns down the radio (we fade down the CD) and picks up the phone (we stop the special effects CD). Continuous background noises of a storm (from another special effects CD) can be heard at a low level throughout the scene. All these fades must be completed on individual channel pots. The different tape and CD machines must be operated by the person at the mixer or by an assistant. When combining several sound sources, all of them should not be faded up to their full level. They should be blended for a specific overall effect. For example, if a single microphone were used to pick up the sound of a music group, chances are that the one microphone would pick up certain instruments much better than others. Loud ones would dominate and quiet ones would be lost. The overall balance would be poor. Instead, use several microphones, devoted to different parts of the group. Then the volume of the weaker instruments, such as a flute, could be increased and the volume of the louder ones, such as drums, can be decreased. With care, the result would sound perfectly natural and have a clearer overall balance. Sometimes the relative volume of a sound will need to be adjusted in order to create an illusion of distance. If the sound of a telephone ringing is loud, we assume it is nearby; if it is faint, it must be some distance away. Sounds may need to be deliberately emphasized. For example, readjust the pot con- trolling the crowd noise to make it louder at an exciting moment and give it a more dramatic impact. The final audio mix needs to fit the mood of the overall production.