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Background ambience


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Mixing a Short Film with Logic Pro

with Scott Hirsch

Video: Background ambience

One of things we can do to enhance our film is to create a sonic world around the action. These actors aren't working in a vacuum. And one way to fix this is to use background ambient tracks in all scenes to create a sense of space, and the real world that the actors live in. Depending on how you've installed logic to your computer. Whether it was a download, or by installing the old school way from the DVDs. Logic offers tons of content in the form of apple loops. While most of these are music based and can be used for scoring your film, I want to concentrate here on using apple loop as sound effects for background ambiance in our film.
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1h 24m Intermediate Mar 27, 2013

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In this course, explore a powerful round-trip workflow between Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro that helps sound editors to quickly mix dialogue, sound effects, and music for film. Author Scott Hirsch frames the lessons in a way that appeals to filmmakers of all levels, as well as professional and amateur audio mixers. He starts with exporting your tracks from Final Cut Pro and taking advantage of the film and video templates in Logic Pro, which makes project setup a snap. Then discover how to consolidate and edit dialog, fix noise problems and background hum, and add special effects. Finally, explore how to use automation and EQ to enhance and match your final tracks to the picture.

Topics include:
  • Setting up your project
  • Exporting audio and video
  • Editing dialogue
  • Fixing hum and broadband noise issues with processing
  • Synchronizing sound effects
  • Automating volume
  • Printing the final mix stems
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video
Software:
Final Cut Pro Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Background ambience

One of things we can do to enhance our film is to create a sonic world around the action. These actors aren't working in a vacuum. And one way to fix this is to use background ambient tracks in all scenes to create a sense of space, and the real world that the actors live in. Depending on how you've installed logic to your computer. Whether it was a download, or by installing the old school way from the DVDs. Logic offers tons of content in the form of apple loops. While most of these are music based and can be used for scoring your film, I want to concentrate here on using apple loop as sound effects for background ambiance in our film.

One thing to note here is that I'll be using sounds that were installed with my version of Logic, and again depending on how you downloaded or installed Logic, there's a chance that your Apple loops library isn't exactly the same as mine. Either way, you can follow along in this exercise with your own Apple loops, just to see how it works. The first scene takes place in a pretty quite main room of an office. We have some room tone in the dialogue production tracks already, but we can use sound effects to build another layer of ambiance to make the scene feel a little more real. On the upper right of our arrange window let's open up the media bin only this time we'll go to the loops tab. Now if you properly installed your apple loops you can search through them with this neat search tool.

Let's click effects. Then ambiance. Logic automatically filters the list to show sound effects with those characteristics. Finally, let's type office in the search bar. There's two office ambiance tracks available. Let's listen through auditioning. Double click them to hear them. (NOISE)(SOUND) We'll use office industrial for this first scene.

I'll drag it into the f x eight track. We'll use the bottom two effects tracks for our ambiance tracks in this film. Now as you can see it's not long enough for the entire scene. So let's grab the top right of the region and pull it out and loop it until it reaches the scene end. Now we'll use the other office ambiance track for the next scene. Drag it into fx track seven, and loop it until that scene ends.

Now here's a little trick. We're going to want to fade these ambiance regions in and out to make it flow from one scene to the next, but you can't fade over a region loop in Logic Pro. So if we right-click on the looped region, we can quickly convert loops to real copies. Then we can hit escape to chose the fade tool and create a fade in, and a fade out at the beginning and end of each of these reigns. Let's turn down the track volume for these two tracks and listen to the ambiance we created.

(SOUND) You know, I'm taking a big risk, putting you on this Columbia project. Firm could be on the. >> As you heard, it's subtle, but it really adds something useful to the scenes. Notice another thing. The office industrial region on track eight is actually a 5.1 Surround Sound Effect. See the six channels of audio in the track meter? Now that would be useful if we wanted to mix in surround.

For now it's still bust out stereo, so we hear the stereo down mix as it's called, when you fold the surround mix into two channels. So these works well as ambiance for the office, now we want to fill in each scene with that kind of background. The end version of this exercise file has the completed ambiance on all scenes. I suggest using this kind of background ambiance treatment to sound design your films in the future. It'll make them sound much more realistic and cinematic.

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