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Win a copy of Dexter S5 on Blu-ray: Upcoming Q&A with Emmy nominated sound mixers Kevin Roache and Pete Elias


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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 26 2011 - 02:40 PM

http://static.hometh...com/imgrepo/HTF is will have the opportunity to talk with Kevin Roache and Pete Elias both Emmy nominated sound mixers.


Kevin has worked on multiple shows including Dexter (Emmy nominated), Eastbound & Down, True Blood, Ugly Betty, Monk, Fairly Legal, and many more.


Pete has worked on multiple shows including True Blood, In Plain Sight, The Killing, Fairly Legal, Dexter, Grey's Anatomy, Party Down, Kyle XY and many more.

Do you have any questions about sound design or mixing for TV and the eventual DVD and Blu-ray releases?  Post them here and we will try to get them answered! 

Submitting a question is your chance to win a copy of Dexter season 5 on Blu-ray.  We will be choosing one member who asked a question at random to win,  Good Luck!



#2 of 21 OFFLINE   PaulDA

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Posted July 26 2011 - 03:05 PM

I know almost nothing about the technical challenges of sound design, so please forgive the probably naive question, but here goes. Is it generally more difficult to do sound design for busy interior or busy exterior scenes (and why)? Thanks. PS--Dexter is one of my two favourite shows on television at the moment and ranks in the top ten of all time for me (and I've been watching TV since 1973 with some degree of seeking "what I like"). Kudos for your work on an excellent series.
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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Ally

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Posted July 27 2011 - 08:08 AM

how do you know while filming, exactly which sounds you want in a movie and which sounds you don't? I have seen many of the shows you have participated in and some are my favorites including Dexter and Greys Anatomy.

#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Terry Hickey

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Posted July 27 2011 - 11:08 AM

Do you go to a library of pre-recorded sound effects or do you make your own?


 

#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 27 2011 - 03:20 PM

Mine would be (I can't win) How different is sound mixing for TV than for movies.



#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 28 2011 - 04:32 AM

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#7 of 21 OFFLINE   Jeff Brooks

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Posted July 28 2011 - 05:18 AM

What circumstances present the need to individually mike actors versus using a boom?

#8 of 21 OFFLINE   Scott Hanson

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Posted July 28 2011 - 07:03 AM

Does a sound mixer get a lot of chicks?



#9 of 21 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted July 28 2011 - 07:49 AM

What's the strangest sound you've had to work with?
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#10 of 21 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted July 29 2011 - 11:36 AM

When creating your own sound effects, specifically the sound of blood squirting, what is the best method used to create the sound of blood squirting. :D
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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   Brandy S

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Posted July 29 2011 - 04:27 PM

When listening to final (or near final) mixes, do you only listen to them on the studio system (I assume a calibrated and flat response system), or do you also listen to them on a few different outside sources as well (actual TVs, other systems)?

#12 of 21 OFFLINE   thebobman

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Posted July 30 2011 - 04:46 AM

What kind of fruits do you use to make differant sounds?

#13 of 21 OFFLINE   PhilipG

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Posted July 30 2011 - 05:00 AM

When I shot my first short film, on location in a forest, I made an effort to record sounds for footsteps. When mixed back in, however, they sounded like someone eating popcorn - well, anything but footsteps! Are there times when you have to resort to a "fake" sound effect because it sounds more authentic than the real thing? (Or was it just my cheap audio equipment?!) :D

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Posted July 30 2011 - 09:37 AM

My son has always been interested in sound/audio (Film/TV/Music+) and will be graduating HS soon. With all the options from standard 4 year Liberal Arts colleges to Do it Yourself backyard to the For Profit schools (Full Sail and the like) to old school Apprenticeship, is there any advice you would give to the up and coming. Among the standard 4 year schools are their 3/4/5 which stand out in the education/training of the young crop of Sound/Audio professionals and is there really any long term advantage to East Coast vs West Coast education these days within the field.

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Posted July 30 2011 - 09:51 AM

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Shows like Dexter now come with a 5.1 sound mix.   But a great deal of your viewing audience will be watching on a flat TV in stereo.   Some will watch via the Showtime Apps on iPad and so on. A movie can focus on knowing almost all theaters will be surround.  What challenges are present when you know your audience will be listening in very different environments.


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#16 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike<> C

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Posted July 30 2011 - 11:07 AM

how do you decide which sounds come from which speakers?

#17 of 21 OFFLINE   Brandy S

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Posted July 30 2011 - 06:19 PM

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Shows like Dexter now come with a 5.1 sound mix.   But a great deal of your viewing audience will be watching on a flat TV in stereo.   Some will watch via the Showtime Apps on iPad and so on. A movie can focus on knowing almost all theaters will be surround.  What challenges are present when you know your audience will be listening in very different environments.

Your question is kind of related to my question. Do you mix for perfection (5.1, flat response, on a perfect system), and let the equipment it's played on sort it out (downmix to stereo/mono), or mix for a type of compatibility?

#18 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 31 2011 - 07:58 PM

Feel free to keep submitting questions, but Ally (Mike) is our first winner according to the random number generator.  Once the interview posts there will be some additional chances to win.  Mike- can you please PM me your address?



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Posted August 01 2011 - 04:17 AM

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#20 of 21 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted August 01 2011 - 07:00 AM

Question: For a show like Dexter, do you revisit the mix for the disc release, or just create a single mix for the broadcast and then that gets ported to the disc? Also, have the powers-that-be at Showtime discovered yet that most HT systems cannot reproduce closed captions from DVDs and they're the only company (as far as I can tell) that still, at least as of Dexter S4, doesn't bother to put actual English subtitles on their disc releases? (Not that I expect these guys to know. . .I just have the urge to mention that whenever possible.)
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