Last but not least
is the SubBass channel. You will send it to the SubBass bus by dropping
a SubBass plug-in onto the channel. When you bring up the plug-in,
you will have to select the appropriate options.
You want all of the output of this channel to go to the subwoofer,
and none to go the Surround channels. So, under "SubBass Channel"
choose "Thru", and under "Surround Channels" choose "Mute".
Now you have completed the paths necessary for your music bed to make
it through the mixer.
Connect to the Tracks
Label the tracks of your mixer. Here we called them:
Music Bed Left Front
Music Bed Right Front
Music Bed Left Rear
Music Bed Right Rear
Music Bed Center
Music Bed SubBass
When we connect
our input channels to the empty tracks, the names appear in our mixer.
mixer is ready.
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We now have a mixer ready for Surround production!
Only one caveat: If you are doing production that will be encoded
to Dolby Digital, there are some level adjustments that need to be
made during mixing. We will cover Dolby Digital in a future installment.
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