Music mixing for TV

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by alreid, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. alreid

    alreid Guest

    I need some advice on mixing music for TV - it's nothing fancy, just stereo with mono compatability. I'm wondering if I need to leave a 'hole' in the center of the mix for voice over to fit into; and just how far I can go to left and right with panning.

    Any tips on EQ, balance issues or anything else would be much appreciated.
  2. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest


    If I were you I would just mix the music how I normally would. A good mix will translate well in any set of speakers. Just make sure you don't have any phase problems cause that will hurt your mix if it's being played in mono.

    As for panning follow the general rules;
    Keep the kick, snare, bass, ryhthm guitar, and Lead Vocal in the center. You can play with the other stuff a bit.

    Not sure what you mean by leaving a hole in the center of you mix for a voice over. But generally on TV/Radio commercials they use a compressor with a key input to lower the volume of the music when a person is talking over it.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    MOst of the time audio for TV is fairly conservative. Ask your client what the requirements are. As long as it is fine in mono, I'd do what I thought sounded best. I'd also likely do most mix check on a small speakers or even a boom box or two. No excessive lows or highs. I'd also assume there is gonna be voice over of some type for at least parts of it.

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