The Final Film Sound Mix – Mixing Workflow
The traditional style and workflow of mixing is to have all the sound elements that have been prepared by DX, FX, and MX play in real time while the two mixers blend the three elements together, balancing the volume, panning, EQ, and other sound treatments on their respective material. Sometimes the dialogue is mixed first, and then the other elements are added around it on separate passes. Dialogue takes priority over the other elements, since it tells the story most directly, and utilizes more of the overall soundtrack’s volume. The remaining is left for sound effects and music.