“Mixing” in film and video production refers to the process of combining all the separate audio elements – dialogue, sound effects, music and more – into a cohesive final soundtrack. This process shapes the soundscape of a production and makes it sound polished and professional.
The mixer takes all the individual audio tracks and blends them together, adjusting levels, adding effects and creating a balanced soundscape. They control the volume and tone of each audio track, making sure each element complements and supports the others. They may also add reverb, echo, and other sound effects to create depth and atmosphere.
Good mixing is essential for creating an immersive audio experience for the audience. A well-mixed soundtrack helps to bring the film or video production to life and create a powerful emotional impact. The mixer works with the director and other members of the production team to ensure that the sound design enhances the visual storytelling.