Final Cut Pro 6 - Organizing Your Audio Clips for Multitrack Export

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Organizing Your Audio Clips for Multitrack Export

As you edit audio into your sequences, it’s important to keep your tracks organized. Not
only will this make it easier for you to keep your tracks straight when you edit new clips
in, it will make your job much easier when it’s time to mix your tracks and export them.

The Audio Mixer is easiest to use when you organize the audio clips in your edited
sequences based on their type. For example, put all sync-sound dialogue clips into one
group of tracks, background ambiences in another group of tracks, sound effects in
another group of tracks, and music in a different group of tracks.

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Chapter 10

Exporting Audio for Mixing in Other Applications



You might put one actor’s voice on track A1, and another actor’s voice on track A2.
Narration recorded with the Voice Over tool might go on track A3. Background
ambience clips such as wind and rain might go on tracks A4 and A5. Sound effects
could go on tracks A6, A7, and A8. Finally, four tracks for overlapping stereo music clips
would be dedicated to tracks A9, A10, A11, and A12.

If you’re working on a project that may be distributed to an international audience, you
should also keep your final mix separated into D, M, and E (dialogue, music, and effects)
and stems. This will allow foreign distributors to dub over the voices of your actors
without losing the music, ambience, and effects that you’ve edited into your program.