I wish to learn more about the technical side of making music and specfically music for film. Let's for the purpose of this discussions stick to using GPO in film scoring for short films and stick to stereo. Also, let's leave the discussion about orchestration ad composing for another discussion. I am talking here about the final process after the score is written and sequenced and I have to mix it down to a wav file that I will put on CD for the sound editor.
Even though I would have loved to have a complete surround sound studio, I am sticking to a standard stereo setup for the moment, mainly because of the cost involved and the fact that short film indie producers do not have the budget or equipment for 5.1.
I have the Paul Gilreath book where there are great tips and discussions about mixing an orchestra. I would like to know if mixing for film would be any different than the standard methods for orchestra.
IMO The purpose of mixing an orchestra is to achieve best realism. The object of mixing for film is to achieve best effect suporting the scene on film.
I have some basic questions:
1) How should one mix a GPO orchestra score for a short film. Are there special considerations?
2) With regards to stereo panning, is it best to stick to the standard GPO setup of orchestral seating?
3) Regarding use of reverb, should one stick to one overall reverb or should one use different reverbs or different reverb settings for different instruments and different scenes?
4) Regarding use of eq, should one be more agressive with the use of eq on different instruments?
5) Regarding use of digital effects, is it a good idea to add digital effects like delays, stereo imaging, etc?
6) Regarding balance between instruments, should one keep to the orchestral balance or should one increase balance on some instruments?
7) How much liberty should one take with percussion? Is it best to stick to orchestral sounds or could one make use of any percussion effects?
Many would say that realism is the most important, while others would say that there are no rules and everyone should do what sounds good (typically the answer one would get from some other forums). Is there a good acceptable balance between the two viewpoints without the mix sounding goofy?