Hiring the composer early allows the conversation between the sound designer and composer to begin and will result in a more symbiotic soundtrack. The music and sound design department can discuss how the two will work together, where the music will dominate the scene, and where sound design might dominate the scene, while keeping in mind the intentions of the director. Once the narrator has been recorded, the sound department will do an edit pass to clean and level the recording. The sound department will also ensure that all alternate takes are available through the final mix process.

When the picture department is using a temp narration track during the edit, a temp narrator of the same gender as the final narrator will help everyone get the right feel for the final soundtrack.


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