Audio post production

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Audio post production is the general term for all stages of production happening between the actual recording in a studio and the completion of a master recording. It involves sound design, sound editing, audio mixing, and the addition of effects.


Audio post production usually refers to the post-production of audio that is synchronized with video. This applies to TV, cinema, and commercials. One major aspect of audio post production is the use of ADR, or automatic dialogue replacement. Sometimes the original, or production audio, lacks in performance or quality, and the actor or actors are brought into a sound studio to record some or all of their dialogue from the project. Other elements such as foley, music, and voiceover, are also added during post production.[1]


The post process in recording acoustic music is often referred to as mixing, as this process happens after recording the musicians. In electronic music the workflow is usually quite different, and in this context the term "post processing" would typically not refer to the actual mixing process but rather what is applied to the resulting mix-down.

With today's increasing amount of music software and musicians creating electronic music in their homes, post production is often done by the musicians themselves.[2] There are professional options in abundance too. Some dedicated music academies have celebrated electronic music producers teaching music production courses.[3] For example, the famous English house producer D. Ramirez teaches audio post production at SubBass Academy of Electronic Music.[4]

The process typically involves equalization, audio level compression, multi-band audio compression, and limiting. This process somewhat overlaps but should not be mistaken for the term mastering, as post production is usually performed on a per-song basis, whereas mastering is aimed at preparing an entire list of songs for a specific media type.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rose, Jay, Producing Great Sound for Film and Video. Focal Press, fourth edition 2014 Book info. ISBN 9780415722070


  1. ^ "Audio Post Production for Film and TV". Berklee Online College of Music. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Rise of the Bedroom Producer". Wall of Sound Magazine. 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  3. ^ "Music Production Courses". SubBass Academy of Electronic Music. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  4. ^ "Music Production Techniques with D.Ramirez". SubBass Academy of Electronic Music. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11.