Job profile dubbing mixer

In the field of foreign language dubbing

In the dubbing industry, the job title dubbing mixer is usually used for persons recording dialogue and sound effects. Carrying out these activities in this area entails different economic and logistic conditions than in the area of film post production.

Fields of activity

Dialogue recording (ADR)

  • Replacement of original dialogues with lip-synchronised new recordings in a dubbing studios with the help of the original mix and the IT (International Tape).
  • Recording of background voices (wallas), singing or special voice effects such as announcements or computer voices
  • Recording of off-screen lines, for example voice-overs, narration, commentary and announcements in the adequate tonal characteristic it requires.

For language dub recordings, the dubbing mixer usually works in a team with the dubbing director and dubbing editor. The key challenge for the dubbing mixer is to meet the requirements of image, scene, dubbing direction and acting performance. In this process, a tonal perspective and a room that suits the respective image, has to be met. Furthermore, the dubbing mixer supervises the quality of the recorded result and its tonal continuity, which is of special importance in the non-linear work process. The assessment of the quality includes technical aspects of the recording on the one hand and technical aspects of the performance, such as audibility of the dialogue, on the other hand. As the technical aspects of the performance are closely intertwined with its vocal-emotional expression, the dubbing mixer has to have an outstanding skill and sensitivity in his interaction with the dubbing actors as well as with the dubbing director.

IT inspection and completion

The responsibilities of a dubbing mixer often include the inspection of the delivered IT with respect to its quality and completeness, if this task is not carried out by the dubbing editor.
If necessary, the IT is completed by the dubbing mixer, using sound effects recordings and/or archive sounds.

Requirements

  • Impeccable hearing abilities
  • Ability to concentrate over longer periods of time
  • Knowledge of recording devices
  • Resilience