Stereo Panning Method

When it came to panning sound effects created for the Big Buck Bunny soundtrack I felt it was important that the soundfield appear relatively expansive, therefore the full amplitude-panning range was utilised within Pro Tools. Also, because of the rural environments on screenI also felt that the localisation needed to match the action onscreen as closely as possible, i.e. natural, as things might sound in real life in terms of positioning. With this in mind the following method was devised:

Illustration of the panning values used within Pro Tools

Illustration of the panning values used within Pro Tools

Although the full panning range was utilised, only 0-60 Left and Right was used for objects and characters actually seen on the screen. 61 – 100 Left and Right were reserved for things which were present in a particular scene but were out-of-shot. This method gave the impression that the on-screen environments were much wider than the screen-size whilst also providing adequate and pleasing left and right separation for objects in view.

Automating the panning accurately to best mimic on-screen action was a long and time consuming process. Endless hours were spent synchronising sounds with animated movements: zooming-in and aligning panning markers to individual frames at perceived positions on the panning scale.

Panning Automation of sounds for Big Buck Bunny

Panning Automation of sounds for Big Buck Bunny

Overall I am pleased with the results.

Advertisements
Image | This entry was posted in Audio, MSc Audio Production, Post Production, Sound Design, University of Salford and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Stereo Panning Method

  1. Pingback: Sound localisation and Achieving a sense of distance and depth within a film soundtrack | guregor11

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s