Make sure actors' dialogue is clear and correct in every scene of a film.
What does an ADR Mixer do?
To get perfect, clear dialogue in each shot of a television show or movie, film directors use a secret weapon: an ADR mixer. ADR stands for “automated dialogue replacement, and as an ADR mixer, you correct sound problems related to the lines actors speak. Sometimes you remove background noise or smooth out rough edges in speech. Other times you replace certain words or phrases with bits from alternate takes.
Usually, your projects kick off with a meeting with the director and other sound engineers to find out which scenes seem off-kilter. Together you decide what parts of the film to focus on.
You begin by correcting as much as you can on your own using a Digital Audio Workstation. If you can’t correct the problems, you must schedule the actor to come into the studio and lip-synch replacement lines. These are stressful sessions for actors, and you do your best to put the talent at ease through your enthusiasm and coaching.
You show them the piece, remind them how the line should be spoken, and then record as they speak the line in time with the film. The fewer takes you do, the less expensive the process is, so you work quickly and calmly to get the job done.
After you edit the new dialogue into the original track, you finish up your work by making sure all the background sound matches up. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to create the crystal clear lines of dialogue that make a scene shine.