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How do I organize an audio editing project

Hello everyone,

I am doing the post-production of a short film,

I have finished all the video editing, and I was trying to do the audio editing, but I am having problems setting up the project,

I saw online that I should make one track for every different camera/mic setup, now my question is, usually do you manage the whole process in a single timeline or do you first do every single scene alone and then bring everything together at the end?

I am asking it because I am setting up this project and I think I made some mistakes cause I will have something like 30 audio tracks.

Thanks a lot for reading, and for your help.
It is not unusual for a "Hollywood" budget project to have over 1,000 audio tracks. Quite obviously, you'll have great difficulty managing all those tracks and hundreds of thousands of sound bites if you don't do a lot of preparation.

The "process" is to break down the project into manageable chunks. So, yes, you will need a very large number of tracks when doing the DX edit, just as you described. For DX editing I do it scene by scene and each character will get as many tracks for each audio perspective as required. Once the client and I are satisfied with the DX edit I will do a pre-mix, usually only one or two tracks for each character. These pre-mixes will eventually be pulled into my master project file. This will apply to the other layers - Foley and sound effects.

A "master" file will look something like this:

DX (Dialog) Sub-Mix

Amy DX1
Amy DX2
Bill DX1
Bill DX2
Chris DX1
Chris DX2


Amy FSteps
Amy Cloth
Amy Props
Amy Other
Bill FSteps
Bill Cloth
Bill Props
Bill Other
Chris FSteps
Chris Cloth
Chris Props
Chris Other

Sound Effects Sub-Mix


Ambience Sub-Mix


Music Sub-Mix



I would suggest that you read:

Dialog Editing for Motion Pictures - John Purcell
The Foley Grail - Vanessa Ament
The Sound Effects Bible - Ric Viers
Sound Design - David Sonnenschien
Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound - David Yewdall

There are many more excellent books, as well as YT vids, but this is a good place to start.

Good Luck!