Curious to what users workflow they use if they are doing surround sound projects...specifically where you have multiple sequences going into a final/main project. How do you successfully nest a surround project? or do you pre render?...thanks in advance
I've done about 5 surround-sound projects to date. They generally have taken the form of a 2 hour (more or less) documentary with 4-channel audio.
The rear audio is not synthesized, but the actual audio recorded simultaneously with the conventional front audio. I've used Minidisc for this purpose in the past.
I do all my editing with just the front two channels. When I have a finished project, I pull out the rear audio and locate the rear audio for each shot. Synching takes time, since I don't have any sort of timecode on the rear audio. After balancing all tracks, I render to AC-3 on the Vegas timeline.
There's apparently no way to do nesting with surround audio.
> What soundboards are you guys using for 5.1 surround? Speaker systems? <
I do surround mixing on a Dell laptop with a Presonus FireBOX sound card connected to an inexpensive Pioneer home theater receiver. The receiver goes to Mackie 624 speakers plus a big bad SVS subwoofer.