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I just d/led the samp v8 demo just because I wanted to play around with it's ability to do 5.1 mixes. Everything works great! I can send all my tracks to each of the 5 speakers (and LFE), but I have found my ability to make a 5.1 mix sound good is non existant. In other words, so far, it sounds like crap.

Are there any resources available to help a beginner get started with the basics of 5.1 mixing?

i.e. how much of the bass and kick should I send to the LFE?

Should the vocal be exclusively on the center channel?

ARe the rears used mainly for ambience, or can I put instruments there?

Also, how does one calibrate my system? Do I use standard methods? What about the sub? I seem to have trouble decided how loud it should be.

Thanks,

TJ

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>.e. how much of the bass and kick should I send to the LFE?

Bass maybe none, Kick maybe all or none, or try to do some bass management (high- cutting what goes to the LFE, but set no attenuation, sending full range to the rest)

>Should the vocal be exclusively on the center channel?

A conservative would definetly say so. There is no wider picture than MONO

>ARe the rears used mainly for ambience, or can I put instruments there?

that's up to you.

Also, how does one calibrate my system? Do I use standard methods? What about the sub? I seem to have trouble decided how loud it should be.

> that's beyond the manual of an application. See tomlinson's book, see Dolby and DTS website.

Have fun with 5.1

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