One of MTV’s biggest summer 2017 hits is Promposal, a show about high-schoolers delivering over-the-top experiences to the object of their promly desires. Flavorlab was proud to work with the MTV team to mix Promposal that we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look into the mixing process and how our intrepid engineers make the magic happen.
“We get everyone involved,” said Brian Quill, Flavorlab’s Head Re-recording Mixer. “Dennis, Catherine, Bumi and I all have a hand in mixing each episode, which helps us focus on really getting into an audience member’s head and letting the show’s voice shine through.”
“Maintaining the workflow is really important,” said Bumi Hidaka, audio engineer and composer. “When you’re sitting down to do a thorough mix that’ll take all day, you want to make sure that you’ve done all the prep work. Otherwise you’ll start your session off annoyed, and it’s hard to get in the right frame of mind from there. Having all of us working together and on the same page really helps with that.”
Each show that we mix has its own individual vision that our engineers strive to aurally actualize. Each show also has its own particular challenges that we pride ourselves on rising to meet and surpass.
“It’s a really fun show. It’s pure entertainment.” said Brian. “Because it’s such a high-energy, dynamic show, I have to be very precise in the way I mix the music. For example, there’s always a big, important moment, when the promposal is answered, and I have to make sure the music builds it up in intensity without obscuring any of the natural energy of the moment.”
“One of the neatest things we were able to do with Promposal was remove extra voices from single audio sources, which I thought was impossible,” continued Brian. “We used the new RX 6 plugin from Izotope on this project, and it was a really significant step up over anything else we have used for spectrographic analysis. It was still brutally difficult to do, but as exact as the spectrograms were, we were able to study the waveforms and pick out the thread of each voice. Once we figured that out, all we had to do was cut out the voice we didn’t want whenever it started masking the main voice.”
Promposal has just finished airing its first season, but cable customers can catch it at MTV.com.