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Sponsored: Dialogue Mixing for Reality TV

“Dialogue is my forte,” says Christopher Koch, CAS, re-recording mixer/supervising sound editor at PostWorks NY, who has cleaned, edited, and mixed some of the most challenging dialogue imaginable: the dialogue on reality TV series. What makes it so challenging is that the run-and-gun filming style is combined with a mad dash, day and a half post sound schedule. With no possibility of ADR, it’s do or die with the dialogue captured on location — whether that location is a busy street, a noisy kitchen or a quiet interior. “I strive to match all dialogue to the quality of the studio interviews. I use that as my baseline or benchmark for how the rest of the show is going to sound,” says Koch, who is currently mixing reality series like Chopped on Food Network, Black Ink Crew: Chicago on VH1, and Say Yes to the Dress on TLC.