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When you're all alone, flying by the seat of your pants, you'll usually combine all audio jobs into one audio person. Or maybe it's sound editor. Or sound recordist. Or recording engineer, post-production mixing supervisor, mixer, sound effects editor, or sound designer. On a big-budget production, each of these jobs would...
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