I spent 25+ years in Holly


I spent 25+ years in Hollywood as a sound fx editor and mixer. Cutting in laugh tracks simply was not done. Admittedly, I left the trade six years ago, but as of then there were no comprehensive audience laugh sequences which matched acoustically.

Sitcoms as pioneered by DesiLuwere shot, three cameras in front of a live audience who were miked for reactions and recorded as a separate track. Even so, nearly ALL laughs were sweetened in real time on the dub stage during the final mix. The ” laugh mixer ” had a small machine similar in concept to a Mellotron which was played out via a piano-likekeyboard, ranging from snickers tohowlingly long laughs . . . and they all matched acoustically. I believe the effects were recorded on a sound stage with 50 or 100 folks watching a silent comedy film.

Hey now! Maybe some enterprising folks here might try recording a complete set of audience reactions and publish their own library?

Rick Crampton

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