A production mixer's first responsibility on a television show is responsiveness to the director, whose instructions he hears on one channel. As he listens carefully to the stereo mix, and amid discussions of phase checks and balance, he must gauge both the intentions of the director and his own mechanical and artistic requirements.: Two areas that I will concentrate on are recording dialog and recording audience reaction. Everyone is aware that stereo music is advantageous for television and was the first material readily available. However, dialog and audience reaction have been difficult problems for production mixers. Traditionally, dialog has stayed in the center, with little interest in panning or audio-follow-video switching of dialog position. Such effects could be confusing, if not used judiciously, and not good things to do.:
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