What’s in a standard location sound package?

A standard location sound package isn’t exactly the same for every mixer but there are some pretty fairly standard things that producers expect and we mixers try to comply the best we can. Industry parlance in North America for a standard location sound package is “Two wires and a boom.” What does this mean? Two […]

How to evaluate a location for sound.

It’s very rare that the sound department is brought along on the tech scout for smaller productions. Therefore, it’s the small productions that usually end up with sound problems that they can’t afford to “fix in post.” Sound is more physics than art so you can reduce how good your sound is going to be […]

Wideband Wireless

Over the last several years, the FCC has made vast changes to the wireless spectrum that have had detrimental effects on the operation of wireless microphones. These changes began an evolution in wireless gear that many sound professionals were already heavily invested in. Over time much of the exisiting equipmen became obsolete with the stroke […]

Two wires and a boom

When an experienced client books a sound mixer “two wires and boom” is often where the negotiation starts when it comes to equipment. First, what does “two wires and a boom” mean? It means a basic sound mixers kit that includes a recorder, two wireless lavalier microphones, and a boom microphone. This basic kit covers […]

Boom Operator vs Sound Mixer

One thing I’ve discovered is that some producers aren’t really very familiar without the sound department is organized and what the different functions are. Or even that there is really a sound department and not just a “sound guy.” For some, the sound department is just that guy with the boom that gets stuck in […]

What headphones do location sound mixers use?

This is one of the more hotly debated topics in the sound mixer community. Which are the best headphones for location audio work. Not everyone agrees that there’s a best headphone but they certainly agree there is a most popular headphone and that would be the Sony MDR-7506. I’ve owned 3 pair of these headphones! […]

Wired or Wireless Audio Recording for Production Sound

Wireless lavs have become the industry standard on set. For some good reasons too. They’re pretty reliable and the good ones sound excellent. But are there times when it might not make sense to use them? There sure are. While you may get 99.9% reliability when using gear like Lectrosonics diversity systems, even the best […]

Location Sound Mixer Rates

Hiring a location sound mixer can feel like an expensive task until you consider how much it costs when you don’t hire one. Having to fix problems with poor location audio can be a lot more expensive than hiring a competent professional to show up on set a record excellent audio. Well, this begs the […]

Using Timecode Slates On Location

Utilizing timecode on set should be a very painless process provided you are using industry standard cameras with timecode capabilities and quality audio gear. Timecode enabled slates are very useful for ensuring your syncing process is smooth. One of the earliest ways used for syncing sound to picture was the simple slate. The video portion was […]

Understanding Microphone Patterns

In the last post I discussed the two main types of microphones dynamic and condenser. Both of these types of microphones can have different patterns. Patterns describe how the microphone sensitive the microphone is to sound waves in relation to the space surrounding the capsule. An helpful analogy that’s very imperfect might be a wide […]