Two wireless lavs and a boom microphone

When an experienced client books a sound mixer “two wires and boom” is often where the negotiation starts when it comes to equipment. It’s also the minimum amount of kit required for many jobs that sound recordists who work out of a bag might need on many of their jobs. First, what does “two wires […]

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 […]

Understanding Microphones – Dynamic vs Condenser

If you don’t mix sound for a living there’s not a lot of reason to learn the difference between the types of microphones. But when you spend your day trying to effectively gather audio on set you better become an expert on which microphone to use when. The first category is to consider is whether […]

Production Resources In Atlanta

Cinder Grip and Lighting: Independent grip and lighting rental. Good service for smaller productions including commercials, music video and indepent productions. EUE/ScreenGems: Large, full-services studio located near the airport. Fluid Films: Independent production company specializing in commercials, corporate, documentary and non-fiction. Full Frame Rentals: Independent camera rental company based in Atlanta. Gotham Sound: Atlanta outpost […]

To be a creative, you must live creatively

Creativity isn’t a habit. But it helps to have habits that will nurture it. Every creative has days where ideas are a little harder to generate. It’s what we do every day that helps us to either be able to spring back from a block or whether we fail to deliver great ideas every time […]