Prepping location sound gear

For most larger productions, a mixer has a day or two for prepping location sound gear to ensure they will be ready for the day when they get to set. Most mixers own more sound gear than they bring to a typical job. Or they rent sound equipment that they…

The Location Sound Package

Unlike other department heads on production, the sound mixer is expected to bring all of the required gear to the job, we generally call this our location sound package. Location sound mixer cart. A basic location sound package includes a mixer/recorder, a boom mic, and a few lavaliers. On the…

The job of a location sound mixer.

Depending on who you ask, the job of a location sound mixer has many different definitions. You ask a young mixer and they might say their job is a technical one understanding gain structure, audio engineering principals, microphones and lav micing techniques. You ask the DP and she may likely…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…