I’m a guest on the Location Sound Podcast

Just as the Covid-19 crisis was setting hold, I logged on with Michael (The Sound Guy) Helms to discuss sound mixing and how the pandemic was affecting us in the production business for the Location Sound Podcast. Michael is great to talk to and knows his stuff when it comes…

How To Hire A Location Sound Mixer

Hiring a location sound recordist might feel like buying a pig in a poke to those not familiar with the sound department. I find most producers and PMs know only a little bit about the equipment and processes happening in the audio department where they're much more technically knowledgeable about…

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…

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…

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…

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. [caption id="attachment_2273" align="alignleft" width="420"] A digital timecode slate[/caption] One of the earliest ways…

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…

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…

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…