Improving Production Sound

Improving production sound is usually a matter of understanding what to pay attention to and when to pay attention to it. It's a matter of awareness that young producers and inexperienced producers often don't have. Or, in some cases, location scouts fail to take note of. 1 Improving the location.…

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 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…

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…