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…

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…

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…

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…

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…