There are 3 main ways that people learn and how you combine all of them. Often you get a lot of overlap, for instance video is auditory and visual heavy. I should backup and state the main ones for learning are Visual / Auditory / Kinesthetic (Doing it). Now i’ve always not had a big […]
General Tips / Hacks
This is just what I think about making a sound reel. Essentially to make a sound reel you need to be able to storytell. Especially in Sound Design and post production. For my location sound work as a sound recordist and location sound mixer I have decided to just give lots of different references. This […]
Using your faders is key to mixing, so I wanted to share 2 tips on faders ratio and levels to help try to make your mix smoother on location.
Just wanted to show you a quick guide to micing a child’s helmet. This work such a treat! The pack could have been hidden in the helmet as well but it was a bit uncomfortable for her so with help form makeup and costume we hid it in her long hair and in the back of her hood…..
These are what different recording formats on the Sound Devices 688 / 633 and 664.
The different modes are Wav poly / wav poly (ISO Only) / wav poly (LR Only) / wav poly (X1X2) / MP3 (LR) / MP3 (X1X2) / wav mono / Wav Mono (ISO only). All of these only work if you record enable the relevant tracks.
This is a quick run down of what people suggested for cleaning cables and boom poles, use at your own risk
Plane noise is so common in my line of work, but now there is a new interactive map (sadly just for the USA for now) to be able to see basic flight paths for all the major airports. This is very useful if you want to pass this on to production to give them a better estimate of the issue of plane noise.
Often on shoots, especially drama, you need to hide your transmitters, but often some people have complained about range issues in certain positions.
This is usually because the body is taking out and blocking the signal being sent. This is also to do with if the antenna of the TX pack is touching the actual skin of the talent. When this happens your radio mic signal range will be impacted.
To protect our microphones from wind noise and distortion, so we have to slow the air down so it doesn’t distort the sound. Now depending on the level on wind protection you need there are different solutions and in the video below i discuss the foam to windjammer and deadcat.
This is a quick overview of what I typically have in my peli box for a corporate shoot. I’m using the Pelican 1620, great case for travelling and getting everything in.
This is a tutorial of Disk Drill which is £60 and the best and easiest software I have found for recovering not only Sound Files but also any other type of file saved onto an SD or CF card. Get disk drill now: http://www.cleverfiles.com/?aid=cb-42095
This is so simple that even a drunk soundie can do it. I felt compelled to do this video to solve lots of interview problems.
When I am not on set recording sound, I am in my little home studio designing, cleaning and mixing it. The best way for any sound editor to manipulate the sound you have already put in your video edit timeline is to have all the same components separately. This is where an AAF comes in.
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That’s it really… enjoy..
This is a section from Sound Chat 34 about how Foley has a massive impact on a film. Even down to how people place cups in films. Take a look at the video about placing a cup.
I test a head mounted Sanken COS-11D and DPA 4071 and share a few good places to hide for exteriors in cold climates now winter is coming.
This is how I go about radio micing talent when they wear polo shirts, these are the easiest to do and I even share tips on reducing mic noise and getting the mic on fast.
So the problem was that I could not operate the Sound devices 688 and turn off the unit. Even with all the power inputs like NP1 and AA batteries the unit stayed on.
Documentary sound is all about moments. Clients first and foremost want you to capture dialogue of principle people in the documentary but they are also looking to sell atmosphere to the audience. The Zoom H1 can be a low cost, fast solution.
This is a test of how long the sound devices 664 will last with 5 freshly charged 2900mah AA batteries and recording a Sennheiser 416 with phantom power and recording the ISO and 1 side of the mix track.
Why You Need A Sound Recording Plan
This is very under utilised and implemented in the lower budget areas and even mid tier projects. The more you prepare the less likely you are to fail. Even an outdated map is better than no map at all. The more you understand what environments and situations you are going to be recording in the better. There are so many examples of why this is important that this video would be several hours longer.
Frequency Blocks: Basically radio frequencies get assigned to blocks / Banks of frequencies for the purposes of coordination. Now in the UK it is very easy to remember the block because we only have 1 legal block of frequencies that cover 606.000 up to 631.500.
Sound Recording Action Scenes usually means that there is no dialogue apart from cries of pain and screams. For a production sound recordist this means that you are trying to capture as much as you can within the takes to give the post production team a good idea of what it sounded like on the day.
Simon Hayes won an Oscar for Les Miserable back in 2013. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the video below is him teaching others about flexibility and strength, keeping him in peak condition for fighting and sound.