Sound Session

Sound for Video Session: Q&A

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we'll take a shot at answering your sound for video questions. You can submit them live, or for future sessions, just sign up for free over at our school and I'll email you when its time to submit.

Michael Wynne's video on setting up a com system for sound mixers, boom operators and utilities:

Sound for Video Session: Accusonus ERA 4 Cleanup Plugins

When it comes time to mix the sound for your film project, cleanup can be one of the more challenging parts. Accusonus just released their ERA 4 standard and pro bundles which include a series of easy to use VST plugins which work with most video editing and digital audio workstation apps: Noise Remover, Reverb Remover, Plosive Remover, De-Esser, De-Clipper, Voice Leveler, De-Esser Pro (Pro bundle only), ERA-D (Pro bundle only - advanced noise and de-reverb plugin). Here’s a demo of how severe of these work.

Please consider my sound for video classes.

Gear used to record this episode:

Accusonus ERA 4 Bundle

RODE TF-5 Cardioid Condenser Microphone - Used to record the reverb dialogue sample

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone - My voiceover (Amazon)

Universal Audio Apollo X6 Audio Interface

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd, Used with Permission

Sound for Video Session - Q&A 12 June 2019

In this session, we answer your questions about sound for video! The livestream starts at 3:13.

If you'd like to ask a question at a future Sound for Video Session, just enroll at our school (for free) over at the school at Learn Light and Sound. We'll email you before the session and you can submit your questions there. Or, if you can attend the session live, you can just ask your question in the chat while there.

Gear mentioned/used to record this session:

Nevaton MC-59 Microphone:

Deity D3 Pro Shotgun Microphone (Amazon)

Sanken CS-3e Shotgun Microphone

Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Microphone

Audio Technical's AT875r Shotgun Microphone

Oktava MK-012 Cardioid/Hyper Cardioid Microphone (depending on the capsule you use - Amazon)

AKG Blueline Hypercardioid Microphone

Audix SCXC1 Hypercardioid Microphone

Audio Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Microphone (Amazon)

Sound Devices MixPre Recorders

Zoom F Series Recorders

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone (Amazon)

AKG C414 XLS Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Panasonic GH5S

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: JBL 1 Series 104 Monitors & Q&A

In this sound for video session, we had a casual conversation about several audio related topics and gear including the new affordable near field monitors from JBL - 1 Series 104. Also talked about Azden 3500 series microphones, the Zoom F6, and lots of other questions and topics.

Gear mentioned in this session:

JBL 1 Series 104 Near Field Monitors for Mixing on a budget

Zoom F6 Audio Field Recorder

Audio Ltd A10 Wireless Microphone System

Sony MDR-7506 Headphones (Amazon) - my main production sound headphones

AKG K175 On-Ear Closed Back Headphones (Amazon)

Sound Devices MixPre Recorders

MikMe Gold Large Diaphragm Condesner Microphone/Recorder (Amazon)

Azden SGM-3500 Short Shotgun Microphone

Azden SGM-3500L Shotgun Microphone

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Michael Wynne - Production Sound Mixer, Atlanta

In this week's Sound for Video Session, we talk with Michael Wynne who is a production sound mixer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael gives us a look into the TV production sound world where he works on larger budget productions. We talk about many of the practical matters; The sound team - mixer, boom operator, and sound utility. Also cover equipment, solving issues, union work, and more!

Check out Michael Wynne’s YouTube channel for some great production sound content.

Gear discussed in this episode:

Sound Devices 688 Audio Recorder/Mixer

Sound Devices CL-12 - Fader Controller

DPA 6060 Lavalier Microphone

Sanken COS-11D Lavalier Microphone

Countryman B6 Lavalier Microphone

Countryman B3 Lavalier Microphone

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Q&A 23 April 2019

This week we answer your questions about sound for video including recording, production, post, and gear.

Gear discussed in this session:

RODE WIRELESS GO - super convenient wireless microphone system for vloggers and solo shooters

DEITY Connect - dual channel wireless microphone system

Sennheiser XSW-D - super simple wireless microphone system for vloggers, solo shooters, musicians, etc.

RODE Filmmaker Kit - Wireless lavalier microphone system for indie filmmakers

Copyright 2019 - Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2017 - TVAC, Used with Permission

Hiding Lavalier Microphones - with Simon Bysshe of Ursa Straps

In this week's Sound for Video Session, we connected with Simon Bysshe of Ursa Straps where he demonstrates how to hide lavalier microphones in a variety of situations. No single strategy works in all situations, but Simon does a good job covering several strategies to fit different scenarios, taking into account wardrobe, gender of the actor, and more.

Ursa Straps - Their products and where to purchase them throughout the world.

Ursa Straps' YouTube Channel where they cover many of their products and how they help with concealing lavalier microphones and body packs.

Durapore Tape (on Amazon)

Nexcare Tape (on Amazon)

Skin Tac Wipes (on Amazon)

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Q&A 25 March 2019

In this episode, we answer your questions on sound for video.

00:20 Recording Cars

03:57 Zoom H4n & Samson CO2?

06:22 How to sweeten dialogue sound

11:10 Which boom microphone for indoors?

13:00 Apps to automix dialogue in post?

15:00 MixPre as audio interface - does quality degrade when recording to screen recording app?

16:54 How much PC do I need to run Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve?

18:32 How to capture a noise sample? (Need more info)

18:57 Zoom H6 - remote reduces handling noise?

19:36 How to aim a super cardioid boom microphone

20:50 Replacing lavalier microphone for RODELink

22:28 RODECaster Pro multitrack recording to SD card?

24:12 Batch processing audio in RX and Audition?

25:14 Which sound effects should I record when I'm the mixer for a video?

28:05 Why is my compressor letting peaks through?

29:24 Boom and lavs to director's audio feed? AES42 digital audio with A10 and SD 633?

32:08 Panasonic 991 and timecode and post sync?

35:01 Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and MixPre - line level feed

36:28 Which specs can help you choose a recorder or microphone if you can't try it hands on?

41:11 Which boom mic and recorder do you recommend for interviews for $1200 or less?

43:18 RODE NTG3 or Deity S-Mic 2 sounds closer to the 416?

44:27 What is the difference between the Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-3M and can I use the "M" version for film and video?

47:55 How do I gain stage a Sennheiser G3 wireless system and Zoom F8n?

49:42 What is a timecode workflow for shooting music videos?

See this workflow information:

Gear discussed/used in this session:

RODECaster Pro - used to record this session

Sound Devices MixPre Series

Zoom F8n - Very good value for money on a pro/prosumer audio recorder

Sennheiser G3/G4 Wireless Microphone system - note that you need the correct version with frequencies you can use in your region. Contact a reseller in your country for details.

Deity S-Mic 2 shotgun microphone

RODE NTG3 shotgun microphone - I prefer the sound of this on most voices.

Sennheiser MKH416 shotgun microphone - the classic shotgun microphone that seemingly everyone is trying to mimic at enthusiast prices

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - I find that I use this more often than any of my other cameras these days.

Tentacle Sync timecode generators

Izotope RX7 - my favorite app for cleaning and optimizing audio clips

Samson C02 - budget boom microphone - comes in a set of 2. Good budget option for interviews.

Zoom H5 - budget recorder with 2 XLR inputs

Tascam DR-60DmkII - budget recorder with 2 XLR inputs

Zoom H6 - budget recorder with 4 XLR microphone inputs

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Outro music from Artlist by Kick Lee. You can receive a 2 month discount on a subscription to Artlist, a subscription service for stock music you can use with your videos. Check it out at

Sound for Video Session: Fairlight Questions

A week after publishing our new mini course on editing and mixing dialogue audio in DaVinci Resolve's Fairlight, I received a few interesting questions from my friend Jacob Fenn. Here are his questions and my answers.

While processing the audio for this session, it occurred to me that one of my answers was not very clear. Jacob asked, “Is it possible for Fairlight or any other digital audio workstation app (DAW) to clip since they do all of their processing in 32-bit float?”

This is the short answer: The internal processing of Fairlight will never lose data to clipping as long as the source audio was not clipped. However, when you export your mix, if the audio exceeds 0dBFS at any point in the mix, the exported audio will be clipped.

Sound for Video Session: Zoom F4 Firmware, Fairlight, & Sennheiser XSW-D Wireless

In our first audio-only Sound for Video Session, we cover the new features Zoom added to the F4 recorder in the 3.0 firmware update. Now F4 users have AutoMix an the Advanced Hybrid Look-Ahead limiters that were previously only on the F8 and F8n.

We also cover my impressions of the Fairlight digital audio workstation page in DaVinci Resolve 15.2.4. It is getting pretty close to the point where I can move to Fairlight and away from Adobe Audition. There are still some minor issues. In fact, in mixing this episode, I learned that Resolve has issues exporting audio only projects. Sigh.

And finally, we talk about a new wireless lavalier microphone I just received in for review: Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set. I have yet to do the review, but cover some of its features here. This is a consumer/prosumer grade wireless system that is made to be as easy to use as possible. The review should appear on my YouTube channel in the next few weeks.

Gear used/discussed in this episode:

Zoom F4 (Amazon) audio recorder

DaVinci Resolve - Free video editing, coloring, and audio mixing

Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set - Wireless microphone system for those who need wireless to be as simple as possible

RODECaster Pro - Mixer and recorder used to record this session

Golden Age Project R1 Active mkIII (Amazon) - Affordable ribbon microphone which I used to record this session.

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Outro music from Artlist: Call on Me by Kick Lee. You can receive a 2 month discount on a subscription to Artlist, a subscription service for stock music you can use with your videos.