Sound for Video

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 the Learn Light and Sound School and I'll email you when its time to submit. You can also find all of our sound for video courses there.

MixPre setup video:

Mark Owens mentioned this combination for powering the Zoom F8n:

Sony BP-U60 Battery - B&H

Battery adapter plate - Amazon

Copyright 2019, Curtis Judd

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Sound Devices SCORPIO: Why do Pros Use Gear Like This?

In April 2019, Sound Devices announcement their new flagship audio mixer/recorder called Scorpio. Sound Devices caters to TV and film production sound mixers - the professionals working on large budget productions. The Scorpio has a lot of new features which are really exciting and help production sound mixers do things that they haven’t been able to do before or it simplifies things that were previously more complicated. But all this comes at what would seem like a hefty price from the perspective of a self-funded, passion project filmmaker: $8995 USD. In this episode, we run through the features of the Scorpio, and why for some pros working on the larger budget projects, the expense is easily justified.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Sound Devices Scorpio - B&H

Sound Devices 688 - B&H

Sound Devices 633 - B&H

Sound Devices MixPre - the more affordable line of high quality recorders for indie filmmakers - B&H

Allen & Heath DT168 Dante Stage Box - One example of a Dante device with 16 inputs and 8 outputs, all controllable by Scorpio - B&H

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Packing for a Location Sound Job

We run through my sound kit for a reality TV shoot I have coming tomorrow, talk about whether you need to have a Sound Devices recorder to get jobs, and relying only on gear you know well for paid jobs. Also, an explanation on my current perspective on cameras.

Gear outlined in this video:

Sound Devices Scorpio B&H

Sound Devices MixPre-10T B&H This is what I ended up using as my main recorder for the job

Sound Devices 633 B&H Backup recorder for the day

Audio Ltd A10 Wireless B&H The main wireless system for the job

RODELink Filmmaker kit B&H

Remote Audio Battery Distribution System B&H

Hi-Q Smart Batteries B&H

Orca Sound Bags (OR-30 and OR-34) B&H

Orca Bag Shoulder Harness B&H

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone B&H

Rycote Cyclone wind cover B&H

K-Tek Avalon KEG-150CCR B&H

Comtek Wireless Transmitter/Receiver system for other crew B&H

Sennheiser MKH 8050 Indoor Boom Microphone B&H

DPA 4160 Lavalier Microphone B&H

Countryman B6 Lavalier Microphone B&H

Sanken COS-11D Lavalier Microphone B&H

Tentacle Sync E Timecode Generators B&H

Sony MDR-7506 Headphones B&H

Voice Technologies VT500 Lavalier Microphone B&H

IDX V-Mount Battery B&H

Rycote Stickies for hiding lavalier microphones B&H

Moleskin - for hiding lavalier microphones Amazon

Joe's Sticky Stuff Amazon

Ursa Straps for hiding lavaliers and bodypack transmitters B&H

Basic Slate/Clapperrboard Amazon

Leatherman Tool Amazon

Boom Pole Holder B&H

C-stands B&H

Producer’s Choice Sound Blankets Vocal Booth To Go

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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LISTEN - Short Film Recap - Sound with Curtis Judd

Here’s a quick behinds the scenes interview on my work on the short film, “Listen.” This one focuses on the high-level lessons learned rather than the technical details of the production or post mix.

Oh, and about the start of the video, I was told to talk for a bit while they set the audio levels. Turns out our editor thought it would be funny to keep that part. I apologize for that. We were not sponsored by Goldfish crackers or the company which makes them.

If you haven’t seen Listen yet, you can see that here:

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: http://nevaton.eu/product/nevaton-mc-59-super-small-condenser-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

Mikme Gold: Bluetooth, USB, Portable Microphone and Recorder

Large diaphragm condenser microphones are often used in recording studios for vocals and voice overs. But many consider them less practical for mobile or location recording. The Mikme Gold challenges that idea in an impressive way. The Mikme Gold is a portable, wireless, microphone and recorder. You can record to the Micme’s in-built memory. You can wirelessly record to your iPhone (and soon, Android phone), and you can also record to your computer when you connect via USB cable.

In addition to that, the Mikme sounds quite good - in my estimation, it rivals the sound of the AKG C414. That’a s recording studio staple microphone. Let’s have a closer look and a listen.

View my location sound gear packing list at Airtable.com.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses at https://school.learnlightandsound.com including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

Mikme Gold Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone and Wireless Recorder (Amazon)

Falconeyes 120TDX - (Amazon) 4’ x 4’ LED roll-flex panel light used as a key light and for the table-top product shots

Lupo Superpanel Full Color 60 - Used for the background light

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - (Amazon) used on the Pocket 4K for the product shots

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - used to shoot the talking head shots

Get a free trial of the best music for your videos at Musicbed.

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Allen Williams - Boom Operator

In this week's Sound for Video Session, we have a conversation with Boom Operator Allen Williams. Allen has worked on TV shows including The Walking Dead and Stranger Things along with many other shows and movies - see his IMDB credits.

In our conversation, Allen shares a wealth of knowledge related to production sound and operating a boom mic along with many tips for the types of challenges and issues that the sound department faces on set every day.

Allen also has his own YouTube channel called SoundSpeeds.

Allen mentioned a few videos during our discussion:

How to composite out a boom mic for wide shots

Building Better Boom Ops Playlist

Gear used to record this session:

Shure SM7b Microphone

Sound Devices MixPre-10T Audio Recorder

Panasonic GH5S Camera

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens

AJA U-Tap USB video capture box - Takes the HDMI output from the camera and feeds the video to my computer via USB for streaming.

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