Sound for Video Session: Cleaning Audio Cables and Q&A

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we'll cover cleaning your microphone cables - for both lavaliers and XLR cables - and 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.

The Army Nurse - Indiegogo fundraising page

Uni-Solve Wipes - I use these to clean adhesive and dirt off of cables without drying them out: Amazon

Shure Twinplex TL-48 Lavalier Microphone - used this on Private Bradley character - B&H

Shure Twinplex TL-47 Lavalier Microphone - used this on Nurse Jane character - B&H

Audio Limited A10 Wireless System - B&H

Sound Devices 633 Recorder/Mixer - B&H

Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone. One of my favorite budget shotgun mics - B&H Amazon

Sennheiser MKH-416 Shotgun Microphone. One of the most popular shotgun microphones of all time and still very popular amongst voice-over artists and Live Streaming channels - B&H

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Really Right Stuff Boom Poles Compared to K-Tek and RODE Boom Poles

In today’s episode, we look at microphone boom poles for production sound for film and video, specifically, two new boom poles from Really Right Stuff, two poles from K-tek, and a more budget oriented pole from RODE.

Really Right Stuff started as a company producing L-brackets and tripods for photography cameras. Their ethos is to provide very high quality products which have been thoughtfully designed with clever features which make the user’s craft more enjoyable. And now, they are producing products for cinema, including boom poles and cinema camera tripods and fluid heads.

Really Right Stuff loaned their poles to me for 4 weeks. I do not get to keep these poles. They have not paid me to produce this video and have not reviewed it prior to posting. All opinions shared here are my own.

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 F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

Really Right Stuff VM-34 Long Boom Pole - Really Right Stuff

Really Right Stuff VM-35 Travel Boom Pole - Really Right Stuff

K-Tek Avalon KEG-150CCR Boom Pole - B&H

K-Tek Avalon KEG-100CC Boom Pole - B&H

RODE Boom Pole - B&H Amazon

Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder - B&H

Sennheiser MKH 8050 Boom Microphone - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Panasonic GH5 m4/3 Camera - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K - B&H

Sigma ART 24-70mm f/2.8 EF Mount Lens - B&H Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound Devices 833: Why do Pros Use Gear Like This?

Sound Devices has a strong history of providing high end audio field recorders for film and TV production., having won several prestigious technical awards. Five years ago, Sound Devices announced their 633 professional recorder/mixer with three mic/line inputs and three line inputs. Today, the 633 is a very popular recorder amongst professional production sound mixers. Many who work smaller productions use it as their primary recorder. Others use it as a secondary recorder in a bag when they’re not mixing from a sound cart on a larger format mixer.

And now, Sound Devices has released the 833 - their next generation, pro level, compact mixer/recorder. In this episode we cover two main questions:

- When is an 833 a better fit for the job versus a Sound Devices MixPre II?

- What’s new in the 833 versus the 633?

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 F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

Sound Devices 833 Mixer/Recorder - B&H

Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder - B&H

Sound Devices MixPre II Series recorders - B&H

Zoom F6 Audio Field Recorder - B&H Amazon

Sennheiser MKH 8050 Boom Microphone - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K - B&H

Sigma ART 24-70mm f/2.8 EF Mount Lens - B&H Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound Devices MixPre II Series Audio Recorders Review

Index:

00:11 Summary

01:03 How does it sound compared to Zoom F6?

01:58 Wide Dynamic Range 32-bit Float Recording

09:53 Other new features

11:55 What if you’re sending audio from your recorder to your camera?

13:09 MixPre II vs Zoom F6 - Advantages of each

23:25 Should I buy a Zoom F6 or MixPre II?

Sound Devices has a strong history of providing high end audio field recorders for film and TV production., having won several prestigious technical awards. In 2017, Sound Devices first made their high quality audio recorders available to a larger pro-sumer audience with the introduction of the MixPre-3, 6, and 10T recorders. And now, in 2019, they have updated the MixPre line with their new II Series of recorders - The MixPre-3 II, MixPre-6 II, and MixPre-10 II. In this episode, we cover the new features on the II series of recorders, including the wide dynamic range and 32-bit float recording features and compare it to a similar recorder, the Zoom F6.

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 F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

Sound Devices MixPre II Series recorders - B&H

Zoom F6 Audio Field Recorder - B&H Amazon

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K - B&H

Sigma ART 24-70mm f/2.8 EF Mount Lens - B&H Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Location Sound Podcast with Michael Helms

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It was my pleasure to be a guest on the Location Sound Podcast with my new friend Michael Helms, also known as Michael the Sound Guy. We cover a lot of production sound for video topics including recording gear, reviews, learning, and the joys of working location sound! If you haven’t heard the Location Sound Podcast before, I highly recommend you have a listen - a gold mine of information for people working in sound or people with aspirations to work in location sound. Check it out over at Apple Podcasts.

MixPre II New Features Sound for Video Session

In this week’s Sound for Video Session, we show how to configure the new features on the Sound Devices MixPre II series of recorders. This includes the wide dynamic range (32 bit float recording), timecode, 192kHz sample rate, adjustable limiters, auto-copy to USB Drive, and pre-roll.

Audio DAW and video editing app 32 bit compatibility list at Sound Devices’ website.

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 F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre I & II series of recorders.

Gear discussed and used to record this episode:

Sound Devices MixPre II Series recorders - B&H

Sound Devices 833 Mixer/Recorder - used to record my dialogue for this session - B&H

RODE Reporter Microphone - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K - B&H

Sigma ART 24-70 f/2.8 EF Mount Lens - B&H Amazon

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Deity S-Mic 2S Short Shotgun Microphone

In October 2019, DEITY Microphones will begin shipping a short shotgun microphone they call the S-Mic 2S. While this sounds similar to the original DEITY S-Mic 2, this microphone is much smaller and lighter. It doesn’t reject ambient sound quite as well as the original S-Mic 2 but it also doesn’t run as high a risk of phase and comb-filtering issues when recording indoors in reverberant rooms. Let’s take a closer look and a listen!

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 F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre II series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

DEITY S-Mic 2S Short Shotgun Microphone - B&H: Coming Mid October 2019 Amazon: Coming Mid October 2019

DEITY S-Mic 2 Medium Shotgun Microphone - B&H Amazon

Sennheiser MKH 416 Medium Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Azden SGM 3500 Short Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K - B&H

Sigma ART 24-70 f/2.8 EF Mount Lens - B&H Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Shure TwinPlex Lavalier Microphones: What Does a Premium Mic Have That a Cheap One Doesn't?

Shure’s next generation, premium lavalier microphones, TwinPlex, include a number of features sought after by many sound professionals. In this episode, we have an overview of the TwinPlex TL47 and TL48 lavalier microphones from the perspective of a sound for film mixer.

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 F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

Shure TwinPlex Lavalier Microphones - B&H

Microdot Adapters - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H - Key Light in this video

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

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

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Conversation with Kevin - The Basic Filmmaker Regarding Gear

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we had a conversation with Kevin - The Basic Filmmaker - regarding filmmaking gear. He gives us some useful perspective.

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 how to process dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Some of the gear we discuss in this episode:

Sound Devices MixPre Series of recorders (the II series was announced after we recorded this conversation) - B&H

Shure SM-7B dynamic broadcast microphone - B&H

Zoom H6 Recorder - B&H

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound for Video Session: Q&A 15 September 2019

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.

Here are a list of some of the shotgun microphones we discussed in today's session:

RODE NTG-3: B&H

Sennheiser MKH416: B&H

Sennheiser ME66 & K6: B&H

Audio Technica BP4073: B&H

Stereo Microphone recommendations:

Audio Technica BP4025 Stereo X/Y Microphone: B&H

Schoeps CMC641 Matched Pair: B&H

RODE TF-5 Cardioid Matched Pair: Amazon B&H

Other audio gear discussed:

Tentacle Sync Track E Wide Dynamic Range Body Pack Recorder - Coming in Q1 2020

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone: Amazon B&H

Sound Devices MixPre-10T (preamp for this session - link is for the newer, less expensive version): B&H

Deity S-Mic 2S short shotgun microphone - review coming soon

Shure TwinPlex TL48 Lavalier Microphone: B&H

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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