Audio Gear

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:

On-Set Sound Lingo

When you work on the set of a film or video project, there’s a specialized language the crew often uses. Here is a run through some of the more common sound lingo you’ll hear on set.

Here’s a free sound gear packing list for production sound mixing over at Airtable.

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:

RODE TF-5 Microphone Matched Pair (B&H)

Slate (Amazon)

K-Tek Boom Pole I use (B&H)

Audio Ltd A10 Wireless Microphone System (B&H)

Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder (B&H)

Countryman B6 Lavalier Microphone (B&H)

DPA 4160 Lavalier Microphone (B&H)

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, or other affiliate links.

Mikme Pocket - Wireless Lavalier Microphone, Recorder, USB Mic

Mikme launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new Bluetooth wireless lavalier microphone/recorder/USB mic they call the Mikme Pocket. We got our hands on a prototype of the Pocket and run through the features in this episode, complete with unprocessed audio samples.

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.

Links to gear used in this video:

Mikme Pocket (Kickstarter campaign, should start shipping in December 2019)

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 product shots

Nikon Z6 & 24-70 f/4 Lens- (Amazon) used to shoot the talking head shots

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Mikme Pocket & DISH.TC

Two quick audio for video gear Kickstarter campaigns: 1) Mikme Pocket - a wireless lavalier body pack recorder and bluetooth transmitter. 2) DISH.TC - a super-simple to use timecode generator which jams with satellite time.

See the DISH.TC kickstarter page.

See the Mikme Pocket kickstarter page.

Copyright 2019 Curtis Judd

Marantz PMD 750 Wireless Microphone System: Dual-channel on a Budget

Marantz has been in the audio business since the 1950s and was founded by Saul Marantz. They were mostly known for high-end Hi-Fi systems and are also quite popular in the DJ gear world. Recently, Marantz released a wireless microphone system aimed at DSLR and interchangeable lens hybrid cameras with a dual channel receiver - the Marantz PMD-750. To date, this is the least expensive dual channel 2.4GHz digital wireless microphone system. Let’s see how it holds up under some pretty tough testing.

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.

Links to gear used in this video:

Marantz PMD-750 Transmitter/Receiver Kit - all of the sound in this video was recorded with the PMD-750

Additional Transmitter Only

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 for the product shots

Panasonic GH5 - (Amazon) Used to shoot the talking head and distance test shots

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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

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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

Zoom F6 Initial Impressions: Wide Dynamic Range Audio Field Recorder

Zoom announced their new F6 audio field recorder for film and video at NAB 2019. I was fortunate enough to borrow a pre-production copy for a couple of days and ran it through some initial tests. In particular, I wanted to see how well this dual analogue to digital conversion with 32 bit float WAV recording worked and whether it really prevented clipping. I was also curious as to how clean the recordings would be. To my delight, the F6 records extraordinary amounts of dynamic range so you don’t have to worry about clipping nor do you need to be terribly concerned with noise floor. This tiny recorder is impressive!

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.

Links to gear used in this video:

Zoom F6 Audio Field Recorder

Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter - required to run the iOS control app

Lupo Superpanel Full Color 60 - Used for the blue background

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

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens - (Amazon) used on the talking head shots

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

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - used to shoot the talking head and most of the product shots

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.

DEITY V.Lav: Intelligent, Affordable Lavalier Microphone

DEITY Microphones recently released a new affordable lavalier microphone - the V.Lav. The unique thing about this microphone is that you generally won’t need adapters to work with different devices like mobile phones, cameras, audio recorders, or Mac/PC. Instead, it intelligently figures out what it is connected to and configures itself to work with that device. Let’s take a closer look and 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 F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

DEITY V.Lav Lavalier Microphone

Lupo Superpanel Full Color 60 - Pro level 1x2’ LED panel light that works great not only as an effects light, but also as a key or rim.

Lupo Superpanel Dual Color 60 - Same as above but without the RGB capabilities and this one has more light output. I only need to set it to about 8% on the dimmer for most head and shoulders shots.

Panasonic GH5 - (Amazon) used for some of the audio tests and a few of the product shots

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

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - used to shoot the talking head and most of the product shots

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.