Production Sound

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

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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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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

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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

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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