Sound for Video

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:

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

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 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

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 Design with Lloyd Puckitt

This week we spoke with Lloyd Puckitt, the sound designer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Earlier in his career, Lloyd worked as a recording engineer for acts including Depeche Mode, Erasure, Mathew Sweet, Madonna, and earned platinum records with Vitamin C and Fuel.

In the late 90s, as the business side of the music industry went through some significant changes, Lloyd returned to the education and artistic side of music. Lloyd is now a sound designer and an education artist for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, and Dynasty Percussion.

Please consider my sound for video classes available over at the Learn Light and Sound School.

Gear discussed in this episode:

Audio Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Audio Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Audio Technica AT2050 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with variable polar pattern

Shure MX150 omni-directional lavalier microphone

Wireless Workbench

RF Scanner/Analyzer - RF Explorer Pro - Lloyd didn’t mention which scanner they use, but this is one example of an RF scanner

Gear Used to record my end of the conversation:

Panasonic GH5S Camera

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone

Sound Devices MixPre-10T

AJA U-Tap HDMI - HDMI to USB Capture Box

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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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

Sound Devices Scorpio - NAB 2019

As part of our coverage of the Nation Association of Broadcaster’s show in Las Vegas in April 2019, we talked with Paul Isaacs at Sound Devices about their new flagship mixer/recorder called Scorpio. This is a device which is aimed at larger budget, very demanding productions where lots of inputs and lots of outputs are required.

Please consider my sound for video classes available over at our school.

Gear discussed and used to record this episode:

Sound Devices Scorpio

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens

Electrovoice RE50L Dynamic Interview Microphone

Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2017 by TVAC. Used with permission