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My mother bought me my first tape recorder when I was nine years old. Seventeen years of major market, on-air radio performance plus being the Production Director at every station, handling the
writing, voicing and production of hundreds if not thousands of commercials and promo announcements; that was my first career.

In 1986, I left broadcasting to pursue writing, audio production and AFTRA/SAG talent work. My long hours in the on-air and production studio paid off. I quickly became one of the top 5% of voice talents in the Baltimore/Washington market.

I own and operate a digital audio recording studio (and thanks to FCP and a fast G5, a video editing suite) in which I record and produce spoken word and music for video, radio and TV commercials and the web. I also produce music projects, mix live sound and work as a location audio recorder and mixer for film and video shoots. I
Experience20 years in radio broadcast production.
Another 20 years in recording, editing, mixing radio and TV spots, and audio for video, original music and sound design
EducationTrade school for FCC license (back when you needed that).
Local trade school for music studio recording (back in the analog days).
40 years of in the trenches audio experience.
Cow Audio Forum Leader
Audio Journalist for Radio World, Pro Audio Review, and TV Technology
Specialityvoiceover
location audio
studio audio
editing, mixing, mastering
Hardware ProficiencySound Devices 442 mixer, 744T 4-track recorder.
Schoeps, Sennheiser, Neumann mics
Macs, Not PCs
Most analog consoles
Many digital consoles
Software ProficiencyMac Only
Pro Tools LE
Final Cut Pro (yeoman grade)
Soundtrack Pro
Toast
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@Ty Ford Audio & Video
by Ty Ford
Hello Esben,

I'd get some battery powered 48V DC phantom supplies if you're going hardwired.

2-3 of these should do.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/403002-REG/Denecke_PS_1A_PS_1A_Portab...

Regards,

Ty Ford


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Re: Ty Ford Audio & Video
by Esben Persson
Hi Ty,

I have some questions, I can't seem to figure out on my own and I realize that you might be able to help me out. I' from Denmark and are going to Alaska in april to shoot a film within a period of 90 days. We are recording the film on a canon 5d mark ii, but have a hard time to figure out the right audio solution. We will have very long periods, where it will not be possible to get any real power supply, so we need to do the audio driven on 100 % battery supply (like AA or something alike). We will be shooting vocal from two persons and want to use lavalier mics for this purpose. We have 2 Zoom H4n recorders and wants to connect 2 lavs (XLR) into these, so we are able to record each vocal separately. The audio quality needs to be quite good. Most of the recordings will be made outdoor and there might be a lot of wind (and water?) - it needs to be quite robust.

So my questions is as follows:

* What lavalier mics will be the best for such conditions? (budget: aprox. 400 $ per mic)
* We thought about using 2 Sanken cos-11d mics, but I read that these runs on 48V phantom power. Can it be powered by using the two AA batteries it takes to run the Zoom H4n?
* In your opinion: what would be the best solution using two Zoom H4n?

I really hope you have the time to answer our questions - we will be very grateful.

Thank you!

Regards

Esben Persson
@Ty Ford Audio & Video
by Kevin Austin
Hello,

I have a question about my field mixer. Before I start I am very, very new to the audio world and I've never owned sound equipment like I have now so please be kind...

When I'm recording dialogue something puzzles me. When I use my condensor mics (for dialogue etc.) the audio does not come up on my mixers peak reading meters, the sound is clear and loud on my headphones and I've been getting great audio on my shoots but it bothers me that I can't see the audio levels on the meters.

The only way I can get the audio to become visible on the mixers meters is by cranking the level up but then the sound becomes distorted (kinda like it's clipping). When I use my Lav Mic (Dynamic) it comes up dancing on the peak reading meters and I can set my level so that it's peaking at an optimal dB. This is not the case when using my condensors, I end up having to do it all by ear because it's not visible on the meters and I'm usually adjusting the levels between 0 and 3 on the level pots (which seems like a limited range of control to me).

Is this normal or am I doing something wrong here?

I'm working with a PSC Promix 6 Mixer, an Audix SCX1 Hypercardioid Mic, and a Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Mic. Any insight would be appreciated but keep in mind I'm a beginner so explain it to me like I'm a four year old. Thanks.
@Kevin Austin
by Ty Ford
Hello Kevin,

Were I you, I'd reach out to PSC, the makers of the mixer. I'm sure there's a logical explanation.

http://www.professionalsound.com/contact.htm

Regards,

Ty Ford

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Re: Ty Ford Audio & Video
by Ty Ford
Thanks!

When recording with one mic, it's not unusual to record one camera track a little lower than the other for safety,

Ty

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Re: Ty Ford Audio & Video
by Kevin Austin
Thanks very much, that does answer my question.

Boom to Right/Lav to Left sounds like a good solution.

Because I'll be doing everything myself I don't imagine I'll have a lot of time to mix live (because I'll be focused on the visuals and the talent) so I thought if I could have some lines recording higher and others lower I could choose the suitable recording in post (bracketing). Does this make sense to you, is there a good way to go about this? Beautiful guitar playing by the way, I play myself.
Re: Ty Ford Audio & Video
by Kevin Austin
Hello,

I'm new to CreativeCOW, hope I'm posting this in the right spot.

I'm starting my own video production company as a homebased business with one operator (me). I'm trying very hard to educate myself on how to get good audio for video but I think there is a great deal about field audio that I'm not understanding. I understand the purpose of a good field mixer with a quiet preamp so that you can adjust the gain levels as you're recording without fiddling with the camera, and also so that you can listen to each mic individually to monitor sound levels and sound quality. So this is what I don't understand...

If you are recording with multiple mics (let's say four), where are all of these channells going? Only a left and right channell (two mics) can feed directly into the video camera, so does the field mixer combine the audio from the various mics into one L/R signal? Or do you send two of the mics to the camera and the rest to a field recorder and bring those into your editing environment later?

I'm trying to figure out what to assemble for a good quality ENG-style audio kit for doing my own sound on location.

Please forgive my ignorance, the world of audio is still very new to me. Any advice would be appreciated.
@Kevin Austin
by Ty Ford
Hello Kevin and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

You nailed it. If you intend to do good work in post, you try to isolate mics to individual tracks. If you run out of tracks, you either mix "live to tape" and live with what you get or double record to another recorder with the requisite number of tracks.

(hmm, that's the first time I've used "requisite" since the eight grade. Is that even correct?)

For one person, you might want boom to right Lav to left (L for left for Lav)

Make sense?

Regards,

Ty Ford

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