My Gear or Theirs?

A constant source of debate when taking a job is wether to use my own equipment or a provided kit. Most productions do not provide a kit, and will rent yours, which is the purpose for owning a kit; for the rental. However, some productions will want you to use their sound kit, and sometimes…

What’s this about Tape?

People who know me also know that I believe that older technologies can be just as relevant today as they were when they were originally implemented. However, I don’t personally believe that is true about analog tape in regard to efficiency or practicality. But I will say one thing: It sounds really good! Metax &…

Lhasa de Sela

Lhasa de Sela I wanted to take a break from writing about equipment and the film/TV biz to talk about an artist that really inspired me in a huge way. Back in 2003, I had really grown tired of Rock music, or really anything very mainstream. I had been introduced to the concept of “World…

Production Sound as a Career?

I get asked fairly often from people visiting my site about how to get into the Production Sound game, but few people ask me the kinds of questions that I myself did not ask when I was starting out as well. To be honest, I didn’t know what questions to ask, but I also had…

The Great War

In 1917, The United States entered WWI, also known as The Great War. 100 years ago, my Great Grandfather, Carl Gerdemann was drafted into the army. His father had died a few years earlier, so he and his brother were running the family general store. Like many of his generation, he set out to do…

Microphone Shootout (studio series)

A friend of mine began putting together a project studio after suddenly getting really into songwriting. I lent him my AKG Perception 200 large diaphragm condenser microphone. I’ve had that microphone for over ten years and probably only ever used it a couple times after I purchased it, so I knew it wouldn’t be missed.…

A Little Joy of a Bungalow

A few years ago I had a friend ask me to help her with a project. She was doing a one-woman show, but with a live band. We needed to do the live sound, record it, and film it. She had hired a couple of people with cameras, but asked if I knew any more.…

Practical Power

Battery Distro Systems (BDS) For The Bag For another exciting yet informative read, I’ve decided to write about Battery Distribution Systems, mostly because I recently made a major switch, but also because I’ve tried a few and have an opinion about them. I’ll also touch upon batteries, since they are also important to this scenario.…

Shockmount Suspension Syndrome: pt. 2

Never being fully happy with any shock mount, I found myself with broken parts of a couple of Cinela OSIX 9’s donated to me by a colleague, and a couple of Rycote INV shockmounts that I don’t use. I don’t really like the Lyre system, specifically how rigid they are when taking my mic in…

Shockmount Suspension Syndrome: pt. 1

I’ve tried a number of shockmounts over the years, and some are good for somethings, and others are good for… Others. One thing I have found that they all have in common is weak points. So as an especially dry treat for the reader, I have a two-part series in shockmount tampering in store for…