The Changing Landscape in Wireless

Wireless technology. To some: Magic. To others: Boring. No one outside of the Sound Department on Film/TV sets cares about this important issue, and a lot of people, even within the Sound community, need to be educated about it. But to first really push the point: Why is it important? Because everything is wireless these…

John Walker & The Walker Brothers

Most people don’t know this story. I grew up training myself to be a visual artist, mostly drawing and painting, and by the time I was in High School, I had been teaching myself to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, which in the mid 90s was a fairly advanced thing, as most people didn’t even…

Amazing Grace

This is an interesting story, but also a lesson is being prepared when working on a job. In 1972, Warner Brothers was gearing up to make a film and live album for Aretha Franklin. The album came out and became the biggest selling gospel album of all times. But what about the film? Why did…

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.…