Rubber Soul

Not a lot of people today know that in North America, The Beatles albums were quite different than those we find on all modern issues. The versions available to us today are the official UK versions. But why were they different in North America? If you ever need to find a culprit, just follow the…

Why Correct Titles Matter

I am going to be talking about why Titles or Credits matter in terms of your position that you are employed as on a film or video shoot. No, this is not someone simply complaining about minutia that matters only to my own ego.  What is the difference between a Cinematographer and a Camera Operator?…

Why my Sound Equipment Rental is NOT a Box or Kit

Many people think that because I rent equipment to production for my department to use, that it does not count as a rental in the same way that a grip truck or camera package does. This is an entirely false assumption. My department rents our own equipment to production because of a tradition in the…

Being Prepared & Being a Pro

A number of weeks ago I was contacted about a job that was to happen in a weeks time. It was to be a series of interviews and b-roll of people that utilized the services of a major utility company. But that’s not what this article is about. It is about why hiring a seasoned…

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…

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 &…

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.…