Production Sound Mixing The Art and Craft of Sound Recording for the Moving Image

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-12-17
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The latest hot camera is pretty irrelevant if one can't understand what's happening on screen. The key to any narrative is in the dialogue and voice over, but if this is unintelligible or difficult to hear, viewers will soon lose interest. With real world applications and a narrative to keep the reader's interest, Production Sound Mixing is the indispensable guide for film and video audio recording. Written by veteran sound mixer John J. Murphy, the book offers a step by step collaborative journey through the basic physics of sound, concluding with a practical guide of the latest techniques and equipment available to all who are interested in the best audio for their projects.

Structured to mimic a 14-week semester, each chapter begins with an audio problem to be solved and ends with a solution drawn from information gleaned from past chapters. Suggested movie scenes that demonstrate the relevant audio techniques will also be included. Equally applicable to studio and location recording, the book is oriented toward commonly accessible environments such as conference rooms, hallways, beaches, car interiors, bathrooms, and so on. The intent is to allow the student to make the best of a location no matter how challenging it might be. Most importantly, this book will make one aware of the potential of sound on screen, for it is truly 50% of the viewing experience.

Author Biography

John J. Murphy, a member of IATSE Local 52 Sound Department, has worked as a sound recordist, boom operator, A2, camera operator, and director of cinematography. He has shot and sound mixed feature films, commercials, documentaries, industrial films, corporate videos, music videos, direct-to-consumer DVDs, and reality television, including 10 of the 12 seasons of Project Runway as an audio mixer and A2. He has taught filmmaking since 1980 at various schools including Pratt Institute of Design, NY, USA, for the last 13 years.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Physics, Properties, and Measurements of Sound
Chapter 2: Capturing Waves Part One: Microphones
Chapter 3: Capturing Waves Part Two: Storage Media
Chapter 4: Audio Mixers: Types and Uses
Chapter 5: Assessing a Location: How to be a Good Listener
Chapter 6: Level One: DSLR Double System, The First Basic Shoot
Chapter 7: Boom Mic Techniques: The View From Overhead
Chapter 8: Wireless Microphones: Finding your Way in the Invisible World of Frequencies
Chapter 9: Using an Audio Mixer Part II: Pan Pots, Pads, and Peak Meters
Chapter 10: Prep is Everything: Your Basic Kit
Chapter 11: Level Two: Dedicated Video Camera/Mixer Interview
Chapter 12: The Basic Types of Camera/Sound Configurations in the Professional World
Chapter 13: On The Set: What is a Professional? The Checklist
Chapter 14: Professionalism = Sustainability: Eco-Conscious Production
- Lists of Audio Terminology
- Audio Resources (phone apps and websites)
- Suggested Readings

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