The process, tools, and techniques of recording production audio on location or a set is explored. Scott discusses boom mics, lavalier mics, and production sound.
- [Instructor] Let's take an up-close look…at production sound.…It's the first point of attack on a film soundtrack,…and where most of the dialogue is captured.…I won't be the first to tell you,…on a crowded, noisy set in the field,…on location or anywhere else, that is no easy task.…So let's get into what goes into production sound.…We'll start with the tools that we need to use.…To capture audio on the set,…obviously microphones are needed,…and those come in a couple different flavors.…The boom mic is a super directional mic…that can be pointed directly at actors' mouths.…
And a lavalier mic is a mic that can be placed…on the actors themself, often times in a wireless fashion.…Other tools that are needed are a mixer and recorder,…used to set levels for these microphones…and to capture the signals coming from the microphones.…Most audio recorders nowadays are digital,…so they're just creating a digital file out of the sounds.…I want to direct you to a colleague, Anthony Artis,…who's going to walk us through some common gear…
Scott Hirsch starts with the basics, discussing the history and legacy of sound for film, and working through the core concepts and elements of a compelling sound design. Next, he takes you through a sound design workflow, highlights the different elements of a soundtrack, and shows professional examples of sound design in a few real-world projects. He also explores the future of the soundtrack, discussing the core concepts of immersive audio, as well as real-world applications of 3D audio.
- The history and legacy of sound for film
- The role of sound in visual media
- The elements of a soundtrack
- Following a sound design workflow
- Editing dialogue and producing sound
- The role of sound effects
- Mixing a soundtrack
- Exploring the future of sound for visual media
- Core concepts of immersive audio