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  1. Alcove Audio
    10-26-2013 10:53 AM
    Alcove Audio
    Clear, clean dialog without background noise is the object of all production sound. The proper gear helps, but it's all about knowledge, skills and technique; if you don't know the proper skills and technique the best equipment in the world won't help. A properly scouted location is also a tremendous help. Mics do not "hear" the way that your ears hear, they greatly exaggerate even the smallest sounds.

    If you are in a high wind situation a blimp and dead cat are your only solution, and you will still need the skills and technique. And even then, nothing will help you in a hurricane.

    The NTG-1 kit is okay, as is the Audio Technica AT875 kit (the AT875 has a bit more output level).

    And no, neither of those mics will work with your camera unless you use a mixer or mic preamp that supplies phantom power. If you absolutely must plug directly into your camera you'll need the NTG-2 or AT897. Instead, get the AT875 or NTG-1 and the Tascam DR-100 or DR-40.
  2. rebbons
    10-23-2013 12:58 AM
    Hey Alcove, I was wondering what the best mic is for making a movie in an outdoor environment primary consisting of just dialogue (No action). I want to remove as much background ambiance as I can because all of the wind sounds and background ambiance in general will be added later in the editing room. I have a budget of around $800 to use on audio equipment and I was thinking of going with the "Rode NTG-1 - Shotgun Condenser Microphone Basic Kit" that you previously recommended to someone. I also have a Nikon D600 camera which I use for making videos so would that kit work with my Nikon D600?

  3. Alcove Audio
    03-14-2013 09:21 PM
    Alcove Audio
    What application? Wired or wireless? Do you care if it's visible? Who's wearing it?

    If budget is not an issue Tram, CountryMan and Sanken all make excellent lavs. The Rode PinMic is developing a good reputation as a mid-budget option, and Oscar SoundTech is building quite a mid-budget reputation as well.

    When you have the time and the budget you can test mics and lavs on your talent to decide which sounds the best.

    Lavs take a fair amount of prep time to get right. There are lots of places to hide a lav on the talent, and working with wardrobe and hair/MU during preproduction is of key importance.
  4. SkepticalMetal
    03-14-2013 07:44 PM
    Hello Alcove,

    I was wondering what Lavalier Mic you think is the best, regardless of budget.
  5. bluechip.
    01-10-2013 10:22 AM
    Hmmm that sounds good. The links were helpful too. Thanks Alcove

  6. Alcove Audio
    01-08-2013 07:56 PM
    Alcove Audio
    Of course it's possible to create one single decent sound for $1,000.

    Oh, you mean put together a sound kit...

    Try this thread (post #9):


    You can save some money by doing a DIY boom-pole, shock-mount, wind protection and making your own cables if you're very handy, and get a DR-40 instead of a DR-100mkII.

    A shotgun is fine for both indoors and outdoors, but you need to do lots of set prep indoors, and booming indoors requires a fair amount of skill to avoid that hollow, roomy tone. A hyper is not a good choice for outdoors.

    You may also want to check out my (rather old, but still applies) blog.


    There are no inexpensive answers. As always, I recommend that you retain someone with production sound knowledge and the proper equipment, even if it's just and ambitious up-and-comer.
  7. bluechip.
    01-08-2013 01:34 PM
    Hey Alcove

    Is it possible to arrange a decent sound for a thousand dollar? Heard that Rode mics are cheap. I'd prefer buying something that helps me in both interior and exterior locations so will a hyper cardioid be good?
  8. dlevanchuk
    10-20-2012 12:04 AM
    Hey Alcove,
    I saw your post about suggestive gear and got a question about CK-1 pencil mic.
    Will it be a good combination for CK-1 and H4n for indoors? Trying to find a decent mic for interior scenes that doesn't suck terribly for around $300.


    Thank you in advance!
  9. bird
    01-12-2012 05:51 PM
    Hi Bob! Say, I'm trying to put together a proposal (this is for my feature animation) for fiscal sponsorship. Part of my presentation includes supplying bios of key personnel. I expect you cannot commit to anything without some sort of concrete contract agreement but may I use your resume for my proposal? I would list you as Sound Designer. If this is something you'd consider would you please pm me a copy of your resume? I've been to your site but didn't want to presume I could just appropriate this information. Whatever you decide, thanks for considering my request!
  10. khorne
    11-11-2011 04:40 PM
    ok thanks

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    Bob Keslser
    Fairfield County, CT
    Sound Designer
    Johnny Montana (2006) Feature - Directed by John Gavin
    Sound Design, Re-Recording Mixer
    Honoree of Soundpost Award, Best Production Award, Best Feature Award
    2006 Moondance International Film Festival

    Silver Spotlight Award, Best Debut Feature, 2006 Australian International Film Festival

    2006 San Francisco International, 2006 Newport Beach International, 2006 Palm Beach International,
    2006 Queens International and 2006 Bahamas International Film Festivals

    Magical Do-Re-Mi (UnCredited) (2005) Aired Saturdays on FOX Saturdays
    Network Cartoon - 4Kids
    Sound FX, Ambiences

    Moonshine (2005) Feature - Directed by Roger Ingraham
    Audio Post
    2006 Sundance Film Festival

    Creating Karma (2005) Feature - Directed by Jill Wisoff
    Audio Post, Re-Recording Mixer

    Best Feature Award 2008 Broad Humor Film Festival

    2006 Coney Island Film Festival
    2007 Portobello Film Festival, London, UK
    2007 Gem City Film Festival
    2008 Tomi Film Festival
    2008 Broad Humor Film Festival, Los Angeles

    11 (Eleven) (2006) Feature - Directed by Neil McCay
    Pre-Production Consultant, Sound Design, Associate Editor, Re-Recording Mixer

    Hard Attack (2005) Short - Directed by Derek Seig
    Sound Design, Re-Recording Mixer
    2006 Sundance Film Festival

    Baptism by Food (2004) Short - Directed by Dianne Longo
    Pre-Production Consultant, Production Sound, Sound Design, Re-Recording Mixer
    First Runner Up in Genre (comedy) at the 2004 NYC Midnite Madness Film Competition
    Also won for: Best Leading Actress
    Best Editing
    Best Original Music Score

    Tick-Tock (2008) Short Directed by Dan Cooperbey, Produced by Dianne Longo
    Pre-Production Consultant, Sound Design, Associate Editor, Re-Recording Mixer, Music Supervisor

    That Tiny Little Crevice in the Back of Your Mind (2005)
    Short - Directed by Neil McCay
    Sound Design, Re-Recording Mixer

    Mother (2006) Short - Directed by Daniel Stedman
    Sound Design, Re-Recording Mixer


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