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SoundWorks Collection TranscendenceMichael Coleman is back with another SoundWorks Collection video, and this time it’s the sound team from Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence. The sound team talks a lot about the dynamic range in their audio mix, where they utilize very quiet sounds all the way up to very loud sounds in order to maximize the effectiveness of both. Check out the video below and learn why silence at the right moments can actually improve your sound mix. More »

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Robert Rozak shows No Film School the new Little Darling at NAB 2014Robert Rozak is an audio hero, always sharing great information about audio production as well as creating quality products with which to execute that knowledge. This year he’s revealing the Little DARling (Distributed Audio Recorder), a convenient pocket-sized recorder designed for wired lavs, enabling quality audio capture for live events and guerrilla filmmaking. Hit the jump to watch the interview from the NAB floor. More »

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Film Riot SoundIf you’re just starting out as a filmmaker, or more specifically, a sound designer, you might be looking for a little guidance on how to create foley. In this video from Film Riot, sound designer Rob Krekel, who helped create the sound for The Last of Us, walks us through the basics of capturing (cheap) foley, like setting up your recording devices, arranging your mics, and choosing the materials that will give you some great sounds. More »

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juicedLink Little DARling DAR Mini Audio RecorderIf you’ve been looking for a tiny audio recorder with good pre-amps that you just want to give to your talent and walk away from, juicedLink may have just the thing for you. A new product from the audio company, the “Little DARling,’ or Distributed Audio Recorder, is going to be introduced at NAB, and it aims to give you simple recording with two different channels (one for main and one in case the main gets blown out). Here is Robert to introduce it: More »

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TMB-Launch_Full-WidthMusic can make or break any video or movie, but finding the right piece is the hardest part. If you don’t have an orchestra or band to record the perfect song every time you need it, there are many services now that offer music with different licensing options depending on your needs and budget. The Music Bed is one such service, and they have been used for all sorts of videos you’ve probably seen on the web. The company just introduced a brand new version of their site with a number of helpful new features. Continue on to check out the launch video. More »

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boom poleFew jobs on set are as under-appreciated as the person (or people) operating the boom mic. Not only can it be physically strenuous over the course of a 14+ hour day, but operating a boom also takes a whole lot of technique and skill in order for production sound to be its very best. Luckily, the fine folks over at Videomaker have put together a video that demystifies the subtle art of operating a boom like a pro. Check it out. More »

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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder Front CroppedThe Zoom H6 audio recorder was unveiled earlier in 2013, and along with it came some much-needed upgrades to the brand that has become extremely popular among lower-budget productions. Now the company has unveiled a smaller version called the H5, which removes some of the fancy features of the H6. Click through to check out more about the recorder. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Sound of The Hobbit - No Film SchoolMichael Coleman is back with another terrific SoundWorks Collection video. This time we’ve got the sound team from Peter Jackson’s second film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. With such a large and expensive project, there is a lot that has to go into making the movie feel as large as it should, and the sound designers, mixers, and composer play a huge part in that. Check out that video below, as well as some more involving the sound from both films. More »

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Sound DesignSound design is an incredibly imaginative, resourceful, and complex art form. The unique process of creating sounds is something that, like all creative endeavors, can’t fully be taught in a class or tutorial, but felt, explored, and discovered. Sound+Shelter produced an intriguing profile of sound design artist Ali Lacey, in which we get to see the peculiar method and tools he uses to produce sound, giving us a closer look at the wider world of sound design. Continue on for the video. More »

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Editing Video editing is one of the more personal facets of filmmaking in that no two people do it exactly the same way. We all develop our own media workflows, our own ways of organizing projects, and we all cut differently. Unfortunately, sometimes the editing habits that we develop aren’t necessarily the best, and sometimes they’re just straight-up lazy and they don’t help us do our jobs to the best possible extent. Luckily, a new year is right around the corner, which means that it’s time to start making resolutions and to start working on giving up the bad editing habits that have been holding our work back. More »

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DIY BoomAudio, the oft looked over aspect of filmmaking, is indeed a difficult art to master. You can have the best professional in the booth during post, but if you didn’t get a decent capture from the get go, there’s little that can be done. Film Riot has uploaded a video dedicated to the microphone, which not only covers the basics of mic choice, placement, and accessories for beginners, but also gives a link to their video tutorial that shows you how to build your own boom pole for $25! More »

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BTS recording SmaugThough Peter Jackson’s prequel series, The Hobbit, hasn’t quite reached the level of acclaim as that of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, there are some aspects, including the score, that harken back to the tale of Frodo and the Shire. In yet another installment of Jackson’s production diary, The Hobbit Blog, we’re taken behind the scenes during the recording of the original score, which was composed by Academy Award winner Howard Shore, who worked on both series. Continue on to see just how these filmmakers captured the tone and themes for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. More »

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5SecondFilms LogoIt’s happening! It’s finally happening! The Digital Bolex team, after their years-long journey from conception to finalized product, has at last released their D16 digital cinema camera into the world. We’ve already seen the first major review from our very own Joe Marine. However, Joe (Rubinstein) and Elle have been making their way around the country debuting the camera and putting it into the hands of eagerly awaiting filmmakers. Some of the first filmmakers to put the D16 into their workflow are the extremely funny folks over at 5SecondFilms, a Los Angeles-based comedic filmmaking troupe. In a guest post on the Digital Bolex blog, 5Second filmmaker, Tim Ciancio talks about his first practical experience with the D16. More »

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Documentary InfographicGetting started in documentary filmmaking is a lot like getting started in narrative filmmaking — most of the time you’re just picking up gear that is cheap and readily available to you. But, if you’re looking to find out what the pros are using, PBS’s POV, the longest-running showcase of documentary films on TV, asked working documentarians about the tools and equipment they used in their projects. Continue on to check out an infographic — a comprehensive equipment list of the cameras, lenses, microphones, and post-production software (and more) used by the pros. More »

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Doc Kane 2There are plenty of reasons why a filmmaker may need some ADR (Automated/Additional Dialog Replacement), whether it’s because of unsalvageable production audio or a flubbed line that went unnoticed. (Or maybe you’re making an animated film!) Whatever the reason, it takes a highly talented and intuitive artist to correctly lay down your audio tracks, and one of the best ADR mixers in the industry, Doc Kane, talks to SoundWorks Collection about his process, the tools he utilizes, and what it’s like working with some of the biggest names in film. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video SoundWorks Collection Takes You Inside the Sound of J.C. Chandor's 'All is Lost' - No Film SchoolWhen a movie decides that it’s only going to focus on one character through its entirety, there have to be elements that keep the audience’s attention and draw them into whatever struggle the character is going through. In the case of Academy Award-nominated J.C. Chandor’s new film All Is Lost, that element is keeping you inside Robert Redford’s head as much as possible, and showing things from his perspective — which doesn’t just include what you see, but also what you hear. Check out the brilliant SoundWorks Collection video from Michael Coleman below for an insight into the sound design of All Is Lost. More »

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symphony-io-thunderbridge-promo-home-studio-recording-interface-thunderbolt-mac-apple-audio-soundIn the past year or so, we’ve seen a number of don’t-knock-em-till-you-try-em mobile audio recording innovations. Along with such tools as RØDE’s iXY & smartLav iOS microphones and the accompanying RØDE Rec app & RØDEGrip, we also saw Apogee release an upgrade to its iPad/Mac preamp/interface/mic device, the Apogee ONE. Apogee’s suite of high-quality audio devices scales all the way up to its Symphony I/O interfaces. In a recently announced promotion, Apogee is offering its Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge interface for connecting Symphony I/O to Thunderbolt Macs at a 50% discount. Read on for possible configurations and pricing details of this limited time offer. More »

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Rode VideoMic GoLike most areas of filmmaking, recording sound is a valuable talent as well as a complex science, which is why the knowledge of sound professionals is so important on your film projects. However, depending on budget constraints and the nature of your film, you might want something a little simpler with less of a learning curve. RØDE has just announced its light and compact “no fuss” VideoMic GO, designed to be portable and easy-to-use. It’s geared more toward hobbyists than seasoned professionals, but take a look at the sound quality and judge for yourself if RØDE’s new mic is worth the your hard-earned cash. More »

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GilderLong before I became intertwined with filmmaking, I was an aspiring musician and audio engineer. Just like there are a few websites that we visit for our daily dose of filmmaking news (hopefully NFS is one of them,) there are equivalent sites for audio production and engineering. One of the absolute best of these sites is Home Studio Corner, which is run by a super cool dude named Joe Gilder. He’s one of those guys that has been able to turn his creative passion into full-time employment. He recently wrote a post about how to land your next audio production job, and as it turns out, all of his advice is equally applicable to filmmakers. Check it out: More »

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Lights Film School SoundUnderstanding the limits of what you can do when recording sound will help inform your decisions from the very beginning — making your job easier and your work better in the end. Lights Online Film School is currently open for enrollment in their online film courses, and they’ve shared some material to give filmmakers a taste of what the coursework looks like in the form of several sound tutorials. Check them out after the jump. More »