Keep trying something new
By July 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Keep trying something new

Three years ago I completed a creative project I’d never considered having the skills necessary to complete. I didn’t when I started. I had the curiosity and drive to give it a try. I learned as I went. I read some books and studied some models. While I wanted to use familiar styles, I also […]

Posted in: PAB Conference, Rambles
Always check your equipment
By June 15, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Always check your equipment

Let me start by saying I’ve always been diligent when recording audio. That is to say, I often warn in-person interview guests that I routinely check the screen of my audio recorder to confirm it’s still on and recording; doing so is not a reflection of their voice, comments or my state of focus. So, […]

The right tool for the job
By November 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

The right tool for the job

When selecting a digital channel to deliver a message, you need to think beyond the “sex appeal” of the tool you’d like to use and consider the message and desired outcome (if any). I’ve prepared a list of tools along with a summary of how you might consider using them. Note that each tool allows […]

A word is worth a thousand pictures
By July 8, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

A word is worth a thousand pictures

I’m a bit of an audio geek. I love the way the best producers are able to create scenes and situations in your mind with a few carefully chosen and well-spoken words. These create what radio has long called “driveway moments”; when commuter sits in their car, on their driveway, to hear the conclusion of […]

Audio recording a presentation with a lapel mic
By March 7, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Audio recording a presentation with a lapel mic

It’s been quite a while since I blogged about audio and video production. So, I’ll take advantage of an email I received from Robin Browne to let this one slip in. In his email, Robin says he’s been using the internal microphones in his Zoom H2 portable digital recorder to capture presentations with good results […]

Audio Secret Sauce
By November 4, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Audio Secret Sauce

One of my clients called me last week to follow up on some audio production work I had done for them. It was the recording engineer who called on this occasion. It seems he produced a piece of audio recently that his manager compared to work I had done then suggested he find out my […]

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Who needs a narrator anyway?
By May 30, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Who needs a narrator anyway?

After being immersed in audio (and now video) production for the last four years, I’ve discovered that the greatest fun and flexibility in creative editing and storytelling is in playing with narration.  I’ve produced pieces in which the narrator played a key role in setting the context and guiding the listener/viewer through the story and […]

Radio Without Boundaries
By March 12, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Radio Without Boundaries

I’m pleased to be part of this year’s Radio Without Boundaries conference lineup.  In addition to hosting a break-out session about podcasting for radio and independent audio producers, I’ll be joining producers Paul Ingles and Chris Brookes, and sound transmission artist Tom Roe on the panel Lifelines for the Radio Artist and Independent Producer. Radio […]

Post-production media creation
By February 17, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Post-production media creation

Early on in my podcasting career, I established myself as a post-production-media-creator; a producer who relies heavily on editing and production techniques to present and craft content for strong delivery using storytelling styles.  It was unusual.  At the time, most podcasters were recording their shows from the hip which gave them an edge and energy […]

New challenges and opportunities in other media
By February 12, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

New challenges and opportunities in other media

I’ve been doing a lot of video editing lately and have become fascinated by the various elements that go into making compelling video and how to take various sound and visual elements and weave them together to tell a story.  It was time for me to do more video production.  I always need to discover […]

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Do you really know your audio gear?
By February 11, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Do you really know your audio gear?

It’s amazing the thoughts that go through your head when you’re producing audio projects.  As I worked on a project, today, I was transported (for no apparent reason) back to 1995 when Robert Farrell and I were working on demo recordings for what would become his first album. On one particular occasion, we’d decided to […]

Posted in: Equipment, Production