Book Review – Beneath the Boom Pole by Patrushkha Mierzwa

Beneath the Boom Pole: The Art & Science of Boom Operating for Movies & TV is the 2nd book written by veteran production sound professional Patrushkha Mierzwa. Whereas the author’s first book focused on the role of the Sound Utility / Utility Sound Technician (UST), this recent release focuses on the more widely known Boom … Read more Book Review – Beneath the Boom Pole by Patrushkha Mierzwa

Wireless Antenna Positioning

Positioning of antennae for wireless audio systems can make a huge difference to the outcomes when using wireless microphones and similar systems. This includes spacing of diversity antennae as well as some other best practices around polarisation and some other factors. Shure have some great information about this on their website at:

Mass Files

Last month I contributed to a project by a visual artist working in Zurich called Veronika Spierenburg. Spierenburg engaged sound recordists to undertake field recording in cities that were currently under various stages of “lockdown” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From Veronika’s briefing: Now, cities breathe for themselves. City pitches are reset; an extraordinary crisis … Read more Mass Files

More on Loudness Standards

I have blogged about loudness for the web and mobile devices before (Mixing Levels for Mobile Devices and Online Music Loudness), and things are slowly starting to become a bit more standardised. The AES Technical Council released a recommendation paper late last year which is fairly in line with stuff I have previously included in my blog, … Read more More on Loudness Standards

Plug-in Vector Matrix

Someone recently posted a link to a guest contribution by Charles Maynes on the Designing Sound website from a few years ago where he shows a simple but effective way of setting up a plug-in vector matrix in Pro Tools HD using a surround bus. Check it out at: