Nothing can make your production seem more professional — or more amateurish — than the quality of your sound. Today, audio pro Brett Ulery shares tips and secrets to help you get pro sound on any budget (and we share the $32 audio secret that shaped our careers.)
Sound Is More Important Than Picture
It’s an axiom our production company Joke Productions has lived by for many years. And that’s why it drives us bonkers when pitch tapes, sizzle reels, and even feature-length docs have awful audio…for no good reason.
Great audio doesn’t have to be expensive.
Great Audio (Or Much Better Audio) Takes Only a Little Thought
As Brett Ulery points out today, many indie productions don’t even stop to ask themselves if their audio can be improved.
We cover that and more in today’s “great audio” podcast episode:
- Why more expensive audio gear may not be right for you.
- The $32 audio secret that shaped our careers.
- Two kinds of noise you better know about.
- Hands on tips for low budget productions.
- Why Brett never wanted to be a sound guy (at first, anyway.)
- What video games have to do with any of this
- What happens when you bribe construction crews in the Dominican Republic…
And so much more! Press that giant red “PLAY” button above and make sure you get great audio on whatever budget you’re working with.
Transcript Coming Soon!
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Sound Recording and Sound Mixing Resources for the Hands-On Producer
Dying to do Letterman is our award-winning documentary we mentioned in the top of the show. Thanks to Ken Jeong (star up ABC’s upcoming Dr. Ken) and Arsenio Hall for the following tweets about it last week:
please go see "Dying To Do Letterman" not only for comics, but for anyone with a dream. https://t.co/Zvmae6rPCC
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 7, 2015
Saw it, & luv'd it KJ – RT @kenjeong: please go see "Dying To Do Letterman" …
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) September 7, 2015
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Read our in-depth page about how to pitch us a show. It also talks about what it’s really like to work in our business, the unscripted TV and film industry.