I decided I needed some more desk space and my studio monitors needed to be off the desk. So, I got these great Gator FrameWorks clamp on monitor stands. They weren't in stock for the longest time, but they finally came!
Another day where I'm thankful I had a Studio Maintenance class when I went to school. My Sound Devices 744T audio recorder had some buttons that were becoming unreliable. I delicately disassembled it, removed the faceplate, and discovered some grime building up on the switch contacts on both the front control panel circuit board and the contacts on the back of the white rubber buttons. A few Q-tips and a little 99% isopropyl alcohol cleaned them right up and the old girl is back in service and good as new!
Football has been shut down due to COVID-19, but the TCU Horned Frogs are preparing to return to the gridiron with their annual half time hype video. (Audio recorded by yours truly.)
Working on some social media videos for Promised Land Dairy.
Working on a promotional video for Devils River new coffee infused whiskey.
So, I made a "client testimonial" video for myself to pair along side my "reel video". I don't know if it will be effective, but I moved to a new town and I'm trying to establish new clients, so I'm trying some different marketing strategies. Plus I figured I've helped make tons of these types of videos for all kinds of companies, and if I work in an industry that believes in the value of that type of marketing, why wouldn't there be value in making one for myself? Plus, it was a valuable experience doing all this myself - lighting, camera, sound, conducting the interviews, and editing. Obviously it's not perfect, but it was a good exercise. (Two Canon 5D mkii cameras for those who are curious about what I shot it on.) A million "Thank you!"s to the people who participated and agreed to appear in the video.
I've finally got my 5.1 surround sound studio up and running again since our move. I've recently started doing some editing and post production work in here. Very excited about how things are turning out!
In the past when I got calls in the car, I'd have to take the phone out of it's holder and hold it to my head if I wanted any kind of clarity. I didn't like fiddling with this, so I recently purchased some adapters that allow me to hear phone calls out of my car speakers and talk to the person on the line with an external microphone. Not satisfied with most of the external car microphone offerings available, I purchased the recently released Rode Videomic ME, which is a sort of "boom" microphone for your phone, and used some adapters and extension cables to mount it in my car. It even has a "dead-cat" for wind protection, and the option to add a second microphone for a passenger!
Creating educational material that is also entertaining makes for a more enjoyable experience and better learning retention. A few years ago I had the pleasure to work on an industrial video on business ethics for the American Association of Professional Landmen. (They oversee the purchasing and leasing land for the purpose of drilling for oil and other energy sources.) It was one of the most cinematic and well acted videos I've had the pleasure to work on. We just wrapped on another ethics video for the AAPL, and I hope it turns out as good as the last one did!
Dave Burt is a career audio engineer and is currently working as a freelance Production Sound Mixer.