Monday, December 18th, 2017

May 29th – Rich Topham, All About Sound


Our May meeting was held on May 29th at Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ.

Rich Topham Jr., owner of Professional Sound Services, is a leader in bringing “sound education” to many throughout the years. With experience in just about all aspects of sound and recording in productions and post-productions, Rich Topham Jr. has worked with many major films, televisions series, sitcoms, commercials and industrial videos. Rich himself has been awarded six Emmy Awards for technical support in sound, and is a member of Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Society of Motion Pictures Technicians and Engineers (SMPTE), Audio Engineering Society (AES), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and National Technical Investigators’ Association (NATIA).

Rich Topham Jr. says “Education is fundamentally the most important part of the audio business”. Professional Sound Services workshops cover the tools, techniques, and procedures used in the professional sound business. Students gain an appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of sound recording, learn tricks for creating an audio design and explore how to manipulate room tone, dialogue, and effects tracks for a realistic sound presence. Pre-production planning, boom and wireless microphone operation, microphone planting, tape-deck signal setup, and other techniques are also addressed. In addition, students are introduced to the latest recording equipment, inter-format recording for music videos and commercial production, time code and other management tools for post production.

What You Will Learn: 

  • Psychology of production sound recording.
  • What the sound mixer really hears, vs. what the camera operator, director and the rest of the world hears.
  • Cocktail party effects.
  • Digital recorders.
  • Sound for DSLR.
  • Microphone basics.
  • Selection and application of microphones
  • Boom operator techniques.
  • Practical usage of lavaliers and wireless mics, including how to rig lavs
  • Advanced use of plant mics
  • Portable mixers, including ENG mixers and mixing boards.

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