There are lots of pieces of equipment that sound mixers use on a daily basis. We are all familiar with the big stuff, like mixers, recorders, microphones, wireless systems, and boom poles, but there are little things that often get over looked and not thought about until they are needed on set, and it can be an issue if you don't have them. In this video, I talk about 5 little things every sound mixer should have in their kit.
A production sound mixer will have many pieces of equipment at their disposal. From microphones to shock mounts, mixers, recorders boom poles.
"See this? This is my boom stick."
The amount of stuff that can be required can seem monumental, however there are some things that every sound mixer should have. Here's a list of five little things that every sound mixer should have in their kit.
Threaded stereo mini to quarter inch headphone jack adapter. Every pair of professional headphones comes with one of these. It's a quarter inch connector that threads on to an inter stereo mini connector. The thing is that this adapter can be easily lost. It's always a good idea to have a couple of extras on hand for when your original gets lost.
Lav mounting solutions. Every Lavalier manufacturer has mounting solution like a tie clip, vampire clip, and other little things to help you a Lavalier microphone. These aren't always the best when it comes to mounting a Lav in a tricky spot, or even for hiding. Thankfully there are manufacturers that make products specifically for this purpose. You have Rycote, URSA, LMC, Hide A Mic, and others that have products specifically made for mounting Lavs in creative ways, so you can hide the Lav and still hear the audio.
Batteries. Power is the life blood of any production, and not having power could mean big trouble. It's easy to remember bigger batteries for your cart, or your bag, and even rechargeable batteries for wireless transmitters. But it's always a good idea to have some alkalines on hand just in case. They might not last as long as a nickel metal hydride, or lithium ion batteries, but they can save you in a pinch.
Connector turnarounds. It will be inevitable that you have a cable with one kind of connector that needs to plug into something that uses a different kind of connector. This is why it is handy to have barrel adapters and cable adapters that go from one type of connector to another. When you have a small arsenal of these, you can save the day so production can keep moving and not stopping because someone doesn't have a quarter inch male to extra large female adapter. Remote audio even has an entire kit called the adapter pack, that has a bunch of these adapters in it, and they all some in a handy case to store them.
A case to hold all of this. All of these things are small, and you don't wanna just throw them in a drawer, or lay them on a shelf. They can be easily lost. It's a good idea to have some sort of case, or bag to store all of these items in. K-Tech has their Gizmo bags. Some people re-purpose the wireless pouches that wireless systems come in, others will use fishing tackle boxes, or other similar things to hold all this stuff. Whichever route you choose, you'll need something. Just make sure you find something that is right for you.
So there you have it, five little things that every production sound mixer should have. If there's something you think I should have included, but didn't, leave a comment. And if I get enough, I'll make another list. Thanks for watching.
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