How To Put A Microphone On Talent
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How To Put A Microphone On Talent

Your project will look better the moment it sounds better! Learn to use lavaliers correctly as well as tools for the job
4.3 (45 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,241 students enrolled
Created by Thomas Popp
Last updated 4/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you will be able to confidently wire any talent that you come across with minimal effort and the best results, which translates to better quality tracks.
  • The course will also teach set etiquette when dealing with talent.
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  • This course is meant to be used as a reference from time to time. It has many different recommendations on products and wiring accessories to purchase. A Humble and Positive Attitude is all that is needed!


You’ve got the script, you’ve got the camera guy, you’ve even got the actors...

You want great sound because your project will look better the second it sounds better. Learn to use lavaliers the right way by learning tips the pros know. You might be surprised; a simple adjustment in your technique could save you hours in post-production!


Over 150 pages of information on how to capture better sound on your next project Step by step videos broken down by talent’s wardrobe

Learn about the different sound qualities between a shotgun microphone and a lavalier Learn set etiquette

Get acquainted with the tools you will need to get the job done right and how to use them effectively

You Want to Get the Job Done Right!

Video Mantis’: Down to the Wire Author and Professional Sound Guy Thomas Popp, gives you an in-depth, comprehensive look at using lavaliers in a professional and practical way to achieve the highest quality sound you can get on your project.

Thomas’ detailed examples and meticulous instruction coupled with step-by-step videos** provide the reader with clear and concise visual demonstrations set up for an easy user experience and visual hands-on technique duplication.

Who is Down to the Wire For?

If you are barely starting your career in production, or are a seasoned sound professional who is eager to learn some tips and tricks, Down to the Wire is for you.

Use it as a book you read and reference, or as a quick go-to guide if you get caught thinking twice about how to wire a specific wardrobe.

By the end of Down to the Wire you will feel confident in your ability to capture high quality sound by proper mic placement by scenario. The various examples of production tools, techniques, photos, and videos make for a detailed approach into teaching you how to wire with ease. The sound on your production just got a little clearer.

What People are Saying:

"I have worked as a production sound mixer for over 40 years and this is the most comprehensive and engaging tutorial I have ever encountered --- this is a must read for anyone working in our industry and having to place lavaliere microphones (and that is just about everyone who needs to record sound for picture in today's world). It is actually so much more and I am surprised by how much I learned from reading this book. For the new person just starting out, there is a wealth of valuable information regarding set etiquette, work ethic and responsibility, lessons which if learned early enough will go a long way towards having a successful career in sound. It's a great read!" - Jeff Wexler

"This book is an excellent resource for any location sound professional. In an industry in which the right way to do something is 'the way that works', learning another professional's perspective is simply invaluable.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so too are the great videos in this iBook. You'll get to see what Thomas is doing up close, and the very first time on location that one of his tips saves you and allows you to record flawless sound, the book has paid for itself." - drumteacher

"A must have for the up and coming sound recordist and veteran alike! This ibook contains valuable tips and ticks that are only learned from an industry professional with veteran experience. In depth discussion of professional etiquette for wiring actors and cast members, techniques on how to be prepared for fast paced shoots, multiple techniques for hiding noise free lavaliere mics on a variety of wardrobe, mic placement and, and overall perspective of how to acquire clean production sound!" - Audio Rob

Social media and technology have simplified, improved and increased creativity in our projects, but many have done so while sacrificing the quality of sound. Do not be the next filmmaker with a great vision to be disappointed with the quality of your production’s sound. It is NOT ENOUGH to have great video footage without having quality sound!

Learn to Wire Talent Like the Pros will improve the quality of your production sound by teaching you tips the pros know. Learn how to use lavaliers in a professional manner, improve your etiquette skills, and watch video demonstrations of how to wire talent to increase the quality of your audio.

Do NOT be fooled into thinking your camera’s internal mic will give you the quality of sound your production deserves.

So, let’s get Down to the Wire and start recording GREAT sound right from the start!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone who wants to learn more about Production Sound. It focuses on how to wire talent with lavalier microphones, an unappreciated art and skill. Any Sound Engineer can learn from the techniques available in this book. This book is most useful for camera operators and producers who have to operate camera and sound at the same time. If your production's budget is not big enough to hire a sound professional, then you NEED this book to help understand one of the most important skills you can acquire to improve your audio. This book will give you techniques to help achieve higher quality audio tracks for your production.
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Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
A Note From The "Sound Guy"
1 Lecture 02:24

Welcome to the course "How to Put A Microphone on Talent". In this video, Thomas Popp will go over the outline of the course.

Preview 02:24
2 Lectures 06:21

Learn some of the reasons why using Lavaliers is useful in production.

Preview 02:19

Lets go over the anatomy of a lavalier in detail.

Preview 04:02
Why Do We Need Lavaliers?
1 Lecture 04:03

Lets discuss why lavaliers are important.

Preview 04:03
1 Lecture 04:06

Lets discuss the different jobs and scenarios where using lavaliers is important.

Jobs That Need Lavaliers
Standing Ground
2 Lectures 06:03

When should you use a boom? How about a Lavalier? Find out here!

Standing Ground: When To Use A Boom Over A Wire

Lets talk about camera and audio perspective.

Perspective Video
Wiring Etiquette
2 Lectures 13:26

Lets discuss proper wiring etiquette.

Wiring Etiquette

Here are some more tips on Wiring Etiquette

Wardrobe, Wiring Children, and Hygiene
That's A Wrap!
1 Lecture 04:11

Lets talk about the transitions that happen during the day and how it applies to wireless systems.

That's A Wrap!
Tape, Tape, and More Tape!
1 Lecture 13:09

We use tape on a daily basis. Learn what kinds you should put in your kit!

1 Lecture 12:32

Lets discuss the different micing accessories that will help you get the job done!

Micing Accessories
Windy Situations
1 Lecture 06:44

Wind can destroy your sound track. Learn about some of the wind protection options for lavaliers.

Windy Situations
17 More Sections
About the Instructor
Thomas Popp
4.3 Average rating
45 Reviews
1,241 Students
1 Course
Production Sound Mixer

Thomas Popp has a degree in Recording Arts and Sciences and has worked on countless Television Shows, Movies, Commercials, and Music Videos. He is also a Representative for the popular audio equipment manufacturer, Zaxcom, Inc. He has educated many students about the theories and techniques of Production Sound, which also includes traveling to China to teach a masters class on Digital Wireless Technology.