A (moving) picture is worth a thousand words. When I am in the market for a new sound related “toy”, I google the heck out of it, check the JW Sound Forum and the various Facebook groups for some hand on experience on the item in question. And there is YouTube. A couple of years ago that was not a viable option. All the “location sound” related videos were made by so-called “videographers” barely touching the info we as location recordists/mixers need, more focusing on how thinks look like, if it fits on a gimbal, those kind of meta details.
Now fast forward a couple of years later there are fortunately a bunch of “our own” finding their way to the YouTube-masses, with useful intel on all the gear, bells-whistles, inside tips and tricks and what not, for our line of work.
So it’s time for a list. These are the channels I am subscribed to, almost definitely not complete, so please share the ones I missed in the comments!
Vancouver Canada based Rodolfo Piedras does a mix of vlogging and gear reviews, sometimes even combining the two. The videos are entertaining to watch, gives a nice insight in his equipment setup and the daily ins and outs of narrative film projects.
Michael Wynne is a location sound mixer, also with a great track-record (no pun intended). Content varying from Gear reviews, post production advice, mic-techniques amongst other topics. His vlogs are nice to watch behind the scenes videos from a sound perspective.
Been on the “Youtubes” for a while, Curtis has two channels. His main channel covers filmmaking in general, so also audio, his second channel has more dedicated content regarding location sound, hence the name “Curtis Judd Audio”. Both are definitely worth subscribing to.
Allen Lee Williams III is the guy behind Sound Speeds. He worked on the tv-series “The Walking Dead and “Stranger Things” and loads of other projects as a boom operator. The channel is mostly review based, but he also has some great inside tips about sound and being a better boom operator.
UK based Matt Price has done a lot for us; For years he’s been active making great content. From time code guides for the various cameras out there to gear reviews and tips/tricks. A special note to his interviews; hours long talks with the greatest location sound recordist out there, loads of nice intel on how they approached certain scenes in movies, or what their workflow is like.
All the way Down Under, we have David Peterson (I wonder if you need to phase invert your audio on the other side of the equator… 😀). Relaxed vlogs from set, some unboxing, rambling about audio in general.. Nice to have in your subscription list.
Thomas Popp runs the Video Mantis channel. You might know him from the book titled “Down the wire“. On his channel he regularly interviews key people from the industry, CEO’s of products we use every day, or location sound recordists. He also regularly goes live, so you can ask the questions yourself to the guest of the moment.
The list is limited to individuals but there are other channels out there worth to mention;
Deity Microphones has a channel obviously with content related to the products, but also a series with tips and tricks for us location recordists.
Dealer Gotham Sound is also is present, usually with presentations of new gear by the folks making them.
As mentioned before, share the ones I missed in the comments!