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Tiny Interview

Tiny Interview

The smallest interview space in my 25+ years of location audio. Four people... Read More »

iZotope RX4. Must-have software for audio editors
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iZotope RX4. Must-have software for audio editors

Are you kidding me!! I just used the iZotope RX4 plugin for the first time ... Read More »

Boom Op in Training
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Boom Op in Training

I haven’t got a chance when they start this young! Location sound run... Read More »

Tip of the Week #10: Built-in Booming Aid

Tip of the Week #10: Built-in Booming Aid

Who needs a mic stand, you’re carrying one! Read More »

Tip of the Week #11: No Looking and Sideways

Tip of the Week #11: No Looking and Sideways

Make being interviewed a little easier. Read More »

Tip of the Week #9: One Hand Booming

Tip of the Week #9: One Hand Booming

Make changes to your mixer while you boom. Read More »

Canon C100 Viewfinder Rant

Canon C100 Viewfinder Rant

My love/hate relationship with the Canon C100 may be coming to an end. The ... Read More »

Noisy Image Stabilizer
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Noisy Image Stabilizer

Noise created by the image stabilizing motor on a camera lens is nothing ne... Read More »

My Documentary Sound Kit
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My Documentary Sound Kit

Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to use quite a bit of new... Read More »

Orca Mixer Bag and Harness
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Orca Mixer Bag and Harness

I really like it….. a lot! I wanted to get something out for readers ... Read More »

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  1. November 22, 2013, 12:46 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean,
    I am looking at buying the K-Tek articulated boom. Would love to have your thoughts on that.

    • Dean Miles
      November 26, 2013, 12:46 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Ajit, I tried the articulating boom pole and hated it! Not to say you will – it felt really weird.

      One strange thing with it is you can’t change the angle of the mic. When you twist the pole the entire mic swigs up and away from the shot. I never understood its application.

  2. simi koch
    August 21, 2014, 3:58 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean!
    Thanks for sharing experiences of your carreer. Good to read, how someone is doing the things what we are doing here in Hungary 🙂
    Lots of similarity and likeable insight.
    For example 442 & H4n was a perfect setup, but i had to wrap a lighter bag: Shure FP33 sounds awesome. After SD digital sound the FP33 harken through whole day is uplifting.
    Here we using MKH416 P48 U3 as lownoise and workhorse shotgun, but now i’m interested of your Shure’s sound.

    Especially when i work in poor areas often and i can report: the tiny children always want to grab and eat my MZW 60 (Sennheiser blimp) even if they don’t have nothing to eat..

    Best regards!

  3. George I.
    November 25, 2014, 11:18 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean.

    I currently have the H4n and have just purchased the SD 442 mixer and curious about something. What have you found to be the best way to connect these devices together? Do you send the signal out through the direct connections or through the stereo outputs? Also, I read something that says I should connect to the H4n by using XLR to 1/4 plug cables. Do you find this to be the best option or should I just stick with balanced connections only?

    Love the blog. Keep up the awesome work.

    • Dean Miles
      November 25, 2014, 1:28 pm   /  Reply

      Hi George, I purchased the cables to use the balanced direct outs into the XLR’s on the H4n. And if my memory doesn’t fail me, I’m pretty sure I used line level.


  4. May 11, 2015, 6:10 am   /  Reply

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  5. David Hechenberger
    August 14, 2016, 5:43 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Dean,
    David Hechenberger here. You may remember me from Location Sound Ltd. You were very kind to me in the mid 1990’s when I was starting my career.
    Are you interested in teaching a location sound workshop Aug 27 + 28 (travel most likely Aug 26, but may be possible Aug 27) in Whitehorse? No gear needed as the Yukon Film Society (YFS) can provide the gear.
    $1200 (before taxes I assume) all in. $50 per day pier diem. YFS provides accommodation. They can extend your return ticket if you like (the Yukon is beautiful in the fall).
    The same ten students will be attending both days. The classes are five hours long. So ten hours over two days.
    Let me know if you are interested.
    David Hechenberger
    Sound Recordist (IATSE 891)
    604 726 3368

    • Dean Miles
      August 31, 2016, 6:10 pm   /  Reply

      Hi David, I just read your email and I’m sorry I missed the opportunity to teach a workshop for you. I’m off to Kenya for a shoot that’ll take me into the first week of October. If your students are still around and you can schedule something early November I’d be up for it.

      It’s been a crazy couple of years with this summer being over the top busy both work and personal.

      Hope to hear from you,
      Cheers, Dean

  6. Leo C.
    November 8, 2016, 10:05 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Dean,

    I’m an aspiring location sound mixer and I was wondering if you’ve had experience with straight cable flow through booms. I’ve been using an Ambient boom with no cabling (which I prefer over internal cabling) and I was thinking that maybe flow through booms have the best of both worlds.

    Do you have any experience with flow throughs? If so, was internal cable slapping an issue?

    Thank you,

    • Dean Miles
      November 15, 2016, 7:10 am   /  Reply

      Hi Leo, it’s been a while but I did for a short period of time use a flow-through boom pole and honestly wrapping the cable on the outside was faster, and yes, I got burned by the cable rattling inside the pole.

      For me, the best way to prevent cable noise is to wrap the boom pole snugly and anchor it with the hand on the end of the pole.


      • Leo C.
        December 9, 2016, 1:30 pm   /  Reply

        Thanks for the reply! That’s a little disappointing to hear, maybe I’ll rent one out one day to try.

        Thank you,

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