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Ty Ford

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About Ty Ford

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  • Birthday January 1

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    Baltimore, MD
  • Interests
    small hand guns, acoustic guitars, roller skating, videography and, um AUDIO.
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
  • About
    My mother bought me my first tape recorder when I was nine. I spent 17 in major market radio, handling the writing, voicing and production of hundreds if not thousands of commercials and promo announcements. I also began producing local bands.<br />
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    In 1986, I left broadcasting to pursue writing, audio production and talent work. I also began writing articles for magazines and web sites. I am currently a forum leader for the Creative Cow Audio Forum.<br />
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    As a guitar player, music production has always been a part of my life. In 2000, I began to attract the attention of local singer/songwriters. Helping them create their music has been a very rewarding part of my life. I mix live sound and work as a location audio recorder and mixer for film and video shoots. More information about my location audio work can be found here. <br />
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    I began shooting and editing video in 2005. I’ve written two books; “Advanced Audio Production Techniques” and “Ty Ford’s Audio Bootcamp Field Guide.” Info on my field guide can be found here. Another book is in the works.<br />
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    I re-wrote the NAB’s handbook on radio commercial copywriting and have twice updated the microphone chapter in the weighty NAB Engineering Handbook.<br />
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    Google “Ty Ford”...Audio...Talent and you’ll find more than you want to know. Also try www.tyford.com.<br />
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    Following a brain stem stroke in 2007, which passed though with no damage, I took a course in Chakra Balancing. In early 2009, I became a certified Chakra Balancer and Subtle Energy Therapist. More about that here. I also have a Facebook page for this practice. <br />
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    I am never bored. :)
  1. Best Reporters Microphone

    I haven't used the Rode Reporter a lot, but when I have it's been fine and it has a nice long handle. Here's my review. https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2013/08/rode-reporter-dynamic-interview.html Regards, Ty Ford
  2. Similar gain is NOT a good place to start. In order to test properly, you'd have to have someone speak into both mics to make sure the level of signal was the same, then listen for noise. That's because different mics have different sensitivities. If the 416 is 4 dB more sensitive, then adjusting the gain down four dB will also reduce the selfnoise. Even though YouTube's stuff, the 416 selfnoise is louder by at least several dB, based on raw listening on my MacBook Pro. There's also some spectral difference between the two, with the 416 sounding more hissy.
  3. Mic Power Consumption

    If you look at the field of mics, and choose only shotguns with RF biasing, you get Sennheiser and the Rode NTG-3. I don't have a milliamperage figure for the NTG-3 at the moment but have reached out to someone who should know. (New info from Rode: It requires full spec phantom power and at least 5mA.) Rode very wisely chose to use the RF biasing to decrease humidity problems. That begs the question of humidity problems. With my CMC641, which I have now owned for over 15 years, I have only had two incidents of humidity problem noise. That's back when I was overly scrupulous. I would dis-assemble the capsule and body after use and store them separately. I cleaned the contacts and stopped doing that and my humidity problems never happened again. My thought is that perhaps exposing the circular gold contacts allows air and schmutz to collect and that creates the noise. If you've never cleaned those contacts, perhaps you should. Be careful! Don't apply liquid cleaner in such a was as to allow it to drip down inside the power supply or capsule. Hold those parts with the contacts aimed DOWN and clean them (gently) from beneath. Most of my work has been done in the Mid-Atlantic US. In Summer, it can be EXCEPTIONALLY humid here for days at a time. I don't have data on Amazonian Rain Forests, but sometimes the air is so thick here that you can't see the top of a 1200' broadcast TV tower. Finally, one mic will probably create few problems other than shorter battery life, however, I have heard of situations in which multiple amperage-hungry mics could not run on a mixer or console because its amperage rating of the mixer/console Phantom Power supply was not sufficient to feed multiple "hungry" mics. Regards, Ty Ford
  4. Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    or.........not what you were looking for, but........https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2017/07/audio-technica-at8024-good-things-in.html Regards, Ty Ford
  5. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1103933566128&ca=5d1434fb-5f14-47bd-a601-bd8a34efbb47 Or do you enjoy making 'em yourself? Regards, Ty Ford
  6. Using Scissor Clamps to Hang Mics

    My concern would be whether or not you have some sort of isolation to keep structure-born noise from getting into the mics. Suspension mounts? Regards, Ty Ford
  7. Yeah, I like the feel of that. Thanks! Ty
  8. A question on MS recording for film

    Not a good idea if you're trying to record true MS. The mics have to stay together so that what you get after decoding will be usable. Regards, Ty Ford
  9. Thanks, Eric, Phil, wanna be my managers?
  10. Hi, I have a good friend, a soundie, who has been asked to put down the boom and sit behind a workstation to post some podcasts or radio programs. He's asked me for some 1-to-1 Pro Tools training here at my studio. What do I charge the company he works for for the sessions? Thanks, Ty
  11. REVIEW: Schoeps miniCMIT

    Nice little addition to your gear bag, https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2017/12/schoeps-minicmit-small-light-superior.html Regards, Ty Ford
  12. Sennheiser G3 with cos 11D

    Eric made these adapters for me some time ago. Good work!
  13. 633 loose object inside machine

    Cracker Jack surprise toy?
  14. Cos11 tie-clip alternates

    +1 for the Sennheiser for visible lavs!