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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. :)

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  1. Ty Ford

    Countryman B2D or DPA 4080

    Don't have any intel on the 4080, but do have it on the b2D https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2014/02/countryman-b2d-cardioid-lav-another.html Regards, Ty Ford
  2. Ty Ford

    Cardiod Microphones

    Does your camera have a 1/8" stereo TRS input jack? Here's my review of the Audio Technica AT8024. https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2017/07/audio-technica-at8024-good-things-in.html Here's an AT8024 in use at a local Community Input Meeting. Regards, Ty Ford
  3. Ty Ford

    The Word on Klover Parabolic Reflector Dishes

    Hello Mike, Thanks! I think Paul Terpstra said they redid the math on the shape of the dish about 7 years ago. You'd have to check with Chris Countryman. I suspect it was passive. Do you have any samples of those recordings up on the web anywhere? Ty
  4. Hey, I got the 26, 16 and 9-inch dishes after NAB and have had a great time hearing what they bring to the party. https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2018/07/klover-parabolic-collector-microphone.html Regards, Ty Ford
  5. Ty Ford

    Getting the kinks out

    Thanks, Mark! That sounds like good intel for the future. Ty
  6. Ty Ford

    Best Shotgun Mic for Singing Guitarist on Location

    The 416 has a presence peak that can certainly suggest fizz if the sound even gets close to fizzing. A lot of singers have a 5-6 kHz peak that pops out when they bear down on a passage. (Think Janis Joplin. She had a LOT of it.) The 418s has a bit more air than the 416, but they are very similar. https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2012/03/sennheiser-mkh-418s-stereoshotgun-mic.html RSM 191 would be lovely. https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2013/10/neumann-rsm-191-stereoshotgun-mic-going.html Probably any Schoeps. Here are a pair of CMC641 in coincident XY for all four setups. Regards, Ty Ford
  7. Looks very similar to the one I got in a local fishing shop.
  8. Great show and great to meet so many new faces! https://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2018/04/nab-2018-las-vegas-baby.html Regards, Ty Ford
  9. Ty Ford

    Sanken Cs-M1 new mike

    I had a conversation with Rycote at some point in the past about their Lyre suspensions. To be effective, you need to match the mass of the mic with the right mass of the suspension. If the suspension is too light or too heavy, you get sub-optimal results.
  10. Ty Ford

    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
  11. 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.
  12. Ty Ford

    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
  13. Ty Ford

    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
  14. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1103933566128&ca=5d1434fb-5f14-47bd-a601-bd8a34efbb47 Or do you enjoy making 'em yourself? Regards, Ty Ford