Sound Design Academy sits down with Production Mixer and location sound man Joe Elfanbaum to discuss his recent success and growth as an audio expert within SCAD. Within 2 years of attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, Joe has managed to jump start his location audio career, and is currently working on a number of professional gigs. Listen in to learn how you too can break into the location sound industry, get tips on how to succeed and so much more!
- Joe is a Production Mixer out of Georgia
- Started at UMKC then shifted to SCAD
- Location Sound is Joe’s primary focus
- Get the right tools for the job because you can build a career off it.
- You can sell SFX online at Pond 5 even with an H4n
- Always keep a level head. Never lose your cool. Getting worked up doesn’t solve the problem.
- You never know when the moment’s gonna happen.
- Easy to spots to hide a mic pack: ankle, thigh, small of back, chest, and under a wig.
- Always go with the location scout to help decide if a location is conducive to good audio.
- Solid communication skills go a long way.
- Organization is very important.
- Joe uses a Sound Devices 633 Recorder
- Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun Mic
- Zoom H4n, H5, or H6n are all great entry level recorders
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface (Fun Fact: After the interview, I found out Joe was also using this interface.)
- Aaton Cantar X3
- Michael’s Mic: Electro Voice RE20
- DPA mini mic
- CAD Microphones: E300S & KBM412
- Shure SM58 or SM57
- Schoeps CMIT5UAG Shotgun Mic (Joe’s favorite mic)
- The Location Sound Bible by Ric Viers
- The Sound Effects Bible by Ric Viers
- Rode Rage
- Contact Joe at joeelfanbaum.com | Email Joe here