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Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford

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Audio Bootcamp Field Guide - After answering thousands of online questions from videographers about how to capture better sound on video shoots, studio and location audio pro Ty Ford wrote "Ty Ford's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide." Readers are initially surprised by how small the book is, but find that there are no wasted words and that all of them make sense to the average human; no electronic formulas to memorize, no discussions about wavelengths, calculus, trigonometry or physics required.

Boom, lav and handheld mics are discussed. A section on mic patterns and their strengths and weaknesses help you choose which mic is best for a particular shot. The Mixer section explains why a mixer can make your audio sound better and how to connect everything to help you get better production sound rather than spending time in post trying to fix problem audio.

A Q&A chapter takes you through the thought processes required to make good decisions about how to get the best audio you can, regardless of the setup.

The Good Gear Guide is an up to date list of solid location audio gear. The Equipment Rental Guide is a list of qualified professional equipment rental houses in the US, in case you need to rent audio gear you don't have. Heavy-duty plastic covers insure the book will survive in a run bag. Spiral binding allows the book to remain open to the page you want without having to hold it.

The Anti-Panic Checklist on the back cover helps you through those anxious moments when you know some thing's wrong, but you're not sure where to look. In a companion online video tutorial, Ty Ford demonstrates the differences in ear-worn, lav, supercardioid and shotgun mics. You hear what the mics sound like as they are being used with an on-going narrative that explains what you're hearing and which mics work best in different situations.

Topics Covered

Microphones: Lavs, hypers, shotguns
Application Notes: When to use each microphone and why
Mixers: Why a mixer? How to connect and calibrate
Good Gear List: Future-proof your audio with the best gear
Q&A, FAQ and Index: Practical experience at your fingertips
Microphone & Gear Rentals: A list of rental house websites
Anti-Panic Audio Checklist
Subject Location Audio Recording
Author Ty Ford
Edition 4th
Hard/Soft Cover Softcover
Pages Not Specified by Publisher
Dimensions Not Specified by Publisher
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number 978-1-60643-676-952495
Publisher Ty Ford
Date Published 2008

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Ty Ford Audio & VideoBook: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford
 
3.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to follow (7)
  • Informative (7)
  • Well written (4)

Cons

  • Lacks content (5)

Best Uses

  • Reference (8)
  • Educational (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (5), Everyday reader (5), Casual reader (3)
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    • Business (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great advice about sound recording

I bought this field guide to help me get up to speed on recording professional quality sound for video interviews.The list of 'Good Gear' in Appendix A was very helpful, as was the...Read complete review

I bought this field guide to help me get up to speed on recording professional quality sound for video interviews.The list of 'Good Gear' in Appendix A was very helpful, as was the discussion regarding the acoustical environment of field locations. As well, it's good to see Trew Audio listed under 'Equipment Rental Houses' in Appendix B. I've been using[...] in Toronto for sound equipment needs and find them great to work with.What's not so great in the field guide is the copy editing. The text is concise and on the whole well written but there are lapses that detract from clarity. The author would benefit from hiring an editor to tighten up the text. It would not cost much but would be money well spent. (Hey, I'd do the editing myself!)By way of example, on p. 62, consider this paragraph:"Working outside, you'd think the shotgun would be the winner. It probably is if there is much ambient noise. I have been on shoots where the background noise was loud enough to get into the sides and back of the shotgun, making the lav a winner. A hyper. It might also have worked, but the client wanted a lav."What does "A hyper" refer to? With regard to "It might also have worked," what does "It" refer to? This is the kind of thing that an experienced editor would bring to the author's attention.As well, given that there are spaces between paragraphs, there's no need to indent each paragraph. If there is already extra space between paragraphs, as is the case with the field guide, then you don't need an indent to indicate the start of a new paragraph. In fact, the indents are superfluous and distracting in such a case.It would be good to have a local source (I live in Toronto) where I could buy such books. How about selling them through[...] in Toronto? In this case, I spent as much on shipping as I did on the book itself. Still, it was worth it.

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Nice Booklet, but Overpriced

This is a small booklet, not much more than a pamphlet. It's small enough to fit in your back pocket and you can read the whole thing in about 10 minutes. I liked...Read complete review

This is a small booklet, not much more than a pamphlet. It's small enough to fit in your back pocket and you can read the whole thing in about 10 minutes. I liked that it comes straight to the point and has usefull basic information for those completely unfamiliar with audio. But I think it's overpriced.

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3.0

Very good on basics but expensive

By Kamrah

from NYC

About Me Everyday Reader

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Follow
  • Informative

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

      I was looking for a book on basics for my beginning course in video. Mr Ford gives very good basic information on microphones, etc. and good tips on how to use equipment. Unfortunately it does not go into much depth.
      It is too expensive for such a small book (more of a booklet). I can not justify asking students to pay.

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      3.0

      Not a bang for your buck

      By Black Ninja

      from Texas

      About Me Bookworm

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      Pros

      • Informative

      Cons

      • Lacks Content

      Best Uses

      • Educational

      Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

      It gives great information but not enough regarding the price. It also looks extremely cheap.

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      5.0

      Great guide and perspective for sound!

      By Seymore McFly

      from West Long Branch NJ

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      Pros

      • Easy To Follow
      • Informative
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Educational
        • Entertainment
        • Reference
        • Staying Informed

        Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

        This is a great example of a person that gets it.

        There are several books that go into why thing are the way they are, but I wasn't looking for that. I just wanted the information on what I need to make sure I do when in the field; from a sound professional.

        This book isn't about the quantum scientific audio techno jargan I love reading. Its about making sure you cross and dot all your i and t's when in the field. It helped me create my own MAKE SURE list for projects as need be, which is what I wanted!

        Thanks Ty.

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        5.0

        Perfect for the basics

        By Michelle DP from Baltimore

        from Baltimore/Abingdon region

        About Me Casual Reader

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        • Easy To Follow
        • Informative

        Cons

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            Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

            All I need was a basic book to re-acclimate me to audio since I am really not an audio chick but a DP who works more with camera and lighting. So this book is PERFECT for me. I do not need or have time to read a whole giant book on sound. Just the basics which makes this great! PLUS I have joined Ty's Facebook site which now gives me the ability to ask questions that I need answers for. Thank you Ty Ford - you are the best!!!

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            4.0

            A helpful

            By AndyABOM

            from Twin Cities, MN

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            Pros

            • Helpful basic information
            • Quick read

            Cons

            • Too basic

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

              This is a much smaller book, booklet really, than I expected. While it is full of helpful tips, it is more geared toward a beginning recording technician. It contains good descriptions of microphone patterns and types and a great section on setting your mixer. What I was expecting was more information and tips on the best setups and mikes for those occasions. A nice easy read but not the technical treatise I was hoping for. I was hoping more more advice than "Listen...to hear which one sounds better."

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              1.0

              Waste of Money

              By WShelton

              from Richmond, VA

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Lacks Content
                • Poorly Written

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                  Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                  I bought this book/manual thinking it would be a good reference tool. I was disappointed with both the quality of the book and the very basic information provided. It's a waster to time and money getting this book. I would return it for a refund, but it's not even worth the cost of a stamp to send it back.

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                  3.0

                  Not what I expected

                  By Valerie

                  from Port Orford, OR

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                  Pros

                  • CONCISE

                  Cons

                  • Hi price for a small book
                  • Odd mix of info
                  • Some subjects not covered

                  Best Uses

                  • Noobie's only

                  Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                  I'm just getting started with audio for videos and this sounded helpful. I expected a "real" book. What I got is a small, 5½" x 4¼", spiral bound publication consisting of 75 pages (including the inside of the back cover.) The type is not particularly small. It looks to be about 12pt to my eye so it's not like they packed a lot of text into a small space.

                  It does cover a lot of information nonetheless. It is a quirky mix of extremely basic information mixed with nuggets of more advanced tips.

                  Chapters include: The Basic Audio Kit, Microphones, Microphone patterns, Mixers, Limiters, EQ, Setting Record Levels, MiniCam/DVCam Inputs, Setting Reference Levels, RMS vs Peak, Gain Staging, Audio Q&A, Production Audio Rules, Good Gear, Rental Houses, and an Index.

                  I'd have liked to see more information on dealing with noise of various sorts, mounting the recorder, Using track marks, audio editing, powering portable equipment, and other relevant topics.

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                  1.0

                  Just standard information

                  By Tom K

                  from Melbourne, Florida

                  Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                  I have very little audio experience but I have an engineering degree from a very well-known university here in the US and I was disappointed that this book was just a collection of what I would consider surface information. Some of it I was not aware of and there were 12 pages of Q & A that were good (the book is 75 pages) but I am a rookie and with a title like "Audio Bootcamp Field Guide" I was expecting more hard earned knowledge from the author rather than stuff you can get readily from a few Google searches.

                  Discouraged by the book I have decided that "Audio is audio." and anyone can become proficient with some basics then experimenting with their equipment. I will still look for expertise whether from a book or a website, etc .. but if I had a chance to preview this book in a bookstore I would not have bought it.

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                  1.0

                  Not What I Expected As A Quick Reference

                  By Tabs C. 6591

                  from Montreal,Quebec, Canada

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                  Pros

                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Content
                  • No New Information

                  Best Uses

                  • Reference

                  Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                  As advertised, it was really non-technical. After reading it,became apparent that it was not the book I was looking for. With all respect,the price does live up to its content, but probably targeted for the basic and start-ups.

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                  2.0

                  Like a large pamphlet

                  By Soundman

                  from NYC

                  About Me Casual Reader

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Follow

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Content

                  Best Uses

                  • Reference

                  Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                  I was taken back when I saw the size of this booklet. It does supply a very basic of training. It is a good reference for the novice but does not go into very much detail. If it was used as a teaching tool, it would be about a seminar's worth of teaching, not a whole semester. I know that the author is a well respected and talented production audio recorder, I am sorry that he did not get more specific in his audio techniques. I guess most audio guys and gals, like chefs, keep their tricks and specific styles close to their vest. It would be great if Ford wrote a more in depth book with his problem solving techniques that plague most production shoots and sessions.

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                  4.0

                  Not what I expected but useful

                  By Videogoddess

                  from Scottsbluff, NE

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Follow
                  • Informative

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Reference

                    Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                    This is a very small book with basic audio information. It is for taking out in the field with you. The pages are laminated and really only for reference for people like me who can't remember which mics are which. Seems a little high priced but I suspect it will come in very handy.

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                    4.0

                    Short and Sweet

                    By George

                    from Merced, CA

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                    • Easy To Follow
                    • Informative
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Educational
                      • Reference

                      Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                      I use the Shure FP33 Field Mixer when we shoot movies and I never felt I was using the mixer to it's fullest capabilities so I decided to try Ford's book. I have several books on audio but none of them had the step by step instructions that Ford's guide had. Following his advice I was able to achieve clearer audio through the mixer than I was getting before so it was money well spent. This guide is very very succient -- it's only 65 pages long and it fits in your pocket at 4"x 5.5". I would have liked to see more pictures and a little more detail in the guide but that may have been self-defeating if you want something you can carry with you. I created my own outine (Step 1, Step 2, etc.)using the Guide's instructions so they are even more condensed when we shoot. But I would have liked a little deeper discussion.

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                      2.0

                      Skip It

                      By TimeCoder

                      from Miami, FL

                      About Me Casual Reader

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Follow
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                      • Lacks Content
                      • No New Information
                      • Poor Photo Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Reference

                      Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                      While there is useful information in this text, it's something the reader can find in a larger text (with more information) for the same price. I understand it's intended to be compact, but for the price do yourself a favor; buy another book, take some personal field notes from it and make your own compact field guide. I respect Mr. Ford and his videos online have been invaluable, but there's not enough information in here to justify its price, (even to a novice).

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                      2.0

                      Not quite what I expected

                      By Mike the tuba

                      from Denver

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • A bit too simple
                      • Easy To Understand

                      Cons

                      • Not What I Expected

                      Best Uses

                      • Reference

                      Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                      My interest i more in audio. When I purchased it was not clear this was principally for videography. Pretty expensive for the contents.

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                      4.0

                      Great advice about sound recording

                      By Jaan who Eschews Obfuscation

                      from Toronto, ON

                      About Me Everyday Reader

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Understand
                      • Informative
                      • Relevant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Reference

                        Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                        I bought this field guide to help me get up to speed on recording professional quality sound for video interviews.The list of 'Good Gear' in Appendix A was very helpful, as was the discussion regarding the acoustical environment of field locations. As well, it's good to see Trew Audio listed under 'Equipment Rental Houses' in Appendix B. I've been using[...] in Toronto for sound equipment needs and find them great to work with.What's not so great in the field guide is the copy editing. The text is concise and on the whole well written but there are lapses that detract from clarity. The author would benefit from hiring an editor to tighten up the text. It would not cost much but would be money well spent. (Hey, I'd do the editing myself!)By way of example, on p. 62, consider this paragraph:"Working outside, you'd think the shotgun would be the winner. It probably is if there is much ambient noise. I have been on shoots where the background noise was loud enough to get into the sides and back of the shotgun, making the lav a winner. A hyper. It might also have worked, but the client wanted a lav."What does "A hyper" refer to? With regard to "It might also have worked," what does "It" refer to? This is the kind of thing that an experienced editor would bring to the author's attention.As well, given that there are spaces between paragraphs, there's no need to indent each paragraph. If there is already extra space between paragraphs, as is the case with the field guide, then you don't need an indent to indicate the start of a new paragraph. In fact, the indents are superfluous and distracting in such a case.It would be good to have a local source (I live in Toronto) where I could buy such books. How about selling them through[...] in Toronto? In this case, I spent as much on shipping as I did on the book itself. Still, it was worth it.

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                        5.0

                        Straight to the point

                        By mascuba

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Simple Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Productivity

                          Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                          Great inside on field audio techniques. No waste of time here, real tips for real time problems...

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Pocket-sized Master Class

                          By Kenn Delbridge

                          from Singapore

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional

                              Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                              I'm a post mixer who occasionally needs to get out for location work, and this bootcamp has helped me avoid rookie mistakes and given me a very good foundation in getting good sound in the field. Ty's writing style is warm and the advice is easy to understand; best location-recording money I ever spent!

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                              3.0

                              Nice Booklet, but Overpriced

                              By Shenandoah Creek

                              from Manassas, VA

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Simple Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional

                                Comments about Ty Ford Audio & Video Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford:

                                This is a small booklet, not much more than a pamphlet. It's small enough to fit in your back pocket and you can read the whole thing in about 10 minutes. I liked that it comes straight to the point and has usefull basic information for those completely unfamiliar with audio. But I think it's overpriced.

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