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

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

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
Table of Contents
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Ty Ford Audio & Video 978-1-60643-676-952495 specs

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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 4.2 x 0.4"

Ty Ford Audio & Video 978-1-60643-676-952495 reviews

Book: Audio Bootcamp Field Guide 4th Edition by Ty Ford is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Like a large pamphlet 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.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A helpful 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.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just standard information 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.
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skip It 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).
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality information but overpriced. There is a lot of great information in this book. But, it is way overpriced for what you get. I read similar comments in other reviews before I bought it. But, it is still shorter then I anticipated. It is about 65-70 pages with larger then expected text, considering the length and overall page size (which is small). The book is small enough to fit in your pocket. This book will be great if you plan on having anyone help you with sound that doesn't have experience. It is about a thirty minute read, so imagine you can give it to anyone that is interested in helping you and they will read it and learn the basics quickly. Overall the book is good based on the quality of information. I think it is worth about $ or less though.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great guide and perspective for sound! 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.
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money 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.
Date published: 2011-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not quite what I expected My interest i more in audio. When I purchased it was not clear this was principally for videography. Pretty expensive for the contents.
Date published: 2009-11-10
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