Uploaded on Feb 15, 2011
Linden wrote a famous ZZ Top song: http://lindenhudson.com/fa
See Linden's Other Tutorials At: http://www.lindenhudson.com/tu
See sexy music videos by Linden: http://lindenhudson.com/mu
Here a professional location sound engineer gives you a quick lesson about getting audio for a "walk and talk" video or for a person talking while giving a demonstration on video.
Linden Hudson has been a sound engineer for 40 years. The first 20 years he worked in recording studios and the past 20 years he's worked location sound for pro film and video. Some of Linden's recent clients are: ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, FOX, ESPN, CNBC, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Court TV, The Food Channel, Bloomberg Television and many more. Linden has travelled the world doing audio for documentaries, network broadcasts and corporate video production. See Linden's youtube resume' video along with interesting photos from jobs. It's at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTqDHK...
More info about this topic: If you're an aspiring location sound engineer then you'll have to learn hidden mics. Almost all of the time when you show up for a job the producer or director will simply tell you how to get sound. Many pro producer/directors will say "hidden lav" (especially on high end projects). So you'd better learn. Interesting story: Linden was once working a big news story and there was lots of media there. A sound guy was making small talk with Linden. The guy said to Linden "my client told me earlier that if we do an interview that he'll want hidden mic, that's stupid, I'm not doing that". At that point Linden knew that this guy was a beginner in the business. He wasn't a pro. If being a location sound pro is what you want, then get over it or go sell tires.
If you refuse to believe that hidden body lavs are the best deal, then ponder a reality show (just as an example). Think about "ice road truckers" or that show where guys are on fishing boat in storms or think about that show about dirtiest jobs. How would you get a boom into all those places? How could you cover all those guys talking at once (2 or 3 or 4 guys)? Simple, it's all about hidden body mics.
In this tutorial video Linden has said that "Izod style shirt is the best". However, the sound man often has no choice in the clothing. Luckily most guys wear cotton shirts (at least down in Texas). Women are harder to mic. Not because of obvious "ha ha" reasons, but because of the materials their blouses are made of and the fact that their voices are often quieter or more delicate. The "ha ha" reason for hiding mics on women is no big deal. Just politely explain what you are doing when you hide it and be careful, have manners.
Linden Hudson once wrote a song on a very famous record album. Linden wrote the song "Thug" which was on the ZZ Top "Eliminator" album. Then Linden spent 5 years suing ZZ Top to get his money. It was a tough time for Linden as he had a new born son and was having trouble paying his bills. Why do some famous folks treat other people like this? Are they afraid of having one less Mercedes in the driveway? This story is easy to verify on the internet. You can find some info at the following internet sites too (search each page for Linden):
(there are many other articles, including 3 books wi info)
(known books that talk about Linden):
SHARP DRESSED MEN (by David Blayney)
ZZ TOP - BAD AND NATIONWIDE (by Deborah Frost, former Rolling Stone writer)
TRESS HOMBRES (by David Sinclair - writer for the London Times)
Here's an excerpt from the book "Sharp Dressed Men" by ZZ Top's ex road manager Dave Blayney: " sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the album (Eliminator) as a live-in high-tech music teacher to Beard and Gibbons."
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