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Location Audio Simplified with Dean Miles

AbelCine Training
Access Period – 180 days
In this course, Dean Miles teaches the skills needed to be working location sound operator. The course includes over 6 hours of video, divided into 37 lessons.


Location Audio Simplified is no 20-minute “how to” video on location sound. This is a series of 37 lessons delivered by a seasoned location audio professional and experienced teacher, Dean Miles. It consists of over 6 hours of video, packed with on-location demonstrations, lectures, and real world examples that teach, in detail, the skills, techniques, and protocols needed to succeed in the video industry as a location sound operator.

If you’re serious about learning location sound but don’t want to enroll in an expensive tech college or post-secondary institute, then Location Audio Simplified is for you.

Dean Miles follows his accredited Location Audio for Video course step-by-step to deliver the material in the order that makes learning location sound easy. This course works alongside Dean’s highly respected book, Location Audio Simplified, which he developed during his 9 years as an instructor at the post-secondary level. This is the real deal! Location Audio Simplified will have you well on your way to a career as a professional location sound operator.

For $249 you’ll have access to all 37 Location Audio Simplified lessons for 6 months from the time of purchase. Watch them as many times as you need to ensure you absorb all the practical information in the course.


  • Choosing a location
  • Preparing the location
  • Ambiance & dialogue separation
  • Field mixers
    • Features of a field mixer
    • Initial setup
  • Putting your gear together
  • Tying into a video camera
  • Understanding your limiters
  • Operating a field mixer
  • Room tone
  • Shotgun microphones
    • Basics
    • Sound perspectives
    • Low cut and pad
  • Axis & lobing
  • Boom pole basics
  • Booming techniques
    • Proper grip and stance
    • The art of fluid motion
    • Static and motion shots
    • One hand booming
    • The booming sweet spot
    • Scooping and choosing a boom pole
  • Lavalier microphones
    • Lavalier basics
    • Entering someone's personal space
    • Exposed micing technique
    • Hidden micing technique
  • Wireless systems
    • RF and the basics
    • Calibrating the transmitter
    • Calibrating the receiver
    • Setting up a wireless hop
  • Video cameras
    • Basic functions
    • Setting up the onboard camera mic
    • Operating the VJ attenuator
    • Direct microphone input
    • Field mixer input
  • DSLR cameras - easy sync in the field
  • Digital field recorders
  • Interview technique

In order to get the most out of this course and practice the skills he teaches, Dean Miles recommends that you borrow or rent a basic location audio field package. The package should include:

  • Field mixer
    • 3-4 channel mixer, with mixer bag and shoulder strap or shoulder harness
  • Boom pole
    • 4-5 sections, 10-12ft in length
  • Shot gun microphone with a suspension and wind jammer
  • Wireless system with a Tram lavalier
  • Headphones designed for location audio


Dean Miles
Dean Miles
Dean Miles has been working as a professional location sound operator for major television networks, motion pictures, high-end documentaries, and everything in between since 1989. Whatever remote, isolated, uninviting location you can think of in any corner of the world, he’s probably been there. Through it all he’s encountered every sound problem imaginable and has developed his own proven solutions, techniques, and easy-to-follow-tricks. Dean is also the author of the book "Location Audio Simplified" and has taught location audio at post-secondary technical schools for over nine years. For more information, visit thelocationcrew.com
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