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Production Sound Workshop with Six-Time Emmy Award Recipient

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  • Production Sound Workshop with Richard H. Topham,
    Winner of 6 Emmy Awards in Technical Support in Sound

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 1:30pm to 4:30pm

     Learn new real-world production techniques for film, video, and HDSLR. Don't miss this exciting and unique opportunity to learn Production Sound Mixing, the complex craft of recording crisp and clean dialogue and sound effects on the set during film, video, and HDSLR productions.

    With experience in just about all aspects of sound and recording in productions and post-productions, Richard H. Topham has worked with many major films, televisions series, sitcoms, commercials and industrial videos. His clients include Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers and all major networks. He won 6 Emmy Awards in Technical Support in Sound. Rich is a member of Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Society of Motion Pictures Technicians and Engineers (SMPTE), Audio Engineering Society (AES) and National Technical Investigators' Association (NATIA).

    What You Will Learn:

    • Psychology of Production Sound Recording.

    • What the Sound Mixer really hears.

    • What the Camera Operator, Director and the rest of the world hears.

    • Cocktail Party Effects.

    • Digital Recorders.

    • Sound for DSLR.

    • Microphone Basics.

    • Selection and Application of Microphones.

    • Boom Operator Techniques.

    • Practical Usage of Lavaliers and Wireless Mics. Including How-To Rig Lavaliers.

    • Advanced Use of Plant Mics.

    • Portable Mixers, including both ENG Mixers and Mixing Boards.

    • Set Etiquette.


    Who Should Attend:

    This continuing education workshop is for filmmakers and video makers of all levels who are interested in learning real-world applications and techniques related to production sound recording for film, video, and HDSLR. The program is designed for Directors, Producers, and Sound Department Crew who want to elevate their skillsets to the next level and keep updated on tools of trade. StudentFilmmakers Magazine Featured Editions will be distributed at the Workshop. Pick up complimentary copies at the event. Click here to subscribe to StudentFilmmakers Magazine today!

    Door Prizes:

    All attendees are automatically entered in a free raffle drawing that will take place after the workshop.

    The Deca Eargonizer (PS602) by Petrol Bags. Petrol Bags new Deca professional sound gear carrying case is optimally designed to transport your equipment and accessories comfortably and securely, and keep them safe, organized, and accessible on the job. Compatible with most mixers including: Shure FP-33A, Wendt X3, Wendt X4, SQN, Sound Devices SD-442, SD-302, Audio Development etc.

    Personal Computer Backpack (PC305) by Petrol Bags. This new ultra light weight handsome black backpack is designed to offer the ultimate in user convenience and equipment protection. The front tongue flap opens envelope-style for quick access to the generous main compartment. A rear internal cushioned laptop sleeve has room to safeguard a personal computer with up to a 15” screen. Additional internal compartments provide room for storing pens, paperwork, notebooks, and other important accessories. Outside, dual zippered side pockets are just the place to stash personal items such as keys, a wallet, and even a mobile phone. The ergonomic backpack system and padded shoulder straps ensure optimal carrying comfort. Or use the integrated fabric strap on the back to attach it to a trolley system for effortless, roll-along toting. Other features include a padded front carrying handle, dual-directional easy-glide zippers.


    "One of the best workshops I've ever been to. Answered so many questions. I’m starting a freelance sound business and this will help during set up."
    -Shelley Smith

    "The workshop has given me added confidence to go out on the field as a new filed mixer. Rich is absolutely excellent and knowledgeable."
    -Ed Gutierrez, Sound Mixer / Director/ Producer

    "Rich was fantastic, incredibly knowledgeable, very approachable and spoke from experience. He did not have an attitude considering his experience in the industry."
    -Daniel Azarian, Producer/Director

    "It was extremely helpful for me since I'm still starting to get a grasp of audio and sound mixing. Rich was great. Well prepared, organized and very inviting."
    -Yanirys Sanchez

    "Troubleshooting was excellent. It solved a lot of frequent problems I ran into..."
    -Anastosia Hanney, Freelance sound

    "The workshop was great to all levels. I took away many helpful tips. It is totally worth the price."
    -Dave Hall, Video Production

    The workshop program is presented by, a division of Welch Integrated, Inc. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Kim Welch 212.255.5458 or click here to fill out the contact form.


    Sponsored by:

    Door Prizes :, PS602, The Deca Eargonizer, professional sound gear carrying case., PC305, personal computer backpack.

    More door prizes to be announced.
    Stay tuned!...

    About the Instructor

    Professional Sound Services (PSS) located in New York, NY is dedicated to providing the best in audio equipment Sales, Service and Rentals throughout the US and World.

    For a number of years PSS has brought a concern for service to a loyal clientele in production sound for motion pictures, broadcasting, and video production. They also serve recording studios, schools, universities, and government agencies worldwide.

    Owner Rich Topham Jr. is a leader in bringing "sound education" to many throughout the years. With experience in just about all aspects of sound and recording in productions and post-productions, Rich Topham Jr. has worked with many major films, televisions series, sitcoms, commercials and industrial videos. Rich Topham Jr. himself has been awarded six Emmy Awards for technical support in sound. Rich is a member of Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Society of Motion Pictures Technicians and Engineers (SMPTE), Audio Engineering Society (AES), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)and National Technical Investigators’ Association (NATIA).

    Rich Topham says, "Education is fundamentally the most important part of the audio business." Professional Sound Services workshops cover the tools, techniques, and procedures used in the professional sound business. Students gain an appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of sound recording, learn tricks for creating an audio design and explore how to manipulate room tone, dialogue, and effects tracks for a realistic sound presence. Pre-production planning, boom and wireless microphone operation, microphone planting, tape-deck signal setup, and other techniques are also addressed. In addition, students are introduced to the latest recording equipment, inter-format recording for music videos and commercial production, time code and other management tools for post production. Each month PSS holds at least two workshops, either on-site in the NYC store or on-location at various colleges, universities or private businesses. Rich added " It's great to be with fellow audio technicians and share with them my personal stories and anecdotes."

    Rich also makes sure all the tech staff at PSS are technically up-to-date. "In this ever changing environment, sound mixers need the latest gear with the latest knowledge on the way to best run that gear." Recently a client called PSS and stated " I can always rely on the PSS staff to answer all my questions without having to "get back to me". Their knowledge is up to the minute and immediate."

    Professional Sound Services Rental Department carries a wide range of the latest equipment for all of your audio needs. From a Sound Device Mixer to a Lectrosonics Combo System to a Sennheiser Microphone, PSS offers you a three day Rental Week, a deal that can't be beat. Speak with Matt Zimmerman the Rental Manager and let him put together a package kit that is just right for you.

    As a Factory Authorized Service Center for many manufacturers in the audio business, Professional Sound Services provides prompt and reliable service on a wide variety of professional audio equipment, both in and out of warranty. Rich Topham Jr. says "I know that the investment in your production audio equipment is important to you. Regular care and maintenance is an important step in prolonging the life of that investment... my Service Manager, Vlad Tarasov, is one of the best audio technicians around."

    Professional Sound Services recently added a brand new post-production studio. The studio is equipped with the best in professional equipment for both audio and video. Need audio clean up, an audio transfer with time code, or just a basic audio dub? No Problem. Open 24/7? No Problem. The technical staff is highly qualified and respected.

    Professional Sound Services has an extensive website located at The largest inventory of professional sound equipment on the web. You can directly buy on-line or even better, stop by the NYC office and chat with the staff. Pizza is always available on a Friday at noon and discussions of the latest technologies and personal experiences abound. And don't forget to send them your "On Location" pictures. The PSS monthly newsletter has the most up-to-date news with many pictures and stories in the field.

    "If you ever have a question about audio equipment or our services, don't hesitate to call upon me personally.
    " ― Rich Topham, Jr. ― President ― PSS.

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