This lesson focuses on the importance of protecting your audio equipment from water, which is considered the third enemy of sound. Lavalier microphones, which are frequently used in recording audio, are particularly vulnerable to water damage. To ensure that your equipment remains functional, it is essential to take steps to keep it dry at all times.

In this course, you will learn some valuable tips for working with water and audio equipment. You will discover the importance of having the right tools for the job and the consequences of not doing so. While there are some quick fixes to keep water off of things, these methods are not entirely waterproof. Instead, the best way to protect your equipment is by using a physical waterproof lavalier, like the Countryman B6 and Shure DL4, and a completely waterproof transmitter, like the Q5X Aqua mic or the Lectrosonics WM Transmitter. Now if you don’t have these specific transmitters, you can use other types of tools to help, but they will never be as simple as using the most minimal setup available. 

Q5X Aquamic & LECTROSONICS WM

The Aquamic is a highly advanced and durable lavalier microphone designed for use in water-prone environments. It is specifically built to withstand exposure to water and moisture, making it an ideal choice for recording audio in situations where water is present. The Aquamic features a unique design that ensures that it remains waterproof even when submerged in water, providing excellent protection against water damage.

Overall, the Aquamic is a highly advanced and reliable lavalier microphone that offers excellent protection against water damage. Its versatility and exceptional audio quality make it a top choice for professionals working in aquatic and wet environments.

The Q5X Aquapack abd Lectrosonics WM Transmitters are great for those water shoots

Welcome to this lesson on essential wiring tools for audio professionals. Whether you’re just starting out in the industry or have been working with audio for years, having the right wiring tools can make all the difference in the quality of your work. In this lesson, we will cover a variety of wiring tools that are commonly used in the industry and explain their purposes so that you can become familiar with them and decide which ones are essential for your needs.

It’s important to note that while not every accessory on this list may be necessary for every job, having a diverse arsenal of wiring tools can help you be better prepared for any situation. As the saying goes, “if you don’t have it, you’re gonna wish you did.” So let’s dive into the world of essential wiring tools and equip ourselves for success in the audio industry.

NON-LUBRICATED CONDOMS

Non-lubricated condoms are an innovative and cost-effective solution for protecting wireless transmitters from light rain and sweat. These condoms can be slipped over the transmitter to create a barrier that keeps moisture out while allowing the device to function normally. They are particularly useful for performers and professionals working in humid or wet environments where sweat and moisture can cause damage to the equipment.

Trew Audio Non Lubricated Condoms

AQUAPAC BELTS

Aquapac’s water-resistant pouches are a highly practical solution for protecting small wireless transmitters from light rain and sweat. These pouches feature a watertight seal that can accommodate wires up to a certain thickness, allowing the mic cable to extend out of the pouch without the risk of moisture leaking in. This enables the controls on the equipment within the pouch to be used normally through the case.

Aquapac’s water-resistant pouches are designed to float safely if dropped in water, making them an ideal choice for outdoor activities and water sports. However, it should be noted that the pouches are recommended for surface use mainly and are not intended for continued submersion.

Aquapac’s water-resistant pouches may come with an adjustable belt and desiccant sachets to help absorb any condensation in the air inside the case. They may also feature a patented seal that can be easily opened and closed for quick access to the equipment inside.

How to Wire Talent Masterclass with Thomas Popp
Phillip Pamplin
Phillip Pamplin
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I enjoyed listening to this course!

Thomas is knowledgeable because of his real-world experiences. He has a great ability to teach and keep people engaged.

My favorite part was how you described what kids will do to the mic if you explain it in too much detail.
Jonathan Millett
Jonathan Millett
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I’ve been doing sound for years and have been working in the film industry for quite some time, and from watching this, I still have much to learn.

By sharing his experience in the field, Thomas Popp gives a very informative dissertation on all the techniques that go into perfecting the art of getting the sound right the first time and eliminating every problematic situation while dealing with talent gently and tactfully.

He teaches from a Union perspective and this information is crucial for me as I am currently working on joining. Watching these videos has taught me so much and I am already incorporating these techniques on set.
Eric Sarich
Eric Sarich
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So many things I never thought about.

I definitely need to watch a second time to let it all sink in.