Mastering Production Sound: Recording Better Interview Audio

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Elevate your production audio skills with our “Mastering Production Sound” course, led by Thomas Popp, a 20-year industry expert. Learn to record high-quality interview audio like a professional sound mixer and enhance your productions!


Welcome to our online course, “Mastering Production Sound: Recording Better Interview Audio,” taught by Thomas Popp, a 20-year veteran Production Sound Mixer and creator of Video Mantis! This course is perfect for those seeking to enhance their production audio quality and eliminate poorly recorded interviews.

Mastering Interview Audio: More than Just Lavaliers

Recording an interview goes beyond simply placing a lavalier microphone on a person’s chest. The methods you employ can make or break your final product. Our course will teach you a proven approach to enhance the quality of your interview recordings while equipping you with production lingo and etiquette to present yourself as a professional.

Thomas Popp teaches you how to capture the performance in Recording Better Interview Audio

Essential Production Sound Skills for Every Situation

Learn how to select the right gear, prepare for the recording, and assess the room for optimal sound quality. Gain microphone selection tips for recording in multiple locations and different recording mediums, such as Dual System Sound or Direct to Camera. Furthermore, you’ll learn about the importance of time code and the basics to prepare for our advanced time code courses.

Think Like a Professional Sound Mixer

This course isn’t just about recording better interview audio – it’s about adopting the mindset of a professional sound mixer. You’ll gain valuable insights into the techniques used for recording audio in various productions, including documentaries, reality shows, and more. By the end of the course, you’ll not only know how to capture high-quality interview audio but also have a deep understanding of the sound recording process and how to approach it like a professional.

Invest in your productions by enrolling in our course today and learn from Thomas Popp, the industry expert, how to record the best interview audio possible!


We are honored to be sponsored by companies like K-Tek, COGA Sound, Bubblebee Industries, and more. Check out our sponsors here!

Course Learning Objectives

  • Gain a greater respect for the sound process in recording interviews
  • Understand all the gear needed to record interviews successfully
  • Master microphone selection tips for recording in multiple locations
  • Learn how to assess a room for optimal interview recording
  • Dive into different recording mediums, like Dual System Sound or Direct to Camera
  • Grasp time code basics in preparation for our advanced time code courses coming out soon
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    Janet Chu

    This was a very thorough lesson and hope the pages will be available in the future reference. The lessons are broken down into good chunks for effective learning absorption. I would like to know more about how to select a lavalier, how do we know what specs to look out for? I believe the transmitter sometimes have lavaliers in the kit, but are these lavaliers good?

    For the Walk & Talk section, it would be beneficial to have video from grounds up. How to do the actual walk and talk and how to talk to talent about consistency of distance while walking and how to rehearse to align video and audio for the best quality using boom mic when lavs are not available.

    April 30, 2023
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    Phil Jackson

    In college I was studying film and wanting to get into Sound. All of the audio profs were very music based so I would rely heavily on videos I would find from interviews with pros. I would have loved to have had this as a resource. Well worth your time!

    February 23, 2023
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    Daniel Molinasonido

    I highly recommend this course for people in all areas of production. Not only for sound mixers, but for directors, DP’s, camera operators, producers, etc., who want to learn more about sound gathering and the different aspects involved in the sound mixer duties. All the concepts are very well structured and perfectly explained for well knowledge sound professionals.

    February 22, 2023
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    Interviews are a staple product in the video industry. If you work in video, you WILL record interviews at some point. Because they are ubiquitous, interviews can begin to seem easy and boring. This course reminds us all of the importance of STORYTELLING in our work and the care we must take to record the words spoken by our subjects, not just the sounds they emit from their mouths.
    This course is best for beginners to audio recording, and those who do not specialize in audio recording but want to have a strong grasp of the fundamentals. No question is too stupid, all aspects of recording an interview are laid bare and explored in fine detail.
    Great course, worth the money, and will absolutely return on the investment if you follow its guidelines. Enjoy!

    February 21, 2023
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    Thanos Sarafis

    This course its a must watch for any audio released professional or beginner. There is a lot of material that cannot be found at any other online course. Thomas is showing most of the potential problems you may have on set, how to solve them and how to be prepared and confident during shooting. I definitely recommend this course to everyone in audio on location field.

    February 20, 2023
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    Tommy Lentsch

    The lesson in Module 35 alone was worth the investment for this pro sound Masterclass.
    Yet, there are 50 additional lessons full of golden nuggets. Which I feel is 10X what I paid.
    As an actor learning about sound, this has been eye-opening. I’ve been on set of Hollywood films and national commercials. I’ve seen many pro sound crews. The information in this course would give even advanced sound engineers a competitive advantage.
    Thomas Popp with Video Mantis has done a stellar job with Recording Better Interview Audio!
    Have an awesome day!
    -Tommy Lentsch

    February 19, 2023
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