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Workshops & Seminars

Fred Ginsburg instructing at NAB.Production Sound Mixing is the complex craft of recording crisp and clean dialogue & sound effects on the set during film or video production. Yet although Sound Mixers are traditionally seen but not heard,  Fred Ginsburg,  has become quite the exception! Over the past decade, Fred has conducted numerous hands-on training seminars for a multitude of organizations across the country including universities, professional associations, trade-shows, expos, broadcasters, corporations, and government agencies.

 Most of the seminars that we participate in are sponsored by outside organizations or tradeshow events, who hire us to come in and conduct the workshop. Occasionally we do offer seminars on our own; details of these events will be posted here on the site.

In addition, Fred Ginsburg is available as a Guest Lecturer for your course in progress; and even as a private tutor or production consultant.

Although specific content will, of course, vary based on the needs and backgrounds of the participants, topics covered can include:

  • What is Production Sound?
  • Pre-production planning and budgeting for sound.
  • Recording Priorties of the Mixer
  • Duties of the sound crew.
  • Microphone basics.
  • Selection and application of microphones.
  • Microphone boom techniques.
  • Advanced usage of lavaliers and wireless mics. Including how to rig lavaliers.
  • Advanced use of plant mics.
  • Use of the portable mixing console. Including both ENG mixers and mixing boards.
  • Use of multi-track recorders for location dialogue.
  • Set etiquette.
  • Business practices.
  • Getting started in the industry.

Our workshops include plenty of question & answer, along with as much hands-on as the framework permits.

A brief bio of Fred Ginsburg

 Fred Ginsburg explains about lavaliers at NAB.Dr. Fred Ginsburg C.A.S. Ph.D. MBKS is a highly experienced Production Sound Mixer with over two decades experience in professional filmmaking and video. He has recorded production dialogue on feature motion pictures, episodic television, TV commercials, reality, documentary, corporate, government, and music videos. One of those people who have been there and done that!

Fred is a member of the Cinema Audio Society (former Executive Board Member); the British Kinematograph Sound & Television Society (Council Member/London; and North American Branch); served as the Industry Liaison of the University Film and Video Association; and an instructor for the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association. Fred has also been an instructor for the Video Producers Group of the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards & Training. Dr. Ginsburg was also a founder and co-Executive Director of the National Association of Forensic Video.

He is a consultant and instructor for Audio Technica, a major manufacturer of professional microphones, and has taught on their behalf at recent NAB Conventions. Fred also consults and teaches workshops on behalf of TASCAM, wrote a users manual for their HS-P82 multi-track field recorder, and has instructed at NAMM.

Fred has written and published more than 125 articles on production techniques in various trade magazines, authored the "Guide to the Nagra 4.2 Sync Recorder and Production Sound Recording", and is currently working on another textbook. He is an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge, and Chapman University; and travels regularly around the United States conducting professional seminars on sound for film and video.

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Alabama Power Company
  • Alan Gordon Enterprises
  • American Motion Picture Society
  • Alexander Investigations
  • Arizona University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Association of Visual Communicators
  • Audio Engineering Society
  • Audio Services Corporation
  • Audio Technica USA  (MP/TV Special Consultant)
  • AVID Liquid Users Group
  • Biological Photographic Association
  • California Association of Licensed Investigators
  • California State University Long Beach
  • Calif State University Northridge (Adjunct Production Faculty)
  • Canon USA
  • Casablanca Users Group of San Fernando Valley
  • Cinema Audio Society
  • Cinema Products Corporation
  • Chapman University (Adjunct Faculty)
  • Columbia College
  • Commission on Peace Officers Standards & Training / Calif.
  • Community Hospital Services
  • De La Salle Middle School (my team of students won the 2002 Conejo Teen Video Festival)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Digital Video Expo
  • DocuLink Documentary Workshop
  • East/West Media, Tucson
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Power Company
  • Golden Eagle Pictures
  • Group W Broadcasting
  • Gulf Power Company
  • Holly Shorts Film Festival
  • Horizon Studios
  • International Gaming Technology (IGT)
  • Ikegami
  • Inglewood Police Department
  • International Documentary Association
  • International Sound Technicians - IATSE Local 695
  • Instructional Television Association ITVA
  • K-Tek
  • King Broadcasting
  • Law Enforcement  & Emergency Services Video Assoc
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Valley College (member Advisory Council)
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • Los Angeles Post Production Group
  • Los Angeles Professional Videoshow
  • Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
  • Loyola Marymount University (former adjunct faculty)
  • Macro Systems / Casablanca
  • Marjon Presentations
  • Memphis University
  • Mirkwood Associates
  • Montana State University
  • Nagra Magnetic Recorders
  • National Association of Broadcasters NAB
  • Nation Association of Music Manufacturers NAMM
  • New Orleans Film and Video Festival
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Panasonic Video Workshops
  • Pennzoil
  • Performance Video, Inc.
  • Philippine Academy of Motion Pictures
  • Professional Film and Video Equipment Association
  • Professional Videographers Network, Orange County
  • Rock N Roller Multicart
  • San Diego Sheriff's Department
  • San Fernando Video Users Group
  • Skyline Productions, Inc.
  • ShowBiz Expo
  • Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
  • Student Filmmaker Magazine Workshops
  • Teac TASCAM
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center, Manila
  • Thousand Oaks Videomakers Assn
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • UC-Irvine
  • UCLA
  • UCLA-Extension University (former faculty)
  • UC-Santa Barbara
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Dept of Defense
  • United States Embassy, Manila
  • United States Information Service
  • United States Navy
  • University Film and Video Association
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of North Texas
  • University of the Philippines
  • Washington State Film and Video Association

Contact us to discuss arranging for an on-site seminar, guest lecture, or extensive hands-on workshop for your organization.

Marquita Williams 10-29-2012 (03:05:26)  
Workshops/Seminars Yes No   Hello, will there be any workshop/Seminars in or around north texas coming up? If not north texas then then the entire state and surrounding states?  
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About Us

This website is intended as an educational resource for those interested in video and film production. Our specialty is Production Sound Recording (location sound), although we are also versed in other aspects of production, from pre to post.


Our mission is not to sell you equipment, but to help you to master the complex craft of location audio recording for video and film.

Contact Us

  • Mailing Address: PO Box 950207
    Mission Hills, CA 91395-0207
  • Tel: 1+ (818) 231-1038
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