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UNfake It 'till you make it!

Blake Donaubauer - Precision, Audio Gear, and Throwing Up

UNfake It 'till you make it!
Released on Apr 29, 2018
This episode is all about sound in the entertainment industry. My guest, Mr. Blake Allyn Donaubauer (B.A.D) is a professional Audio Mixer for TV and Film with a lot of set experience and a huge musical background. He started as a Production Assistant in Los Angeles for some years, which allowed him to transition into a career of sound, establishing himself in New Orleans. We talk gear and we talk about how he stayed humble through the entry-level gigs while steadily climbing the ladder toward his passions.
Show Notes
  • [1:30] Interview begins - audio levels
  • [4:30] Blake’s preferred extra earphones  (NOT for mixing but good for extra running and gunning:Boss Sound Sport
  • [10:00] Blake's relationship with sound
  • [13:00] sound in filmmaking
  • [16:30] “Wild Lines” and the classic movie El Mariachi or get the blue rey disk El Mariachi Blue Rey
  • [19:15] How to record sound for a walking scene 
  • [21:00] Blakes’s experience at Berkley College Of Music. Song writing Major, Film scoring. 
  • [28:00] Moving to LA and working for free
  • [32:45] Transitioning into the Film Industry and overachieving as a PA 
  • [44:00] Dealing with growth
  • [48:00:] First-time audio gig. Band: King Lama
  • [50:30] BE AWARE of what loud noises that may occur on set. Ask so you don’t kill your ears!
  • [55:15] Blake first audio mixing gig (throwing up; Take jobs you are not really qualified to do but know you can get through.
  • [57:00] Moving to New Orleans and developing relationships on and off set
  • [105:30] GEAR TALK : Less expensive good audio gear: Sennheiser G3 wireless packs Sennheiser G3 wireless packs  with ME2 Mics ME2 Mics and classic Sennheiser Shotgun mic 416 or TOP AUDIO GEAR: For mixers/recorders check out,  
  • [1:09:30] What type of person is a good fit for the audio world? 
  • [1:13:00] Novice/Professional mistakes in sound THERE ARE THINGS TO CUT OUT AUDIO PROBLEMS
  • [1:15:00] The Killing Fields: How Blake rented his gear out even when he production 
  • [1::00] When times are tuff financially in the film industry. Getting the next gig. 
  • [1:27:00] Blake works at doing all he can on set to ensure he gets the best audio
  • [1:32:10]  Sound resources, gear and tutorials at, Facebook Freelance sound mixers page.Sound Devices Page, Electronics Customer service is great! 
  • [1:42:00] Blake mentions some "must haves" onset: These under $100 SONY 7506 head phones compare wonderfully to the over priced ones. Get em here 
  • [What do you want written on your epitaph?
  • [1:44:30] Email Blake, @blakeallyn 
  • [1:46:00] Blake’s last words about the film industry and its intricacies about it. The work that goes into the work is work. 

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