Pittsburgh Location Sound Recordist and Boom Operator, Michael RayPittsburgh Location Sound Recordist / Sound Mixer / Boom Operator / Production Sound

I have a passion for capturing location sound for video projects, commercials, documentary videos, and narrative films, in and around the Pittsburgh area.

If you are a corporate videographer or a filmmaker looking for a quality production sound person, boom operator, sound mixer, or sound recordist, please drop me a line or give me a call at 412-232-4444  You won’t be sorry…

Testimonials

I have had the pleasure of working with Michael both as a fellow crew member on numerous productions and as a director. All I have to say is wow this man is beyond talented, is professional, and has a fun personality. I look forward to working with Michael on future projects! – Shay Francis

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael Ray on three (3) films to date.  Each time I’ve found him to be extremely prepared, professional, and knowledgeable.  His equipment is high quality, state of the art, “Hollywood” level, and the resulting audio product is top of the line.   I wouldn’t hesitate to call Michael for future projects. – Dayne R. Jefferson

Michael’s work on our project was fantastic, he delivered great sound for us even in a very challenging environment. He’s extremely knowledgeable and a great personality to have in the team. Michael has a positive attitude to problem solving and went above and beyond to help our production run as smooth as possible. – Luke White / Boxclever Media Ltd

Michael was a total pleasure to work with on our web-series Slick Tommies. As things tend to go with indie shoots, he was able to keep up and roll with the myriad changes that happened on a daily basis. He always asked the right questions so that he was ahead of the game, having actors wired in advance, knowing frame lines before cameras roll, and keeping production in the know whenever there were any technical issues. As a producer putting out constant fires and picking up the job duties of any crew members we were lacking, I was happy and comforted to know that the quality of our sound was safe in Michael’s hands.Stephen Turselli “Producer/Director, Solano Pictures LLC”

Michael is a true asset to any production. Having worked with him on several film projects, I have seen firsthand the quality of his work. He handles himself professionally on set and delivers nothing but excellent sound. Michael is the first choice for RedSlate Films when it comes to sound for our productions.Brian Ceponis

I’ve worked with Michael on a number of occasions, on many different types of sets. He was always prompt, professional, kind, and had the highest quality of sound. His equipment is top notch and he’s extremely easy to work with. He makes any situation work, and he’s a great personality that will add to any set. I recommend him to anyone in the film business.  – Jason Burke

“The sounds Michael recorded for my film was clean and clear. Different layered tracks give me the option to accent sounds when I want, a luxury most sound recordists don’t offer. He’s definitely my go to anytime I need professional sound for my film!”Jeremy St. Hilaire

Michael Ray, Sound Mixer, Boom Operator and so much more. He is a delight to work with and brings years of experience to the table and not just in the sound world. Michael is definitely a people person full of passion and ambition. He has a strong desire to succeed and is always willing to go the extra mile. His expertise in Lighting also helps him understands where to place the boom to get the best sound and not interfere with the lighting design. I feel privilege to have Michael Ray in my network and would welcome him on any production or team.  –  Travis Culley

Michael Ray is fantastic to work with. He knows what he’s doing and always acts professional. He can think on the spot to get you exactly what you need. He worked on a project, and I needed the room to look like something was on fire, he quickly had an idea and solved that problem. He will be the person I go too for every projectJesse Hutchins “Hutchins Films / RedSlate Films”

I have worked with Michael Ray on two separate occasions now.  On each project, he brought a professionalism and knowledge that listed the entire project, and especially the sound. Even though they were small projects, he consistently gave his best effort. His value as a sound recordist is truly great.Nick Clark

After working repeatedly with Michael, I’d recommend him to any production looking for someone experienced in capturing clean, professional sound.Trey Chadwick


Here is a list of location-audio film projects that I’ve been involved with as a sound recordist or sound mixer, starting with the most recent.

  1. Landforce (documentary) – Michael Skinner
  2. Slick Tommies – (web series) Stephen Turselli
  3. Treasure Island (short film) 2820 Productions
  4. Steps (short film) (48-hr film project) 2820 Productions
  5. Jack and the Treehouse (feature) James Schneider
  6. Decisions (short film) Darrel Pullie
  7. Girls Will Be Girls (short film) Shay Francis
  8. VHS Project (short film) Shay Francis
  9. Monkeyfication (short film) Nick Clark
  10. Niagra Falls (short film) Dayne Jefferson
  11. A Step Toward Recovery (short film) Eric Overson
  12. Grave Encounters (short film) Jason Burke
  13. Done Waiting (short film) Hutchins Films
  14. Planetarium (short film) Brenna Power
  15. Jack and Diane (feature film sizzle) Jackson McKeehan
  16. Ineraticability (short film) Joseph Stone
  17. Litchfield (feature film) Franco Pinacchio
  18. The Caper (feature film) Mike McKown
  19. Waking Moments (48 hr. shortfilm) Hutchins Films
  20. Adventures of Betty (web series) Joel Rosenthal
  21. The Autumn People (short film) Brian Cottington
  22. A Black Top Canvas (short) Adam “Ajay” Crawford
  23. Beth (short film) Hutchens Films
  24. Street Voices (feature film) Jeremy St Hilaire
  25. Life For Death (short film) Nick Clark
  26. Christmas in July (short film) (48-hr film project) Hutchins Films
  27. Waiting on Words (short film) Joseph Chadwick III

Here are a few corporate videos I’ve been involved with, capturing location sound, and on some, doing the lighting too.

  • Pall Corporate Video (production sound)
  • Duolingo Recruitment Video (production sound)
  • Reality TV – about building houses (sorry, I had to sign a DNA agreement)
  • Casual Films Corporate Video Shoot (production sound)
  • Philips Respironics Vector Product Video (production sound and lighting)
  • Respironics Trilogy Video – Katie Interview (sound and lighting)
  • Duolingo April Fools Day video (production Sound)
  • Pittsburgh Modeling and Acting FAQ (production sound and lighting)
  • Menard Step-up Campaign (production sound)
  • Maverick Dental (production sound and lighting)
  • CMU Black History Month video spot (Kameron Neal Kierce) (production sound)
  • Westinghouse CEO video (production sound and lighting)
  • Westinghouse Raise the bar video (production sound and lighting)
  • Philips Respironics – Series of three videos to support new product launch (production sound and lighting)

Here is a list of my location sound equipment:

As you can see, I have very professional equipment and I’m pretty much ready for any location sound recording assignment.

Sound Mixers / Recorders

  • Sound Devices MixPre-10T
  • Sound Devices MixPre-6
  • Zoom H-6
  • Zoom H-1

Boom / Shotgun / Interview Mics

  • Sennheiser MKH 50
  • Rode NTG-3
  • Sennheiser MKE 600
  • Rode Video Mic Pro
  • Rode Reporter
  • Rode NT-USB

Wireless Transmitters / Receivers (7 channels)

  • Lectrosonics SRC Receiver
  • Lectrosonics LT Transmitters (2)
  • Sennheiser G4
  • Sennheiser G3
  • Rode News Shooter (2)
  • Rode Video Maker

Lav Mics

  • Sanken CSO 11D (5)
  • Rode Lav (2)
  • Sennheiser ME2 (2)

Time Code

  • Tentacle Sync E (2)
  • Sound Devices MixPre-10T (Internal)

IFB

  • Comtek FPM-216 (1 Transmitter – 2 Receivers)

Misc Location Sound Equipment

  • K-tek Boom Poles (2)
  • Rode Blimp and Dead Cat
  • Rycote Baby Ball Gag Windshield & Dead Cat
  • Orca sound bag (2)
  • Vocal Booth Sound Blankets (6)
  • RockenRoller as Sound Cart

Why I think I make a good location sound recordist

One of the things I’ve learned about being a sound recordist is that most novice film makers think that either you have decent sound or you don’t.  The truth is that there are degrees of quality in capturing sound.  The key is to have both lavs and a boom mic in play.  You just never know which one will work best or when you’ll need the back up file.  The talent might turn away from the boom and the lav will be the best sounding source.  Or, the action in the scene will cause some scratch in the lav and the boom will have you your best sound.  It’s good to have redundancy!

Another thing I’ve learned capturing sound for shorts and commercials is importance of mic placement.  There is a “best place” to put your mics.  With a boom, you want to get the mic as close as possible to the talent.  With lavs, the center of the chest usually works out but much depends on the particular clothing and material the talent is wearing.  placing a lavalier microphone is as much an art as it is a skill.

Just in case I’m not available to capture location sound for your next commercial video, documentary, or narrative film shoot, I recommend that you contact one of the following people:


Sound Mixer / Sound recordist directory

Just in case I’m not available to capture location sound for your next commercial video, documentary, or narrative film shoot, I’ve created a list of local location sound recordists that may be able to help you.


Michael Ray Photography
2820 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-232-4444