Do you need to learn every piece of sound gear in the industry to be a sound mixer?
In our industry, there are many different pieces of equipment from different manufacturers that all come together to make the production sound cart. When it comes to spending your first chunk of change, the task of going through manuals and asking opinions to ensure you get the product that works best for you can be daunting.
What is recommended, however, is to learn as much theory as you can. This is knowing about signal flow and what happens when the audio is actually inside the recorder or wireless. These devices have multiple ways of processing the signal, and may use different terminology in order to function, but ultimately, they do the exact same thing as all the competitor’s products in the same category.
When purchasing gear as a sound mixer, it is best to understand your package more than anything else on the market. As a sound utility technician, however, I believe it is a little more important to know a little bit of everything, especially wireless. Deity Microphones, Sennheiser, Lectrosonics, Zaxcom, and Wisycom are great places to start.
The more versatile you are, the easier it will be to get jobs since you can be thrown into any situation.