Intro to Location Sound Recording

Sydney - Oct 20 2018

AFTRS Sydney
Oct 20 2018 - Oct 21 2018
Attendance Pattern
Two sessions, Sat & Sun, 9am to 5pm
Steve McDonald
Course fee
$550 / $495

"The most important thing students must learn is 90% of film is sound. The picture is far less important." - Walter Murch

This course is designed for people who wish to learn the latest sound recording techniques used in capturing speech and sound effects using portable recording equipment.


The course covers:

  • Sound propagation and capture

  • Microphones and mixers

  • Analogue and digital signal paths

  • Recording Environments

  • Recorder operation

By completing this course, you should be able to specify portable sound recording requirements for a particular recording project, and then set up and operate a range of portable sound recording equipment commonly used in film and television production.

Portable sound recording equipment is generally battery operated and designed to be used away from the controlled environment of the recording studio. Today’s recording technology is essentially tape-less.


The course is suitable for individuals who are currently working in the film and television industry as well as others seeking employment in the industry

This course is for students aged 18+ only.


“Steve was absolutely fantastic and catered to each student’s abilities and expectations. I will personally be coming back for more.”

"The lecturer was fantastic! Loved having guest speakers from the industry too."


An audio engineer since 2005, Steve McDonald has been working as a Live Sound Engineer for bands around Sydney and a Location Sound Recordist since 2006. Graduating from AFTRS in 2007, he has worked on a diverse range of productions as sound recordist and boom operator including

  • Feature Films (including Australia)

  • Television Drama (including Packed to the Rafters and Police Rescue Special Operations),

  • Television Commercials (including Sam Kekovich - Australia Day Lamb Campaign and GetUp! Campaigns),

  • Documentaries (including Big Name No Blanket The Story of George Rrurrambu, Persons of Interest and US Cable-TV Series Bizarre Foods),

  • Video Clips (for Hilltop Hoods and Melissa Tkautz),

  • EPK / Behind-The-Scenes (for Australia and Great Gatsby),

  • as well as a multitude of short films and a broad range of corporate / online content.

Since 2010, Steve has taken on the exciting opportunity of teaching sound to music and film students at many institutions including AFTRS, TAFE NSW (Ultimo, St Leonards and Randwick Campuses), International Film School Sydney, School of Audio Engineering and Metro Screen. He has a passion for sound, music and the film industry and a particular skill for passing these skills on to those interested in a career in these fields.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.