About Brian Gilbert

On the Red Carpet and the New Moon premiere, Knoxville, TN

The short story: Location audio engineer  and Special Effect Technician based in the southeast US region (Savannah, GA.) Experienced, complete audio gear kit, passport ready with extensive travel experience. Nonsmoking, can carry gear, and I never take calls during a shoot.

The long version: I’ve been involved in professional audio production since graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1982 (BA, Media Arts). I have over 4,000 hours experience on-air as audio operator for WCBD’s news productions in Charleston, SC (more on-air experience at other stations… see below). I’ve also served as Studio Manager at a 2″24-track facility (On Line Audio) for several years. I went on to receive my MA in Media Arts in ‘92 (3.98 GPR), worked at several television stations(WTSP St. Petersburg, WIS Columbia, WDEF and WTCI in Chattanooga), and worked as a mastering engineer for a time- experienced on a vintage Scully lathe cuting laquers, as well as SonicSolutions DAW preparing CDs. (Eva-Tone Clearwater)

As a blacksmith and welder, I was editor for an internationally published techniques journal (ABANA’s The Hammer’s Blow). I worked as Special Effects Tech on the Amazon Prime series Underground Railroad while it was shooting in Savannah, and travelled to Senoia GA for several months to work on The Walking Dead season 11.

On Location at the Marshal Spaceflight Center with Big, Bigger, Biggest for the BBC

I’ve concentrated on location sound and have put together a good collection of high-quality gear, including several wireless units by Lectrosonics, Sony, and Sennheiser, lav mics by Sanken, Countryman and Sennheiser, and mixers by Sound Devices. (Please see my equipment list.) My production credits include ABC, PBS, CNN, Discover, HGTV, BBC, National Geographic Channel, HDNet, and much more. (Please see my credit list.)

A scully lathe, very similar to the setup I used as a mastering engineer at Eva-Tone. The outboard rack included Fairchild and Urei limiters and Putec EQ’s… very nice!

My day rate varies depending on the type of project and the final market. For example, my day rate for nationally broadcast location sound mixing is about standard… not the cheapest you can get, but certainly not the most expensive either. Please give me a call or email for specifics.

Music projects are priced individually, depending on the scope of the work and the time involved. For example, straightforward audio engineering would be less than producing a project and designing an entire marketing campaign. Same thing with acoustical consulting and training projects… if it takes longer, it costs more. But probably less than you’d pay for a plumber or electrician to work on your house.

If you’re serious about your sound, I’d love to work on your upcoming project… just drop me an email at bgilbertsound@gmail.com.

5 responses to “About Brian Gilbert

  1. Wow! That’s an impressive list of credentials. Can you play the guitar, too?

  2. Lionel Williams


    I received your message on MySpace. Please give me a call at 803-394-4361 or 803-708-1344.

    Look forward to speaking with you soon.


    Pastor J. Lionel Williams

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  4. Great site Brian!! I’m, I guess an advanced amateur filmmaker, self-taught over the past 7 years. But, realizing that I’ll probably never make a commercial film, I have turned my attention to making movies for the internet. I’m especially interested in field sound. Regarding MS – Stereo, do you know how to invert phase in Soundbooth CS5? I’ve been all over Lynda.com and everywhere else, including Adobe. Can’t find it. Thanks.

    • bgilbertsound

      Hi Roland:
      I’m not positive, but I don’t think SB can do it. Adobe doesn’t consider SB their “professional” level product… they think Audition is for pro users. I don’t agree. I have the Beta version of Audition, but still go to Soundbooth 90% of the time because it’s faster. On my Soundbooth wishlist:
      1) a detailed manual, 2) a simple way to adjust L-R stereo balance, 3) phase control

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