Los Angeles California Production Sound

As a seasoned production sound mixer (often referred to as a sound recordist, location sound, or simply sound mixer), I have an extensive knowledge base coupled with an array of gear to bring your production value to the next level. Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the country and the home of the film production industry; As a result, more than a third of my clients are LA video production companies or agencies. Though my homebase is Cleveland, I can work in LA for shoots with travel & accommodations covered.

Must be considered out of town hire for all video productions in Los Angeles

Contact Henri Rapp Recording for Location Sound Services in LA!

Location Sound Recordist

As a sound recordist on a Television Show, Documentary Shoot, Narrative Film, or Commercial Production, I have a lot of responsibilities on set; From Recording Clean Dialog, Wiring Talent, Recording Ambiences & Production Foley Sounds, to Logging MetaData, Ensuring Audio & Camera Sync, Mixing Reference Audio to Camera, and a lot more. Having dedicated more than a decade of my life to recording audio, I have the experience to guarantee it gets done right the first time.

I love exceeding my clients’ expectations by providing extraordinary on set production sound services… Recording sound isn’t something I fell into, it’s my passion. Drawing on my varied experience & deep knowledge base of recording techniques, I deliver every time for my clients, bringing up the quality of recorded audio in every production.

I have experience with nearly every style of shooting, and would love to talk about your shoot:

  • Commercial
  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Reality
  • ENG / Electronic News Gathering
  • Corporate
  • Live Television
  • Musical Performance Recording
  • Event Coverage
  • Comedy Specials

Working In Los Angeles, California

I love the LA Production community, and have quite a lot of California based clients. Working as a sound recordist or production mixer in Los Angeles, I must be considered an out of town hire. Therefore I will need to travel, mileage, lodging, & per diem covered. Contact me for a custom quote based on your needs.

Production Sound Recordist
LA Sound Recordist
California Production Sound Mixer

Why Hire Henri Rapp Recording for Production Sound?

My work shows my passion for high quality sound, I love deploying creative solutions & overcoming challenges to deliver quality audio despite each shoot’s unique challenges. Drawing on more than a decade of audio production experience, I bring a depth of knowledge more extensive the run of the mill sound mixer. Drawing on my experience in recording studios, with post-production, classical music recording, live sound reproduction, & much more. I love unique projects and the challenges that come with them.


Ultimately I let my work speak for itself. Here’s a selection of projects with largely different workflows:

Recording Studio Quality Voice Over on Location

Nike – Come Out Of Nowhere

Recording on location can provide a number of unique challenges, and being forced into an overly reflective locker room to record the voice over for a national commercial spot with Lebron James would not have been my first choice. However with plenty of setup time we were able to acoustically treat the room and turn it into a fantastic sounding & incredibly quiet room. Read my article on recording studio quality voice overs on location.

Keeping Quality Up With Fast Paced Mobile Shooting

NFL – Thursday Night Films

When a shoot demands a fast paced workflow to meet deadlines, or capture an event with a limited timeline I have the tools prepped & experience to get it done right when there are no second chances. Working in high noise environments with little to no control I was able to deliver great sound despite those major challenges. Traveling with a lightweight run and gun bag, boom & backpack full of the essentials from extra wireless lavs, batteries for the full day, mics for each scenario we might encounter, and a few redundant accessories, we kept a light footprint and moved quick.

Delivering High Quality Dialog for Union Commercials

Betsy Rader for Congress – “Roundtable”

With lager scale productions & political campaign commercials often being union crews, I am a member in good standing with IATSE Local 209, and can request permission to work in any jurisdictions outside Ohio.  Commercials can range a lot in content, from a single person delivering lines to camera to large scale multi camera setups or complex one shots with a lot of moving parts. Let’s discuss the unique requirements of your production!

Delivering Quality Audio in Sub-Zero Conditions

Sprint – Olmsted Ice

One of the challenges of this shoot being at an ice factory was hopping back and forth between warm & below freezing conditions. Working with top tier brands like Sound Devices, DPA Microphones, & Lectrosonics I can be sure my gear will keep working will pushing the limits of workable temperatures. Cheap gear will often break down under these harsh conditions, but I don’t take chances for my clients.

Getting Natural Sound For B-Roll Without Being Obtrusive

Childhood League Center – Isaiah & Jeffery

Working for a school that specializes in children with developmental disabilities presents a unique set of challenges and impacts the footprint we can have when shooting around their students. Relying heavily on plant mics & mic’d staff, I was able to capture audio that helped bring this branded documentary a more cinematic & immersive experience. Some of the interview locations presented challenges like excessive reverb & uncontrollable background sound, but close mic placement coupled with acoustic treatment, & a little noise reduction, everything turned out phenomenally.

Talent In Water – Waterproof Wireless

Champs Sports – Going Numb

Anytime water is involved it presents significant challenges for both audio & camera alike. Fortunately for Going Numb, since the contestants are sitting in an ice bath, I was able to source two waterproof transmitters. Another challenge of was mounting the lavaliers & bodypacks wouldn’t come undone during action (i.e. jumping in the water), or the mic coming unaffixed from their shirts.

Audio To Timecode Playback & Recording Production Sound

Ohio Lottery – Ohio Wins

A complex workflow involving music playback for a band to match performances to & recording of the commercial’s dialog in real time. The audio playback system (via PA System & IFBs) was additionally stripped with timecode wirelessly fed to the slate for music & camera sync. Both cameras had sync boxes on them. Opting for a handheld dynamic mic as part of the production aesthetic also helped reject bleed allowing for cleaner dialog in the end product.

160+ Musical Artist Performance Videos in 4 Shooting Days

Shenandoah – George Jones Sessions

Consistently delivering high quality sound when recording so many live performance videos in such a shorts spane demands a lot of prep and being ready for anything that happens. Dealing with numerous grammy winners & big country names, while also working in The George Jones Museum in Nashville, this was one of my most challenging shoots that demanded a lot of pressure to get it right.

Delivering Quality Production Sound In Remote Locations

“It’s A Bird Snuggle!” – Birds Of North America – Topic.com

One of the unique challenges for a location sound mixer is being able to deliver high quality sound in extremely remote locations, with limited access to things like power. On the other hand working in isolated locations in rural areas leaves you with quiet environments that allow for exceptional dialog. This project required a lightweight rig that allowed for us to be hiking around a state park for multiple days.

Film Sound Equipment

Every video production has varied audio needs, I offer scalable multitrack recording packages tailored to the needs of your shoot. Whether its a  lightweight bag based sound package to a cart based sound recording equipment ready for complex workflows with a full team that includes a Sound Recordist, Boom Operator, & Utility. Every equipment package is different based on the needs of the individual video production’s need.

From Large Scale Multi Camera Productions to Small Run & Gun Crews, I have done it all. I’ve worked with nearly every camera on the market (Including Red Dragon, Red Gemini, Red Helium, Red Mostero, Arri Amira, Arri Alexa SXT, Arri Alexa Mini, Sony F55, Sony F5, Sony FS7, Canon C300, Panasonic Varicam, & Panasonic EVA1), and know how to properly set them up for any workflow requirements.

Now matter what gear you need, I’ve got you covered:

  • Multitrack Field Recorders
  • Wireless Lavalier / Talent Mics
  • Boom Microphones
  • Stick / Handheld Mics
  • Studio Microphones for Instruments
  • Timecode Sync Boxes / RF Master Clock
  • Timecode Smart Slates
  • IFBs / Comteks
  • Camera Hops
  • Playback System
Film Sound Gear in LA
LA Camera Crew Location Sound Recordist

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Henri Rapp - Production Sound Recordist & Location Sound Mixer