What's the Story?

I am a sound recordist / editor / mixer based in the West Midlands.  I trained in Film and TV technical operations at Ravensbourne in the early 70's and started in studios when four track analogue was all there was. I have worked as a sound engineer in broadcast radio for most of my long career working for Radio Luxembourg (London), Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton and BRMB Radio in Birmingham, and the Capital Radio Group across the UK. My roles have varied from installing studios, building and maintaining equipment to producing commercials, recording and editing all genres of music, documentaries, quiz programs and live event broadcasts.

My interest in computers and the development of software to solve operational problems resulted in the early 90's in a career diversion into IT, and subsequently IT management, rising to Head of Infrastructure for the Capital Radio Group. I survived a number of mergers and aqusitions along the way but finally "took the opportunity" of redundancy in 2005 and formed my IT business which is still operational today. My love for recording sound never left me though and my son roped me in to recording and mixing sound on a couple of his short films. This prompted me to use a location sound recording course at the NFTS in 2016 as a conversion course to adapt my skills around recording sound for film, and so a new chapter  began. Since then I have worked on independent short and feature films, corporate, and live broadcast and documentary.

If you need an experienced set of ears, an easy going but professional attitude, with good technical skills on your next project I'd love to talk. Interested in recording drama, documentary, reality and corporate.         

Documentary

It was a pleasure to be involved as sound recordist on this mini doc​umentary from Format Factory for CBBC. Hopefully I'll have more documentary projects to list here soon!

Ian Edwards Film sound documentary

My Life: Leading the Dance (2019) Format Factory for CBBC

Watch on iplayer here

Corporate

A few of the corporate jobs I have worked on which at the time of posting are available to view on Youtube.
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Ian Edwards corporaet film sound West Midlands

Winston's Wish: Liam's Story (2019)

A touching story made by Azara Media for Winston's Wish, a charity that supports children bereaved by suicide. Filmed at a school near Coventry.

Ian Edwards corporate film sound West Midlands

Nova Innovation: Investment Opportunities (2019)

A promotional film for Nova Innovation based in Edinburgh aimed at potential investors. The sequences I recorded for Chardhouse Media are intercut with archive material, you can hear the difference ( hint: my audio is better ).

Ian Edwards corporaet film sound West Midlands

Crafting Futures: Jahday Ford (2019)

Part of the "Why I Make" film series for the British Council. Made by DGS Media  profiling glass blower Jahday Ford working at The Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge.

Ian Edwards corporate film sound West Midlands

Neolith at KBB (2018)

Neolith is an Italian company importing granite surfaces to the UK. this was filmed at their stand at the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom show at Birmingham's NEC in 2018.

Ian Edwards corporate film sound West Midlands

It's Kushti to Rokker: Hard Road to Travel (2019)

One of a series made by the Rural Media Company in Hereford for Travellers Times Films to promote mental health awareness amongst the traveller community.

Ian Edwards corporaet film sound West Midlands

Meme Detroit: Will You Be My Lie (2019)

This is a music video directed by Dwane Perks for Meme Detroit with an opening dialogue sequence I recorded in a car park in Worcester. 

Narrative

Some of the narrative titles I've been involved with as sound recordist, boom op, sound designer, or all three.
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Testimonials

Some nice things people have said about me and my work after very little persuasion.

Gallery

Some behind the scenes shots showing some of what I do.

Gear

"The right mic in the right place at the right time"

New for 2021 I have started to re-equip with kit from US manufacturer Zaxcom who have been a major manufacturer of audio equipment for the film industry for over twenty years. 

Features I didn't want to lose through an upgrade were the small size, low weight and long battery life of ​my Zoom rig and the Zaxcom Nova meets those requirements. This mixer / recorder is a game changer and I have now  completely bough​t into the Zaxcom ecosystem. The Nova houses up to eight digital radio mic receivers internally, has sixteen record tracks and six physical outputs. It includes IFB and timecode distribution and Zaxnet remote control of radio mic receivers. No more intrusion on talent to adjust the level on the mic transmitter.  My Zaxcom bag is about the same weight as my Zoom bag was and slightly smaller as a lot of the dangly bits have been integrated.

Along with my Zaxcom kit I have a growing range of microphones, stands, boom poles and fixings for optimum location sound capture. I also carry Tentacle Sync E and Timecode Systems time code units for sync.

If that's all gobbledegook all you need to know is it sounds great, it allows me to be mobile with quite a sophisticated rig and work fast even in confined spaces on set, and carrying it all around won't break my back.
Seen here on set for Mudlark

Showreel

This showreel from 2018 shows some examples of my work both as a sound recordist and sound designer. Please check back shortly as I'm working on an updated version of this with a lot more material.

Contact Me

Location Recording

Location sound recording for narrative, documentary and corporate

Sound Design

Post production re-recording, foley, dialogue edit, audio cleanup mixing and sound design, 

 Please do get in touch to chat through your film sound requirements. I am based centrally in Shropshire and have easy access to the West Midlands and beyond.

Location sound recording in the West Midlands serving Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, location sound mixer in Oxfordshire. Film sound recordist in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Sound Recordist in Birmingham, Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester, Stafford, Birmingham and the Black Country. and travel UK wide. Post production sound, sound design, mixing, restoration and clean-up  operating remotely for anyone anywhere!