Bob Stephen (Sound Production Professionals LLC)

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Chicago, Illinois

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Bob is an easy going but hard working production sound mixer/recordist looking to achieve optimal signal to noise ratio for you video production. I own my own gear which simplifies the sound production aspects of your production. Various sound packages are available and configurable upon request. Please see below for my formal bio.

Bob Stephen is a freelance sound engineer based in Chicago, Illinois. He received his Associates of Applied Sciences degree from Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy in 2010, with a Music Recording Focus. Upon graduating, Bob was hired as a stagehand in Chicago’s Stagehand Union Local Two. There he served as an audio technician, set builder, and general stagehand. Also during this time, Bob continued to pursue his work as a freelance location sound mixer. His first major location audio work was a feature film called “Jamie and Jessie are not Together”. Since this project, the range of his work has extended into other feature films, commercials, short films, reality television, and informational videos. Some of his “end of line clients” include: Discovery Channel, ESPN, PBS, TBS, TNA Wrestling, and countless non-television outlets. In addition to this work, Bob is a live sound music engineer for Arlen Music Productions. Arlen Music Productions is a popular and prolific event band service in the Chicago area, providing live entertainment throughout the midwest and much of the country. His duties include front of house mixing, monitor engineer, and lighting. Outside of his career pursuits, Bob has enrolled as a continuing education student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design to pursue work with interactive multimedia art installations, creative projection mapping, and building custom audio processors. Much of this work is done with MAX MSP.

I have been in the industry since 2008.


US Women's Olympic Soccer Concussion PSA (Heather O'Reilly) UPS Internal - Top Notcher (Location Sound Engineer, Field Mixer) Web MD (Physician Interviews Location Audio) Milwaukee Brewers Playoffs (TBS Player Interviews Location Audio)) PBS Shed Aquarium Fund Raiser Promo Direct Buy Testimonials Chef Hunter (Reality Show Field Mixer) Prostate Cancer Awareness PSA Featuring Bobby & Pat Knight” (ESPN PSA, Location Sound Engineer) Atomic imaging Halloween Party Ad / Evite (Golan Studios and Atomic Imaging) (Sound Design) Jamie and Jessie are not together (Location Audio) Green City Market Pilot Promo (Location & Sound Design) Ephemeral Bliss Short Film (Location & Sound Design Kelsey Montanez Music Recording Blue Ribbon Glee Club Music Recording


Sound Device 664 Production Mixer + MutiTrack Recorder (16 isolated tracks of audio!) & Time Code Generator Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun Microphone Sennheiser G3 wireless Lavaliere pacakge (2 pairs of Transmitter + Receivers) K-Tek K-152 boom pole Internal coiled cable side pole XLR iPad Smart Slate With Time Code Sound Devices HIROSE 10-P to 2-XLR/1-MINI/F BREAKOUT Petrol PETROL LIGHTWEIGHT AUDIO BAG-LARE Petrol DECA heavy duty harness Neumann U87 Type AI (Great Voice Over Mic / Legendary) Max MSP (Software for interactive audio visual installations & performance) Azden SM2X Shotgun Microphone Pro Tools System MacBook Pro Zoom H4n Rycote 18cm/STD SOFTIE (FMC) Delkin Devices MULTI CARD READER/WRITER Delkin Devices 16GB SDHC Memory Card Elite 633x UHS-I Delkin Devices 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card 500x UDMA Sound Devices XLNPH NP-Style Battery Cup Sound Devices XL-WPH3 45W DC Power Supply for Sound Devices Recorders and Mixers Bescor - BP-NP1 NP-1 Style NiCd Battery with 12V/2300 Frezzolini - FQC-NP1 Quick Charger for NP-1


Founding Chair and Treasure of Flashpoint Academy Audio Engineering Society

Associations / Organizations

Arlen Music Productions/Consultants Stagehands Local 2 of Chicago Apprentice Freelance Location Audio Tech


JJack Productions had the opportunity to work with Bob Stephen as our Boom Op/Sound Mixer on our 30 second Denny's Spot, and we couldn't have asked for a more professional individual. Bob was on time, fast worker, very knowledgeable, more than happy to get uncomfortable to get the job done, and constructive in regards to creative input on recording techniques. Above all the professionalism, Bob is a great guy who will make your job as a Producer easy and worry free.


Justin Jackola
Director/Founder of JJack Productions

Justin Jackola

Product Productions has hired Bob a number of times to be our audio technician on not only client jobs but our own, in house, projects. Each time we've worked with him he never fails to be excellent at what he does and a great person to have on our crew.

Product Productions