Brooks Lester

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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About Me

In my 20-plus years mixing sound I've mic'd up scores of celebrities from Jessica Alba to Robin Wright on movie sets from LA to the Bahamas, worked with Dan Rather in a Learjet over Oklahoma and Mike Wallace at Daytona International Speedway for CBS News' 60 Minutes, flown (inverted) with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, taken the pitch in Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, covered events in the White House Briefing Room, and chased down interviews in rural Mexico for a Fortune 500 client.

I've also helped tell many stories about "ordinary" people living extraordinary lives: struggling undocumented "dream kids" playing high school soccer and trying to build a future in the U.S. (Sound Supervisor on "Los Jets"/NUVO TV), 7 year-old amateur golf prodigies hoping to win a world championship ("The Short Game"/Esquire TV), and ambitious small business owners with long shot dreams to make it big ("Your Business"/MSNBC) - compelling stories with a rich emotional component.

Recently I've completed eight seasons of DIY Network's top-rated show "Salvage Dawgs" (60+ episodes) and three seasons of "Garage Gold" (37 episodes). These are fast-moving, sophisticated sound shows with multitrack field audio, multi-camera distributed audio/time code, and multiple cast members wearing wireless mics.

I'm comfortable working with everyone from A-listers to "street" people, and I pride myself on being an agreeable, easy-going member of the production team. I've been working with many of my clients for more than 20 years. You can trust me to get great sound.

I have a top-notch sound kit including a Zaxcom Nomad 10/8 mixer/recorder, 6 frequency-agile Lectrosonics wireless systems (Blocks 24, 22, and 19) with a pair of extra block 22 receivers that can be shared with another mixer, Zaxcom Digital Stereo Hop plus 2 ERX Scratch Audio/Time Code receivers, 3 boom mics, smart slate, ComTeks, and more. All of my gear was bought new, by me, to ensure its quality and proper maintenance history. I was first in market to work the network ENG/EFP environment (1988), first to own an over-the-shoulder sound kit (1990), and first to own "in-bag" multitrack mixing and recording gear (2007). I take pride in my skills and knowledge base.

Thanks for taking an interest in me and my services. I hope we have an opportunity to work together - and tell your story.

Please refer to my website for more information:
www.ncsoundmixer.com

You may contact me at brookslester@me.com or call 919-345-1996

I have been in the industry since 1989.

Clients

Commercial Spot: AT&T Wireless, Apple Computer, GE Aviation, North Carolina Education Lottery Documentary: The Sundance Channel: "Iconoclasts", NUVO TV: "Los Jets", Esquire TV: "The Short Game" Feature Film Press Kit: "Big Fish", "The Patriot", "Hannibal", "Message in a Bottle" Long Form News/Feature: Front Line, Bill Moyers, HBO, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel Food: "Throwdown with Bobby Flay", "Blue Ribbon Eats" Renovation: "Salvage Dawgs", "Garage Gold", "House Hunters", "Love It Or List It" Sports: ESPN, CNN/SI, HBO Real Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports Network News Magazine: CBS News/60 Minutes/48 HOURS, ABC News: 20/20/Nightline, CNN

Gear

Zaxcom Nomad 8-Track Mixer/Recorder with Time Code. Compact and sophisticated "in-bag" mixing and recording. 6 Total Wireless MIc Systems: 1 Block 24 Lectrosonics Tunable SRb/2 SMV, 1 Block 22 Lectrosonics Tunable SRb + 2 Lectrosonics UCR411a / SMa, 1 Lectrosonics Block 19 Tunable SRb/2 SMa Camera Hops: Zaxcom Digital Stereo Wireless Link to Camera, (2) Zaxcom ERX2TCD Scratch Audio + Time Code Receivers Microphones: Sennheiser MKH-60, 50, and 8040 Boom MIcs, RE50 Stick Mic, Peter Engh Omnigoose RF mic, Sanken COS-11 and Countryman B-6 Lavalier mics. 11' and 9' ft. K-Tek Carbon Fiber Boom Poles Client Monitoring: 5 Comtek 216 Client Headsets and 1 ComTek 216 Transmitter. Remote Audio "Speak Easy" Monitor Speaker Slate/Time Code Distribution: Denecke TS-C Compact Smart Slate with 2 Denecke SB-T Time Code Sync Boxes Transport: Fast moving follow cart set up for local work, Pelican shipping cases for all gear, EZ-Up Canopy Tent, dedicated production van

Associations / Organizations

IATSE, IBEW, NABET