Professional Sound Services
311 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036 P: 212-586-1033 (800-883-1033) www.pro-sound.com
New York City’s Professional Sound Services (PSS) is dedicated to providing the best in audio equipment sales, service and rentals throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
For a number of years PSS has brought a concern for service to a loyal clientele in production sound for motion pictures, broadcasting and video production. They also serve recording studios, schools, universities and government agencies worldwide.
Owner Rich Topham Jr. is a leader in bringing “sound education” to many throughout the years. With experience in just about all aspects of sound and recording in production and postproduction, he has worked with many major films, televisions series, sitcoms, commercials and industrial videos. He has received six Emmy Awards for technical support in sound and is a member of the Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Society of Motion Pictures Technicians and Engineers (SMPTE), Audio Engineering Society (AES), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and National Technical Investigators’ Association (NATIA).
Rich believes that “education is fundamentally the most important part of the audio business,” and PSS workshops offer the tools, techniques and procedures used in the professional sound business. Workshop students gain an appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of sound recording, learn tricks for creating an audio design and explore how to manipulate room tone, dialogue and effects tracks for a realistic sound presence. Pre-production planning, boom and wireless microphone operation, microphone planting, tape deck signal set up, and other techniques are also addressed.
In addition, students are introduced to the latest recording equipment, inter-format recording for music videos and commercial production, time code and other management tools for postproduction. PSS holds at least two workshops each month, either onsite in the New York City store or on location at various colleges, universities or private businesses.
Rich also makes sure the tech staff at PSS is technically up-to-date. “In this everchanging environment, sound mixers need the latest gear and the latest knowledge of the best way to run that gear,” he notes. A recent client testimonial says it all: “I can always rely on the PSS staff to answer all my questions without having to ‘get back to me.’ Their knowledge is up to the minute and immediate.”
The Rental Department carries a wide range of the latest equipment for all audio needs. From a Sound Device mixer to a Lectrosonics combo system to a Sennheiser microphone, PSS offers a three-day Rental Week, a deal that can’t be beat. Rental manager Mike Boyle customizes packages to make sure they’re just right for clients.
As a Factory Authorized Service Center for many manufacturers in the audio business, PSS provides prompt and reliable service on a wide variety of professional audio equipment, both in and out of warranty. “I know that their investment in production audio equipment is important to clients,” says Rich. “Regular care and maintenance is an important step in prolonging the life of that investment, and service manager Vlad Tarasov, one of the best audio technicians around, helps with that process.”
PSS recently added a postproduction studio equipped with the best in professional equipment for both audio and video. Need audio clean up, an audio transfer with time code, or just a basic audio dub? No problem. Open 24/7? No problem. The PSS technical staff is highly qualified and respected.
PSS offers the largest inventory of professional sound equipment on its website (www.pro-sound.com) where the monthly online newsletter presents news, photos and stories from the field. Customers can buy directly online or stop by the New York City office to chat with the staff and share pizza Friday at noon.