Sound Mixer Brett Alphin Keeps “Eargonized” with Petrol Bags


Last Updated: March 27, 2013 5:36 am GMT
(Shelton, Connecticut--March 27, 2013) Production sound mixer Brett Alphin works on a diverse range of projects, mixing everything from the clinking heels of high fashion reality to the squeals of great sea mammals. Whether he is on location in New York, Los Angeles or a distant locale, he always shows up prepared and ready to go. He carries gear in the Deca Eargonizer from Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.

“When I discovered Petrol’s PS602 Deca Eargonizer, it was my dream bag – simple, streamlined and compact. Exactly what I need when I’m on the go as much as I am, ” Alphin explains. But getting there is just the start. Alphin believes, “The key to a successful career as an ENG mixer is that you must be easy to work with, get good audio, and make the process smooth. People are visual and most of the time, if they can’t see it, they don’t want to worry about it. I don’t want a producer or director to ever think about audio. I want them to know I have it taken care of and they can just expect excellence.”

“There is nothing worse than a sloppy mixer,” he says. “How can you have confidence in a mixer whose cables are hanging everywhere and their rig looks like a tornado hit it?”

Alphin’s Petrol Eargonizer helps him stay organized. His current set up holds a compact Lectrosonics Octopack with two Lectrosonic SRB receivers, Sound Devices’ 788T recorder and CL-8 mixer. “The whole thing is about 22 pounds,” he says. “I love that the Petrol doesn’t add weight, but it is still sturdy and there is a place for everything. I can set up my gear the way I use it most and keep it that way. One of the other cool things about the bag that helps me blend in — on set, crew is required to wear black most of the time — and I appreciate that the bag is black. It blends into the background. A lot of other companies’ bags are blue and blue stands out, where black blends in.”

Alphin’s Deca Eargonizer is constructed of heavy-duty water-resistant Cordura and has removable internal dividers for custom configurations. The double floor provides headphone cable organization, the internal pocket houses a mixer battery, and four expandable snap-on pouches can hold transmitters or receivers. “Everything is exactly where I need it, and ready to go to work,” he says. “No one will ever wait on sound, with me, as long as I have my Petrol setup at hand and ready.”

Alphin recently completed work on a shoot at Sea World for Animal Planet. His resume includes The Apprentice, Hell’s Kitchen and Project Runway — all with equipment handily packed in his Petrol Bags Eargonizer.

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About Petrol Bags
Petrol Bags is a leading producer of professional carrying bags and accessories for portable cameras, lighting, audio, support and other production equipment. The Petrol Bags product family encompasses a full line of highly protective, versatile, adaptable and extremely portable bags, backpacks, cases, and accessories. Petrol Bags works closely with industry professionals to create carrying systems designed for safe transport as well as quick and easy access on location.

Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Petrol Bags is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Petrol Bags, visit

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, international business-serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

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