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  2. Show me your bag

    its actually the Stingray Jr! Great and compact. Im not familiar with the petrol.
  3. Production Mix Structure

    A community of peers with highly divergent (and dearly held) opinions on how to get the job done. Living proof of there being a number of ways to skin this cat.
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  5. Production Mix Structure

    Ha. Glad you enjoy the joint Mack. Just so you know, there are 5 stages to JWSound love. Stage 1. OMG. Can't believe this exists. Stage 2. This is the best.... Stage 3. I've found my people and they like me. Stage 4. This place was cool until "so in so" reared up to give me grief... Stage 5. F U JW Sound and the recorder you rode in with. But really there is a stage 6 in which you get "it" for what "it" is, a community of peers from around the world who share a social platform beer now and again. Cheers. CrewC
  6. Production Mix Structure

    I absolutely love how everyone is willing to jump in and offer advice to people on this board. Willingly. It's amazing. I remember the days when I would ask someone how to time align a PA system, or how to sync tracks, and NO ONE would say anything. Their little secret. Maybe I am a bottle of wine in and being sappy, but I seriously appreciate this community on this site. I wish the OP a successful shoot. Mack PS. I meant beer. Don't judge.
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  8. Show me your bag

    Nice and compact. That petrol bag is still the best small bag ever made...
  9. How to hide a Sennheiser ME 2 on talent

    "the director hasn’t made himself available until now to allow me to demonstrate the ME 2’s shortcomings. > Without an A-B demo, I doubt you'll get anywhere. Some directors just don't care about sound at all. "we’re in a rural area – lesser chance for environmental noise." > Rural locations often have undesirable sounds as well. I was on a shoot in a remote region of Adirondack State Park... which had an active military air base ten or so miles away (next-door for jet aircraft). The scout report never mentioned this or there was little activity when they visited. Then there's the usual commercial and private aircraft to contend with along with unwanted birds, insects and environmental annoyances. Don't assume "rural" is going to be w/o issues. I hope it works out for you anyway,
  10. Just used the Cable Techniques lo-profi XLRs on some SD cables for a friend. These are the easiest XLR connectors to solder and get "right" of any I have ever used! Well-built as well. I have zero complaints about them. Curious about the lo-profi TA connectors now. D.
  11. Show me your bag

    Here's mine. I have two 235's rather than one and a 200 because the second one gets used in my partner's bag when we're double booked. That way he can use Zaxnet too. Also using ERX's for scratch audio and timecode to camera.
  12. Hi everybody, I'm looking for a sound mixer in Costa Rica who could substitute me on a documentary. The 3 shooting days ain't fixed yet but will take place in early December. Any recommendations are appreciated. thank you
  13. I've only soldered the Remote Audio option, but have seen and held the Cable Techniques one as well. The RA design is physically smaller than a Neutrik straight or angled connector, but seemed to weigh slightly heavier. I used these as a replacement to the horrible K-Tek ones that come with their Klassic poles. The RA option uses a metal cap that only offers 4 possible angles for cable routing (45, 135, 225, and 315). The angles didn't bother me since I was using this at the end of a pole, but could see how that could pose a problem in a bag. I was surprised at how small and light the CA design was when I first held one. Really like how variable the cable angle can be adjusted to, but is a molded plastic so it's definitely not as strong as the RA's all-metal cap. Considering you plan on using these in a bag, I'd save some money and go with the CA option.
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  15. How to hide a Sennheiser ME 2 on talent

    Again, we do not have a wardrobe department, though I’ll ask the director specifically what he’s having talent wear to set. The script does provide clues, and I was fortunately invited to the table read where they gave some detail about the kind of wardrobe they want. But there remain some unknowns, especially with women talent who may or may not be wearing dresses. Locations were unfortunately locked before they hired me, but we’re in a rural area – lesser chance for environmental noise. I hear that the bigger the crew, you’re less likely to know people in other departments, and so I definitely take advantage of smaller crews by getting to know everyone. You’re not an ass, you’ve been really helpful! The first/previous time I worked with a wardrobe department, they started a feud with my sound mixer. It was awful. I was hoping to hear about more helpful wardrobe departments, but it is what it is! I’ll get the director to send me photos. I’m not expecting great turnout if he has to ask talent to photograph their outfits for sound department (we’re a week away from the shoot), but hopefully they’ve already sent him photos. — Only seven more days, and crew meeting is happening between now and the shoot next Saturday, which is my last chance to persuade the director to rent a lav. It’s doubtful that any rental would arrive by the first shooting day, but the director hasn’t made himself available until now to allow me to demonstrate the ME 2’s shortcomings. Just found a rubber mount for the ME 2 made by LMC Sound. I’m buying one – I don’t expect it to solve all issues with such a sub-par mic, but at least it’ll have satisfied my curiosity and save some moleskin.
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  17. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Same thing. My deal memo is an e-signable document, sent through Hello Sign, which can be signed on any device connected to the internet at any hour. I never take a job without a COI and a signed deal memo. On occasion, I'll accept a COI emailed to me the morning of before I land on set (i.e. east coast insurance company, west coast call time).
  18. Deal Memo after the shoot

    But, the deal memo only reflects the charges we agreed upon, not anything about the services and equipment that we agreed upon. Those specifics are replaced by the generic phrase "the usual and customary services required of a person employed in the position." The specifics of our agreement are my only defense against an angry producer who disputed what I was "hired to do." Wandering Ear, there are many apps for smartphones that automatically record calls. Some phones are sold with them pre-installed. For landlines I manually trigger a recorder. JK Audio makes professional gear. Their QuickTap is a simple way to connect.
  19. Looking to make some custom cables to use with my new Sound Devices MixPre-6 and would like to use some low profile XLR connectors. There seems to be two on the market but the pricing difference between the two is substantial. So I thought I'd ask around here and see if anyone out there has experience working with both and can comment on the differences. There is the Cable Techniques option, which retails for about $15/connector: LINK And the Remote Audio option, which retails for about $25/connector: LINK Both have options for color coded caps (though the Remote Audio colored caps are more expensive) and both require a thinner cable to be used for which I was planning to go with Mogami W2697 miniature microphone cable (LINK). Anyone tried both of these and can comment on whether or not the Remote Audio connectors are worth the higher cost? I am planning to purchase 4-8 of these in male and female configuration so if the Cable Techniques are the same quality or better it would save me quite a bit of coin to go with them.
  20. Deal Memo after the shoot

    If the written deal doesn't contain anything onerous (as has been covered above), doesn't commit you to any future obligations and reflects the deal you made for the job you've already done then I say sign it and get your money. Yes--they are weasels, and you'll remember that, while mentioning that if there is a next time you'd like to see any docs they need signed BEFORE the job. If the new deal is attempting to slide in some new wrinkles then you'll have to escalate.
  21. UCR 211 pilot tone

    Indeed; one more reason JWSound is such a resource...I'm working my way up the prod snd chain, one post at a time!
  22. Deal Memo after the shoot

    This is a good policy. What do you do when they call you the afternoon before the shoot?
  23. UCR 211 pilot tone

    Posts 1-22 on this thread are from six years ago. Most of the contributors still frequent the group though.
  24. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Hellosign maintains a provenance of IP addresses of who accessed it and when. This is appended to the signed version of the PDF. Once you sign it, you can request a copy for your records. This is why I never do anything without a potential client signing my deal memo up front. If they balk for whatever reason (don't like the terms, corporate policy forbids them, etc.), I tell them I'm not a good fit and refer some colleagues to them. The peace of mind from having them agree to my terms is worth missing a few paydays.
  25. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Interesting to know about the 1 party consent states. My state is a 2 party consent state, so I never considered recording my business calls. As a side note, how do you record them? Do you have an app that automatically records, or do you manually trigger the recording if you think you might want it? It's unfortunate that we have to deal with stuff like this. It seems to happen all to frequently for me. The company I'm in the same situation as you with had over half a dozen paragraphs I couldn't agree to, including one that required me to report to them Everytime I work for another company that could be considered a competitor. There is no way I'm reporting every job I do for every production company to this company. You are your only advocate, and as a freelancer unfortunately we have to stand up for ourselves. The thing I always remind people is that a contract is a mutual agreement between both parties. There are some people that it's just not worth doing business with. I hope you can resolve this without too much further effort. Best of luck.
  26. UCR 211 pilot tone

    Thanks!
  27. Since Zaxcom wireless can fit 10 channels per MHz we do not foresee any problems for our customers due to this and our 100MHz transmitter tuning. Glenn
  28. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Jim, yes I have both the recorded phone call and the email chain. The gig—standard corporate PR—and services, gear and charges were discussed in the phone call. I was booked, and I reiterated the specifics of our verbal agreement, in a subsequent email chain. The company rep agreed to all, including paying my invoice within 30 days. Yes, I am aware that about 10 states have "two-party consent" telephone recording laws, not including MN and NY. I'm not sure what the practical effects of those laws may be. I don't think, for example, companies can hide behind two-party consent laws to commit fraud. I started recording all business calls three years ago after a client falsely claimed that my 10-hr day rate was a flat rate, and I had no record of our verbal agreement. $1,400 in OT over four days, gone. I just tried Googling "smartphones that record calls" and came up with 15 million hits. Getting back to the Deal Memo, I'm not sure if signing it—after the date of the shoot—could legally commit me to anything on the day of the shoot? It wouldn't seem so. But, then I don't know how the HelloSign e doc works, and if its date can be changed without my knowledge to the shoot date. I'm not even sure if I normally retain a copy of it. I still haven't decided which way to go. It's troubling that the same person with whom I made the contract now says she will not honor it. She also says she will pay the invoice if I sign the new contract (which does not incorporate the details of the current contract, and in fact specifically supersedes it.) This would seem to fall under the old adage "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." On the other hand, could this whole situation be the result of systemic chaos and incompetence? Definitely. e.g. the deal memo shows my day rate as my "hourly rate," and specifies I worked 12 hours. If interpreted literally, I suppose it would obligate the company to pay me 12 times my day rate. And yes, it's a pain. I only agreed to one production day of work for the specific charge, not one production day and two more days of paperwork. I do have other commitments to attend to. All I want is to be paid as agreed. There's no chance I would ever accept work from this company again.
  29. UCR 211 pilot tone

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