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    Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS Host of jwsound Discussion Group
  1. 'Being There'

    I have almost no pictures from "Being There" --- I will try and find some from this amazing experience. As for the equipment/gear used, it was standard Nagra 4.2 mono recorder 9I know it's hard for some people to realize that almost ALL movies were made with 1 production track), the microphones used were pretty much the standard Sennhesier 415 and 815. There is one of many significant things regarding that movie, one being that I mark it as the movie where we really discovered the Schoeps microphone. I had one older Schoeps MK-41 that we had used several times as plant microphone but never really experimented much with it as a boom mic, preferring to stick with what everybody else was using which were the "movie microphones": 415 and 815. We did a scene one night in the streets of Washington, DC and we did several takes with the 415 as always, and then did several takes with the Schoeps on the fishpole. The next day at dailies, listening to the takes, we were blown away by the sound from the Schoeps --- it was literally night and day difference. From that point on I believe the Schoeps became our main microphone, As for wireless, rarely if ever used (or needed) --- I'm pretty sure the wireless we did use, if we ever used them, would have been older Audio,ltd. or the coherent Communications Artech line of wireless (very similar to Audio, Lt.d). As for the single card credit --- total surprise for me, I think the first ever where the Production Sound Mixer has gotten an up front single card. I was fortunate enough to work o the post production mixing of "Being There" and so I got to see all the reels many times. On one day while previewing the last reel with the end credits I noticed that my name was not there --- I got the courage up to ask Hal Ashby if there had just been some mistake, did they forget to put my credit in --- he told me there was no mistake, they hadn't done the front credits yet and I would be getting a single card at the front of the movie.
  2. New Follow Cart - JW

    The follow cart built with 80/20 square tube profiles has held up very nicely. I have had to swap out wheels a few times, going from tube-type tires to flat free ones, then back to full pneumatics when the "flat free" tires developed terrible flat spots from just sitting in place. The caster plates do utilize 4 bolts: 3 directly through the tubes and 1 through the material I used for the bottom surface. Regarding the top surface work area and the bottom surface, I used marine plywood and I regret that choice because of the weight. Incidentally, the follow cart we are talking about is for sale --- I am starting that process of selling most all of my equipment and carts.
  3. USED DEVA V

    You are correct, the Deva is still a totally capable recorder, actually continuing to perform some features and functions that even the latest recorders from other manufacturers do not have. Any Deva IV, V or 5.8 should run forever and I am fairly sure that anything that needs service could be taken care of well into the future. The only liability with these older machines is that they may not have all the features or functions that you may need for the types of jobs you are doing. The only "service" any of my Devas have required is once having to replace the internal backup battery and then, of course, swapping out the hard drive before any chance of drive failure.
  4. Tom Petty, RIP

    I am devastated... I loved Tom Petty and his music, this is truly tragic news.
  5. Hey Jeff, wasn't there a member buy/sell section?

    It's still there --- you will only see it if you are signed in. Maybe you thought you were signed in but you weren't? LINK to Want To Buy - Want To Sell section
  6. Cart building day!!!

    I would like to put your cart images up in the Gallery of Sound Carts and I would like to put your name to it --- I realize I don't actually know your real name and I do not want to put "thope" as the person who built this beautiful cart!
  7. Cart building day!!!

    Beautiful work!
  8. RIP - Ed Greene

    I was waiting to try and gather my own personal feelings, I am very saddened by Ed's passing, not really able to express --- I have posted some comments from others (available already from Facebook to the Hollywood Reporter and many other sources. Los Angeles, CA, 11 August 2017--- CAS Board Member and previous CAS Career Achievement Recipient Ed Greene passed away on 9 August 2017 surrounded by family. Greene also previously served as a Governor of the Sound Branch of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “The Sound community has lost an icon,” said CAS President Mark Ulano. “And the CAS Board has lost the voice of someone who held a vast knowledge of the history and evolution of live sound recording. Ed was a mentor to many of today’s sound mixers and he will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family.” Over the course of his career Ed won 22 Emmy Awards and was nominated 61 times. He mixed some of the most highly regarded music, variety and award shows. He also won the CAS Award in 2003 for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials for “XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony”. He was also nominated for a CAS Award on four other occasions: in 2009 for his work on “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar”, in 2004 for his work on “The 45th Annual Grammy Awards” as well as “The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts” and in 2000 for “The 41st Annual Grammy Awards”. Former CAS President Edward L. Moskowitz commented, “The personal and professional loss to each and every one of us is immeasurable. So many of us owe him so much. With the clarity of his teaching and conduct he was the personification of the CAS principals to educate and inform the industry and the public of effective sound while maintaining the highest standards of conduct and craftsmanship. He will be deeply missed.” “The Sound Community has lost a giant-- an innovator, a huge talent, and above all, a wonderful friend. Ed Greene was my first mentor when I was a young mixer, teaching me about music mixing for picture, and collaborating on many shows together,” said former CAS President David E. Fluhr. “I was always (and still am) in awe of his talent, and his ‘Velvety Smooth Tracks’, as I would call them. He never hesitated to share his knowledge and experience, and would help anyone who asked. I am honored to have known him, and to have spent time with him on the CAS Board of Directors for many years. He was the best at what he did--and his legacy will live on for generations to come.”
  9. Can't log in without asking for a new password

    Tapatalk is again acting up (you all know that I am not a fan). The last two updates to the forum software have broken Tapatalk. Additionally, as a site owner and licensed Tapatalk user, I am having trouble signing in to my Tapatalk account --- they have transitioned to a new "Tapatalk ID" system that is not working properly. So, I am not even able to try and update Tapatalk plug-in until I sort out my Tapatalk account.
  10. Handle for cart, 12" or so, sources?

    I think Phil nailed it for Phil --- from Grainger, pass through bolting, narrow, etc.
  11. RIP Glen Campbell

    We all knew he was on his way out... still very sad to hear of his passing today.
  12. Handle for cart, 12" or so, sources?

    Over the years I have found various handles that would meet your needs, looking mostly at RV supply stores (handles available as grab bars for interiors of trailers, RVs) and also at marine supply, like West Marine. I have had to find handles for the bottom front of my carts that have only 1" aluminum channel stock to bolt to. Some of the bars/handles that I found did have to be drilled out to accommodate a through bolt mounting.
  13. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Thanks for pointing it out about Skyline and the good cart they made --- it was quite popular and was the precursor to the Audio Services/PSC style folding cart (I think Audio Services might have actually made some deal with Skyline but probably not --- just ripped the design and made some improvements). I'm trying to remember the name of the person who actually did the original design --- I think it was someone named Tom Carrol possibly?
  14. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    I think it was a company called Skyline that used to sell and rent these pathetic excuse for a sound cart. You are so right, in the early days of independent productions, we pretty much had to build our improvise our own sound carts.
  15. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    On my personal website I have a little history of my sound carts. This doesn't include some of the improvised rigs we had to use when faced with really challenging location jobs. JWSOUND personal website - History of the Sound Cart
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