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  1. Ha. None scheduled;~) CrewC
  2. I hope to attend this year but ya never know what comes our way. CrewC
  3. I've seen this video before. Very cool. I'm a UA guy in my home studio. Love their stuff. Would love some vintage hardware from them. Someday hopefully. As a hobbiest I have recorded many in all manner of modern ProTools style and a few times in the 50's style with the whole band going for the magic. Less can be more in this day and age of unlimited tracks. CrewC
  4. I'll check it out Mike. I saw "The Hero" today. A small American film. Well made IMO. I hope you are well. CrewC
  5. That's the truth IMO. Think about films like "Ordinary People", "Last Detail", "Wait Until Dark", "Last Picture Show" etc.... Story was paramount, even above star power. They all had strong directors, single producers, good writers, maybe a literary heritage, quality actors (not stars per se) and a realistic shooting and post schedule. Not how they're made today. I agree w Mike West as well about the UK films and what we call TV. Best place to find well made story driven content. CrewC
  6. Happy Dad Day to all you Dads. Personally speaking, it's the thing I'm most grateful for the honor of being. CrewC
  7. As a music recording hobbiest, I really enjoyed this post/video. Gear, with all its pluses, minuses, limitations, characteristics, etc all play a big part of a songs sound, but the biggest, most important element is the performance when done 50's style live in a room with players making the magic. Thanks for this find mono. CrewC
  8. Sitting under a pop up today, in the pouring rain at Warner Ranch when a message from Christian Holm popped up on my email with a good idea, or so I thought. He asked me to start this because he feels his command of the english is a bit weak. He probably asked the wrong guy to do this as my english is dodgy at best. But... The idea is like "Who I am today", but discussing the music in your life as a window to ones personality and how it influenced you in any way shape or form. I hope I am expressing his idea right. Why not, seems fun enough for a rainy day in Hollywood. Music has always been a main ingredient and love in my life. My father loved the big bands and swing music, so this is the 1st music I heard as a child. Growing up in the 50's n 60's in Southern California, rock and roll and surf music and Motown were on every radio in my world. I so loved it that I took up drums and formed a neighborhood garage band when I was 10. We weren't alone in Fullerton where I was born. This is the city where Leo Fender and his guitar and amp company "Fender" was started. We may of been the 3rd best band out of 9 or so bands that we knew of in town. We played at the Teen Center, Country Club, YMCA, the frat house at CSF, Sunny Hills H S and anywhere we could get a gig. So much fun to play for people after endless hours of rehearsal in our basement. I learned much about sound and even more about life and people. Looking back I can see that this was the seeds that grew into my chosen profession. I have been to many great concerts over the years and may post a list someday. I listen to all types of music today and I am always looking for new bands to enjoy. I have a small project studio and record bands and singer/songwriters all the time in what little spare time I get. I still play the drums and my band, "Pappy n da Pacemakers" are now the 103rd best band in Fullerton.:-) I hope this is what you had in mind C Holm. CrewC The Selecter-On My Radio #235. *T*O*T*Ps*70s*
  9. As always, great job Richard and all who contributed to this and every issue. Thanks. CrewC
  10. Excellent advice. That is the POV that the best sound people I've worked with all shared. CrewC
  11. This has the Ansel Adams in NM look... CrewC
  12. The world is definitely a louder place than even 10 years VAS. But I'd like to add a little history to your comment about Jim Webb. I did 4 or 5 films w Jim and I can absolutely tell you he hated multitrack and thought it was the wrong way to make film. He made many great points about that work flow when we talked about it because I pumped him for info many times because I liked Altman Films. He really didn't like being associated with multitrack but was proud that he and his team pulled it off with Altman, but left that camp after "A Wedding". He never looked back. I'd like to add that I think Altman was an artist who knew the craft well, so well he could push the "rules". He made many films his way, and while I liked a lot of them, some were..... For the record, I love the tools we have today. Coupled with a good director and story worth telling, many do great work and there is hope some will carry on. Jeff and Don and I had the fleeting good fortune to do some good work. He and Don continued to do it well and fight the good fight to do it right, but sadly, that is not an option all that often these days. Almost all of what we considered "good sound" is not wanted or recognized as such. It'd be interesting to see "An Officer and a Gentelman" mixed and posted in today's workflow world. I have a good idea what that would sound like. Not as good.;~) Sharman's OP is a good starter for the state of sound for picture. I, like Phillip and others don't want to come off as cranky old farts bemoaning the new kids and what not, it really isn't that. I feel the product made these days is more rollercoaster ride than stories I have love since I was a 5 year old watching movies at the Fox Fullerton Theater full of kids, teen, and adults. I do see/hear good work in some of the small and independent films and that keeps my hopes alive. CrewC
  13. Since this is such a wide open and subjective topic, I doubt we can find an answer in that one size never fits all. I will throw this out though, "Time". Back in the day as they say, there was time to do things right. 60 day shooting schedules were the norm. One camera was the norm as was interdepartmental cooperation that was expected and a part of every set up and shot to complete a film. On top of that, actors who used the tools of the craft, their voices. Directors were seldom "first time" and usually he usually had one producer guiding the "story" they set out to make together. Add to that a reasonable post production schedule that allowed the director and producer to find the film they set out to make. And technically the dialog was one track and only the on camera actor recorded per shot. Re recording was not 196 tracks of ProTool files jammed and compressed into an over loud listening experience mixed with an unrealistic schedule where finesse is not an option. Not that we are ever going back, but something has been lost IMO. CrewC
  14. FWIW, I saw and played a bit w the Mix3 & 6 today. Very cool units. I like what they do for different purposes in our world. My only issue is powering. Seems limited. Tempted to buy. Definitely want to try it as a ProTools interface too. Thanks to all who posted the good info. CrewC
  15. I like your videos Dave. Are you going to make one about the MixPre as a USB interface for ProTool? CrewC
  16. Like a licensing fee? Seems like a good way to open a revenue stream for Zax, but from all I've seen over the years I doubt it's about the money with them. Just my 2 cents. FWIW, lawyers get rich, not small companies in this type of thing. CrewC
  17. I'm glad you A students are as dumbfounded as I am... CrewC
  18. Being a C student I have trouble seeing the infringement of the PDR to the Zax recording transmitter. Seems to me a stand alone recorder is just that and a integrated recorder in a wireless transmitter is something else. Seems like a reach, but again, I'm a C student at best. CrewC
  19. Never gets easier when one of our musical heros die. I never met him or his band mates, but I got very close to them via their gift of music. I hope he passed peacefully, high on the love we shared through the music they brought to us. Jam on brother. CrewC
  20. Love Dan's new song. Even the video is better than most IMO. CrewC
  21. The Deva 4 was released over 12 years ago. Many recording needs, (real or perceived) have changed since then. Not to mention workflows and post requirements since that time. Aside from the 788, I have and still use on occasion all the gear JW listed. It is all still well made useful gear IMO. The best thing about these times is the many choices we have to do our gigs. CrewC
  22. Not sure how it happened in commercials, guessing it is agency creatives and director's not being sure what they want and being afraid to commit to a plan. Samsung commercials come to mind for me, that is where the track counts went nutz. They would want us to wire the world. 15 to 18 people who may or may not talk. What my guys did was a new mixer for every 7 people wired. Other guys did the same thing. I saw some pix of a 4 mixer and I think 4 boom sound crew doing a Samsung commercial on the Paramount on the backlot. Money didn't seem to matter to them. On any given day we wire and boom 3 to 6 people. Last Friday we wired 10 plus the boom. I guess because we can, we do. It's like 30 of my 40 years we shot 1 camera 99% of the time. These days 2 to 4 cams are not unusual. It's a odd way to work IMO, but it is the way of today. CrewC
  23. HB2 Mr Zimmerman, aka Bob
  24. I agree Mike. Love my Nagra years but I'd never go back or would want to. Onward. CrewC
  25. A big part of "Depends" is what analog mixer are you thinking about buying. I have a Cooper 106 and a Solice from PSC that I use to use w a Deva 4. That worked great for many years until the track counts were going higher than 8. (Now days I use them as back up or in my home studio). Can't go wrong w either mixer IMO. I now have and use a CL-12 / SD688 / SL6 setup with a Lectro Venue for 12 radio tracks available. Also I have a 633 & 2 Srb Lectro receivers as a bag rig. I really like this system for today's work flow with high iso counts and radio boom and lav's. I doubt anyone could tell the difference between the 2 methods of recording that we find ourselves in covering 99% of production sound recordings. If your current system works for you now, I'd wait a year before buying. The next gen recorder/mixer will most likely be a 16 track all in one unit that is the best of the 6 and 7 series from SD. This is only a guess. I have no relationship w them or insider knowledge. Just seems like the new sweet spot for cart based system if they think there is a large enough market for that. Also I'll second P P. "Where's the CL- 6???" Love to have one too.... CrewC