Mike Mulcahy

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    Tucson, AZ
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    filmmaker, teacher, aspiring prod & post sound professional

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  1. All this info is very helpful; thx much. Mike
  2. Hi, I discovered jwsound this year and have gained a tremendous amount of help from reading the posts and the experience and info contained within. Thanks very much to Jeff Wexler and all the contributors to this site. Mike M.
  3. Hi, Righto. I've been looking carefully at a film I am working on that incorporates interview footage, with a lav and a boom for the talent. The boom track seems to be about 5 subframes (in pro tools) later than the lav track. I'm not "sure" I can hear that difference - soloing each track and then listening to them both - but I've been moving the boom track to align with the lav (as much for practice as for effect). Thx, M
  4. thx for this...
  5. To Samuel (zoom official); Has there been a listing of serial numbers beyond which the hardware issue was resolved? Mine is B70007263 Thx, Mike
  6. Hi, My general understanding of this phenomenon is that mics equally spaced apart in relation to a sound source, if mixed together, result in a degraded audio signal. For example, here is Audio-Technica's explanation: http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/f54c2e7c578b36f7/index.html My questions: 1. If the two mics consist of a lav (1' from actor's mouth) and a directional mic on a boom that moves to 1' (very close miking) would phase cancellation occur? I am assuming it would... 2. If one iso'd such mics, would they also produce cancellation if later mixed or layered in relation to each other? Thanks in advance, Mike
  7. Howdy, Thanks much for both these replies, very helpful. best, Mike
  8. Hi, I've searched the site but did not find anything specific about recording walla; any advice or suggestions appreciated. I am prepping to record walla for a number of scenes; some with just 2 BG actors, the largest with 6-8. I did production sound for the film and had a sennhesier 416 or Octava MK-102 on the boom, and tram 50s on the actors. We will be doing the walla in the same locations I am wondering about a booming technique; how closeup, setting a volume level. My plan would otherwise be to set a level as if I am micing them for dialogue, then pull the boom back to get a greater percentage of indirect sound. I was also thinking of planting a tram on a mic stand and placing it several feet away, setting the levels as above. And does anyone actually say 'walla" (or watermelon")? I think the director will have topics for them to talk about "in character." Thanks in advance, Mike
  9. Hi, Thanks for all the info posted here: it gave me very practical advice and ideas that I had a chance to just try out. I worked yesterday on a WSJ short doc in Tucson, featuring a Shelby Cobra. The car is to be auctioned next week in Monterrey (expected price it will fetch, $2.5 million). In a nutshell: the car people were very wary about where the camera and mics went. I was excited to try the coffee can trick but ended up wrapping a Shure SM57 in foam and zip tying it to the driver's seat bar. The mic pointed down to the fiberglass floor, several inches above one of the two exhausts. Attached is a sample from the shoot; any feedback welcome. best, Mike ShelbyCobra_demo.wav
  10. Hi, A TAC!T compatibility question: The spec sheet for the cable lists a number of mics as compatible (http://mymic.rycote.com/products/connboxes-cables/hi-pass-filter/cable-w_tact-filter-xlr-3f_3m-l45cm-x-48mm/) I experienced handling noise from a MKH 416 (as pictured) on a Ktek KEG-150 boom, and was hoping the TAC!T would be an option for reducing it. But the 416 isn't on the list: is there something specific about how the 416 responds to sound that would 'nullify' any noise reduction from the TAC!T cable? Thx, Mike
  11. Excellent pics, thx!
  12. Greetings, I am available for work on fiction and doc projects; I recently had the chance to serve as prod snd mixer on Alex Cox's new film, Tombstone Rashomon. I can cover AZ (Tucson to Phoenix to Flagstaff) and cross the southern border; I can speak and understand rudimentary Spanish. My kit: Sound Devices 442 Zoom F8 Lectrosonics UCR100/LM x 3 Tram 50 w/ TR79 x 3 Sennheiser MKH 416 Octava MK-012 Best, Mike 520.360.2941
  13. Hi Philip and Rick, Thanks much for the response and info. best, Mike
  14. Hi, thx, yes - weight (including np or other batt) along with radio mics is a factor. m
  15. Hi, thx for reply: $350 difference total - used Tascam, $1600 with porta brace - new f8 w/ tax, 1075 plus 175 porta brace, $1250 m