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    Dir/Dp now brought into the audio side due to industry pressures
  1. Pelican transport case

    I've bought two of the big Pelican Airs. They are exactly the size of the largest cases most airlines will accept. Agree with the comment about flex, but I have traveled internationally several times with these filled to capacity and they did fine. The cases are made from a different material than the original Pelicans and presumably they are equally tough.
  2. sound devices 633 inputs 4-6

    I discovered the lack of limiters on 4 - 6 the hard way also, although it is explained clearly in the manual. Less intuitive is the location of the trim control for those inputs, however I have adjusted to using 1 - 3 for situations where the limiters may be needed - and they work well, and I'm very careful in the rare cases where 4 -6 are needed. I run the gain up on the Lectro transmitters as Larry F has suggested and find the limiters sound OK. I keep the mixer levels low enough on 4 - 6 to ensure there is no yellow ever with peak display, and it sounds fine. There are tradeoffs with all gear, and the 633 is a terrific mixer in a small package. Reading the manual carefully helps get the most out of the machine. If you regularly need more than 3 inputs then there are probably better options.
  3. What is the sound mixers responsibilities?

    Great cross to the 633 Dugan thread - having a decent track recorded in camera can help immensely, and the better the tracks sound in edit the easier client approval is. I would think this would also make final mix with the ISOs much easier. Speaking as a shooter, there is little to like about the collection of accessory gear now on digital cinema cameras, so frustration may actually be less with the mixer than at the operator's unhappiness at carrying more boxes. There is also a good time and a bad time to check code in the camera, like not right before a take - seems obvious, but it's happened. The few audio guys I haven't clicked with seemed in a world of their own, not hooked into what's happening on set. This is where the prima donna stereotype comes from. Luckily most guys (and ladies) are great.
  4. DUGAN for the 633!! Firmware update 4.50!!

    Thanks, guys, very helpful. Not sure about the implanted mics, sometimes I think people i see speaking on television lately have something more sinister implanted. But as long as there are lavs to be placed outside the body there will be a sound dept. Always in awe of the ingenuity I see to make them work, and despite my old school preference for the shotgun sound, I find my engineer in final mix often liking the lavs better.
  5. What is the sound mixers responsibilities?

    I've bought a TIG which I've velcroed myself on the top plate of my F55 and try to persuade audio to use it. There isn't much available real estate on many cameras, especially Canons, and the if the op is moving hand held the box needs to be secure. The new smaller TC units make life a lot easier. I'm a big fan of TIG. I wish I had a good answer, but every camera is different, and as camera accessories are added as needed, the box can often get in the way of something else. More argument for good communication with the AC or camera op.
  6. DUGAN for the 633!! Firmware update 4.50!!

    Can someone point out the advantages/differences between Sound Devices' Automix and the Dugan product? From my standpoint the auto mix might be a real timesaver for rough edit if sent to the camera giving a much better mix than just a scratch track. I can't see any impact on crew size or ability.
  7. What is the sound mixers responsibilities?

    From a DP/camera owner - one gripe is I've had is having guys stick velcro on my camera for the lock it box - piece of advice - ask first about whether and where. Not everyone is thrilled to have industrial velcro stuck somewhere without knowing first.
  8. I've found that the PAG batteries, which have a UN "safe" sticker affixed to them, cause less problems. This saved me in Nairobi. Also the concept of having a battery attached, thereby allowing it to be checked is not ironclad, with a camera, for instance, in which the battery is clearly not integrated. This has resulted in some heated discussions. My advice is to allow plenty of time at airport, especially in Africa, where they are especially touchy. You may end up in a negotiation and discussion of manufacturing standards. Non of this would be an issue if cheap LI units weren't around and often packaged poorly - the UPS crash at Birmingham, AL blamed on a pallet of Chinese batteries, for computers, I believe. All of this as if air travel wasn't unpleasant enough already for those of us who can't go anywhere without mountains of cases. FYI, Pelican has a new line of Pelican "light" cases which are significantly lighter. The largest conforms exactly to the largest size allowed by most airlines. I have two that survived several rough international journeys - they're expensive, but cheaper than additional cases.
  9. Neurotic naysayer primadonna soundies

    Yes, never stop a take - aside from ADR or other options, talent is often fragile and and having someone they may not have even seen disrupt a scene can be jarring. Give the DP or director some credit - just as with a blown line, I usually notice a plane flying over, but in the interests of performance I'll wait until the next take to deal with it. You sound guys ruin us by being so good most of the time, despite often being left out of prep. While I try to find out what will work for sound, I confess I spend a lot more time with lighting and talent. I do believe there is renewed appreciation for good audio lately. As picture technology has improved, sound is noticed a lot more, and both at home and in theaters, reproduction is a lot better, and when audio isn't up to the picture, it's noticed. Most of the time the audio is consistently one of the most professional departments; it's just that the less professional tend to get noticed more than others.
  10. Mounting a Zaxcom RX on an Arri Amira

    An an orthopedic surgeon. Love to know the weight of that rig.
  11. DPA says it's the Microdot and are covering under warranty - I am just repeating what they said. All just a few months old.
  12. The microdot adapter on my DPA Slim started crackling and is back to DPA for warranty work, so not "guaranteed to work," just guaranteed.
  13. Interest Rate for Late Payments

    In the few cases where it went past 60 days I had to remind clients that the business arrangement was "work for hire" and that that what was produced belongs to me until it is paid for. I believe this is true in most states and usually gets attention. On one occasion I had to call the stations airing the spots and inform them that they had to stop until I got paid. I got paid. Goodbye client, fine with me.
  14. What a great thread - owned and used several Nagras for a couple of decades before switching to DAT. One thing I haven't seen mentioned with Nagras sticks in my mind - the mass of D cells required to run them. Many gigs for ABC Wide World of Sports back when they were shooting film were hard on gear and people, Nagra never missed a beat.
  15. What's your day rate?

    You say "you get what you pay for", and then say that as an experienced DP with credits you get $1500/day with a camera package. I say "you don't ask you don't get". I assume that your soundies get commensurately less than the rate you mention, with their gear (which nowadays often costs as much or more than a basic camera package). So what's the future in this? It seems to me that you admit that the return is not keeping up with the investment, so all you guys are digging yourselves into holes while working as much as you can? I've asked, I don't get. I do pay my audio guys and everyone else the going rate for work & gear. Yes, it is unsustainable - if I hadn't been accumulating gear over the years, and it's the "little" stuff that adds up and is not charged for - it wouldn't work. Unless you work 2 -3 days/week, hard to make the numbers work. Hard to get enthusiastic about recommending this as a career now for someone with a family. As mentioned in other posts, rewards come with final product and with the people I work with.