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  1. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    --they sure seem to be --This sound man used them a good deal back in the day. Life-savers, esp in the days of wonky wireless mics, and also for impossible plant-mic situations. --DK
  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF WEXLER

    the maestro clocks another trip around the sun!
  3. SONY MDR-7506

    ....horrible sounding monitors.....
  4. SONY MDR-7506

    I usually throw the excess coil over my back when in a bag. I applaud those of you brave enough to try and fix those cables--there is really hardly any copper in them to solder at all. For years I did a Toline mod to mine, using Beyer straight cables, but then got lazy and just use them as is. I see them as an expendable--they all bust eventually.
  5. Naked Audio

    Exposed lav mics?
  6. So... Nothing new from SD at NAB, I guess.

    Mediocre or short on some things for the highest end drama etc cart-drivers, but far more than what's needed for at least 90% of location sound jobs, as they are today. (And as they were in the heyday of the 7xx series.) The new MixPres have brought a really high quality well thought out recorder to people who could previously only afford an F8 etc. I don't know how the math pencils out for R+D vs sales income from a new really high end (like Cantar level) machine, but I bet the margins are tiny at best.
  7. Lectrosonics Introduces....................

    I only wish. Now make it have an Ansible mode so it can transmit with no latency from anywhere in the universe.
  8. Zaxcom Fusion Preamps and Known Issues.

    (envy)
  9. Zaxcom Fusion Preamps and Known Issues.

    Are you recording classical music or etc with this rig? If you are a typical JW member, and thus mainly recording dialog on location, all the Zax pres are beyond fine for what you'd need. Look at a list of movies recorded with that gear.....
  10. Withholding Audio Files

    Even back during that dispute on "Salvador" I was really nervous about my liability while I held on to several days of production sound, and that was around comparitively stable and non-fragile 1.5 mil 1/4" tape. Please be very careful with those audio files no matter what you decide to do....think of the cost of a reshoot if something happened to the files and it was determined to be your fault.... This is another reason to get onto a workable solution ASAP.
  11. Withholding Audio Files

    Can't assume. On big jobs that aren't strictly unionized often everyone has a slightly different deal. I say this because withholding their audio files is a bit questionable legally. I found this out after doing it on a movie ("Salvador") many years ago and the result was some tense moments and the pain in the ass of carrying around a week's worth of 1/4 " x 7" reels of audio tape (that had no back up) until there was a resolution. In this case it was actually the grip+electric folks that asked me to do this, since they had nothing to with hold. In other cases the resolution came much faster, after I just sat in my car with my recordings for awhile and let others with bigger personalities fight the fight. I encourage you to talk directly to everyone involved--fellow crew, producers etc and see if there can be an acceptable resolution without a flurry of crossing emails or lawyering up.
  12. Sound Devices recorders - which way to go?

    To me the "easy" style multitrack deal is well covered anymore--I can record track-per-input plus a 2 mix on my tiny QSC mixer very easily, as can most low end digital mixers anymore. With the TM16 that's 22 channels, cheap and easy. But what I think of as "real" motion picture production location sound work, ie in any sort of weather or conditions or location and under terrific time-pressure seems like it demands more portability, speed and ruggedness than ever, even as the required track counts climb. I guess this means that SD/Aaton/Zax/Sax will be around for as long as we do that kind of work, and that the prices for that gear will stay high relative to equipment designed for other sectors of the biz (not to mention prosumer stuff). I notice that folks doing really high-end work eventually overcome the sticker shock of the expensive setups because they handle the work and the environment the work is done in so well.
  13. View From The Office:

    The cockpit @ the National Theatre de la Danse @ the Palais de Chaillot, Paris, for a 2 week sold out run of Lines Ballet's "The Propelled Heart" with Lisa Fischer. This theatre (and Paris in general) has a lot of stairs.... Tough job, but....I could walk 20 ft down a hall from this position and see the scene in the 2nd pic every day....so not bad....?
  14. I don't know about unrealistic expectations, it often seems like a contract suitable for use with a big vendor who might supply the client with crew, large pieces of gear, transpo etc is the same as sent to a single short-hire free-lancer. To some that might seem good policy, I think it is just laziness. Many small prod co.s get very questionable legal advice on matters like this, and don't have enough experience to understand how the business really works on an individual free-lance hire level. Some of them I've been able to educate, some stick to their demands and thus we don't work together.
  15. You can buy insurance for anything. E+O, etc. But not cheaply. You can sign your modded doc if you are sure there isn't anything else in it you don't like. If you are not sure about what something means (as I usually am) then you need a lawyer to interp for you. Be very sure that THEIR legal dept has an idea of what all of it means.... My fave situation is when I'm sent a doc like this on a weekend for a shoot starting Monday, and the client expresses astonishment that I won't just shut up and sign, with no legal advice, even though I'm not clear on what some of the verbiage means legally and probably don't have the sort of insurance I'm being asked for. What I do understand is that signing such a doc attesting to me having some sort of insurance that I don't actually have could be considered fraud in court, so I don't do it. Am thought of as being cranky for this, sometimes.
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