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John Blankenship

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    "Like" button

    This is gonna sound embarrassingly corny, but I consider this whole forum to be a like button.
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    AATON Cantar Mini VS. Sonosax SX-R4+

    IMO, that attempt to be trendy with the video effect was a REALLY bad choice. It drew my attention away from the performance and made it basically unwatchable for me.
  3. Sony doesn't always adhere to standards anyway. They have current cameras with (so-called) AES inputs designed to work with their wireless receivers, but not all others.
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    Do you really work alone on a fiction feature film?

    +1 -- What Chris said! On super low budget things, it's often a single sound person -- typically low money, too. On any properly funded gig, a 2 or 3 person sound crew is the norm, depending on the scale of the project. If the producer is telling the truth, then they're inexperienced and have only dealt with poorly financed productions. If they have any worthwhile experience, they should know better. Your original reaction is entirely, correct, Fred. Consider them doing you a favor by not including you.
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    HN-7506 or something else

    +1
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    Cardiod Microphones

    The biggest difference between microphones is the person using them. Yes, this forum was designed and intended for professional sound folks. Others, including newbies whose main interest is discussing semi-pro gear ad nauseam, are tolerated mostly due to the good graces of those here. But make no mistake, the intent is a forum that is a gathering place for experienced pros to discuss careers, techniques, and the tools of our trade. Therefore, threads about entry-level gear are tolerated but are not intended as the focus. Keeping that in mind, please understand how off-topic and rude it is for someone to come on here and ask, "How can I avoid paying you for the skills you've learned over the years?"
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    HN-7506 or something else

    No matter what you end up using most, it's a good idea to have a pair of HN-7506s in your kit. If you're working professionally it's typical that you have alternatives and backups for the majority of the gear you rely on.
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    Getting the kinks out

    I don't have anything too constructive, but I would carefully undo each kink and then count on "cable memory" to restore it to its (nearly) original condition.
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    Sennheiser MKH-416T hiss

    Many of us here have used Pete's services and highly recommend him. In my case, 3 CMC4s (now better than a CMC5 -- yes, better, due to improved RF rejection), and an 816T.
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thanks, Bernie -- that would be great. Bernie and I have hung out here -- we've talked on the phone -- we've emailed -- I worked with his son on a road trip production -- when Bernie was in Indy for the Super Bowl our timing didn't allow us to connect in person -- when I was in his neck of the woods for the most recent Super Bowl, the same was again true -- but... one of these days... the stars will align... and Bernie and I will get to hang out together!
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thank you, Crew -- likewise.
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    Lectrosonics issues

    Have you tried the same tests with your cell phone turned off?
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thank you, Gordon, that's pretty much how it happened. Morning spent with some friends online, eschewed most actual work during the day, and avoided the humidity having dinner with a friend in air conditioned comfort.
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thanks, Constantin!
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thank you Vin, Jack, Glenn, and Jeff! We mixers are indeed blessed to have this rich and supportive community.
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thank you, ramallo!
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thanks, Kelsey!
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    John Blankenship is officially a year older today

    Thank you Al, Dalton, & Jan! 5 candles -- one for each of the things I've learned over the years.
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    The best Paul McCartney interview ever

    That is awesome!
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    Please show your consideration toward this forum and what it represents for our sound community and keep politics off the main board as Jeff has requested! This is too valuable a resource to allow it to take what is a predictable downhill dive. There are plenty of other places on the internet where a person can declare they have all the answers and that anyone who disagrees is just ridiculously clueless.
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    Super CMIT and Zaxcom ZHD 743 setup

    Dead horse alert!
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    Super CMIT and Zaxcom ZHD 743 setup

    Agreed.
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    Super CMIT and Zaxcom ZHD 743 setup

    Your point is valid, but so is Martin's. Beginners typically don't use such a rig, but they do read internet misinformation and then spread that by pretending to be knowledgeable. Clarity matters. How about: The mic "outputs" and the 743 "transmits."
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    Advice for a novice

    I note that a lot of beginners tout a singular equipment choice as if it defines them personally. I repeat my frequent mantra, "They're only tools, and you pick the right tool for the job." Toward that end, maintaining a complete tool chest and making great choices from it more suitably defines a working professional. I'm a big fan of my Schoeps for natural sound, love how well a CS3e handles certain things like micing from below, and have used my 416 as recently as a couple of weeks ago at the Indy 500. There was also quickly planting a DPA on a grocery shelf, and numerous mics in a van full of kids. It's not about owning a universal mic, it's about making the right choice at the right time. (And, yes, there are times that I wish I had made a different choice.)
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    When Production doesn’t rent your kit

    I carry headphones for my boom ops... I don't have underwear for them!
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