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About mikewest

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    Mike Westgate
  • Birthday 01/14/1943

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    Titirangi - Auckland - New Zealand
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    Music - Jazz - Electronics - Food - Wine - Family - Cinema
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
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    Fifty years of professional audio
    Recorded sound in 29 countries

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  1. mikewest

    Rain protection sound bag

    Orca good for light rain if shooting is possible Otherwise a Rain Slicker is the ultimate solution I bought one for shooting at the Victoria falls in Zambia so always ready! mike
  2. mikewest

    techniques for quieting internally cabled boompoles

    Ask very experienced feature boom ops on this site My good friend Corrin Ellingford uses a Panamic Maxi All of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit too But now as Lectro plug on transmitters avoid any cables who cares!!! mike
  3. mikewest

    Best small format recorders for planting

    Sounds good and use a Sanken CUB-01 as the plant microphone It will amaze you - I have three! mike
  4. mikewest

    Seeking GOLD RE-20 (a la Rush . . .)

    Buy an old one Spray it Charge to production mike
  5. mikewest

    techniques for quieting internally cabled boompoles

    The real answer it to use it carefully and make no fast or jerky movements. A cabled pole is not the choice for serious drama work. Simple mike
  6. mikewest

    Phase alignment drifting

    There is interesting discussion about this issue in the sound editors round table discussion in the General Discussion section that is worth a listen. This causes me to wonder why it was not and issue when I was mixing multiple radios and a boom to one track during my Nagra 4.2 days thirty years ago?? mike
  7. Very true Philip Less rehearsals, multi cameras, wide/roving and tight Hence the need for lavs and maybe one boom for c/ups/2 shots or acoustic Just look at any UK or US series on Netflix, quality stuff but lavs a plenty! Oh well with 600mHz being overtaken here I may end my 40 year business sadly! mike
  8. Hi RC I agree totally! Do you want to email me direct?? mike www.mikewestgatesound.co.nz New Zealand
  9. mikewest

    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    For a walk and talk particularly in the acoustics of a corridor I would use lavs. Here in NZ a scratch track is always required by post and not decided by the DP Additionally time code is a usual requirement and not decided by the DP The size of t/c boxes has reduced but as I own 4 Denecke units already the last thing I am willing to do is buy a 5th unit to please the camera department that often do not even know the menu in the camera for setting t/c and audio! mike
  10. Wow what a listen! I roughly understood what they did but without any contact with with post it was so interesting to hear about their techniques using current technology. On the other hand they had pity for us location workers and did not seem to fully understand the technology we use. mike
  11. To be more definitive: A mix track or a split mix. Cable good for static studio shoots but an radio hop is easiest for moving camera situations, but then you need to offer a recorded backup just in case or radio failure. Additionally then time-coded files and a TC box on the camera may be requested. Always check what is needed! mike
  12. mikewest

    Orca OR-32 bag with SD 664 fitting issue

    I used an early Porta Brace case but it was not stable hence the move to Orca. I use Orca cases for my 664 and 633 but they are fitted with Porta Brace shoulder straps. mike
  13. mikewest

    Orca OR-32 bag with SD 664 fitting issue

    It's a balance between setting the height of the 664 so that the trims are accessible but yes the card door can be a bit difficult to fully open by you usually access that only a few time a day. Guess that does not help a lot but Orca make a fine product! Cheers mike
  14. mikewest

    SONY MDR-7506

    Was it used toilet paper then??? mike
  15. mikewest

    Social skills of the Sound Mixer

    Some A/C's know how and have skill and patience Some have no idea at all with menus Their priority is getting the camera up and running and then the DP is calling for the camera and a lens Even worse when sound is called later (to prevent overtime) mike