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  1. Mick Davies

    PSA: inexpensive Anchor on CL? Too inexpensive?

    Ahhh, duly noted. Thanks.
  2. I'm not selling it so I put it in this section so more eyes might be able to take a gander. I've never seen anyone outside of production sound use these. The price seems almost too low. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/ele/5848030690.html
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    RIP - Haskell Wexler

    My condolences to you and your family .
  4. Mick Davies

    All about Speed, Sound, Boom, Man.

    "You better try and figure out what's happening and correct it." Words to live by. Being a little kid in Florida during the Apollo program, knowing cats like him were, "just up the coast", launching themselves into space on a regular basis made them seem like hometown heroes, accessible but no less larger than life. A lot of us little kids, if not all of us, thought these kind of guys were the norm; it was a world brimming with heroes.
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    Miking vs. micing

    You're not alone, although I'm okay with "motorbike". I also prefer the term "motorcyclist". I'm certainly not a "biker".
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    R.I.P. Fred Johnston

    I worked with Fred a couple of times this past year; generous with sage advice and stories of his time in the business, it was a pleasure.
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    Ride bikes? So hows your hearing?

    I have the Hi-viz version and agree; keeps the noise level in check.
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    Ride bikes? So hows your hearing?

    I buy these from Independent Studio Services (the flames are key) and have always worn a full face helmet. Buying bulk means I always have a fresh pair in my ears and spares in my pocket, no ear infections, and if I get a plug that doesn't want to fit correctly I toss it and pull another one out of the bucket that does fit. As stated earlier, fitting them properly upon insertion is most important. I've been riding street since the second half of my junior year in high school and even with riding the first few years unprotected, before I knew better, my last hearing test turned out good so foam earplugs appear to work well over the long haul. Another consideration is in the event of taking a heavy hit to the side of your helmet, damage to the inner ear from your ear plugs, although quite possibly the least of your worries, is somewhat minimized with foam. I'm going to take this opportunity to suggest this and this to my brothers on two wheels. Even after riding for as long as I have I found both to be very informative. Ride aware, ride safe, ride for life.
  9. Mick Davies

    Things we must know...

    Occam's razor.
  10. Robert, I'm a huge fan of repairing stuff instead of buying new. There is no good reason consumer products shouldn't last longer than they do, I mean, for want of a couple of dollars worth of better capacitors this monitor would have been fine for quite awhile. I have another monitor just like it so I guess I'll be repairing that soon enough. Good practice for when I end up booming without a utility in Kamchatka someday. TSG, I find Fry's to be a neccesary evil sometimes. They are atrocious. Tom, I steered clear of the Nichicons at All Electronics only due to the fact that it is a surplus store so who knows when those caps were manufactured. I understand that Panasonic is solid; the "kit" I ordered from "LCD ALternatives" in Stevenson Ranch, just in case I couldn't find anything, included Panasonic. I'm happy I was able to stay local for everything. I'll look into Mouser instead of Digikey, however, if I need mail order in the future, thanks.
  11. Jeff, Vin, thanks for the input. I called Pacific Radio and was told they don't carry electronic components anymore and I really wanted to stay local. Fry's didn't have them so I finally found a place in Van Nuys, All Electronics. They are surplus, however, so "high quality" will be hit and miss. Also, most of their caps appeared to be Nichicons that could be the old problematic ones from a few years back. I steered clear of those just to be safe and found a few better quality ones that I needed. Very cool place. Good staff. Highly recommended if you want something straight away. Reminded me of the kind of electronic outfits that seemed to be everywhere in the 70's when I was a kid in Miami. My monitor is back up and running for less than $2.00 in caps. Way better than $200.00 for a new monitor and one less bit of landfill.
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    Has anyone made their own boom caddy?

    I made a version of Mark Grech's caddy that consists of a couple peices of round wood (unfinished table tops from Home Depot) some plumbing fixtures and, the key ingredient, a modded tool skirt afixed to the circumference of the top with galvanized plumber's tape. http://www.amazon.com/Waddell-Mfg-2918P-Round-Table/dp/B000HJD6D2 http://www.homedepot.com/Plumbing-Plumbing-Accessories-Pipe-Hangers/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbqjc/R-100167964/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051 http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-202274073/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=toilet+flange&storeId=10051 http://www.homedepot.com/Plumbing-Pipes-Fittings-Valves-ABS-DWV-Pipe/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1vZ25ecodZ25ecodZbqog/R-202300521/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=plumbing+pipe&storeId=10051#.UDuvU5Eauog http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1291942&cagpspn=pla The top swivles like a lazy susan so I can get to my bits of gear easily. It's especially nice when I'm second boom because it can serve as a portable work surface with all my stuff on hand. You don't actually think I use it as a seat do you?
  13. I'm replacing some cheap aluminum radial caps in an LCD monitor. I know about Electronic City in Burbank but I seem to recall looking for some mic components there in the past and they didn’t have some of the resistors or capacitors I needed so I ended up going online for them. I'd rather not wait for delivery and, instead, be able to walk in and buy locally. Being able to talk to helpful, knowlegable, staff is another reason I'd like to stay locaI. Thanks in advance.
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    Qualities of a production sound person

    An inexperienced production sound department can hold up overall production by not being able to implement experience based decisions quickly and efficiently. Those little delays can add up and start hindering production's ability to "make the day", compromising the integrity of the story due to dropped shots, or creating budget problems due to the necessity of adding days to principle photography or coming back later for re-shoots. IMO, many inexperienced directors know little about sound in general, much less from a technical standpoint. By the time the sound team gets to the director he or she may be a bit too overwhelmed to wrap their head around the idea of production sound's importance at the technical level. They can however get their head around the idea of not making the day, dropping shots or whole scenes, going over budget, and what those things mean to the success of their current project and the future of their budding career.
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    MIDI Control surface

    I use a BCF2000 and ShuttlePro with my Cubase DAW at home. They both work well and are surprisingly well built considering how relatively inexpensive they were at the time I purchased them. I would be a bit surprised to see a BCF2000 show up at work, however. MIDI is limited to 128 steps of resolution so one thing to be wary of with MIDI controllers is hardware or software that lacks a smoothing algorithm to prevent stair-stepping. It is especially important when trying to make subtle adjustments. This may not be as much of a problem today as it was ten or twelve years ago and I've not experienced this with the Behringer/Cubase combination. The BCF2000 is set to Mackie Control emulation and works as advertised.