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Christian Spaeth

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  1. Schoeps CMR vs. DPA MMP-G

    I thought Schoeps are really electret, too.
  2. David Letterman new show

    So then you shouldn't have read this thread until the guy who worked on it says how it was done...
  3. David Letterman new show

    "Guess how it was mic'ed!" That would be a cool TV game show, or internet at least. In the end - surprise! - the real mixer will show up and tell everyone how they actually did it.
  4. Defending your Work

    I will always say when there are overlaps during an interview. I have been doing the job for enough time to know when it can be a problem. I won't say it more than once or twice, though. I feel like I need to do this just to save my ass, so later they can't do what they did to the OP. Plus, if the interviewer is unprofessional it doesn't mean I have to go down that hole and be unprofessional, too. As for post not getting it, yes, been there, too, editors work and think differently than we do, so my first reaction would be to try to get them on the phone and explain how it's done. Writing email back and forth as we all know can result in too much things written and misread between the lines. Doing interviews is a really easy gig for a sound person. Put the boom on a stand and roll. Yet they decide to bring us on and pay us. In exchange for that I take on the responsibility to point out possible problems while they're happening, including overlaps (not expect the director or anybody else to do it for me) and be courteous before, during and after the production, because I would like them to hire me again next time. I would save myself the frustration and take a minute to talk to the editor, maybe a bit like you would talk to a child. For they know not what they do...
  5. Burnout, stress, depression: experiences?

    Great article, Crew. Personally I have had productions with too long hours, too bad vibes on set, resulting in stress. All the advice in that article is excellent. Stress can and needs to be fought.
  6. I guess these units are aimed at people who want to use wireless but don't feel like getting into the whole wireless voodoo madness. Who would, too, besides weird sound people like us? But then again, those people could also hire people like us to take care of it for them...
  7. Soundfield on the cheap?

  8. Soundfield on the cheap?

    Big question is whether or not there will be a way to access the capsules individually. Knowing Rode I wouldn't be that surprised if there's just a stereo jack coming out of this mic.
  9. Reverb in exteriors

    So Jay do you think the dialogue you're referring to was ADR? Because if the reverb was on the original production sound tracks that would be an explanation, but in a forest with snow I don't think that's likely. If they added reverb in post I could imagine a scenario where the enemy soldiers would not be boomed because of the distance but instead recorded on lavs. That in turn might have sounded too close for the director, which is why he could have requested them to add reverb (probably actually meaning delay/echo).
  10. Headphone

    No worries, we can take it. In fact we have to be able to take it. Being a sound mixer requires lots of tolerance for all kinds of unprofessional behavior.
  11. TentacleSync E review

    Yep. Davinci sucks too for not letting me do at least some audio and sync stuff. Sorry for the OT btw.
  12. TentacleSync E review

    Doesn't seem to work here...
  13. TentacleSync E review

    "Resolve won't run on a machine with an Intel HD graphics card" I think all macs had intel graphics cards until about 2011, which is when I bought my macs.
  14. TentacleSync E review

    I edited a project on FCPX recently, and had to realize FCPX can't batch sync audio to video by timecode (not audio tc). DaVinci doesn't run on my macs for lack of graphics processors so I used the Tentacle software. It's easy, looks good and works perfectly. The syncing was a bit slow though. But frankly the price almost justifies itself for the software alone (as long as someone edits on FCPX), and then you get a Tentacle on top...
  15. TentacleSync E review

    Rado would never write such a good review about a product whose software runs on macs but not windows ;-)
  16. New audiophile (?) portable reel-to-reel recorder coming?

    Right, then I could still hear above 12 kHz :-)
  17. New audiophile (?) portable reel-to-reel recorder coming?

    The original Neverclip!? Yummy saturation. I used a Nagra III on my first student film and I still remember how nice it sounded when someone or something got loud unexpectedly. That's where even today most systems have their weak spot (yes, I'm looking at my Lectros), so progress is a two-sided sword. To me the Nagra sounded better than any recorder I used after (and I do love how my Nomad sounds).
  18. Whip Antennas across multiple blocks

    Thanks for explaining Matt.
  19. Whip Antennas across multiple blocks

    So you use the dipole with the splitter on one of the antenna ins and a whip on the other of each receiver?
  20. Whip Antennas across multiple blocks

    Any word on how far the blocks could be spaced apart for it to still work well? I have blocks 21 and 24.
  21. Finally a cheap and accurate Timecode slate?

    In my 10+ years of experience, the times I've been asked for a timecode slate I can count on one hand. So it never made sense for me to buy one at 1000+ €, however it would be handy to have something at times. Now Tentacle Sync made an app called Timebar and claims frame accurate TC display on iOS devices if connected via bluetooth to a Tentacle Sync E. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timebar/id1318315303?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2 Sounds very promising and could be quite revolutionary! Hats off to Tentacle again!
  22. Used Lectrosonics buying strategy

    I wouldn't discard the analog options. Especially if your alternative would be Sennheiser G3. A 211 is an excellent receiver, paired with an LMa or such you will later on be able to use that Tx with a digital hybrid receiver.
  23. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    you can use any Sennheiser transmitter that is G3 compatible, so an SK 100 G3 or upwards. Though that one has only 30 mW, with the antenna mod many people have done on their G3s you have many options to increase range, although for bag use the range is very good as is. With a pocket Tx you will only transmit mono though.
  24. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Scott, maybe another interesting option for you is Sennheiser IFB (ew 300). I guess in the US most people use either Lectro or Comteks for IFB, but if you want AAs (Eneloops will run the receivers for a whole day), good sound quality (better than Comtek, maybe not as good as Lectro) and very good range (I mostly use them with a normal 30 mW pocket Tx and never got complaints on reach, but you could use a stronger Tx as well) and a good price, these are worth considering. There was a small box by Ambient a few years back that I used on a show. It had no built in TC generator, instead received TC wirelessly, so basically when the camera was too far away there was no TC being fed until the signal was back. Wasn't ideal. I think the product is discontinued.
  25. #metoo and sexism in general

    Useful advice here on wiring etiquette. Being aware of potential misreadings is very important. My impression is that on set there is generally less sexism than in other work environments, that things are more balanced. And there are many strong women in the biz (such as our amazing Jan!) which scares predators who are usually cowards. Another story is generic, non-sexist asshole behavior on set, which we all have witnessed.