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Malcolm Davies Amps CAS

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About Malcolm Davies Amps CAS

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  • Birthday 02/09/1942

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    http://www.manxmoviesound.com

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  • Location
    The infamous Saddleworth Moors in the UK
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
    Yes
  • About
    Specialising in Feature Films TV Drama & Commercials.
  1. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    The cart that Phillip referred to with the canvas bag was indeed the Samuelson one. I still have one of these bags somewhere.
  2. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    It may come as a bit of a surprise but in the UK in the 60/70's there wasn't any such think as a cart per se. Most mixers used a fold up picnic table. It was quite a revelation when in the early 70's the Samuelson company brought out a folding stand that just held a Nagra plus a small mixer. It still had to be carried as it wasn't fitted with castors or wheels. The first real cart was made by Stuart Ebbs a close friend of Simon Bishop. His company was the Ursta Engineering Company and was the only company making carts for the film industry. When Stuart semi retired we took over the manufacture of his cart and until Mathew Bacon started manufacture of his range of carts. We had the UK monopoly on carts and have made nearly 200 to date. A couple have managed to find their was across the pond. Stuart and Simon are collaborating on some very interesting cart projects photos of which appear here from time to time.
  3. The Sining

    Following the question as to the Nagra used on The Shining I contacted Ivan Sharrock who was the mixer at the start of the film and he sent this back. Hi Malcolm We used Stanley's Nagra IV-S. The other Mixer was Richard Daniel who took over from me in December after we had been filming for 30 weeks. I left, with my Boom Op/ 1st Asst - Ken Weston, as Stanley would only give us two days off at Christmas!! The principle photography carried on for another 24 weeks ……… (original schedule was 17weeks)!
  4. For the Whisky drinkers

    80% & 100%. Wow! My wife bought me membership to the Whisky Society some years ago and we are offered bottles of rare malt whiskey. The strongest I've ever seen was 68%. The 40% which is the standard UK strength must be a bit of a let down for you Robert.
  5. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    The Production Sound Mixer on Mamma Mia was Simon Hayes Amps CAS who regularly posts on JW Sound. Simon won an Academy Award for Les Miserables and I'm proud to have him as a friend & colleague.
  6. Audio on Alien: Covenent - behind the scenes

    The astonishing part of this request was that Ben was able to fulfil the request virtually immediately not the following day.
  7. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

    More likely to be recorded on to 35mm fully coated stock.
  8. Pro Sound NYC

    Eric, I'm afraid All Is Not Well. A good friend of mine had a piece of new equipment on consignment at PSS New York. This was sold but no payment was forthcoming. When my friend heard of the sale of the company he contacted the new owners Who said "not our problem see the previous owners". This proved impossible as the new owners woildn't release any contact details so my guy was over $1000 out of pocket and no way of contacting the ex owner. It was only when someone marched into PSS and finally left with the money.
  9. 4-pin Hirose

    Canare is readily available in the UK from Canford or Studiospares to name but two. A good idea for you is to contact either Henry Smith or Stuart Torrance. They are making Hirose leads day in and day out and if you are hell bent on making your own leads I'm sure they will sell you the cable.
  10. Do you use this rubber paste in the USA?

    I was given 2 of the 1Kg sticks by some prop guys in Cologne. The nick name on set in Germany is Elephant Shit. It's really good stuff, much better tha Blue Tack.
  11. Who's job is it to ring the bell?

    Robert, I remember Pinewood and Shepperton studios in the UK mid 80's. The red light and bell were the exclusive domain of the Sparks. Last time I was there it was a runner in charge of it and people were wandering in and out when the red was up as all the door interlocks seemed to have been removed or weren't working
  12. Lemo right-angle plugs

    When describing the cable orientation it is much easier to use the clock system. Straight up being 12 o'clock, straight down being 6 etc. I can't think of one cable technician in the Uk who doesn't use this system.
  13. SD 633 expander

    In weight alone it's a no brainer. The Kortwich is only a few ounces against the SQN's few pounds.
  14. SD 633 expander

    Phillip, I personally don't know anyone using the 'Pink Noise' one. It wasn't available when I had the 633's. (both of which came from Pink). I'll put the feelers out on the UK groups and find out who uses one. I would suspect that it will be very good as Pinknoise aren't just box sellers. John McCombie was a highly respected recordist before he changed track to selling gear so anything he has a hand in would get my vote of approval.
  15. SD 633 expander

    I bought the three way Kortwich to use with a 633. It was excellent, very low noise and did everything it said on the box. I bought the six way to use with the Mini Solice and once again it was faultless.
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