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  1. JonG

    Rechargeable battery management on location

    I generally keep my AA batteries in the little four-pack cases that PowerEx comes is. All facing the same direction means that they’re charged. Every other one facing a different direction indicates that they’re ready to be charged. It isn’t a perfect system but it works well for me.
  2. Please proof read your post and re write it so that it makes sense, use punctuation, and formatting. “Stream of consciousness” style writing is difficult to follow. But it to answer what I think the question is: Yes I believe that sound professors should: A- Know what they are talking about B- Have legitimate experience C- Not just be a grad who couldn’t make it They should talk about realistic job prospects in different markets, rates, and different kinds of jobs that are applicable instead of the obvious top three, and how to run a business and be a freelancer. Hours, safety, the competition, setiquette, negotiating, etc. Are all things that should also not be overlooked.
  3. What are some of your favorite plugins for post production, and are any free? I’m getting back into post but since my absence a lot has changed. There are obvious ones like izotope but I’d like to see what the consensus is on others.
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    MixPre 3 & RODE SmartLav+ not compatible really?

    It is often a good idea to read the manuals of your equipment if you are unfamiliar with the workflow. In sound recording and mixing there is a lot more to know than just operating the equipment.
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    Boompole end exit to side exit conversion?

    Without being able to hold one in my own hands, I can say that some manufacturers use similar sizes and parts that can be interchangeable. For example, some VdB poles will take a PSC right angle pole bottom. I’m pretty sure Loons do too. It may be worth researching the dimensions and threading specs of your pole vs. accessories of others.
  6. Let’s not forget that discussions and articles can also be archived for future use. Like this site, I enjoy going through threads of past discussions on the Sound Devices forum because it is there and available. It also encourages users to read instead of just asking the same questions over and over. As as much as I appreciate various companies availability on FB for support, non of that information will be available in the future for people to reference, even if everyone actually uses FB.
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    Boompole end exit to side exit conversion?

    This is why it is often a good idea to buy products from known and trusted manufacturers like K-Tek, PSC, VdB, Ambient, and formerly Loon (RIP). The brand that you speak of was probably a deal of the day because it was a short run product by a (probably) Chinese company, and BnH likely knew that they would no longer be carrying their products.
  8. From what I get out of this, post would rather have a well placed boom than a bunch of ISOs. Since we are in agreement, can we gang up on camera and take over?
  9. Yeah it sounds like there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what goes on on set vs what’s happening in post. Creating a dialogue between both worlds would be a good idea. Hearing these guys guys complain about having too many tracks delivered, microphone phasing, and useless boom tracks, makes me think that they don’t understand that we are dealing with unreasonable time constraints, and more and more cameras, not to mention all kinds of other obstacles that are becoming more common.
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    L.A. Soundies: Mileage "zone" question

    It doesn’t seem like this would be applicable to SLC unless there is an agreement in place that is common between studios and unions. In the future I’d include a no studio zone clause in my agreement when working outside of LA.
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    L.A. Soundies: Mileage "zone" question

    There is a 30 mile studio zone in Los Angeles, and it is well established. So you may spend two hours getting to set, and it is up to you to logg those miles for tax purposes. Otherwise, outside of that zone you get mileage, and you should also be reimbursed for company moves.
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    Boom rigged to fisher dolly

    @sonicfruit Since there is no way to tell from one hospital to another what the RF environment would be like, my position would be to explain to the producers that they should not expect to be able to use lavs all the time, but you can do a scan with your receivers or an RF Explorer if you have one, if no one at the hospital has any information to share. I used lavs at Ceder Sinai in Los Angeles without any problems (that I was aware of). I actually wanted to boom but the “producer” was one of those “why don’t you go ahead and lav ‘em up now” types that isn’t aware that he’s always stepping on people’s toes
  13. I thought this was going to be about something specific to people’s home stereos. Funny how it ended up going into some detail about the importance of sound, then cut to the host doing their own sound with their iPhone.
  14. +1 Every time a client tries to cut corners, it starts with sound. A choice that will hurt their project more than they know. This is usually the result. Lesson hard learned but common sense says: pro camera guy for video pro sound guy for sound
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    Longest lasting

    SMQVs with lithiums
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    Favorite Plug-Ins for Post

    Thanks for the info. I used to use the Massey Limiter years ago and yes, well worth the price!
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    Why Comteks?

    Audio Department was developing a battery eliminator, but after a few prototypes decided against selling them because the modifications necessary to make to the Comtek itself weren’t favorable options or some such business. I’d say that IF Comtek were to make modified bodies and battery compartment parts to support a battery eliminator, AD may decide to pursue the idea again.
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    Rupert Neve - Sound on Sound Interview

    @Dalton Patterson thanks, yes I’ve brought it out on a few productions, each time I have gotten wonderful compliments from post I also picked up Nelson’s hot-rodded Nagras. With this setup it is no wonder he is such a legend. I really admire how he thinks outside the box and doesn’t go for turn-key kits. The proof is in his work!
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    IFB on the cheap.

    There is a post somewhere here about a guy who’s director wanted something smaller than a normal IFB (comtek/lectro), so he used a cheap FM transmitter and a bunch of SanDisk Sansa MP3 players with built in tuners. Although this setup works, you’ll have trouble with battery life, open frequencies and range. But hey, if you’d rather try a bunch of low priced options until you pony up for something a little more tried and true, that’s your business.
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    633 PFL

    Also check your headphone settings
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    VER files bankruptcy under Chapter 11

    Maybe it’s from all those sound packages they toss in with the camera rental?
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    Why Comteks?

    If you are using these for boom monitoring, I’ve had a number of boom ops say that they prefer a good comtek signal over an alternative simply because when used with a base station and mini mite/phase right antenna, the range can out perform a lot of other options. But yeah, the quality is not great. However, some of the best boom ops I’ve worked with don’t mind them. Theyre also good to have because if you need to rent more of them for a specific job, they’re cheap to rent and everyone has them in stock.
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    Why Comteks?

    The main reasons why many people use comteks over better sounding brands is because the range is pretty good, they’re not too pricey, and if they sound too good to anybody else listening, then you’d be potentially dealing with back seat drivers. That is to say, you’ll get more people interfering with your work and methods if they can hear every little detail. They need to hear the dialogue and nothing else.
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    Withholding Audio Files

    When it didn’t look like production was going to pay at the end of a shoot, I quietly packed up and proceeded to go home, after two weeks of shooting on location. About a week went by when I received a call from a producer asking for the audio. I politely told him that I’d be glad to give them the files once I’ve heard from everyone in the crew that they had received payment in full and all cheques cleared. They weren’t happy about it but it happened and everyone got paid. I’ve had other smaller issues but this was the biggest. Two weeks of audio, their DIT never asked for anything from me at the end of each day, and the director and producer were too inexperienced to make sure that they were getting their footage. They didn’t even ask for a comtek the entire time. That’s a lot of faith to put into someone that you are planning on ripping off!