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  1. Jay Rose

    Good price on 7506 headphones!

    As part of Prime Day, Amazon is selling Sony 7506's for $72 ($80 Prime price, with 10% off if you use their charge card). https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR7506-Professional-Diaphragm-Headphone/dp/B000AJIF4E/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1531840617&sr=1-1&refinements=p_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER
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    Good price on 7506 headphones!

    Sorry my thread turned into a religious war. I just wanted to point out a bargain. I have heard, from Amazon (as an associate and author) and from news sources, that they're starting to tighten up on counterfeits and ban the sellers. Of course dodgy sellers can simply give themselves a new business name and try again... but that's a problem with most of today's modern services, from spam phone calls to FaceBook. In general, things sold by Amazon themselves (rather than shipping as a fulfillment house or just relaying the order to someone else) are legit... they probably don't want the liability.
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    The "Less Suck" Fader

    I suppose it's time to throw in this broadcast equipment manual, which I wrote for one of my client's April Fools a few years ago. Here's the cover. The rest follows the strict format of other 25-Seven manuals of the time... except the functions are somewhat impossible in this universe.
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    If the talent is sitting (or even standing still) there shouldn't be too much noise from the cable. And they're using these phones for cues and director notes, not to evaluate sound quality. I always thought they used them because at the time they came out, they were less obtrusive visually than a large driver in their ear.
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    You & #MeToo

    Indeed. Yet a few of them can be couched in ways that make the medicine go down easier. My older sister was a computer pioneer, in the days of mainframes. She had worked her way up from a "do you like puzzles" recruitment to being a senior programmer at AT&T, then a systems analyst for IBM, and then joined a consultancy where - among other things - she traveled around the country teaching programers how to understand their projects better. At one such trip, in the mid 1970s, she went to the hotel restaurant to get breakfast. Since there was a conference going on, the place was crowded. She eventually got a table, but nobody took her order. Meanwhile, other parties were seated, ate, and left. She asked to see the manager, who explained "these gentlemen had to get to a seminar, so we served them first." As my sister tells it, "I pulled myself up to my full 5'4", smiled at the manager, and sweetly asked, 'Did it ever occur to you that I'm running the seminar?' " ... a comment on a bad situation, but coated with enough sugar that someone could think about the message without feeling threatened. -- Similar situation drove an All In The Family episode in the early 70s, revolving around a riddle: "A young man comes into the Emergency Room and needs an operation. The surgeon called says 'I can't work on this person, he's my son. You'll have to get a different surgeon.' But the surgeon wasn't the boy's father." Nobody in the family can figure it out. The answer, of course, comes in the third act... with a lot of "aha!" reaction. If any readers aren't old enough to remember All In The Family, or didn't study it in media class, look it up.
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    Zaxcom Patent Discussion

    It's also impossible to patent, unless you can describe the steps for making the magic happen in a way that an engineer (and patent examiner) can understand and duplicate. Writing a proper patent is as specialized and demanding a craft as defending one in court. (My son, a former audio engineer who became a licensed PE, then a patent agent, and then a lawyer*, is now the go-to guy for electronics and tech in the Boston office of a major IP firm. He has lots of clients in our industry and has described the process to me. (* I've made only audio engineer money during my career. Fortunately, he got a lot of scholarships... 😉 )
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    Zynaptiq plug ins

    I had early experience with the Zynaptiq plugs when they were doing things that nobody else was coming near. I also had some long conversations with the developer. Yes, the UI was confusing... and a lot of the controls had no correspondence with what was on other plugs or hardware. (Everybody can understand Q on any brand of equalizer, or Threshold on any brand of compressor. But the Zynaptiq knobs were trying to do things that were brand new.) At least, they quickly added rollover hints to the knobs. I also didn't like the graphics of the UI, which made things worse. But I eventually had a working sense of what each knob did, and was able to use the plugs quickly and effectively. And now, of course, some of those functions are also in the Rx package, which gives us an alternative. But think back on how you had to learn to deal with the RX spectrogram interface, when it first appeared... By the way, please discount one of the things I wrote about Zynaptiq when it first appeared. The developer had told me they used AI principles, which I misinterpreted to mean the plugs used AI. They didn't, and were fully algorithmic. Proper AI wouldn't even be practical in most host-based DAWs ten years ago. Now that we're seeing true neural networks in some plug-ins, I understand the difference. (My article on how artificial intelligence actually works in the iZotope and Audionamix plugins, in last winter's CAS Quarterly.)
  8. Jay Rose

    You & #MeToo

    It's sad that the strategies minorities have always had to use to survive, are also applicable to fully half the population. At least, we're finally seeing some changes over the fifty-odd years I've been doing this stuff. It's still rocky, and there are competing interests trying to push people down, but maybe we'll see some progress eventually. Meanwhile, you do what you can in your own life and those lives you have influence over, to make changes (or at least not make things worse by perpetuating the bad stuff).
  9. Fascinating NYTimes article on - the need for nanosecond sync precision between distant computers connected via internet; - why NASDAQ is spearheading the effort (and has it working); - how it's useful for things as widely afield as World Cup Soccer; - how this has been a goal since the 1960s! https://nyti.ms/2Izysff
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    You think WE'VE got sync problems?

    FWIW, the point of ns precision is so trades can be accurately time-stamped, and then executed in order no matter how much latency exists between the trader and the exchange. Will it work? Will sharks find a way to game the system? Yes and yes...
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    You think WE'VE got sync problems?

    Wouldn't the resonant frequency of the planet change with things like cyclic gravitational changes (i.e., lunar), density shifts from polar ice melting and subsequent evaporation, and even the burning of carbon extracted from under ground? Besides, we're talking a requirement for nanosecond precision among computers. 7.8 Hz seems precise only to a hundred ms.
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    Broadcast legend Dan Ingram dead at 83

    He was a genius. Not only clever and running a tight show, but incorporating 'Easter Eggs' like always using a particular ID jingle before a specific category of advertiser (so you knew, for example, that the next ad would be for financial services). A brilliant man, who created true differentiation for WABC at a time when lots of NY stations were playing the same music. His inspiration led me to become a wannabe DJ, and since I wasn't particularly great at that, I went into audio production at the station...
  13. Jay Rose

    Adding waterproof pot to system

    That'll leave a hole. Why not install the pot and leave it there... but put a switch inside the box, that'll defeat the pot when you don't want it to be active?
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    Adding waterproof pot to system

    I'd start with ~20k audio taper. Input jack goes across the resistance; wiper feeds the amp. That's assuming an unbalanced, consumer-style input. But 10k would probably also work. If this is a stereo setup, you might have a very hard time finding a dual-gang waterproof pot. Uh... is the minijack input waterproof? There are such things, but they're expensive. And they require a snap cover, to keep water from flowing in when there's no plug. In this case, are you looking for truly waterproof? Or is it a question of weighing the expense of a bit more protection vs the cost of just keeping a spare speaker handy?
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    Adding waterproof pot to system

    You want the whole pot on the outside of the speaker? Or just the knob? I'm going to assume the latter; it's easier. In any event, Bournes makes the 3590 sealable pots that you can get at Arrow for ~$13. Various resistances between 200 ohm and a couple of hundred k. Since the pot is sealed, you can then put caulk around it to the case of the speaker, to seal the mounting hole. Or do a web search for 'waterproof potentiometer'. -- Or can you control the volume from the BT transmitting device?
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    Sound is no longer respected on set?

    Is there a sound equivalent of the typical shot of a sunset that makes people say "hey, this movie has an amazing cinematography! Unfortunately, yes. And it's always music or BIG sfx added in post. I spot some amazing, had-to-be-production sound in some of the screeners each year. But most people don't hear it that way. The answer to your question is the old trope: "Nobody walks out of a movie humming a two-shot." Maybe so, but that's not about production (or even post) sound.
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    Advice for a novice

    To expand Constantin's post: Any gun is going to have a lobe at 180 degrees. Maximum rejection for most of these mics is at 120 degrees. The biggest quality difference between different guns is how -flat- the response is from off-axis. That's where reflections in a small room or close to the ceiling can give you problems.
  18. New York Times has an excellent technical explanation of this week's acoustic 'blue dress / gold dress' meme, with an interactive tool that lets you simulate different listening/auditory conditions. https://nyti.ms/2L4DQJO The original issue is, I believe, due to a badly implemented speech synthesizer. But there's a lesson in there for all of us, about the importance of accurate recording / equalization / monitoring.
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    Advice for a novice

    Funny thing: I did a presentation for our combined SMPTE/AES chapters a few years ago, with the title "Magic Microphones". Here's a video.
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    THX: The Deep Note

    That's because they had to record it to a click, while watching pix...
  21. +1 Phllip I'm considered pretty good at film sound and writing about it. But the year I tried teaching -- at a major 4 year music/recording college -- was a waste. I enjoyed developing the lectures (and the esthetic behind them), and the students gave me good ratings, but something was missing. It was a few years later, when I watched my wife-to-be teach high school science, that I realized what was wrong. I was teaching the subject. She was teaching the kids. Totally different. One might even argue I'm a better scientist than her. But she's a heck of a lot better teacher.
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    Car as "wild lines" booth

    If you must record in a car, give us two imultaneous tracks: one with a mic where you think it sounds good, and one very tight. While a close mic will never sound like a properly distanced one, in this case it might be easier to treat the close track and add the seashore waves, than to try to "un-car" this distant one that's been polluted by boxy acoustics. Ideally, talk to production and audio post about it before shooting. Since this is a low-budget film, it might actually be easier to get the team together... and post might consist of one person who's both editing and dubbing.
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    Advice for a novice

    The other reference you need is hearing your "actors" talk to you live, when you're listening to the test mics on good speakers. My engineering staff and I rejected a few otherwise "we love it" mics, after we heard that the mic's version of reality was actually a form of distortion.
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    Advice for a novice

    Decent sound is, IMHO, harder than decent picture. If you're trying to learn picture, you can look at the work of the masters and figure out what kind of lenses they used, how they did basic framing and moves, and even -- when you know a bit more -- where the light is coming from. If you're trying to learn pix editing, you can also learn a lot by examining films. Yes, you can learn a lot more by listening to what the masters have said about their art... but at least you can get started on your own. But our craft is, or should be, largely invisible. Dialog is supposed to sound like we are in the room with the actors... but we never can see where the mics were, how they treated the areas immediately out of the shot, and what was done in post. (After a short while you can distinguish between good booming and good lavs, unless the post is also very good. Then the mics should intercut, and it takes very careful listening to tell them apart.) So you have to rely on the laws of physics... which don't require more than a grade school education and a sense of reality. Plus the techniques we've developed over the past century of recorded sound, which aren't secret. Or, at least, that's the thrust of my books.
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    Best windscreen for close voice recordings

    FWIW, I've recorded a lot of voice tracks with different actors using small-diaphragm cardioids in the same position Mobilemike recommends. That way there isn't a big condenser in the actor's face... My go-to on that is still the AKG 460/CK1.