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    Neil Young talks about analog vs. digital

    Saw Neil again play in Pasadena about a month ago. He's still in fine form! His current backing band is great too.
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    Block 941

    Seems pretty slick, especially for those of us who travel a lot around the country for shoots.
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    2018 IATSE Contract Forum on Facebook

    I'm not on Facebook but is there any talk as to what this "new mid-range new media budget tier" described in Matt Loeb's email blast yesterday means? Would be nice if this whole "tier 0 / negotiated" BS stops...
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    It's getting to the point where the only thing that's going to be left in the Bay Area are Apple Stores and half occupied luxury condo buildings.
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    Mercedes Metris OR Chevrolet Express 3/4?

    Being an avid Jeep guy, I think I found my next sound "van". Top speed of 40mph but hey, who's going faster than that in LA anyways? https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1967-jeep-m725/
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    Keeping current and abreast of new techniques

    It's crazy how hands on processes back then were vs today with computers. I've come to know title designer Dan Perri of "The Star Wars Intro Crawl" fame / about a million other features and the stories he has about how long it would take to accomplish today's menial tasks is remarkable. I think it was about the 35th time was the charm when it came to getting the sign off on the Star Wars logo for instance...
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    Mercedes Metris OR Chevrolet Express 3/4?

    Quite possible. The USA version actually is built in Germany, taken apart in Germany, then shipped to South Carolina, reassembled, then delivered to dealerships, all in order to avoid the 25% "Chicken Tax". Source: Why Is the 2017 Mercedes Metris Van Built In Germany and Reassembled in United States
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    Mercedes Metris OR Chevrolet Express 3/4?

    I've only driven the Chevy but I grew quite fond of it (disclaimer: only had it about a week to move around non sound gear stuff but it was cavernous and gulped up anything I threw in there). I would look to get one that is a V8 and has the 6 speed transmission rather than the old school 4 speed as it just purred down the highway without barely touching the gas / was averaging 18 mpg by the end of my week with it. As for the Metris, I'll turn to Doug Demuro's impressions about it:
  9. You don't want to be involved with a production that thinks like that. Yeah, there are some producers out there that do the whole "We don't need a boom operator! You can do it by yourself, what are you talking about!" song and dance. And believe me, you don't want to work on a show ran by people like that.
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    Our workflow on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

    It's like the aircraft carrier of sound carts!
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    Our workflow on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

    Very cool and well planned out! I had a blast mixing with the Muppets a few years back (for a music video) although you have a way more sophisticated setup than I did. Any pictures of your cart pulling all this off?
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    Micing an old car for effects: a Ford Model T.

    Henry Ford Museum I presume? These cars are so old that they really don't have any insulation whatsoever. This will work to your advantage as you could probably just mic the firewall (from the inside) to get the engine clatter. Then maybe throw another mic pointed towards the exhaust tip to get the exhaust note. All depends on what camera angles you're going to be getting to as you'll want to focus on the perspective of the camera is seeing. One word of caution, these engines put out a lot of heat! So make sure to not attach any gear on or really close to any heat source (engine bay / exhaust piping etc). Oh, and if you have a moment, ask the driver to show you how these things drive. It's NOT the typical throttle/brake despite how it looks modern with pedals / steering wheel. It's a pretty wild setup once you see how they actually operate!
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    LT/LR vs SRc

    I'd get the SRc. And if you're worried about powering it, just get a d-tap splitter and then a d-tap to DC plug for it. The SRc is a camera slot receiver so it isn't foreign to mount it to a camera as that was its original purpose to begin with.
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    Barcelona Rental

    I got a c-stand from Aluzine over there. I think they have other rentals though / probably could refer you? Oh and see if they'll hook you up with one of their cool t-shirts. I still have mine!
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    Lectrosonics LT/LR ranges

    According to that document, yes, it appears that you'd have best luck with the B1 range for Chicago.
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    Tomorrow morning breezes in Rio Rancho, NM

    Very cool. What's the status on this new band outside the US? Would be great to have a true "traveling" band!
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    Tomorrow morning breezes in Rio Rancho, NM

    I'm pretty sure those M series 4 cylinders were measured in squirrels rather than horses in terms of power, except the TII version of course 😉
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    Something is up with the HTTPS version of the site…

    I've heard of "crystal sync" but this is ridiculous
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    Ultrasound, IoT and wireless

    Someone encountered a problem with something like this last year.
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    Smart Slate Preference

    I haven't. I've always been under the impression that that's more geared towards episodic shows?
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    Location Sound Van build

    How are you liking the ProMaster City so far? A seller in Huntington Beach seems to be selling them for less than $19k USD new these days which seems like a sweet bargain for what you get out of it.
  22. I'm not a tin foil hat / Richard Stallman type but it doesn't matter how careful you are on a social network, once your info is up there it is out there following around no matter where you are on the web. Electronic Frontier Foundation article ACLU article I do agree that we are living in amazing times where communication and information is so vast and easy to acquire these days which is absolutely great. That being said, a lot of the current main stream tools to communicate have some very shady practices that shouldn't be overlooked. The good news is that there are alternatives (such as this GREAT forum) and while yes, it might not be as "convenient" as it's not just piled into a never ending stream of photos from your friends, it's still worth it!
  23. The great thing about our industry is that unlike support for consumer electronic goods, you can actually pick up the phone and often get on the line with a real person who can walk you through issues. It's great being able to call someone like Sound Devices / Lectrosonics and talk to someone who actually knows the product and is more than happy to help you.
  24. I don't have a Facebook account either but on my computer, anytime that annoying Facebook login thing pops up, try hitting the escape key. Seems to get rid of it on my end (Mac / Firefox). As for Facebook trying to take over, I agree it's a rather short sighted approach to keeping people in the loop. Even back in the day when I had an account for Facebook, thanks to them always using algorithms to show you a never ending stream of the food your aunt is eating and/or updates on the mundane life of that guy you sat next to in the 2nd grade, I would often miss that actual "good stuff" that was announced to begin with unless you browsed to the appropriate page.
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    legal wireless microphone frequencies

    No 800mhz/700mhz stuff allowed anymore. 600mhz is still legal but dodgy sometimes as they turn on the 5G stuff.