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Scott Smith

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    Chicago, IL
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
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    Production sound and music mixer.
  1. A question on MS recording for film

    Years ago, I did a music project that was simulcast over NPR. We recorded all the music on multi-track, and all the dialogue M/S. It worked very successfully, but I supervised the entire project from the beginning to the end, (including being at the broadcast head-end when the show aired). Had I not been able to do the show from beginning to end, I would probably wouldn’t have handed off the M/S tracks to just anyone though. I was very pleased with how the show turned out, but it was of those rare shoots where things generally worked in our favor. -Scott quote post="342771" timestamp="1515532873" name="johngooch" userid="89"] PBS here in states tried to follow suit as well. It was not successful... had to record separate M/S tracks. .. so you ended up choosing to create a mono mix that included your wires and the M channel... it got weird pretty quick. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. A question on MS recording for film

    As Constantin and others point out, you won’t end up with M/S, or and kind of stereo. If you want s stereo perspective, I would do an M/S mic system on the camera, and maybe a second M/S mic or spaced array on a boom. Have done many projects using M/S, coincident mics, and spaced arrays. All have their pro’s and con’s. -Scott Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Lectro SRc field reports?

    I have found some devices that go into a bizarre “sleep mode” when powered off. You would think that there would be no power at all, and no emissions, but that doesn’t always seem to be the case. Not sure if the G3 system is one of these (I have never used one), but might be worth talking to Sennheiser ((assuming you can find somebody there these days that actually knows engineering details). -Scott Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Nagra repairs

    The one person that has ever worked on the III recorders I own besides myself is unfortunately no longer with us. He did do a motor repair once for me (bearings), but I sadly don't know the details. I do know you need the magnetic shunt. The only other issue I can think of is that if you remove the encoder wheel, it will probably need to be re-balanced. Have no idea how that would be done. My guess is the factory had a special test bed to do dynamic balancing. Might want to let an expert attempt this one[emoji846]. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. BDS Battery + AC

    And then there was the old Masonic Temple stage in Detroit I worked at in the early Seventies that still had some D.C. outlets on the stage. Unmarked, naturally. Found out the hard way... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. BDS Battery + AC

    David: I assume you mean 220 volt? 120 volt is standard in most cities (at least on theory-reality is a bit different!) -Scott Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. RIP David Yewdall

    Marc: This is sad news indeed. Thank you for posting the obit from Deadline. I hadn't talked to David in some time, and had no idea he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. His book is one of the best I've ever seen in regards to the craft of sound editing. The industry has lost a great teacher. -Scott
  8. LA Sound Mixers Summer Mixer July 23 1-6 PM

    Damn, was really hoping to make it this year. One week later and I could have done it! Maybe next year... -Scott Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Boom Pole Quick Connect

    Have still been using the Gary Woods quick-disconnects (with a couple of modifications). Have both mono and stereo versions. Still my favorite, wish he'd bring them back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Compact stereo mic options

    For most ambient recording, I have used either ORTF spacing with cardiods, and sometimes going wider than that, especially for theatrical releases, where the wider differential between the signals plays well in the surrounds. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. At the Dawn of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

    I happened to hear this at a demonstration that was done at an Association for Recorded Sound Collections conference a few years ago. Pretty cool stuff. Amazing the hoops the jumped through to reproduce those etchings. -S Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. On My Radio

    Those Detroit Tubeworks tapes were an amazing find. The first ones I saw were of the MC5, when a couple producing an ill-fared film on the group brought be some 2" B & W quad masters. It took about 10 passes of cleaning to get all the mold and grunge off the outside edges of the tape pack. Even with that, we could barely run the tape for 5 minutes before the heads would clog. Totally worth the effort though. Those tapes give a rare inside look at the nascent Detroit rock & roll scene of the era. Am happy to see they were salvaged. -S
  13. Technical and Historycal references

    David: Thank you for the kind mention (as well as all the excellent editing of those articles)! Yes, I debated about including sources with those pieces, in an attempt to make them more "scholarly". I ultimately decidedly against it, as they were really aimed at the "working crew" audience, as it seemed superfluous and would take up valuable space. There are certainly a number of scholarly histories pertaining to motion picture sound out there (with varying degrees of accuracy). One of these days, while I still have a brain left, hope to revisit the project and delve a lot deeper. -S
  14. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    These are great photos! Thanks for posting!
  15. The first film made with digitally recorded sound

    Phil, was that the RSM 190?