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  1. I got one a year ago at $418. Spent all but .18 of it. Wish I'd gotten ten! It's easy as pie to convert back into real money.
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    Sounds Good! Sound for Film and Video (humor)

    That is so funny!!!! I actually laughed a bunch. Thanks for the share I have to send that to some pals. I don't wanna spoil it but there are some really smart jokes. Brilliant thanks Mista Feeley! Dan Izen
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    Boom and Live Vocals. Good lesson from 1955.

    That is truly incredible. On my show there is a ton of music and all of it is recorded live, often during takes. Those become the prerecs and used when the band's in the background. 95% of the band's coverage is a live take, or synced to an previous live performance. I get a feed from the music dept. and throw just a single CMIT in the room. The CMIT by itself often sounds the best to me, but sometimes I'll mix in the feed a little. It usually sounds great. Then post music dept. remixes it and it sounds like canned crap in the show...
  4. Apparently also called "Thunderbolt 3" connectors. Has anyone used these with Thunderbolt 2 HDs? Should I wait for G Tech to make USB-C HDs or take the plunge on the Thunderbolt 2 drives? Seems dumb to have to use an adaptor for brand new stuff. Thanks! Dan Izen EDIT: Nevermind no one has Thunderbolt 3 and it might be a while... USB 3 seems like the fastest for now...
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    At the Dawn of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

    Awesome article! So weird about how he never wanted to listen back to his "recording." It's just incredible the work done to play that back!! A few years ago I stumbled upon a one-sides 7" featuring that first recording! It was on inferior clear wax but honestly it sounds almost exactly as it does in that video.
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    WOWEEEEE what a great read! And very exciting about the nerve sensors. I wish I'd become an engineer or something so I coulda perhaps taken part or helped in stuff like this. Thanks for the great post!
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    Recording, '50s Style

    Awesome!!! I'm totally gonna watch this. Thanks for the link!
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    Current and near-future recording modalities

    Wow. It's real. Damn it! I've never seen any of those movies. They don't sound like movies where actors mumble, more like how non-actors can't project. The article calls it natural. Bah!
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    Current and near-future recording modalities

    - rant on - Are we going for reality, or are we trying to tell a story? Mumbling in film, as in life, makes it hard to hear words. Mumblecore is utterly and indefensibly ridiculous. A genre driven by dialog that you can't hear. I hate actors who mumble and think it's all dramatic. Yes, I hate them. I don't care how nice they are, if they mumble and I have to record them, I hate them. When I watch something and the actors mumble, I hate them too. If Mumbling were a country I'd want to invade it and erase its entire cultural history. Mumbling is only appropriate if the speaker is insecure about it, or wants you to not hear then. - rant off - Dan Izen
  10. I found that hilarious too. But damn. Ghost cities!
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    What do I do?

    Mirror has actually provided some help too. In the production world, there are people you will encounter who's egos are so swollen they truly believe the world revolves around them. They have a sense of entitlement that is laughable. Production not only attracts these types, it often rewards them. Mirror does a really great job representing this type of douche, and is a fantastic resource for building up thick skin. If you don't have a thick skin you'll just be miserable. I should know, because I have very thin skin! In fact my friend, after all the technical and networking crap you do to become a Professional Sound Person, this will be your biggest challenge: dealing with crazy douches who control your cash flow. At least that's been true for me and every other soundie I know personally. And, amazingly, this is the ONLY area where being a soundie can actually help your Real Life Skills! In other words, if you can learn to negotiate with irrational people in production, you will have a better life outside in the real world. Dan Izen
  12. Yes thanks I have that and it works, but it needs another adaptor to work with USBC connector, and also I don't wanna have to keep unplugging stuff. That OWC thing would literally be everything I could possibly use, including ethernet! I should get one.
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    Johnny Knoxville gags and wires.

    Hey Mista Alan - how'd it go? Got an update for us?
  14. This thing is supercool, except that it doesn't have FW800... Damn! Gotta try that OWC thingee.
  15. Yeah I posted uninformed (as usual!). I read an article that talked about how the real benefit to thunderbolt 3 is the ability to have lots of stuff going through one adaptor, since no hard drives are that fast. So, instead of one 40mb/ hard drive (that does not currently exist), you can run multiple usb3 drives at 10mb/s as well as plenty of other crap. So I'm just gonna spring for a usb3 HD, whenever I find the time to research that crap. Dan Izen
  16. Hello esteemed fellow sound peeps, I have a question about tradition. That question is: Who's supposed to ring the bell? Just like how it's supposed to be the key PA who quiets the set, yet nowadays it's us who have to work with locations - is this another thing production is supposed to deal with? The mentality is that I show up to record sound, and nowhere in my job description is quieting the set, so it would seem ringing the bell would be a courtesy, a favor, and not actually part of the job. I feel like I asked this same question years ago so if that's true, apologies! Dan Izen
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    Who's job is it to ring the bell?

    Ah! Thank you Mista Sharman, and also Mista Davies! (Here in NOLA "Mista" + first name is the proper term of respect!) We are in complete agreement about quieting the set not being our department, but now there's that grey area of the bell & lights. Their sole purpose is for production, but I guess sound dept. inherited the duty? Similar to props and the chairs? Oh well, I guess I'll run it then...
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    Who's job is it to ring the bell?

    Okay, so "traditionally" it is supposed to be us? Darn.
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    Neurotic naysayer primadonna soundies

    Sorry but being aloof has negative connotations, it's what people who "stand on the sidelines" do, or that girl that won't talk to you does. I think you may just mean "calm and professional." And BOY has it taken a long time for me to learn that shit! But it's so much better. Poster above is so dead on when he says if he lost his cool, he's already failed. Of course sometimes you do have to freak out, but hopefully not more than once per show ha ha! (For the record I've been on this NCIS gig for 1.7 seasons and I have not freaked out yet. Maybe I've matured!? Nah...)
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    Johnny Knoxville gags and wires.

    Johnny is a gentleman with a kind heart, and I can't see him disregarding your gear. I only worked with him once for about five weeks on a non-jackass movie. I cannot speak for his pals tho!
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    New Mac Book Pro

    This looks awesome!!
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    Okay, who was it?

    Philip you gotta use the quote function, I want to see the offending post! If someone spoke to me that way I might laugh at first (even though that would not be the best response), and then tire of it very quickly. I'd do what I do now with difficult talent - hand it off to the producers. I'd tell them to mic him themselves, and complain to HR about a hostile work environment. I agree with John B. btw.
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    Deva 24

    I guess I've been asleep, this looks badass! You don't need a computer and you get the touch screen. Sounds brilliant, can't wait for more info! Like the price... Dan Izen
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    RF Interference and Teradek Bolts

    Great thread! My show uses at least four Teradeck transmitters and even with PW helicals they mess with the sound txs. Moving the antennas to a better line of sight helps a lot, but changing freqs does not. I'm on Lectro blocks 22 - 26 and 24 seems to be the worst one. Luckily the Comteks @ 216 are fine. I'm not fancy and don't use an rf scanner so I don't know what freq spray there is. The worst is when the cranes come out and they're on their coms. Those coms are death! Dan Izen