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About Constantin

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    Cologne, Germany
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
    Yes
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    mostly cart-based, but also bag-based commercials, corporate, documentaries, etc.<br />
    To contact me away from jswoundgroup, please use:<br />
    mail {at} constantinbomers.com <br />
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  1. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I use the Sennheiser system as well. On my cart I‘ll use the left channel for my boom op and the right channel for the others. While it can transmit only at 30mW, I can remote the antenna which helps a lot. In my bag I have two skp2000 transmitters which transmit at 50mW, so that compensates a bit the non-remote antenna. My boom op will have to switch to another frequency, but that’s quick to do. But I don’t need to touch any of the other receivers which is a big plus
  2. ISO's vs. Mix Track

    Well yes, that’s true for audio editors. But picture editors generally prefer to edit without the iso tracks as that is much easier to handle. For a long time Avid could only handle 16 audio tracks, which sounds like a lot, but if you recorded 8 isos plus a mix that‘s at least 9 tracks and so if they have overlaps from one cut to the next suddenly it’s 18 tracks and they are running into trouble.
  3. ISO's vs. Mix Track

    I used to mix down to a mono mix, but some time ago audio post asked me to record a split boom/lav mix and that’s what I‘m doing now. The reason they gave was that it was easier for the picture editor this way, because now they can edit without the isos, but still have the choice of using more of the lavs if they want to, or get rid of them altogether overriding my mix choice at that moment. This will be especially useful if there is an unexpected problem with a lav, which only manifests itself during the take. In a mono mix scenario this means they’d have to go into the iso tracks, which they may not have easily available. To me this makes alot of sense and I am happy to accommodate them in this regard. Since it’s a lav mix it is still my mix. I will monitor both mixes in mono. I can still easily hear if there is an issue with a lav. Lav issues sound different than boom issues anyway, and I will solo each track every so often
  4. Broadband RF power meter BSRF PM-1

    Hey, that looks pretty cool! I might definitely be interested in this. Let us know when it’s ready to ship in Europe
  5. Used Lectrosonics buying strategy

    The biggest difference is the digital hybrid system. If you really want to follow through with your buy once/cry once paradigm then get at least a digital hybrid equipped system (400 series and onwards). The newer the systems get, the better they are, and it’s probably up to you to find the best compromise for you. But even the oldest digital hybrid system you can find will be significantly better than any older model.
  6. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    When I used the ERX system, I actually got ok range, just by using a better antenna. However, frequency coordination can be tricky. I have on occasion inadvertently disabled the camera‘s remote focus systems, because my IFB200 would flatten that signal - despite a scan beforehand. Apparently they don’t switch channel ls when there is a problem, like consumer wifi router do
  7. New DPA lavs?

    Yes interesting, thanks. That could explain why I almost never have any issues with my DPA‘s, whereas everyone else around me is. I rarely use concealers...
  8. #metoo and sexism in general

    I will always insist on wardrobe accompanying me when laving women and children (with children, I also ask the caretaker to be present. Just because I have heard of a guy who had bad luck). Misunderstandings are easily created and our job does sometimes require us to invade the privacy of other people and it can never hurt to have a witness with you. Plus wardrobe is really useful to have around when wiring someone anyway. If I am alone with the actress, I will explain to them where I want the mic to go and if it is anywhere near the bra area, I‘ll ask them to stick the mic there themselves. And this is probably not the time for jokes, as they, too, can easily be misunderstood, so I hold my tongue. Once you get to know the actress it can relax a bit, but it depends, obviously. I did work with a colleague once who couldn’t stop making „jokes“, like „this is the reason we‘re all doing this job“ (while putting a mic on a bra), and similar. He thought it was just easing the atmosphere, but it was terrible. I got really angry, because that is the very opposite of how it should be done. Luckily, no one else commented (just noticed how Mike said the same things, but so much more succinctly)
  9. Reall Really? I have done this many times. Rarely a problem. Key - as always - is to arrange for this in advance. That‘s only for a stereo feed, though. Never asked for isos.
  10. 600 MHz gear

    Officially no, but privately probably you might find someone.
  11. 600 MHz gear

    Yes, Europe
  12. Is a new Sound Devices MixPre-10T coming soon?

    No, please, I was joking. Just not a big fan of the to make it clear
  13. Sewing Lavs into Wardrobe

    When that happens, I‘ll tell them that I will mount the mic myself then. In any way I see fit and using whatever means necessary. They tend to change their minds after that. But it‘s rare anyway. Most wardrobe people are super helpful
  14. Is a new Sound Devices MixPre-10T coming soon?

    The guy who made the video, I suspect? Haven’t watched it though...
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