Jonathan Michael Lau

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    Production Sound Mixer/Boom Operator, NYC
    Independent Film
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  1. I had a mic sent in at the end of last winter, not expedited. They received it in connecticut on the 8th and sent it back out on the 25th by ups ground.
  2. Learned years ago to always carry a backup set of lyres. When you set your boom down, make sure it never tips over.
  3. $1700 hammers are always fun!
  4. While this may seem brute, i've taken a few 302's, flipped the opening to the ground, and literally just banged them with a quick, hard downward smack into a solid object like a table ledge and they would always pop right out with the right force and angle. I mean, the units are frickin solid themselves so the batteries just end up becoming a loose projectile. worst case, if doing so does damage something inside, i bet it'd cost less to have SD or yourself repair some loose solder points than to replace your battery tube.
  5. in terms of passband filters i've read: LR/SRC - 15-20mhz SRB - 25-26mhz 401 - 30mhz 411 - 11 mhz
  6. imo it's simply not made for film work. it sounds fantastic in all other respects - especially music/interviews - and has excellent low self noise, but the low frequency pickup is unbearable and any low pass filters at any hz to accommodate handling make it sound ridiculously duller than it should. not to mention the need for much, much heavier wind protection (heavier than stock windscreen or a rigged schoeps teardrop, further killing your freqs). rycote lyres (hard and soft shore) with 416, cs3e, cs2, mkh50, 60, 641, cmit5u and 3 different boompoles. i've never had to tippy toe as much as i did with my 8050. if you can make it work, then good for you. but a simple google search reaffirms this as a widespread gripe of many users
  7. Avoid the 8050. On a boom, it's an absolute nightmare with handling noise. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  8. Same as Peter, i've also been using some with my cos11s with great success for button situations. Definitely picking up more soon. Thanks Abe!
  9. and what has been the response when it was asked previously? It was probably the same. I agree with everything Norén said, but i think you should absolutely avoid ever hitting someone with the boom. Getting in as close as possible, sure. but that can be learned with caution and practice. I've never hit someone while trying to get within inches of their head. Always remember safety first. And I'd caution against using analog mixers for new production sound mixers or one man bands. Yes, I understand why it was the norm for decades and why it's always suggested, but the modern requirements for a shoot (and especially for small, cheaper gigs) will always prefer to have ISO tracks on decent gear over a mixed signal with great preamps on fewer tracks. But this is another topic. Contacting professionals in the area is a great idea. Even if to shadow them for a few days, it makes you contacts and gets you experience. And you definitely want to know as many of your fellow mixers/sound people in your market as you'll be working with them in the future. So yes, move to where there's more opportunities for work. Great advice has always been to shut up and listen. People dont want to be bombarded with questions about things that can be easily looked up. Ask only when you feel you can't find the answer on your own. That's when you'll truly gain the most from a mentor, but going back to Norén's point I really agree on - build your social skills. You wont work unless people like to work with you.
  10. +1 for the above. The thing that matters is if it matches any pictures, if it you asked questions on the condition not listed before bidding/buying (for your protection), and if it actually fully works. if it's from a rental house, there may well be engraving and unseen damage, which doesn't necessarily affect performance. I'd make sure the lectro product serial is still intact as you always want to check if you're getting stolen items.
  11. I don't understand why turnaround is ever an issue that producers don't consider. And I can't see why they would be in any state of surprise when the issue is brought up. It's always been my observation that the department heads need to be active in advocating for crew conditions if things get bad. I was once on a shoot where th e producer posted a Mandy ad because he thought the crew would walk the next day! It doesn't hurt for department heads to speak up, but production should really be more attentative to these things if they know we're hitting OT and doing long travel/turnaround. And lets be real, their PA's are often getting the brunt of it too so there's no excuse for them "not to know" Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  12. As it is, with my porta brace 4-point harness, i always attach the bottom two clips to the top two when i take off the bag to prevent the points from dangling everywhere. When I tried the ktek harness, I also did immediately what Carlos did and it resolves the weight balance and securing issue. But I'd imagine you'd want to anyway since the attachment wings on any harness with more than 2 points would just flap everywhere when you walk. I also typically keep my harness on when not bagged so that was the second thing I tested.
  13. did water or actor sweat seep into the unit? i had a really sweaty summer and at one point had to blow dry the contacts from what was discovered, pooling sweat in the ta5.
  14. This just in http://www.iatselocal52.org/Announcements.aspx
  15. pilot tone? http://en-us.sennheiser.com/cl-1 cable or equivalent adaptor, coupled with the amp allows use with regular stereo headphones