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Your first sound setup or kit ever

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My first setup for this type of work was a package deal I scored on eBay. (I had setups geared toward remote music recording before that). It was a Wendt X4 mixer and Portabrace case, BDS system, a Sennheiser 416, 2 Lectrosonics UCR195D receivers and transmitters and Sonotrim lavs, a big case to put it all in, a KTek boom pole, and cables. I was all set!

-Mike

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On April 13, 2017 at 9:43 PM, Gerard-NYNY said:

in any event, for those who have never seen one of these masterpieces, jw sound presents:

 

Wow...I remember those from when I was a kid. Didn't he/they get in some legal trouble? 

As far as my first gear. It was a pair of Oktava MC-012 microphones that were on consignment when I was working at Coffey Sound along with a pair of PSC universal shock mounts, a mic stand (which I'm still using right now), a stereo bar, and raw cable and connectors to make my own XLR cable. I used them for sound effects and Foley recording. Shortly after that I purchased a Pro Tools LE rig and freelanced post work from my apartment. When I was freelance most of my work was post/video game sound, so I didn't have a need to purchase production equipment, and the production gigs I did get were so varied, I needed a different list of gear each time. Sometimes I'd need a Deva V. Other times just a 744t. I just ended up renting what I needed.

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For me, a1st gen FP32 (not the 32a) a 415T and a Telex ENG wireless cam hop.. VHF in one of the  'travel' frequencies. I used that for a few months and purchased a Lectro185 system,

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I bought a 416T on ebay, and shortly after bought a PSC Alphamix, also from eBay I believe.  As soon as I could, I bought 2 Lectro 211 systems, and that kit served me pretty well for a quite a few years.

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On 4/18/2017 at 5:02 PM, dfisk said:

Wow...I remember those from when I was a kid. Didn't he/they get in some legal trouble? 

 

if i remember correctly the antar brothers, owners, took the company public and made an ipo, but misrepresented the financials and subsequently, after the stock tanked, they were investigated by the sec, then fled the country, were extradited back, prosecuted and jailed.

 

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If I had all the money in the world I'd resurrect "Crazy Eddie's" and do the commercials just like the old days. It'd make a splash. 

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1 hour ago, dfisk said:

If I had all the money in the world I'd resurrect "Crazy Eddie's" and do the commercials just like the old days. It'd make a splash. 

jerry carroll, the pitchman, is still at large. lots of nyc local tv commercials were hilariously funky. i really miss it. they proved that new yorkers had a lot of taste, but no class, just about everyone found them cheesy, somewhat repulsive in production value and concept, but universally loved.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/nyregion/the-public-face-of-crazy-eddie-recalls-the-real-one.html

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The first freelance gig that required a gear purchase was to record stereo nat sound for a documentary...it was low budget but high quality was paramount (seems nothing has changed!)

Fostex M22RP: Rented- The editor(and former sound guy) recommended that I utilize a Fostex M22RP (a mid-side printed ribbon mic), so I rented that. It was big and heavy and really needed a stand to prevent handling noise.  I had to slap together a wind noise solution for exteriors, ...I think I draped a Rycote Windjammer over it.

FP32A: Borrowed-from a production company that I was formerly a staffer of.  32A was great because it had M-S decode in the monitor matrix.

Sony MZ-R55 Mini-disc recorder circa 1998: Bought- Nobody else that I knew of had tried using Mini-disc for production recording(pre-internet forums!). I thought that Mini-disc was the ideal solution for low budget recording.  DAT was too expensive for me and too finicky.  I bought a Sony MZ-R55 stereo Mini-disc recorder (Sony was still at it's peak of engineering prowess, and it shows in this unit because it does so many things right... and still functions 17 years later).  That Mini-disc recorder was a perfect budget solution for 2 tracks of digital recording.  The caveat was that it needed to go through A-D conversion to get files out of the Mini-Disc and onto a CD to hand off to the editor, but it worked.

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Zoom H6, 2 Sennheiser G3's, Rodes Ntg-2 shotgun mic and Rodes boom pole.


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Zoom H4N, AT 897, Rode Boom Pole, Rode Blimp, secondhand Portabrace and harness, secondhand PSC DV Promix3, secondhand Sony MDR 7506, rented wireless

Upgrade to Tascam DR-680, second hand SD 302 and MixPre, Petrol audio bag and harness, a few Senn G3, Rode NTG3

Using SD 633 now, Orca bag and harness

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Still on my first kit. I got a Zoom F8 and Rode NTG3. Good enough for student films and low budget stuff. Plus I also use the Zoom F8 for remote recordings for live shows. 

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First shoot (not my own gear): Nagra III & Sennheiser MKH 416. First own kit: Edirol R-44, SIE MP-232, 416, Oktava MK012.

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Just noticed this thread, and Christian's latest post - brings back memories...

First shoot  (not my own gear) Nagra III with pilottone cable , a very heavy Electrovoice 642 with a handle, and a set of really uncomfortable ear-clamp Beyer headphones.(roundish with grey hard foam rubber earpads, IfIRC)

Next shoot advanced to Sennheiser 804 with fibreglass blimp, same recorder.

What a treat when we moved on to crystal sync!

My first owned recorder was a Stellavox Sp7, first owned mic a 416T. First owned headphones those round folding Sonys - don't remember the model.

Worked mostly 16mm in those days, and transferred my audio to Mag on magna sync dubbers, synched on PIcSync or moviolas or Steenbecks...

Early NIFCO, MUN film unit, and CBC St. John's.

 

All for now,

Jim Rillie

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2 hours ago, Jim Rillie said:

and a set of really uncomfortable ear-clamp Beyer headphones.(roundish with grey hard foam rubber earpads, IfIRC)

Presumably the ubiquitous DT48 Jim? Splendid things!

2 hours ago, Jim Rillie said:

My first owned recorder was a Stellavox Sp7, 

Gorgeous! Whilst I'm the proud owner-user of two stereo Nagras I've always loved the size and style of their neighbour-rival.

Jez

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11 hours ago, The Immoral Mr Teas said:

Presumably the ubiquitous DT48 Jim? Splendid things!

Jez

I think they must have been pre-DT48 if there was such a thing. I experienced DT48s a year or two later. The cartilage in my ears is still trying to recover from all those Beyers, LOL.

SP7 long gone - eventually motherboard and contacts deteriorated over a few years after being thoroughly doused by a rogue wave whilst shooting on an oil supply vessel. Completely rinsed interior with fresh water, removed potted modules, and dumped batteries immediately, but the salt got in there anyhow. Top deck parts were all fine, but inside...

Still also have a 4stc on the shelf, don't use it much anymore, except to play old tapes.

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