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  2. Show me your bag

    Here's mine. I have two 235's rather than one and a 200 because the second one gets used in my partner's bag when we're double booked. That way he can use Zaxnet too. Also using ERX's for scratch audio and timecode to camera.
  3. Hi everybody, I'm looking for a sound mixer in Costa Rica who could substitute me on a documentary. The 3 shooting days ain't fixed yet but will take place in early December. Any recommendations are appreciated. thank you
  4. I've only soldered the Remote Audio option, but have seen and held the Cable Techniques one as well. The RA design is physically smaller than a Neutrik straight or angled connector, but seemed to weigh slightly heavier. I used these as a replacement to the horrible K-Tek ones that come with their Klassic poles. The RA option uses a metal cap that only offers 4 possible angles for cable routing (45, 135, 225, and 315). The angles didn't bother me since I was using this at the end of a pole, but could see how that could pose a problem in a bag. I was surprised at how small and light the CA design was when I first held one. Really like how variable the cable angle can be adjusted to, but is a molded plastic so it's definitely not as strong as the RA's all-metal cap. Considering you plan on using these in a bag, I'd save some money and go with the CA option.
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  6. How to hide a Sennheiser ME 2 on talent

    Again, we do not have a wardrobe department, though I’ll ask the director specifically what he’s having talent wear to set. The script does provide clues, and I was fortunately invited to the table read where they gave some detail about the kind of wardrobe they want. But there remain some unknowns, especially with women talent who may or may not be wearing dresses. Locations were unfortunately locked before they hired me, but we’re in a rural area – lesser chance for environmental noise. I hear that the bigger the crew, you’re less likely to know people in other departments, and so I definitely take advantage of smaller crews by getting to know everyone. You’re not an ass, you’ve been really helpful! The first/previous time I worked with a wardrobe department, they started a feud with my sound mixer. It was awful. I was hoping to hear about more helpful wardrobe departments, but it is what it is! I’ll get the director to send me photos. I’m not expecting great turnout if he has to ask talent to photograph their outfits for sound department (we’re a week away from the shoot), but hopefully they’ve already sent him photos. — Only seven more days, and crew meeting is happening between now and the shoot next Saturday, which is my last chance to persuade the director to rent a lav. It’s doubtful that any rental would arrive by the first shooting day, but the director hasn’t made himself available until now to allow me to demonstrate the ME 2’s shortcomings. Just found a rubber mount for the ME 2 made by LMC Sound. I’m buying one – I don’t expect it to solve all issues with such a sub-par mic, but at least it’ll have satisfied my curiosity and save some moleskin.
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  8. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Same thing. My deal memo is an e-signable document, sent through Hello Sign, which can be signed on any device connected to the internet at any hour. I never take a job without a COI and a signed deal memo. On occasion, I'll accept a COI emailed to me the morning of before I land on set (i.e. east coast insurance company, west coast call time).
  9. Deal Memo after the shoot

    But, the deal memo only reflects the charges we agreed upon, not anything about the services and equipment that we agreed upon. Those specifics are replaced by the generic phrase "the usual and customary services required of a person employed in the position." The specifics of our agreement are my only defense against an angry producer who disputed what I was "hired to do." Wandering Ear, there are many apps for smartphones that automatically record calls. Some phones are sold with them pre-installed. For landlines I manually trigger a recorder. JK Audio makes professional gear. Their QuickTap is a simple way to connect.
  10. Looking to make some custom cables to use with my new Sound Devices MixPre-6 and would like to use some low profile XLR connectors. There seems to be two on the market but the pricing difference between the two is substantial. So I thought I'd ask around here and see if anyone out there has experience working with both and can comment on the differences. There is the Cable Techniques option, which retails for about $15/connector: LINK And the Remote Audio option, which retails for about $25/connector: LINK Both have options for color coded caps (though the Remote Audio colored caps are more expensive) and both require a thinner cable to be used for which I was planning to go with Mogami W2697 miniature microphone cable (LINK). Anyone tried both of these and can comment on whether or not the Remote Audio connectors are worth the higher cost? I am planning to purchase 4-8 of these in male and female configuration so if the Cable Techniques are the same quality or better it would save me quite a bit of coin to go with them.
  11. Deal Memo after the shoot

    If the written deal doesn't contain anything onerous (as has been covered above), doesn't commit you to any future obligations and reflects the deal you made for the job you've already done then I say sign it and get your money. Yes--they are weasels, and you'll remember that, while mentioning that if there is a next time you'd like to see any docs they need signed BEFORE the job. If the new deal is attempting to slide in some new wrinkles then you'll have to escalate.
  12. UCR 211 pilot tone

    Indeed; one more reason JWSound is such a resource...I'm working my way up the prod snd chain, one post at a time!
  13. Deal Memo after the shoot

    This is a good policy. What do you do when they call you the afternoon before the shoot?
  14. UCR 211 pilot tone

    Posts 1-22 on this thread are from six years ago. Most of the contributors still frequent the group though.
  15. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Hellosign maintains a provenance of IP addresses of who accessed it and when. This is appended to the signed version of the PDF. Once you sign it, you can request a copy for your records. This is why I never do anything without a potential client signing my deal memo up front. If they balk for whatever reason (don't like the terms, corporate policy forbids them, etc.), I tell them I'm not a good fit and refer some colleagues to them. The peace of mind from having them agree to my terms is worth missing a few paydays.
  16. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Interesting to know about the 1 party consent states. My state is a 2 party consent state, so I never considered recording my business calls. As a side note, how do you record them? Do you have an app that automatically records, or do you manually trigger the recording if you think you might want it? It's unfortunate that we have to deal with stuff like this. It seems to happen all to frequently for me. The company I'm in the same situation as you with had over half a dozen paragraphs I couldn't agree to, including one that required me to report to them Everytime I work for another company that could be considered a competitor. There is no way I'm reporting every job I do for every production company to this company. You are your only advocate, and as a freelancer unfortunately we have to stand up for ourselves. The thing I always remind people is that a contract is a mutual agreement between both parties. There are some people that it's just not worth doing business with. I hope you can resolve this without too much further effort. Best of luck.
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  18. Since Zaxcom wireless can fit 10 channels per MHz we do not foresee any problems for our customers due to this and our 100MHz transmitter tuning. Glenn
  19. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Jim, yes I have both the recorded phone call and the email chain. The gig—standard corporate PR—and services, gear and charges were discussed in the phone call. I was booked, and I reiterated the specifics of our verbal agreement, in a subsequent email chain. The company rep agreed to all, including paying my invoice within 30 days. Yes, I am aware that about 10 states have "two-party consent" telephone recording laws, not including MN and NY. I'm not sure what the practical effects of those laws may be. I don't think, for example, companies can hide behind two-party consent laws to commit fraud. I started recording all business calls three years ago after a client falsely claimed that my 10-hr day rate was a flat rate, and I had no record of our verbal agreement. $1,400 in OT over four days, gone. I just tried Googling "smartphones that record calls" and came up with 15 million hits. Getting back to the Deal Memo, I'm not sure if signing it—after the date of the shoot—could legally commit me to anything on the day of the shoot? It wouldn't seem so. But, then I don't know how the HelloSign e doc works, and if its date can be changed without my knowledge to the shoot date. I'm not even sure if I normally retain a copy of it. I still haven't decided which way to go. It's troubling that the same person with whom I made the contract now says she will not honor it. She also says she will pay the invoice if I sign the new contract (which does not incorporate the details of the current contract, and in fact specifically supersedes it.) This would seem to fall under the old adage "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." On the other hand, could this whole situation be the result of systemic chaos and incompetence? Definitely. e.g. the deal memo shows my day rate as my "hourly rate," and specifies I worked 12 hours. If interpreted literally, I suppose it would obligate the company to pay me 12 times my day rate. And yes, it's a pain. I only agreed to one production day of work for the specific charge, not one production day and two more days of paperwork. I do have other commitments to attend to. All I want is to be paid as agreed. There's no chance I would ever accept work from this company again.
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  21. Production Mix Structure

    This is indeed a good thread. Thinking about how I've arrange tracks over the years, the ability to have isos and dial delay on an input changed the way I worked in this respect. The classic 2 track split (often recorded on camera only), RMs 1 side and boom the other, allowed post to choose the boom as a primary source (with some back up from RMs) or use the RMs as the primary and they then manage the issues of adding boom for 'air'/'perspective'. I would monitor stereo, LR. If a mono mix was requested, it felt safer to hang the boom over my shoulder and just raise the boom fader so the ambience was just evident over the noise floor of the RMs. This would reduce the chance of phasing issues but I would loose the back up of having a boom over the top in case a RM got messy. With delays and isos I feel comfortable with pointing the boom at the source because I can reduce phasing with delays (while having an isos for safety) and maintain an on mic sound for the boom. For some of the stuff I do at the moment. I put a mono mix of RMs and boom on L. Then a mix, minus the boom on R. I monitor in mono (LR, like it will sound if they put both on timeline; L, for the 'airy' mix and picture perspective, R for 'dry' and possible use off screen. Probably not possible with current hardware but it would be interesting to see if time delays could be automated in the future. Prior to the 'delays', I quite liked the use of Lectro 411 RX because the 3ms latency worked well with a 'loose' boom.
  22. UCR 211 pilot tone

    Hi, Thx Bernie, Senator, Larry, Marc et al for this thread; very helpful. The link to the 66-page wireless guide returns a 404, and I couldn't locate it on lectrosonic.com; any help locating a copy appreciated. mike
  23. Deal Memo after the shoot

    So maybe the production company screwed up procedures that their client is insisting upon? > She accused me of committing a "felony" by recording my own phone call. So this is a concern. I'm not a lawyer but I do pay attention to laws surrounding recording events, phone calls, and all that. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of The Press (a great group, btw) says that Minnesota, where I presume you recorded the call, is a one-party consent state. Heck, so is New York: "Minnesota bars the recording, interception, use or disclosure of any oral, telephonic or electronic communication by means of any mechanical or electronic device without the consent of at least one party to the conversation." https://www.rcfp.org/reporters-recording-guide/state-state-guide/minnesota https://www.rcfp.org/reporters-recording-guide/state-state-guide/new-york Google around and/or check deeper if you want, but legally, at least, it looks like you're OK. In addition to the recorded phone call, you have the email, right? Anyway, the details you provide (no photos, disclosing the existence of the gig, etc) seems to make a stronger argument for not signing as is. Could they say, "well you violated this new contract by taking pictures and talking about it on jwsound. So we're not going to pay"? "They want me to fill out and sign the HelloSign e doc as it is." Are you up for saying, "I guess we'll stick with our original agreement, then"? And sure seems like you own the copyright to the audio if they don't pay you (perhaps unless you sign their new contract). Talking with a lawyer will most likely be expensive. What a complete drag.
  24. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Honestly, this might be a great learning experience for you in your career. I would suggest that it's well worth your money to pay a lawyer for an hour to review your contract and your situation. Not because they will solve the situation you are in, they won't, but you will learn an incredible amount just sitting down and talking it through for an hour. At least that has been my experience, and I have happily paid for my education via professionals (lawyers, accountants, etc) many times, and not regretted it once. As to recording people without their knowledge and permission, that has the potential to get you in trouble, so be careful. Photo/video laws are a lot more permissive of recording people without knowledge, especially in public, but the laws regarding audio are fairly tight from what I understand. Truthfully, if there is nothing in the contract that really concerns you, I would sign it and move on with life. The clause about this agreement superceding other agreements is not something I would personally worry about, but that's just me. I see it on a lot of contracts. The disclosure clauses etc are an every day thing for me. I sign NDA's almost everyday, and as long as I don't see any off language, I am on board. I have also had others sign NDA's for projects that I have been in charge of because I want to be in control of when and what is released publicly. Don't be scared because it's legalese, but do make sure you agree to abide by it. Just my .02
  25. Production Mix Structure

    This is a great thread, Its making me examine some of my work practises and suggest alernitives. I am mainly doing corp stuff now and its a horses for courses approach, what seems best for the day. Usually a split mix to camera and iso's separately . Recently did a short film in a large reverberant hall with talent lav hidden in a lace ruff. In the wides the lavs would be too clean so the boom track would smooth that out , never thought of it as an ambience mic or pointing it away from action.
  26. Deal Memo after the shoot

    Thanks everybody, I really appreciate your thoughts. Philip, Jim, tourtelot and Wandering Ear, I've reread the contract and don't see any insurance or indemnification provisions except regarding any unpaid taxes. As to crossing out things, I already did that before I started this thread. It was a chore since it came as a HelloSign e document. I had to convert, print, cross things out—including the "supersedes all prior agreements" provision—type notes, scan and email. It came back as unacceptable. They want me to fill out and sign the HelloSign e doc as it is. It's good to hear consensus that verbal and email contracts are legal (and I did record the verbal conversation), but I understand that since I'm not a lawyer enforcement is another matter. (It's too bad we don't have some professional association to represent us in such things.) Phil, the copyright of the audio recordings idea seems like it could be useful leverage. No pay, I keep the copyright. They do seem anxious for me to sign this contract. One thing I noticed in rereading their deal memo is a provision that I can't disclose anything about it, or them. I guess I've already violated that. Also, I can't take photographs of the production. I took a couple with my smartphone. This all gets back to the whole idea that there was no mention of a deal memo or any of it's provisions before the shoot, or on the day of the shoot. This was first mentioned after they received my invoice. They then sent it by email and noted that when we wrapped the shoot I left without signing the deal memo (which they had never once mentioned). Now they insist I sign a contract specifying what I will and will not do on the shoot, after the shoot has already happened. I don't have a time machine. By the way, on the shoot there was some disagreement about what "I was hired to do." The producer went ballistic when I politely said I knew what I was hired to do because I had recorded and reviewed the phone call (which she was not part of). She accused me of committing a "felony" by recording my own phone call. So this is a concern. I'm worried the verbal agreement may go out the window if I sign a contract which "supersedes all prior agreements," and even though the deal memo has no specifics and only talks about "the usual and customary services required of a person employed in the position," they could invent a reason to not pay. I'll think this over some more.
  27. Deva 24 seminar

    I have edited my original post to clearly and correctly identify our invention "The hard disk multi-track production recorder" I believe this is the text on both our Emmy and Academy award for the invention of the Deva. The Deva 24 input trims will be active on all inputs including Dante. The total track count is 24 in all modes. Dante will allow for 16 ins and 16 outs. Glenn
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