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  1. Only 3 days left to save on K-Tek's Stingray MixPro bag! Order your bag by this Friday (6/15/18) to save an extra $33. The Stingray MixPro fits: SD MixPre-3 SD MixPre-6 Zoom F4 Zoom F8 Tascam DR-70 Tascam DR-701D
  2. Hi all, after the success of the Burbank based Master Class, K-Tek is now bringing the master class to New York: Please join veteran boom operator Ken Strain on April 29th, 2018 to learn how to "Boom Right" and many other tips & tricks for boom operators. More Info & Register for FREE at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boom-right-with-ken-strain-boom-operator-master-class-tickets-44205963226 DATE: Sunday, 4/29/18 - 3pm LOCATION: Academy for Careers in Television & Film @ THE AUDITORIUM 1-50 51st Avenue Queens, NY 11101 View Map Topics include Equipment Setup – the boom, mic choice, headphones and important accessories. Basic Technique – the best ways to physically hold and move the boom pole, and being safe on set, deciding when to challenge yourself. Finer points – small details that make a big difference day-to-day. Proper mindset - develop a decision tree that get you through every situation. Create an efficient department so you can achieve the best results with the least effort. Solving lighting and set problems. A few handy wiring techniques. Crew Interaction - how to deal with all the people you need help from, especially camera operators. For Thirds – what makes a great third from the boom operators perspective. Longevity in your career and your health. Post Seminar Q&A In order to dive right into the learning, watch Ken's introduction at the Los Angeles Master Class before your arrival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzwm29UdKLA Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored and organized by K-Tek with local support by Gotham Sound. About Ken Strain: Ken was born & raised in Los Angeles and began working as a boom operator in 1993, at the age of 19, after he was fired from Home Depot for snowboarding instead of showing up to work on New Year's day. The first few years were mainly on non-union, low budget features with a 2-man crew. He came up when Nagras were the main recorder, and radio mics were a last resort. He joined IATSE Local 695 in 1996 and worked as a third for 3 years, and has been working as a union boom op ever since. He had many mentors who were boom ops along the way, and he honed his understanding of sound and how to work effectively with their kind assistance. After years of coaching different utilities/thirds, he decided to become a teacher in 2017 and is now on a mission to help others become skilled boom operators all over the world. He moved to New York in 2015 to close the gap on a long distance relationship, but due to the continued closure of Local 52, has been unable to apply to join the local, which necessitated a temporary return back to LA in order to continue to stay current on health insurance and make a living. Once the local reopens and he can apply and join, he will be back in NY full time. His favorite TV series to work on are comedies, and one of his current shows is "Silicon Valley", which he says is the funniest show he's ever worked on. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0833166/
  3. Thanks for the suggestion... we'll be putting our thinking cap on ;-)
  4. Hi there, the front handle can't retract any further because of the cable passthrough from the main compartment to the front pocket. Basically when you push the handle down it bottoms out on that passthrough - you can even feel that from the inside of main compartment. The clear shield has double Velcro on one side, in case you choose to attach one side of the Shield to the orange interior of the bag instead of the outside lip of the bag. This is just a convenience feature to accommodate personal preference. Hope this helps... Ali @ K-Tek
  5. Hi all, after we received a lot of feedback regarding our original ERX holder, we've chosen to split the functionality. We are now offering 2 different versions of the Stingray ERX Holder: KSERX2 (for mounting only) features a removable ¼-20 threaded insert and Velcro backing KSERX3 (for wearing only) features a swivel belt clip So, if you are planning to hand your ERX to the Director use the KSERX3. If you're planning to mount your ERX to a camera use the KSERX2's Velcro to stick it to the back of the monitor or a magic arm via the 1/4-20 insert. The Silicone Holder remains unchanged and still offers additional protection for your investment; the oversized top lip protects against accidental bumping of the knob/switch. Both KSERX2 and KSERX3 have a Listprice of $40 and should sell in the US for $38. They are available now! Call your local K-Tek dealer or check it out on our Webpage at: https://ktekpro.com/product-category/audio/audio-accessories/ Ali ali@ktekpro.com
  6. To celebrate their 20-year anniversary K-Tek brings back a beloved classic Boom Pole Accessory: the K-Tek Klassic Counterweight, which was previously also known as the Hodge’s Weight. As shooting days and individual take lengths continue to grow longer, boom pole operators everywhere are fighting fatigue. Even though K-Tek’s Graphite boom poles are some of the lightest in the industry, a rigged boom pole might actually “feel” heavier throughout a long shooting day. Although the weight of the dressed pole may only be four pounds, it’s the downward movement force of the microphone and mount at the far end of a long pole that’s the culprit. Due to the length of the boompole acting like a lever, the low weight of the microphone and mount becomes amplified. The answer to the problem is counterbalance and the solution is K-Tek’s Klassic Counterweight. This finely machined foam covered brass, weighs 1.7 lbs (770 gram) and can be attached to the base of any K-Tek Klassic boom pole. Once installed, the strain on the user is greatly reduced as the tiring off-balance force on the boom lever is balanced out. Although the weight is actually slightly increased, the Klassic Counter Weight reduces the stress on the boom operator, so overall the boom “feels” lighter. For large payloads at the tip of the boom, multiple Counterweights can be stacked. Named after Scottish geometry mathematician W.V.D. Hodge, this counterweight is well-known and highly sought after among experienced boom operators like Ronald Wright. After 7 years working boom on the rigorous Hawaii 5-0, he explains “It saved me the first season when I did so much stuff standing in the water. When I put the Counterweight on, it helped keep me stable in the surf. And on the streets it helps me keep everything balanced when I work at a distance.” With a List Price of $95, the Klassic Hodge’s Counterweights (Order Code: KHCW) are available now. For further information or to locate a local dealer contact: www.ktekpro.com
  7. Hi all, Ali from K-Tek here... Thanks Simon for the kind words; a lot of thought has gone into the harness (and the other Stingray products) and we of course always try to improve our products. If I may I'd like to address a couple of topics that came up in this thread: Wearing the Harness without a Bag: After the first generation harness (KSHRN1) made it out into the field in quantities, we got the feedback that some of you wanted to be able to wear the harness without the bag. So, we released the 2nd generation (KSHRN2) which contains an extra Hip Belt. All KSHRN2 ship with this hip belt attached (it's the only gray belt/strap for easier identification), but if you prefer not to use it: it is removable. These beefy, narrow clips connect this belt to the harness and can be easily removed if "wearing without a bag" isn't an issue for. If it is, the Belt is there for you. I have to add that unfortunately this Hip Belt cannot be retrofitted onto a KSHRN1 - sorry :-( The Chest strap: We had some issues in the first generation and fixed it for the 2nd generation. After a couple of months of shipping the 2nd Harnesses the problem started creping up again, so we put our heads together with the factory to permanently fix this once and for all. We have designed a nice fix that is sturdy, clean and very visible, that'll make it easier for the factory to QC each unit and easier for us to spot QC check here. It also works really well and won't deteriorate over time. We chose this fix, because we're addressing multiple possible fault points of the previous fix - as the previous fix clearly didn't take, we didn't want to take chances a second time. As is the nature of manufacturing, it'll take a couple of months for this fix to make it into the hands of end users (yeah that's all you Pros out in the field). But... we have a retrofit fix! Anyone with this Kit and a pair of pliers can fix up their harness in a couple of minutes; we're expecting this retrofit kit at our office in California around the end of the month September/early October and we'll (properly) announce it then. Not every harness needs this, but if yours does - you already know that you need it and you'll get one! Just reach out to us once we announce it. If you have problems reinserting the strap, please refer to this video (not ours, it's from a backpack company that must have had the same problem): Pouches/Add-ons Obviously, we chose the strap/Molle infrastructure so you can do exactly what you are doing here: customize your Stingray products to your heart's content - get it just right for you, yourself and nobody else! There are millions of Molle accessories out there and being able to use/attach them to the Stingray products is a huge advantage (in our minds). And even though we're not planning to become one of those Molle accessory companies, occasionally we'll come up with our own or modify a great "Molle idea" to better suit the Pro Audio Market; check out our DTS Pouch (DTS - Dump that S..S..Stuff ;-) or our KBG - Gizmo Bag with Peekaboo-See-Through back so you can find your "Gizmos" faster. We have a whole section on our website for products like this, we call it "Bag Accessories & Accessory Bags". Check it out, and please know that there will be more additions to this section throughout the rest of the year. Lastly, please let me say Thanks! Thanks for using our products, thanks for loving our products and thanks for letting us know how we can improve our products. We try to make great products from the start, but sometimes a great product can be even better with some input from the field. So please don't hesitate to reach out to us - we always love to hear from you and we appreciate all the input. We try to keep up on here and on FB, but we're too small to have full time eyes on all the possible online forums, user groups and online discussion, so we'd like to invite you all to just let us know directly when you have something to tell us: good or bad. Simply, use our Contact Page on the website and it'll get routed through to the right person: https://ktekpro.com/contact/ Again: thanks! And keep up the good work! Ali @ K-Tek
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