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Rob Neidig

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  • Birthday 03/14/1956

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    Eugene OR
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    music, travel, sports
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    Musician, audio recording, audio-for-video sound guy, cameraman
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  1. I do a lot of work for corporate/training companies and find that even though I might take the time and effort to provide ISO tracks (from a Tascam DR680 or Zoom F8) as well as a two-track mix from an SD552, they almost invariably end up using the camera tracks anyway. In many cases their editors leave the tracks panned wide left and right rather than panning them center! I assume they must be mixing on systems where they do not notice. I've also had several editors leave interviews panned wide left and right when I have put lav on left and boom on right! I still like to do ISOs and 2-track mixes, though, for those that do know what they're doing.
  2. Daniel Ignacio said "... and I still can’t imagine hiding the mic on anything lighter, like T-shirts, without a noticeable bump." I have done a number of shoots with the Sennheiser ME2 lavs under t-shirts. I wrap the head in moleskin - of course leaving the mic element at the top open. I then use the gaffer's tape triangles and tape the mic at the collar. The thicker cloth of the collar helps hide any bump. I then run the cable around to the back of the neck and down the back to the body pack, using a strain relief loop and taping where necessary to keep the cable hidden and the actor comfortable. I work often for a company that does training for Firefighters/EMS workers and they are usually wearing their EMS t-shirts. Usually they have me use their sound gear. They first just had ME2s, but now use Countryman B3s. I find those to sound better and are just as easy to hide. I have also used my own gear with Trams going to Lectro body packs with equal success. Even with a lot of movement as the EMT/Paramedics move around, kneel down, wheel gurneys in, etc., if I have done a good tape job I do not normally get any clothing noise. Good luck!
  3. I normally drive a Toyota Sienna mini-van. For audio, it is a bit overkill, but I also used to haul camera gear around, and I still haul drums and PA equipment around when I do music gigs. It's also great when we have the grandkids. We also have a Toyotal RAV4, which is really versatile with being able to lay down the back seats. I also used a Subura Legacy wagon a few times while on a previous corporate job and liked it very much.
  4. Oh.. And just to clarify, I did leave out a vital piece of gear that I already have - headphones. The ubiquitous Sony 7506.
  5. Hi all! I have been working for a company producing educational programs for the last several years. I am now back out in the freelance world and wanting to set myself back up for field audio. I have a fair amount of experience from my freelance life prior to going to work for this company, but have a couple of questions for those kind souls who can share some info. So far I have put together the following gear (some purchased from JW Sound members - thanks!): Sennheiser MKH416P48 with Rycote blimp/deadcat Schoeps CMC641 K-tek 102CC Boom pole Sennheiser G3 lav set with butt plug Lectrosonics U195 lav set with Tram mic Countryman B3 wired lav Tascam DR680 (would not be in the regular bag, but available when iso tracks are needed) various cables, interconnects, softies, etc. The big thing missing, of course, is the mixer. I have used the Sound Devices 442 quite a bit, and I purchased an SD552 for the company I was working for and loved it. I plan on working mostly corporate productions, some commercial work, and maybe a little bit of local indie film production (if they have money, not just pizza). I will certainly be available for out of town producers coming in and needing an audio person, but do not plan to set myself up for every possible type of job. For example, I plan to just set up a bag, not a full sound cart. If I were in a bigger market, or had unlimited funds, I would make some different choices, but am trying to buy mostly used to save some money until I am re-established. I am thinking I would like to buy an SD552 rather than spending more money to get a 633, for instance. I could also save some money and go with an SD442 and do backup recording on a Marantz 660 I own, but that would add to the weight of the bag. I also am debating on another wireless unit. I love the U195, but the single frequency thing can sometimes be a problem. I am thinking maybe a 200-series Lectro, but could also probably just go with another Sennheiser G3 in this market. The plan is to go with a breakaway cable, unless every producer now requires a wireless hop to camera. Thanks for hanging in on this too-long post. What do you guys think about choices for mixer and wireless? THANKS!! Rob
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