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Dan Brockett

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    I'm a Producer who occasionally does location sound.
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  1. I've been using the Audix SCX1-HC for a few years now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. For a $500.00 HC mic, IMHO you won't do better. Often referred to as the "poor mans Schoeps", it's not as good obviously but pretty impressive for the money. I second the Okatava, the modded sample I reviewed was very prone to handling noise and pretty microphonic. Not a bad sounding mic but not practical for hand booming I thought.
  2. Thanks for the tips guys. Appreciated.
  3. Gentleman: Pardon my lack of knowledge. How involved is getting the Part 74 license? Is it equivalent to getting the Part 107 Drone License where you need to study and take an exam or is it just filling out paperwork and sending a check? Thanks for any tips. I find the whole 941 Band intriguing, especially since I work in LA where finding anything clear is basically a location by location craps shoot.
  4. For those who have not used a Carnet before, they can be rather expensive and I have always found that getting them signed from departure at LAX and at ingest points to be a huge PITA. Many times in Africa, officials won't even know what a Carnet is and you have to explain it to them and they then regard your suspiciously. I've used Carnets to go to Brazil, Morocco, Tunisia and South Africa, I have not shot in Kenya. A Carnet, from the U.S. perspective ostensibly, is also to prevent users from going abroad and purchasing black or grey market goods at a steep discount and entering
  5. Man, that's a bummer, I'm sorry for you. Please tell us you had good insurance? I just did a shoot in the same area a couple of weeks ago and I had less audio gear but more camera gear in my car. Fortunately I was able to use the BTS parking lot with security at Oracle Park since I was shooting at Oracle Park. I stayed at a hotel up the street and had to leave my grip and lighting in the trunk with valet at the hotel parking the car but I have no idea if they parked it on the street, private lot or what, but everything was intact the next day. Good luck on getting it back but
  6. After having numerous small, cheap Tascams stop working right after the warranty expired (two DR40s and a DR60), Tascam wanted more to repair them then I could replace them with so I pretty much gave Tascam the heave-ho as a brand a few years ago. The exception for me have been the DR-10L recorders, which have been excellent, I have three of them as backups for when wireless simply doesn't work. I am not a pro sound mixer and use the SD Mix Pre 3, it's so, so good, a whole other league than the Tascam small recorders.
  7. Cool resource Andrew, thanks for posting it.
  8. Larry: This might be a thread detour or more of a Karl question but since you are talking about it, do you foresee the possibility of a potential 2.4Ghz product for Lectro in the near or far future? I have the Deity system and a Røde Video Wireless, both are sort of prosumer-ish, I get it. but they aren't bad, most of the time although limited obviously. As limited as 2.4Ghz systems seem to be, it would be interesting if a top line product like Lectro threw their hat into that technology ring with a pro product. I am concerned about the FCC's culpability and responsibili
  9. Regardless of the mask type, most of the cloth, N95 and disposable masks wrap around the ear. I just did a week of live streaming in Colorado, wearing a mask 16 hours per day and the backs of my ears, the elastic banding rubbed the skin off until it was bleeding. I grabbed one of the velcro cable ties off of one of my XLR cables and used it to let me run those elastic supports behind the back of my neck so the area behind my ears could heal, basically at the same angle the illustration above in Dalton's post shows with the young lady. Anyone else have the backs of their ears
  10. I've been using the Deity Connect system for about 8 months now. I will say, tremendous value for the money but they don't work everywhere. I did a shoot in a concrete tilt up warehouse with tons of steel girders and the entire box was lined with Aluminum sheeting. Also near an airport and in an industrial area. Transmitter couldn't get farther than 3' without dropouts in this particular situation, but elsewhere, they have worked well. We ended up using a friends Sennheiser G3 which worked perfectly in the same situation. I strongly recommend having both 2.4Ghz AND some UHF systems, even if th
  11. I reviewed one years ago. The sample I was sent was a true Russian Okatava set (there were/are evidently a lot of Chinese knock-offs around at the time). I found it to have nice sound but it was extremely microphonic and incredibly susceptible to handling noise. It's the only Okatava I have ever used so I don't know if my experience was atypical. Personally, it was too impractical for me to get excited about but on a mic stand, it was usable but for boom mounted, it wasn't a good choice.
  12. Worked with Sam and his colleague Chris, both excellent sound mixers and pleasure to work with. Thanks guys, you're both true professionals, we will be working together again!
  13. I've mainly been considering the EW512 for cost. I've been patient but locating Block 19 400 sets for a reasonable price has been frustrating. Not being a f/t sound mixer, it seems like it's going to cost me around $2k for a set. Of course, the Lectro will sound better but it's not making much financial sense for a non pro to spend so much when I will often hire a pro who will have Lectros. If you guys have any tips for locating a 400 set in Block 19 for a reasonable cost, LMK. Been watching Ebay and the Marketplace here, am I missing another source for finding a good set at
  14. Any opinions on used Lectro 400 set versus a new Sennheiser G4 EW512? FWIW, I am almost always within 20' of the transmitter so I don't think the extra power is all that important for how I will use them.
  15. As some members here who I have recently hired to sound mix will attest, I MUCH prefer to hire pros to mix sound. But for those low end projects where there simply isn't the budget for a sound mixer on set, I am looking to buy one or two bargain Lectro 400 sets. Lately I work mostly in LA, which blocks should I look for? Seems like block 19 commands a used premium but not sure about if those are people in LA snapping them up? According to the Lectro chart, I should be looking at block 21 and 22 for LA, but I know there is no perfect block to get and that no matter w
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