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    I'm a Producer who occasionally does location sound.
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  1. I used one last night in a very unconventional way in a less than ideal audio situation and it worked surprisingly well. It seems like a wonderful piece of kit for the low price Røde asks for it, good build quality, nice accessory package included with decent quality mic mount and furry windshield for under $500.00? I too have never been a huge fan of the 416. It's rugged, reliable and sounds ok but I agree with the OP about some of my beefs with it, I like other shotguns of various flavors much more. Leaning toward the 8060 over it, although that new Sanken is interesting too.
  2. I agree, seeing a relatively large lav (think antiquated ECM-44 size) with a big foam windscreen w a tie clip or furry where it looks like a Caterpillar is on the talent is especially egregious. I have little problem with a color coordinated small B6 type lav that kind of blends in. The COS-11, I know is a great lav but I've always thought it's kind of long and imposing for what it is compared to other style lavs. Ha, ha, you funny! True, we've all been there on non-fiction shoots where talent brings wardrobe and the wardrobe is sometimes really audio unfriendly.
  3. Hi all: I'm sure this has been discussed here before but I searched and Google searched and couldn't find it if it has been talked about? I'd like to talk about hiding lavs for non-fiction? Personally, I HATE seeing a lav on anyone. To me, it reminds me of news, which if you are shooting news, great but what if you're shooting higher end interviews with A list talent on a nice set with great lighting? To me, seeing that lav sitting on their chest or lapel just looks cheesy and low rent and I instinctively want to hide it. I have heard other sound mixers say that hiding the lav is a sound compromise so they prefer to have it out in the open. But we have great lavs that are freq boosted to compensate for being placed under wardrobe. And I'm usually talking talent who is wearing a single layer shirt or blouse, not narrative stuff with a lav buried under three layers of wool period clothing. Thoughts and opinions? What about producers for non-fiction stuff you work on? Any who cares? Cares a lot? Like seeing an exposed lav? Or is this just some weird fixation I have? Thanks for any input.
  4. FWIW, I replaced the battery on my son's iPhone 6S last week, Amazon battery kit was around $20.00. I wanted to do it as a challenge just to see if I could do it. Thank goodness for YouTube! I have to say, it wasn't easy, besides prying open the case and making sure to not bend or break any of the screen or battery/power supply ribbon cables, there are five screws I had to remove that are the smallest screws I've ever seen in my life, they were almost the size of a flea. Most of them were different length too and if you accidentally insert the wrong length screw into the wrong hole, you short out the phone so if you are ever going to try this, you had better be REALLY organized. Had on my strongest reading glasses and my Petzl hiking LED headlamp and it was still hard to see some of the screws and holes. Prognosis for the patient is very good, phones been running great for the past week and holds a ridiculously long charge. Apple purposefully engineers this to be a pain in the ass so you are forced to use them and be without your phone for probably 1-2 weeks. Glad I tried it but defnitely not for the clumsy, heavy handed or faint of heart. Most repair websites rate it a 4 out of 5 stars for repair difficulty. What you are doing isn't that difficult but the minute size and tensions of the screws into the boards, etc. makes it a very delicate job.
  5. Update: I just spoke with Countryman, I had to call them yet again, although they said they were going to send me an email with the same information "tomorrow or later this week". The B6 with the insulation shedding off of the mic cable is not repairable, at least by them. They did offer me a replacement (this is the hardwired XLR model) for $221.00 + $16.00 shipping, it retails for $299.00 at most places. I have two Trams and three OST 801s, I am thinking of buying a couple of Sanken COS-11s. Not sure if I need a B6, I like the mic but there are a lot of other good and interesting lavs out there, although most like the DPAs are considerably more costly than the B6 too. Opinions? I may have them ship it back to me and try the shrink tubing, just for kicks to see if I can make it work.
  6. Yes, I called them just to make sure they received it. They did, but the last call, tech hadn't even looked at it yet. Sounds like they need another tech or two. I'm calling them again Monday but this is turning into a rabbit hole I don't want to go down, I'm too busy.
  7. Update 12/06/19: This is becoming annoying. Countryman received our B6 on November 8th, I called a few days before Thanksgiving and spoke with a nice young lady who located our B6 and paperwork and said simply, "the technician is backed up, but he should be able to get back to you next week." It is now December 6th, still no word from them which means their technician probably hasn't even laid eyes on our mic yet. Luckily we have other lavs but if this B6 was integral to our kit, this wait time would be unacceptable. All we need is the tech to look at it and tell us yay or nay on actually repairing it. This isn't the first time I've poor communication and responsiveness from Countryman. Love their mics but dealing with them seems to continually show poor customer support and responsiveness.
  8. I'll second this. We purchased three OST mics this year and in each instance, Dave was great to deal with, will answer questions and is very responsive. He will get your mics wired up and shipped quickly. As far as I'm concerned, best low cost lavaliere on the market, great value and plays with some of the much more expensive lavs pretty well.
  9. Thanks for the links guys! Jeremy, I really like the clean and simple design of your site, super easy to navigate and simple for time-constrained producers to get a quick idea of who you are what you can do for them. Jon, your site is great too. A lot of info that appeals to the detail oriented producer looking at your gear, credits and vibe. Your blog entries are good reads too. Keep 'em coming, this has been a very productive thread for me and hopefully for others. Marketing yourself is such a challenge, it's great to see how some of you are doing it.
  10. Thanks guys! I'll check 'em out. I've looked at Paul Buscemi's site http://www.buscemiarts.com/Site/Home.html since I have worked with him for years and he has a lot of good info. Just wondering if people are having success with really minimal, simple sites like 2-3 pages or more detailed sites. Been studying SEO and it's fascinating how closely you can target who your website pops up in front of if you it's designed and promoted well.
  11. Hi all: Looking for your recommendations on who you think has the cleanest, easiest to navigate location sound mixer websites with good, solid information, rates, credits, etc. Thanks for any advice! Dan Brockett
  12. They should have it by now, I sent it to them on the 6th. Waiting to hear what they have to say, I'll keep you updated.
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