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Ken Goodwin

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    New York City
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    Run & Gun ENG, Features, Interviews, Commercials, Documentaries, and Playback. I am an Intercom and Wireless Nerd and I also collect working vintage microphones.
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    20 years in Live Sound and Theatre.
  • Interested in Sound for Picture

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  1. Connect the MCR54 to your computer and use it to connect to the Wisycom TX Manager software. The Tuning Groups are user programmable and the Group/Ch List is probably not mapped to what your MTP40s have saved.
  2. What are your thoughts on these proposals? Personally, I'm not a fan of "French Hours" because I feel it gets abused and all departments end up with different length meal-breaks. But I sure as heck wish a 40hr work week was a living wage for all crew members and I'm sure we all have had stress due to lack of at-home time with family, friends, and significant others. https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/07/its-time-for-a-new-labor-movement-in-the-performing-arts?fbclid=IwAR0HliXHnBYwAvAVLdnx-j2Zpb0ryCQpdoA75Q_lKaJnPzVNiK85GJcsV3M
  3. A double 8030/30 blumlein would be an amazing tool.
  4. So it seems the general consensus is: 1) - That a beginner should not take out a loan for a full kit, even when we aren’t in a pandemic. 2) - That a beginner should rent full professional recording kits and slowly purchase pieces of your main equipment kit to reduce the rental cost over time (assuming that you can rent pieces in your area). 3) - A budget of $10K is minimum cost but it either is going to get you used gear and/or mid level to cheap gear, but you still will need to rent to complete a full kit. 4) - That a minimum basic or standard kit consists of: —6x channel mixer —headphones —2-4x wireless transmitters depending on if you are ENG or —2x shotgun mics (maybe another 2 indoor supercardioid mics) with wind protection. —2x boom poles, (9ft & 15ft are the most popular) —2-3x timecode boxes —1x timecode slate, —4x IFB, (i’m guessing, a number wasn’t mentioned) —1x camera-hop, —wireless accessories (tape, mounts, straps) —media cards and backups —all the adapters & cables —All the batteries and chargers.
  5. I have a MKH418s because it's useful for when I just want to carry one mic around the city. I agree with kavenzmann's earlier post about the faults of the mic, they don't bother me too much when spot recording city sound effects like vehicles, construction, traffic, etc. I have also noticed that the side is not very forgiving to wind noise in a rycote windjammer as I have been recording every thunderstorm outside my window on my fire-escape this pandemic. But I wouldn't use the 418s for very quiet ambiences. Spaced Omni and ORTF rule the world of recording quiet ambiences. I wish that Sennheiser would make a 5pin MZX 8030 series module that would allow you to screw on different Mid capsules rather than using the MKH30 strapped to a MKH8040, 8050, or 8060. (Sennheiser, if your on here and take my idea, I want a t-shirt)
  6. Thanks All, I’m not worried right now about jumping overboard by purchasing tons of gear (especially with the pandemic and income losses). I already own a small bag recorder and wired mics and I definitely plan on asking to shadow local mixers (when safe) before making any significant purchases or career change. But I don’t understand what the industry labels the “standard” or “basic” kit. Which, depending on who you ask or what old job posting I have read online, is one of two options. And they cost very very different. It seems that the standard package is either: (A) - a 4-channel mixer/recorder, one boom mic, 2 Wireless, and Timecode (maybe w/Slate) (B) - a 6-channel mixer/recorder, two boom mics, 2-4 wireless, 4x IFBs, and TimeCode w/ Slate. Now, I’m new here, but am I missing something? Obviously the sound mixer will charge the client very differently for each kit version, but the difference in value between the two kits is a lot of money. And for someone who is a beginner, or early career, or burdened with other debt, even $7K is a big figure to look at, let alone, $10K or $25K. So on average, what are the sort of low-level jobs that pop up last minute and what gear do those folks actually need? Is it something closer to kit “A” or kit “B” ? Thanks for your replies, ~Ken @drpro, could you explain what GAS is? I'm assuming you aren't talking about fuel for your car. Is it a specific type of lease?
  7. Hello Folks, This is my first post on JW Sound. Not using brand names, what essential equipment do you feel a beginner location sound person needs to own or rent for most jobs that pop up last minute? -How many channels does your mixer/recorder need to accept most jobs? -How many channels of wireless? -How many shotgun mics or indoor mics do you keep on hand? -How long is your first boom-pole? Do you start with two? Do you also keep stands? -Timecode, Slates, IFB, Camera Hops, ENG Breakaway cables? I know that many folks started with just a boom plugged into a handheld recorder and can rent additional gear when necessary, but it seems expectations have risen. By my calculations, even a kit with 2-channels of UHF wireless and two wired mics can cost around $10K. A kit with 4-channels of UHF wireless, IFB, and camera hops can quickly reach $25K. Depending on the kit and your hustle, you could theoretically make up the purchase cost within a year. -So my last two questions are, how many of you feel it is necessary to take out a small loan to start in the business and is it worth it just to apply to those last minute jobs that require a "standard" inventory package? Thanks, ~Ken
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