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David Waelder

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  1. I've been using the Rycote Invision mounts. They've worked well for me. David
  2. I have a Nagra Mezzo and it’s a terrific little recorder with stereo mikes built in. It’ll record 24-bit at 48khz, even at 96khz. It always sounds great (with the usual caveat about careful microphone placement) but I acknowledge that my use has been stenographic rather than audiophile. (I have other recorders I could use for that purpose.) However, I heard a recording of the church bells that Peter Weibel made at the Los Angeles Cathedral and it was outstanding, at least through headphones. I’ve never found the Mezzo to be fiddly but maybe some of the earlier handheld Nagras were. I checked t
  3. Mark Pope is a sound guy working out of San Francisco. Per IMDB, he has only a few credits in sound, mostly shorts, but he has also pursued other occupations. Notably, he was one of the co-founders of Quark, Inc., the publisher of Quark XPress, a desktop publishing software that was very popular in the 80's and 90's. He's a very smart guy. He's also very politically outspoken on Facebook. His credits are a bit thin but I would have expected that he would know enough to assemble the gear without having to solicit a consultation to avoid a visual blunder. David
  4. There is a switch in the sticks called a Hall switch. It's the Hall switch that signals the display to freeze for a few frames and then extinguish. The Hall switch has a shorter service life than the slate as a whole. It's an easy repair and not, as I recall, particularly expensive. But it does require a trip to a service facility. If possible, send your slate to Denecke in Santa Clarita, California. If that's difficult, call Charlie Parra and explain your circumstances. I expect he could send the necessary parts to a facility near you. David I see now that you are in New Zea
  5. If the situation is a controlled fire operated by a special effects technician, you should contact that person beforehand to introduce yourself and let him know that you'll be recording sound. You'll want to respectfully request a silencer for the gas line. A silencer is basically a length of gas pipe loosely stuffed with steel wool. It cuts down the hiss of the gas significantly. Don't assume that the EFX person will have that sort of gear on the truck. I've had EFX technicians tell me more than once that they have line silencing components back in their shop and would have brought them along
  6. It's really an impossible choice; you would want to be prepared with at least one of each type on any assignment. But it's often possible to get excellent results with professional gear even using it outside its normal comfort zone. All The President's Men was recorded almost entirely with a Sennheiser 805/815 shotgun, even the interior scenes. Chris McLaughlin preferred the long shotgun and Jim Webb often deferred to his boom operator in microphone choice. David
  7. Try Jeff Jones: ****** Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103 jeff@amazingaudio.com 734-761-1920 (landline) 734-216-7740 (cell) Jeff was a regular Chinhda client over a period of several years. I think much of his business has been for the auto industry. From many interactions,I believe he is operating at a high professional level. David
  8. I previously recommended acquiring a Noga arm, or a knock-off, for rigging microphones in cars. The inexpensive knock-offs that were previously available on Ebay are now relegated to listings as "magic arms." This is entirely right and proper. Since then, I received a promotional piece for a very similar "Articulating Arm" from Adorama for only $20: https://www.adorama.com/fpxar06.html In general I think that buying from Adorama is better than wandering into the den of thieves that sometimes operates in a corner of Ebay. Still, I am reminded of the interchan
  9. I expect you are aware but, just in case- That boom operator box is used with a hard wire boom connection and you'll need a few other components to make it functional: 1. You'll need a recorder and/or mixing panel that can feed audio to a second set of headphones. (The Audio operator - mixer? - monitors through the first set.) 2. You'll need a short breakout or pigtail cable to receive the microphone signal and feed headphone signal. 3. You'll need a "duplex" cable to run between your recorder (& breakout cable) and your boom operator. The dup
  10. I would be happy to make such a post but, regrettably, I don't have that skill or knowledge. David
  11. We're in a more complex environment today than what was prevalent when we both were starting out but there have long been recognizable brands commonly found on sets. It's never a comfortable situation when a component acts up but it can be very uncomfortable if you are using something not recognized as professional. If you are odd-man-out, people who have no real knowledge of the subject can be quick to volunteer that they have never seen anyone else using that particular item on a set. I don't think this is an argument to deter people from trying new technology. The kind of innova
  12. You probably already know this but, for the benefit of readers less familiar with the Nagra, it's important to note that, for best performance, the recorder needed to be biased for the particular tape used. The various tape formulations (3M 908, Quantegy 480, etc.) can't be interchanged at will. The machine needs to be adjusted for each tape. This applies to recording; I don't think there is any problem with playback from different tapes. David
  13. Except for a few specific exceptions, as noted above, the brand names of your gear are not likely to have any influence on whether you are hired. If the issue comes up at all, and you don't have to socially distance, you can watch the eyes of the producer/production manager glaze over in a matter of seconds. However, if something were to go wrong, you would be in an uncomfortable position if you were using something non-standard. David
  14. The Ebay listings under "Noga" now appear authentic. I guess the Noga people cracked down. (As they have every right) You'll have to be more creative in your search terms to find the Knock-offs. (Or pay for the authentic product.) But I think you really do want a Noga-style product. That design locks flexible joints at both ends with a single lever making a rigid support
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