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John Blankenship

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  1. John Blankenship

    Sanken Cs-M1 new mike

    Reach is one of those subjective qualities that requires practical experience in actual locations to form any kind of a useful opinion. I haven't done that yet with the CS-M1. As I am quite pleased with the various Schoeps in my mic locker, it remains to be seen if this new tool offers anything I would find useful. I look forward to the time when I have a gig that will be appropriate for some experimentation. I can't say when that'll be.
  2. John Blankenship

    Sanken Cs-M1 new mike

    Please don't count this as a review as I've not had occasion to properly put mine through its paces yet. In a brief comparison I found it rather similar to a Schoeps sporting an MK41 capsule. The comparison was made with the two mics recording side-by-side with the sound coming from a TV several feet away. I then recorded my voice both close, and also at about an eight or nine foot distance. I was surprised at how similar they sounded. A quick comparison revealed the pattern on the M1 to also be similar to the MK41. Of course, an important aspect of what makes a Schoeps so special is how uniform its off-axis response is and how natural it sounds under a wide variety of acoustic conditions. On set a day or two later I put the M1 up for a female talent. She sounded too shrill so I swapped to a 641 which was smoother on her voice. These are just some initial impressions. Keep in mind there is no such thing as a magic mic that sounds best on all voices, at all distances, with all acoustics, with all off-axis sounds, and to all ears. A mic is just another tool and an important aspect of being a professional is to pick the right tool for the job.
  3. John Blankenship

    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    It appears you misunderstood my comment. I have no issue with this or other manufacturers discussing their products. I embrace those discussions as beneficial to our community. I do, however, strongly disagree with his posture that a “clapper board is outdated by 20 years.” I own, use, and thoroughly appreciate a wide variety of the latest technology and a slate is also a standard, frequently-used part of the kit. Likewise for other pro mixers I know. It’s misleading to any newcomers to characterize a slate as “outdated.”
  4. John Blankenship

    Schoeps MiniCMIT or DPA 4017b

    If you lack the experience to make a decision as to what tools you need, you're not ready to buy either. Get something less expensive and use it to learn to listen, then, when a better tool is needed, you'll be in a position to make a decision that is yours and yours alone to make. You won't go wrong owning a 416 which is a legendary professional mic available at an easy price. Many of us started out with a lesser mic than that.
  5. John Blankenship

    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    Top Ten Reasons to Use a Time Code Slate: #10) It is still the single most foolproof method of syncing #9) Great backup to avoid worry that camera may have accidentally disconnected the time code feed #8) Is a way to diminish phone calls from semi-competent post people #7) Aids production in the notation and organization of footage #6) Can offer the sound mixer a visual confirmation of scene and take number #5) Formalizes the (increasingly chaotic) production process which helps everyone be on the same page #4) Informs the (increasingly chaotic) crew that a take has started and to quiet down #3) Discourages the "Oh, just let it roll" mentality that is permeating much of the industry #2) Looks darn cool ...and the number one reason to use a time code slate... #1) It gets us rental fees! Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying a slate is the "be all -- end all" for production. I am, however, railing strongly against the posture that a slate "is outdated by 20 years." Perhaps celluloid is too, but it still looks better than digital.
  6. John Blankenship

    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    I disagree big time! It's been around so long because it's still the single most foolproof method of syncing there is. No, of course it's not my prime choice, time code to camera is, but also, slating takes has big advantages in workflow and can prevent some issues further down the chain, especially useful if one doesn't know how post will be handled. The above comment is the kind of thing I'd expect from a manufacturer trying too hard to promote their product.
  7. John Blankenship

    Comparison of different transmitters

    I, too, do not agree with "normalizing" them. Different systems handle peak excursions differently (key test, anyone?), so adjusting the average, or nominal, level to be the same is the way to compare. Nonetheless, thanks Constantin for doing the test.
  8. John Blankenship

    Servicing Sound Devices Mixers

    If the pots, switches, and connectors don't have issues or appear worn or loose, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  9. John Blankenship

    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    While you may have a valid point to some degree, based on my experience, you're exaggerating in the other direction.
  10. John Blankenship

    Chinese "Lemo" Connectors

    Along with Schoeps, Rycote, and many other brands, Redding Audio is U.S. distributor for Ambient.
  11. John Blankenship

    Chinese "Lemo" Connectors

    Click below to check out a JWSound write-up I made a couple of years ago.
  12. John Blankenship

    COS-11D or DPA 6060

    With thin, tight shirts it depends a lot on how you run the cable.
  13. John Blankenship

    Cos11 Re-terminating

    For those who don't know the old joke: A tourist walks up to a New York local and says, "Excuse me sir, can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?" The local replies, "Practice." And thus it applies to soldering technique. Diagonal cutters. For this kind of work the best choice is the thin version called "lead cutters" or "flush cutters." I call them "nibblers" but may have made that one up.
  14. John Blankenship

    Cos11 Re-terminating

    Pretty much what Glenn and others have offered. I will add that the critical element that makes one good at this echos the well-known response to, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?"
  15. John Blankenship

    Proper Lav Mic Techniques

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