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    Sound Mixer. Features, Docs, Commercials, Corporate, Reality, whatever.
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  1. It’s better to eq and process your audio in post. On location you won’t be in a suitable situation to critically listen and do fine eq work.
  2. I did several seasons of ESPNs Sport Science, and when we would do football episodes, it was always a tough situation. I use SMQVs as well, but I put them in a NeoPack waste band since we were using landing matts. The mic was really the hardest part because of the tugs and jerseys whisping across the pads. I landed on using a cos11 in an rm11 on the breast plates, and taping the wire down with gorilla tape so it wouldn’t get pulled upon. I think that if you can tape the tx underneath a plate somewhere that it will be well protected, but I’d advise to wrap it in a condom to avoid sweat. Know that you may be condemning your lav to death, so make sure to get a COI and be sure that your client knows that your fragile electronics might not make it through the day.
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    Boom Op Kits

    I personally don’t require a boom op to bring anything but their own headphones. I supply the rest. That said, everyone has a different way of doing things, and I will never stand in the way of someone using their own techniques and supplies if that’s what they are comfortable using. I provide a variety of expendables and lav mounts, lav bullet, boom poles, tapes and stickies and etc. But there are all kinds of things available these days, so I’d say that if you were looking to put together a little kit, get yourself some moleskin, molefoam, some kind of furry overcover set, transpore, topstick, maybe some Joe’s sticky stuff, preferred lav mounts, a headlamp, lav bullet, and probably a boom box or chair with the ability to mount the boom to. K-Tek makes a little fanny pack that looks like a decent pouch to keep things in. I ordered some stuff from a Sound Hard and they sent me a complimentary fanny pack that is sort of the same thing, so i keep that stocked for my boom ops. But if you think you’ll need gloves, a bandana or sweat rag, multi tool, or any other such thing, it’s better to be prepared and not need it than to be empty handed when you do need something. I recently worked in a dusty warehouse where there was years of pigeon poo all over the place, so I bought anti bacterial medical masks for the whole crew. Now I have those in my kit too.
  4. Ira, no need to feel bad about contributing what you know. I think that the best way to use this forum is to read read read, and if you have questions on other people’s opinions or experience, then ask away. But as you know, sound being a technical field, anything that can be read in a manual, or here, would be what many consider to be a waste of a question lol. I am however curious as to what equipment from our world that you would like to implement into your live sound system. It sounds intriguing and I would love to hear about it. Cheers
  5. Leasing would make things easier, but many suppliers don’t offer leasing options. That said, it is never a good idea to put gear on credit. That’s an easy way to get into trouble. I’ve always bought my equipment with money that I made doing sound, so as to keep myself honest and out of debt. So I highly recommend setting your sights on what you need and saving for it, buying one thing at a one in order of necessity. Also keep in mind that making baby step purchases will ultimately cost you more and you’ll likely be unable to sell your baby-step items later on without taking a loss on them. But we all have our own road to go down so what’s right for one may not be right for another.
  6. I’d use the Neumann 104 or 105s, not 103s. The 82i is a long shotgun, you may find the 81i more useful. Logic Pro is a pain to edit in. I’m a Pro-Tools guy, but I believe there are other free programs that operate similarly to PT such as Reaper or ____? Others may chime in better here. I’m also not a fan of Zoom recorders, others are. While I also don’t stand by cheaper machines made by trusted US companies, I’d recommend them over Zooms any day. So maybe a Sound Devices MixPre6 would be better more reliable machine than a pair of Zooms. Just my thought. Others opinions will vary.
  7. I was using the PortaBrace bag that came with the 633 for a number of years as a sort of more compact and light weight option. I think it’s fine. There isn’t a lot of room for extra stuff, but the only thing I really didn’t like about it was that the left side of the mixer would always sag despite trying everything. It’s just the way the bag is sewn. Not a deal breaker though.
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    Crickets

    How do YOU deal with them?
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    Wind protection

    For the CS3e that might be tough. You’ll have to call around. The Koala stuff was discontinued in 2012 or 2013 if I remember right. When I heard it I went out and bought a couple spares for my 416s. I always regretted not getting a spare for my cmit, but so far the original is still holding up fine.
  10. I go line level out of my Lectros and into my mixer
  11. Larry is awesome isn’t he folks?!
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    Sennheiser 8060 or ???

    @AB I think what everyone was waiting for was an explanation on why you want to use two shotgun mics for nature recordings as opposed any of the other more usual options. Care to enlighten us?
  13. There is a lot more to know than just how to operate the equipment. You have access to the internet, so I suggest learning these things. If you want to know what is being said in a manual, look it up. This will help you be a better engineer. But if you just want people to provide you with answers then you’ll never be very good at your job, and will likely not know what to do in the event of an emergency. Being able to help yourself is what will keep you from being poor a lot more than playing soundie.
  14. Sounds to me like you want everything but for less than what those things will cost. You’d be in a better position if you: -did your own research by reading manuals and comparing features -saved your money for the right machine and mic, not just what fits in your current budget also remember that ambisonic recording is not the same thing as post processing. Don’t expect your field recorder to do what a plugin will do, they are generally not designed to deliver final products like that. Sounds to me like you need to read up on the craft before you go spending a bunch of money. There are many resources including this forum that are good places to read, and you will find that reading will not only answer your questions, but more importantly, answer other questions you didn’t know you had. One being that an engineer does their own research.
  15. If you can still find them, the original Skyline verticale carts could fold completely flat like the Latvian ones mentioned above. Skyline carts were made by Wilcox Sound and served as a template for PSC, Rastorser, and other verticale carts. I used one for many year before building a bigger more permanent cart. But I’ve recently been working on a hand truck style cart using a three stage cart like @cmgoodin uses, so that the cart itself is more useful for loading in and out. I’ve attached a pelican case with drawers to it, as well as other modifications. I’ll post photos once it’s finished. So far this is my most versatile cart, and also serves as a good follow cart when using my larger cart as my main sound cart.
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