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  1. I always struggled to express myself artistically in what I do as a sound mixer. I have been only able to express myself technically. Thank you Jan for showing me that it can be done.
  2. Sorry in hearing the news about the loss of your Dad. My condolences Jeff.
  3. Good idea Frias. Simon, here is a pic of my bag setup. I'm not too worried about where to put my Hawkwood NP1 adapter since I can route and place it in the belly pouch of my soundbag.
  4. Hey Simon! Thanks for getting back. I believe both. There are many users here in New York with UCR411As between a 3 to 6 count of UCR411a receivers connected to NOMAD. I use up to 6 on mine due to some of the reality shows I work on. But yet, there are nevertheless other NOMAD users who have SRBs connected to NOMAD as well. Typically 3 dual SRB receivers. I personally don't have a need for spacing for a BDS since I am in the minority who use Hawkwood NP1 cup adapters instead. Thanks Simon!
  5. Hi Simon! Is a bracket for a 6 set of UCR411A receivers in the cards for a NOMAD? Will your company manufacture a model suited to my UCR411A to NOMAD setup? I would love to buy one. In any case, your entire dashboard catalog is very sexy work man.
  6. I am absolutely guilty of this. But from time to time, I'll wrap my lavs around the transmitter and place them in Lectro cases for the day. Just saying. Any spares are in my Countryman cases.
  7. Hey B Sharp! If you get lucky right off the bat with the guy having long hair past the neck and you have small hairpins on hand, see if you can rat a B6 lav thru his hair from the back up to his hairline. Any time you get away with miking successfully through the hair, it'll sound fantastic. Better than miking to shirts in my opinion. In a tux with a black bowtie, I've had great success sticking a black DPa 40 series, Countryman b3 or Countryman b6 lav on either the left or right flap of the bowtie on the backside. No rustling there. And sounded sweet! Tough luck if the guy has a big double chin. Miking through the tie works well 90% of the time also. Tough luck again if the guy has a big double chin. I'm thinking that if the new Lectro miniature transmitter is small enough for blazer breast pockets, I would try miking from there too. The lav head would protrude just from the inside top corner of the pocket. You would have to get confirmation if the guy will be wearing the blazer for the entire time of shooting of course. Another idea is owning different colored lavs for camouflaging especially a B6. I would poke the B6 out in the open through any of the top button holes. Not a good idea however in windy conditions. It's an art. There are other creative ways out there for sure. Cheers man and Good Luck!
  8. A few weeks back I was on a job where production was offering me lodging in Manhattan, but at an airbnb. Airbnb is something I have yet to experience. I was already a local to the area and decided to pass. Of course the airbnb ads will tell you that they are far cleaner than regular hotels. I have my doubts on that. Is airbnb a new alternative for production companies to lodge their crew in? I have issues with this. I am hoping that this doesn't become a rapid new trend amongst LPs and PMs to offer their crews all the time. Thoughts on this topic thanks! And what if you waive your stay at an airbnb? I take it producers would still be required to put us in a hotel. Atleast I figure.
  9. Hi Denielle! I too have B6s in my arsenal and will use them for the tightest discreet miking situations. However, I am always under the impression that people sleep on the sister mike, Countryman B3. And I don't get it. I'll go to some shops and they won't have them in inventory and I always have to special order them. But I tell you what: I own 11 of them now and I couldn't be happier with them. The lavs sound fantastic. Great sensitivity. Highly water and sweat resistant. And as you know with the B6, the B3 also has mike caps to vary the frequency response. And they are very rugged for reality shows. I've yet to experience any of my B3 mikes go down for good in anyway. --I've had the TA5F connector break from time to time, but that is completely solderable and fixable. But all the mike capsules to my B3 lavs are still functional and going strong. And the cable attachment to the mike head for all of them have been tugged on forcefully here and there but have remained attached without any signs of damage to the lav. They're not mountable with an R-11 mount. So I make my own sandwich mounts out of Dr. Sholl's molefoam with topstick on the bottom side. Another mounting option is to use B3s with Rycote undercover and overcovers, and they work great together. For the record: I bought the first 6 all at once about 4 and 1/2 years ago, and all is well to this day.
  10. I carry Taylor and Taylor insurance for my equipment. I do carry Worker's comp for myself for the 1099 contractor jobs, because it's the law in New Jersey. And my insurance is Utica National. When the production company runs me through payroll and takes me on as an employee for the duration of the production, then I don't need my worker's comp. And I don't carry liability insurance. Production is required to always have film insurance.
  11. Damn! I just got back from Gainesville last night, but in any case, I would like to refer John Van Der Does. He worked with me in Gainesville and local to the area. Team guy and years of great experience. And yes he has his own ENG equipment if needed. John Van Der Does: 904-476-5911, jvproductions@earthlink.net
  12. Yep! My accountant after reviewing my taxes says I'm good. And he'll be working on it. He plans to take all my gear rentals that I have under RENTS and run them under Schedule E. And he isn't the first accountant that I've come across to tell me this. I attended the Tax and Finance seminar the great folks at Gotham Sound threw this past Sunday. I asked the very same question to the CPA on the panel whose resume included a Masters in Taxation and 25 years of practice with many production companies as clients. She too said the same thing: Equipment rental under RENTS and RENTS reporting on schedule E to avoid SS tax deduction. Like everyone else on this forum, I'm no expert, but I've now asked a good number of CPAs about this very same question. And every one of them said 'Schedule E'! Crazy stuff!!! And confusing. But I am confident in my CPA's handling of my taxes. Thanks Sacarnon for wishing me luck. I still need it. .
  13. Hey Guys! I have been getting pretty accurate 1099 tax returns thus far for 2014. Yet I still have a few production companies that have filed my tax return incorrectly. One of them really do stick out like a sore thumb, because this one production company incorrectly filed $1800 worth of income for my gear as Nonemployee compensation instead of Rents. By doing that, my accountant may have to file the $1800 on schedule C as opposed to E. If my rental income is filed under schedule E, then social security tax is not deducted. Under C it is deducted. I spoke to the accountant of that production company to exhaustion. And he was stubborn as a mule. Unbelievable. He kept saying that they filed correctly because by paying me they were paying toward my income. And they needed proof of receipts as to where I rented the gear from? I own the gear I told him. They were renting from me. And he would not move from that reasoning. I felt like I was talking to a brick wall. Anyway, I'll see my accountant tomorrow. But doesn't the production company face any penalties if they file 1099s incorrectly? Frustrating!
  14. I have taken in the discussions well. I will break my bad habit and begin working at line level at +5 on my receivers with line-in as opposed to mic-in to my mixer. I will kiss my mic level -25 settings goobye no matter how good it may have sounded to me. OK Thanks guys!
  15. OK I looked at the schematic and it does show the amplifier before attenuators at the output. So yes, I see line level. I admit I'm wrong, I will put it to rest. Thanks!
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