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About soundmanjohn

  • Birthday 10/02/1951

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    Theatre sound designer and sound effects recordist. Old now, but still working! based in London, UK, but peripatetic, so could be anywhere. Surround sound recording a speciality.

    SD788T, 744T, 702, MixPre-6
    Soundfield ST450
    Assorted Schoeps, Sennhesier, Neumann & DPA microphones and Rycote windshields.

    Member of the AES, The Institute of Professional Sound, the Association of Sound Designers (UK) and The Theatrical Sound Designers & Composers Association (USA). Occasional writer of columns for Live Design on-line magazine, author of a couple of books on theatre sound design. Married to a wonderful 'cellist.
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  1. Very nice and simple, I like the design a lot. Mine were originally intended for theatre people, who tend to be a bit heavy-handed sometimes, so needed something robust. The latest version was designed for someone who uses an angled equipment rack, so has an articulated joint.
  2. And now with Mod-U-Lox™ connectivity... (Possible patent violation? Interesting to make, though.) John
  3. Here's a link to all the .stl files for the plain, fancy and extending versions of the headphone hangers. Let me know if anyone needs any more information. Happy headphone-hanging. John https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zhpnssrj1v0zybs/AAAPZm2FbR2OYWFJYiksMaTma?dl=0
  4. Probably not what you had in mind, but I had fun making it. 2525252_XLRMountHeadphoneHanger-HD720p.mov
  5. Different length versions here: https://we.tl/t-TSeFXBBBv3 Includes one that I did for fun. Got an empty XLR socket? Need a headphone hanger? Plug one in: Doug, I have an idea that's not quite thought through yet, that may work for you, or the new 30mm version may well suit. What's the clearance on the SKB lid? As far as distribution goes, unless I get hundreds of these made, the economics don't make sense. I've made the files freely available to anyone who wants to use them: you might someone who has a 3D printer who could print one of these out for you for a few bucks, or there are various on-line services that should be able to do it. Or you could take up Allen's offer; he'd do an excellent job. All the best, John
  6. Versions in different widths for the fancy model coming up later today. Current version is approx 55mm and suits MDR-7506. Other versions will be 45mm which should suit Beyer DT-770s and 30mm for smaller headbands like Sennheiser HD25s.
  7. For anyone interested, I've designed a couple of rack-mountable headphone hangers, one plain, one fancy. They have a 1U base and you can hang your headphones on them. You'll need a 3D printer, or a friend with a 3D printer who knows what they're doing, and these .stl files. https://we.tl/t-95Kz8xNDvA All the best, John
  8. Sad to report that Howie passed away on Friday last week, surrounded by his family. There's a memorial service on March 15th, details are on his son Alex's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/533617077284009/
  9. I was one of the people who crowdfunded this film, so got a sneak preview late last week. It's worth watching... John
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    HHB Dat

    Actually, I mis-remembered a bit. ian Jones was the band's manager, rather than being in the group, but Half-Human Band it was. John
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    HHB Dat

    I bought my first DAT (also the D-10) from Tony Faulkner, who'd been trying it out for Sony. Discussing it with a colleague from BBC Radio who also had one, he told me that he'd had difficulties getting the people in the BBC archive to accept the tapes because they didn't take 'Dictaphone' cassettes. He got round the problem by fastening the cassette in an appropriately labelled 7" tape box and handing that over. Never a single complaint after that. Oh, and Jeff, maybe you'd have been a bit more wary if you'd have known how HHB got its name: the founding directors used to be in a band; its name? The Half-Human Band. All the best, John
  12. Audio weighting networks, telephone network improvements, moving coil disc cutting stylus, stereo recording, high definition (comparatively) television in the 1930s, 45 degree lateral stereo groove for disc reproduction, H2S airborne radar: these are just a few of the things that went through Alan Dower Blumlein's mind, before his untimely death in a plane crash in 1942, whilst working on the radar.
  13. In my time as a stand-in projectionist, before Xenon lamps became common, arcs were the only light source. I first met them as hand-adjusted versions in the follow-spots in the big theatre in my home town and then again in the projection room of the first arts centre I worked in as a jack of all trades. Those projectors used a system called auto-arc, where an opto switch supposedly checked that the gap was correct and fed the carbon in when it got too large. They never really worked properly, so one had to keep a constant lookout for the picture colour balance. Too blue or too yellow and the arc needed adjusting by hand. Mind you, the early Xenon lamps chucked Ozone out at an alarming rate and were a bit of a pain to change when they failed, with protective gloves and eye-protection needed.
  14. Sometime though, it can work to your advantage: I was working on a charity gig and the compere, a brilliant U.K comedian and writer by the name of Barry Cryer, left the theatre at the end of the show still wearing his transmitter. As soon as I realised he'd gone, I monitored his mic channel and was relieved to find that he was in the pub next door, ordering a pint of liquid refreshment. Actually, with his well-known reputation for liking a drink, I could probably have gone there directly, without checking his mic. John
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