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    Dynamic mic for under water use with Zaxcom ZFR400

    Hej! Email Zaxcom , they know best I think. And they’re quick to reply
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    Why I'm sick (Literally)

    I have small kids, and I get to watch a lot of kids’ movies and shows. I. Sweden, right now, the biggest producer of kids material is using a lot of small cameras on gimbals. It looks stunningly good, like “I can’t believe it’s not steadicam”. It’s not even a Movi rig. This is also reflected in sports, where recently there was a video from an orienteering competition where the camera person ran along with the contestors, and it too was just stunning work! Amazing. Not a single shake. So that whole putting a 40lb rig between actors has to be bs any day now. And if anyone is wondering how to properly shoot a tv show I would recommend watching Better Call Saul, which is stunning on all levels, of course including sound.
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    You & #MeToo

    Sure, men get treated badly. And sometimes men are in a position where they are inferior to women in a work relationship. But most of the time, that relationship does not end with the woman sexually harassing or even raping the man. That’s not even up for debate. The numbers are there, that’s just not happening in the same amount, numbers as you say, that the other way around is happening. Look at all these women across the globe. You really think they all just huddled up just because? It’s been a long time coming. I’m happy I have the balls to respect every person on eat, regardless of sex or other stuff. I’m very sad to hear my colleagues across the globe all tell the same story. What saddens me even more is that some of my male colleagues think they’re all lying, and basing that on probably just ONE time in their career when they were a little uncomfortable with something. “What about! What about!” Yeah, sure. It’s happening to men. But not to this extent. And certainly not to the extent that you can call the whole thing BS. But yeah, people tend to want to make money off of phenomenons. And you know who’s making the money right? Men. Saying they’re now thinking about #metoo and going on about their business as usual. Green washing. Weinstein will be replaced, or has been, with someone who has a cleaner record (or others around that guy will make sure the record is clean) . Maybe they put a woman in his place, whilst upholding these power hierarchies. A female boss serving the manly gaze or the macho style. Sits well with the males above her. That said, #metoo has really made an impact. But it hasn’t made my career, or yours, any worse. Women will still not harass you, or rape you. Men will keep doing that though.
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    Boom Op Kits

    When I worked as a boom op I had a Zuca bag filled with stuff I could use. It also served as a stand for the boom so I could put it away at times. I wanted to be able to quickly mount extra mics, if needed, and different amounts of tape. Batteries, straps, lavs etc. i also had a fanny pack or waist pack with small stuff. Mostly tape and a leatherman
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    waterproofing and mounting a lectro bodypack?

    Nowadays I work in public radio, but every year we broadcast a happening here in Uppsala, Sweden, where our show hosts are all on rafts in the small river running through town. they are wearing wetsuits and Lectro transmitters with a handmic (Sennheiser MD21 with a condom and vulcanising tape). The Txs are SMQV, or the european equivalent which I can't remember now. We put the TXs in Aquapacs or equiv, and stow those pacs in wristbands on their arms. It works great! But the river is obviously not salty, but the TXs never come out wet, even if the show hosts fall in the water. The show hosts are on the river for about an hour. So I can't vouch for these packs for longer periods of time and with salty water, but they work, sure. Have fun!
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    K-Tek KBAC1 boom pole clip.

    You can use gear ties from Nite Ize as a boom holder on a bag. You just take one of them and wrap it around the pole, and bend the rest of the tie to make a hook. Then hang it on you bag or shoulder strap. Better yet, if you have two gear ties you can make a loop with one and put it on the shoulder strap and keep the one on the boom. Not elegant, but it does the job pretty well
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    Proper Lav Mic Techniques

    Shure I know how to wire a talent!
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    Samsung Onyx

    Well finally someone DID something about that HORRIBLE sound in every theatre for the last 50+ years. this 7.1, Atmos crap is just not Hi-fi enough!!! / end of sarcastic sentence. I'm getting old. Getting tired of every new tech in fields where everything still works and noone is complaining
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    Wireless mic use in Iceland ?

    This is from the PFS, the local authorities for radio communication in Iceland. As in most of the EU, the band 470-694 is for radio mics use. They do require license though, but you can find the proper documents on the site. I'm not an iceland native, I just googled it, so I'm not speaking out of any deep wisdom. https://www.pfs.is/library/Skrar/Tidnir-og-taekni/MHZ_21.12.2015.pdf
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    Haven't tasted it yet, but this beer had too good a name not to post. Cheers!
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    Just wanted to show you this beer I got today. It's made real close to where I live. Must be a great beer for soundies! I'll give you a review soon;)
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    Cloud-based mixing

    Reaper has this, I think. I also think nuendo has had it for years... I could be wrong
  13. Gain knob on the mic is a real good idea for that type of application!
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    Samplitude's "O-Ton-Modus"

    I second Reaper for this. Even th ough you might think installing a full DAW for simple playback operation, Reaper can be customized into anything and even though it's a fully fledged DAW it opens up in no time and can do the simplest things, as well as the heavy ones. Custom actions and playback control is one of them. Takes a little setting up but it's pretty stable when it's up and running.
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    #metoo and sexism in general

    Howdy folks So, #metoo and all the other hashtags that follows in this tsunami of women not taking any more crap. In Sweden, 456 actors (women) originally wrote an article with testimonials of sexism and sexual assaults, harassments and other abuse, a few days ago. The number is now inflating and closing in on a thousand. Sweden is a very small country and that number basically says that nearly 100% of women in the business have been or witnessed sexual harassment or worse (forgive me if the terminology and wording is a bit off as English isn't my first language, please correct me if I'm wrong). I believe this problem really has to do with power, and the power structures in our business. Louis C.K is the newest example, and he explicitly says he took advantage of his position and offended these women. Weinstein was not so candid, but that's not the point. The point is that this is a power thing, right. The one in the higher rank thinks it's ok to treat someone lesser with a bad attitude, touching, pinching, grabbing "for fun". Or even luring people into sexual encounters or worse things. So I just assumed that people in the higher ranks, mostly male, producers, actors, directors, maybe DPs, could behave like this. I wouldn't think, for example, that a sound mixer would be sexist on set, trying to take advantage of actors. Just an example. In Sweden though, this other article comes out and there it is; a story about a sound mixer just saying something he (of course it's a he) thought was funny at the time. So the story is a young 20-something girl in an early role for her career goes to the mixer to be mic'd up. The lav is supposed to go on her chest. Her blouse accidentally opens up, I guess a button was already undone or something and it puts her in a very awkward position obviously. The mixer comments "I just had to look at your blouse for it to open up". (He's insinuating she wants him sexually). And it puts her off the whole day, having to work with him probably coming up to her to adjust during the day or whatever. She felt insecure the whole day. This story really took me aback. I had never heard anything like this in our field. I really hope this is just a one time thing.. Anyway, don't know where this thread is supposed to be heading, other than I guess talking about sexism and how we can change it on set. There's been so many stories about sexism on set in the US and I guess I was just curious to know how you guys deal with that. Or other stuff about sexism...
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    Camera operator dies on set

    Tragic news again. Mark Milsome, a camera operator, died on set on Nov 18 shooting a stunt scene. Very sad. I don't have any connections with him, just saw the news. Very little is known about the actual accident, what happened and why. http://deadline.com/2017/11/camera-operator-mark-milsome-dies-stunt-forgiving-earth-bbc-netflix-drama-republic-1202212192/
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    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2017

    Don't forget about White Monday; where the aim is to sell off used items instead of buying new stuff all the time. This forum has great potential for that. Just a tip.
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    #metoo and sexism in general

    Jan, Wow! Thank you Jan for that. I hate to think "boys will be boys" because it sort of gives them the right to be. Thank you for being so impolite with those people not showing respect. That's really what they need. To see that not showing respect just reflects it back
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    #metoo and sexism in general

    Well it's a sort of predicament to the whole patriarchy, that certain higher ranked gentlemen are excempt from certain obligations.
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    #metoo and sexism in general

    You are correct. The ways of being an ass are many. However, as the thread title might imply, I was suggesting that "being an ass" in this case was being sexist. I apologize for my being unclear
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    #metoo and sexism in general

    I agree with all of you. Glad to be in a group of wise people. How about the sexism you see on set, I.E a director being an ass towards the others?
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    Lectrosonics SMFLASK

    Cheers indeed!
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    ADR with BG noise

    Maybe, this trick is one those tricks that the actor can appreciate right from the get go, since it sort of puts them in the situation...
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    ADR with BG noise

    Hiyas! It’s truly been a while since I posted anything here it seems.. Anyway, nowadays I work in radio and there's just a different approach to everything, basically. One thing is background noise for example. Journalists like to keep things realistic, and therefore there's not a lot of recording separate backgrounds to add on later. If they want bg noise in their speakers/VOs they just record them in the environment they want. Sometimes at least. Most (99,9%) of the time they don't want the noise. Anyway. The other day this guy had made a similar VO, recorded in the street. But he got some facts wrong and needed to replace a few words. So he went in the studio thinking he could shoehorn the words in there somehow, failed miserably of course. Then we decided that he should do it over, but he wanted to keep "authenticity" of course. So we just took the handheld recorder he'd used in the street, in the studio, and played back another street noise in his headphones. That way he could sort of hear things the way he'd heard them when he did the original recording. Now, that got me thinking of how this could be used in ADR. Most of the time, actors will deliver a lot less volume and intensity than on set. I mean, I've spent hours on just trying to get an actor to actually louden his voice in order to get it right. Maybe hearing the background from the scene would help in that? I guess leakage from the headphones would be a thing, but it'd be covered by the real BGs later on. Dunno, is this already being used? I don't think I've come up with an amazing new thing here, just reality checking I guess. I know for a fact it's not being used at all in Sweden (that I know of).I used to love doing exterior ADR, just because it sounded a lot more like the real thing from the get go. It was hard to get there, but totally worth it in terms of performance. All the best to all of you!
  25. In the latest version of Reaper, there's a menu called "External timecode synchronisation", which takes an audio track and converts it to TC. At least that's what I think it does. Can't test it though. Just another FYI... I did try to setup a somewhat close-to on set location sound mixing project, and it IS doable, but it does require a lot of Metadata editing after the fact, since Reaper in itself can't write BWF metadata (unless there's a plugin I'm not aware of). And that's easily done with WaveAgent. So basically you could have your Reaper and your WaveAgent running at the same time, record in Reaper, have Auto-Render turned on (for redundancy; the recorded files are stored in one place, and the render files somewhere else. You can also record to multiple locations at once within Reaper), and switch to WaveAgent for metadata entry. It's not as quick or stable as BoomRecorder though, obviously.