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    a little bit country,<br />
    a little bit rock and roll

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  1. boomhead

    Red Helium Fan

    Thanks for sharing that.
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    Crew Connection

    I have a client (large Tech Company) that uses PayReel to pay all of their contractors. It is a "sister" company to Crew Connection. I was very skeptical at first as I think Crew Connection is bogus. (As stated above, passing the fees onto the workers is not ok in my book.) To my pleasant surprise PayReel has been very good. They deduct payroll taxes from my day rate and leave my kit rental untouched. It took 15-20 minutes to set up online initially and subsequent invoicing has been a breeze. And they pay promptly. Most importantly they DO NOT take any percentage of my rates as a finders fee. It's likely they're charging my client some fee but that's as it should be. Martin, perhaps you should see if your client would settle with this option?
  3. boomhead

    SR frequency settings

    What kind of warning? Never heard of that.
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    688 keyboard fail

    I have been using a small hardwired keyboard (don't know make) with my 688 and it typically stops working randomly after some time. I try replugging and rebooting to no avail and yet a couple of LED's flash. It always works again the next day but I have not been able to pinpoint what action might be causing this. Today I think it happened when I unplugged my TC cable and plugged in another to jam the slate. Is it possible I'm creating some static discharge that renders it useless? Anyone else have a similar problem?
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    Sound Devices 442 direct outputs

    If you only have three sources (boom + 2 wires) then record the 442 mix output (post fader, L or R) on one track of 744. Use other 3 tracks to record each mic iso pre-fader from 442 direct outs.
  6. Back to the product; Does it only work with Windows tablets? Some mixers use iPads, will it work for them? (sarcasm intended.)
  7. Rado, there are lots of situations that mixers are working from a bag and not banging into the camera, the talent, the producer, etc. Like many of our tools it might not be applicable to your working environment but could be a great asset for others.
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    Sound Devices 688 - Opinions From USERS Please

    I bought a 688 for a specific job needing the MixAssist function and was happy with the result. The automation was very smooth and the mix blended microphones nicely when multiple people were talking simultaneously. Coming from a 442/744T combo I love the screen/menu's though the metering I don't like as much as the old LED's. Like Derek said above I too would have preferred a 10 channel version as I rarely need more than 4 wires and a boom and the large size is kind of a bummer as I'm a skinny guy. I'm still looking for the smallest bag and will probably get some of the new Remote Audio XLRLP connectors for the input side. So far I've been getting 5 hrs per NP but that is usually with a low track/input count.
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    Loon or Ambient pole

    I prefer the locking collar of Ambient boom poles over all others. It is very smooth, easy to adjust without much handling noise, and doesn't need to be cranked tight to have a firm grip. I also prefer the smaller diameter of the pole itself, it's more comfortable in my hands. +1 try before you buy
  10. boomhead

    IATSE and Lynda.com

    Thanks for the reminder!
  11. boomhead

    Solar for the House in Los Angeles?

    I think Mark Grech installed solar at his house in Porter Ranch.
  12. boomhead

    Ex Machina

    I saw the film today and loved it. I, too, thought about the work he completed in seeming isolation and decided it was possible he may have had others working for him and he sent them away during the "test" period. Not so much a break in logic, just some cinematic liberty. The sound design was excellent and subtle at the right times.
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    On-Set comm/talkback rigs for sound crew

    Hi Phil; A few thoughts from a boom op perspective. Some type of PTT is a must. Any system with live mic's is crazy making. A surveillance mic wired for Lectro works great and Buds idea with the LF rolloff seems like it would solve my one complaint. I have gotten used to using walkies and I borrowed Devendra's idea for integrating my IFB feed into one headset. Though the quality is not as nice I do like being able to get on Ch. 1 when necessary. Also, I personally would not use a "boomset". I tend to work the pole close to my body and often at eye level. Though it may sound strange I found myself hitting the pole with the headset mic as I turn my head between the actors and the camera. I also don't like to be committed to one pair of headphones. Curious to see what you decide to go with. Cheers, Mike Primmer
  14. I record with a 744 and use a Zax IFB 200 for a backup/transcription recorder. It does require a computer to convert to mp3 before handing it off to production but that's pretty fast. I also use the IFB 200 to feed TC and scratch audio to cameras killing three birds with one device.
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