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    I'm Moe Chamberlain, and I mix commercials.
    My brother is the famous and talented Crew Chamberlain, who introduced me to this business 25 years ago. I love films and sound, wife and kids (and depending on the day, sometimes in that order!).

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  1. Hello Sciproductions, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the preamps were the main factor in my buying the Nagra Seven, but it’s certainly a consideration for me. They sound great to my ears. But that sort of opinion is simply that: an opinion. It’s also simple to use in the field, has a well laid out menu, features a touch screen (which is not everyone’s cup of tea, but one that I value highly) and after several years of use has proven itself to be remarkably reliable, in all conditions. It also makes me happy using it, as esoteric as that may seem. Having said all that, the 702T (since you brought it up) is a fine machine built by a great company. I owned and used one many times with good results. The two recorders are both worthy machines that any mixer would be lucky to use. I’m happy with my Nagra, but clearly it’s a specific use tool that probably has more usefulness in live music that in our film world. However, I have no regrets. Regards, Moe
  2. I use my Nagra Seven in the field often, although not on my cart. I use it for documentaries, insert car work, on buses, trains and other tight quarters requiring portability. If you don’t need multiple tracks, where a simple two track mix will suffice, the Nagra works very well for my purposes. Brilliant preamps, easy to use, very reliable. Not for every scenario, but a very nice tool to have at my disposal. Moe
  3. And of course, “How does it SOUND, baby!”....
  4. If we’re still on the original topic, then I can attest to the A10’s resistant to moisture. I’ve had them on many a sweaty actor over the summer, and they’ve come back to us literally dripping wet. We’ve had zero issues regarding moisture. If we’re now discussing the other systems, I can’t comment. Regards, Moe
  5. Regarding the Bluetooth feature of the A10’s, we use it all the time. It’s quite handy for all the obvious reasons, and yes, we’ve used it during shots. Mostly we use it to put the TX to sleep or adjust the LF without having to bother the talent. But while this feature is very cool, the range is not. Perhaps 10 to 15 feet. This has been my experience on my iPhone; other devices may improve distance. Regards, Moe
  6. Well, I’ll respond to the original questions first. First, I use lithium AA batteries, so no comment on whether or not rechargeable batteries get hot. I’ve not noticed the A10 transmitters getting hot at all, nor have we had any complaints from talent in that regard. Second, when judging range around LA, one must factor in the fact that it’s a big place. Sometimes it’s great, other times it’s so-so. But that’s true of all wireless systems, regardless of brand. Having said that, after some initial tweaking, I’ve found the range (distance) to be well within my satisfaction, all things considered. For instance, just last week we were working in the LA Coliseum, with four talent running all over the stadium. We were forced to set up in the mouth of the tunnel (all who’ve shot there know this dilemma). We experienced no drop outs the entire day, despite our talent being 100 yards away at times (perhaps further). However, I’ve also filmed out in Van Nuys where 50 feet was about it. But like I said, that was true with my 2040’s as well. The point is, I’ve noticed the range to be about the same as my analog system. Sometimes better, sometimes not. Regarding antennas, I’m using the Wisycom “shark fins”. As for putting the transmitters on talent, we have had a very hot summer here, and I can report back that they often come back to us dripping wet. No issues. Take out the batteries, let everything dry out as you normally would. They’ve never stopped working yet, so I can’t say it’s not a problem that I’ve experienced. As for the recording capabilities of the A10 system, that feature is not something I can report on, since it’s still a patent dispute here in the US. I could go on and on about how great these radio mics sound, how well built they are and how well thought out the menu system is, but I’ll paraphrase what a great mixer once told me about radio mics: whatever system you end up buying is the BEST that’s made, because that’s the only way you’ll be able to justify the purchase to yourself. So, having said that, the A10’s are the BEST! Regards, Moe
  7. Daniel, I’ve been using the A10 system here in LA since they came out, having replaced my Audio Ltd. 2040’s. I couldn’t be happier. We use them with DPA 4060’s almost exclusively, although occasionally we will use Sankens in certain situations. They sound fantastic, hide easily with smooth edges, have a simple and well thought out menu, and the range is good (although not quite as good as my old analog 2040 system, but then that’s digital for you). let me know if you have any specific questions. Regards, Moe
  8. Jeff, Thanks for putting this information out there, especially for the social media Luddite’s out there (like me). It’s been my great good fortune to be part of Don’s world. As both mentor and friend, Don has given more to me than I could ever begin to give back. Lets all give what we can to a friend in need. Moe
  9. Lest we forget the wonderful credit given to the venerable Don Coufal as well.
  10. Nagra Seven is a fine choice. I use mine all the time.
  11. Moesound

    studio fans...

    The Mole Richardson fans are by far the best fans made for our purposes. They can be dialed down to achieve the purpose of moving air while being well within the acceptance standards of the sound department. Regards, Moe
  12. Forrest at Trew in Los Angeles is very familiar with Sonosax mixers. He's done some work on my SX-ST and I'm very happy with his attention to detail. Furthermore, he has a good rapport with Pierre and is able to get parts and answers very promptly. Moe
  13. Well, I was brought down to San Diego 5 times last year from Los Angeles... paid to travel, put up in a hotel, given per diem and paid full rate and equipment rental. So I'd venture to guess that normal budget jobs do come to SD, at least on a somewhat regular basis. They just would rather hire a professional than a hobbiest when it comes to jobs where sound matters. Take the excellent advice already given by others and respect yourself enough to be taken seriously. -Moe
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