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  1. On 7/21/2020 at 7:22 PM, Ken Goodwin said:

    Hello Folks, This is my first post on JW Sound.


    Not using brand names, what essential equipment do you feel a beginner location sound person needs to own or rent for most jobs that pop up last minute?


    -How many channels does your mixer/recorder need to accept most jobs?

    -How many channels of wireless?

    -How many shotgun mics or indoor mics do you keep on hand?

    -How long is your first boom-pole? Do you start with two? Do you also keep stands?

    -Timecode, Slates, IFB, Camera Hops, ENG Breakaway cables?


    I know that many folks started with just a boom plugged into a handheld recorder and can rent additional gear when necessary, but it seems expectations have risen.


    By my calculations, even a kit with 2-channels of UHF wireless and two wired mics can cost around $10K. A kit with 4-channels of UHF wireless, IFB, and camera hops can quickly reach $25K. Depending on the kit and your hustle, you could theoretically make up the purchase cost within a year. 


    -So my last two questions are, how many of you feel it is necessary to take out a small loan to start in the business and is it worth it just to apply to those last minute jobs that require a "standard" inventory package?





    Hi Ken,


    1. When I was started, four channels was ok. Eight channels was expensive thing. Now, eight channels is something pretty standard for recorder.


    2. Four wireless is ok, if you want more you can rent.


    3. Mostly two shotguns. That's a big discussion which brand (lol).


    4. I am using Ambient QS boompole, 5.2m, but I am doing mostly scripted work.


    5. Timecode, IFB, camera hop is necessary.




    It's not a good idea to start with a loan, especially that time. You buy only when you needed something or when you have the money in your pocket - playing safe business risk here. I know, US market is different from mine, but others can guide you better from me for that market.




    If you want to discuss further which type of brands, please let me know.



  2. On 5/30/2020 at 10:57 PM, Shastapete said:

    You must be the only person to buy the RX200 slot receiver


    If I had to invest in Camera Link that will be:


    - SRX220
    - TRX743


    Not sure why Zaxcom has decided to discontinued SRX220, but it is a cool piece of hardware.

  3. Hi,


    +1 for above comments


    PS. If you don't have money to buy better microphone or acoustical treatments, then fill the room with staff, especially blankents etc. This will destroy early reflections, don't wait to be like pro studio. Search on Google (or your preferred search enginee) about pro voice over people how they make her/his own way.



  4. 1 hour ago, Johnny Karlsson said:

    Personally, I think it's madness to cancel everything everywhere.

    I even had a client cancel a 3 day shoot next week due to "travel concerns".


    To put things in perspective:


    Car Accident Statistics – Highlights

    - Over 40,000 fatal car accidents per year in the U.S.

    - Each day, more than 90 Americans die in car accidents.

    - On average, 2 million drivers experience a permanent injury every year.

    - Almost 8,000 people are killed in traffic accidents involving drivers aged 16-20.

    - The most common causes of death on the road are drunk driving (40%), speeding (30%), and irresponsible driving (33%).


    Common Flu:

    CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010



    An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women5) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.



    Total cases in the USA (as of March 7, 2020): 335

    - total deaths: 17


    Perhaps people who have existing health problems could be recommended to not go to SXSW, NAB etc. instead of cancelling the whole thing....?


    We don't have a death from Coronavirus here (Greece), yet; but one production has been cancelled a feature film. This is madness.

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