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  1. Has anyone experienced unusual characters in metadata on Deva 16 tracks ? (or Deva 4 / 5 / 5.8 for that matter)

    Though everything sounds fine, I see some unusual characters pop up on random channels of my csv file, which apparently exist within

    the track-metadata as well.    Question marks and Cents sign for starters....

    Never experienced such a thing before.

    Configuration =  Deva 16 with Legacy Pro 120gb SSD and Mix 12 attached.  Metadata entered soley via Deva 16 touch-screen "keyboard".


    MF / Atlanta

  2. I'm going to be painting with a special paint called hammerite. Its a very tough paint coating.

    I'll check that out... There is a very busy DIT here that built a cart out of plywood and coated it with Rhino Seal or Rhino Coat -- I think that's what it is called.   It is used, normally, for pickup truck beds!  The cart is four years old, and is a customized, rock solid fortress.


  3. We, as a team, find the offending noises.

    We then bring these to the attention of the AD Dept, and - especially if ignored - sometimes to the on-set producer.

    I go in this direction as often some degree of authority is needed to clean up the problems expeditiously, as they are often inaudible until we actually are rolling.    It is very difficult these day to get the set quiet enough to ferret out the problems, as lately "Take One" has evolved into the "New Rehearsal".



  4. Very Very nice, and that handle design is really robust -

    I think you'll appreciate that more than anything as you navigate this over tricky turf.

    This has me thinking about a "handle change" on my own stuff....

    Congrats on the new build!



    Mike, I have a couple of aluminum drawers in the silver finish, and have been looking for more.

    Starcase seems to have stopped making them.

    Where did you source these?  I'm looking for a 3 RU with slam latch.


  5. (No, not the name of my new power-trio....... )

    I worked in a nice, new, modest-sized studio space here in Atlanta - the box, with a nice well-placed cyc, was behind multiple walls, and they spent some money ('cause that's what it takes!) putting a reasonable amount of sound insulation in various places.   It sounded rather nice.

    However, 'tis the season of daily showers - usually brief, but often poorly timed.

    So... we were shut down for 15-20 as the rain hit the flat roof.   During the hiatu$$ I was chatting with the new owner, and told him this is not uncommon in some of the rooms around here..... "BUT, if you want a competitive and marketable edge - lay a healthy cover of hogs hair on the roof.   And tell your clients it's there."

    I only have short-term experience with the miracle carpet, and perhaps somebody here will have an answer to the question -

    What is the life-expectancy of an investment in full-roof coverage of a flat roof with a couple of layers of hogs hair?

    This roof has no trees around, thus branches / leaves not an issue.  It DOES have full exposure to the sun throughout the day, and all of the heat and UV that goes along with it.

    (I will also cross-post on FB)

    Thanks for any info / advice / experiences....




  6. I am a big fan of wood....  I have a friend who is commissioned to complete a similar cabinet for me, as soon as he gets "less busy".
    We plan to use this stuff he's found  -   Phenolic coated plywood.  It is a plastic coated product.  Of course seams and joints will need treatment, but it's a start in the fight against humidity - which is a big thing in these here parts.  

    LOVE the cabinet and the cart - especiall the handle...  great design


  7. Four to Six podium mics for a single speaker does seem to hold a certain common denominator.... 


    BTW, I saw that execution in a very very good doc (Netflix) about the Romanian dictator, his wife, their bizarre period of rule...

    and their demise.



  8. "Growing numbers of members only serves to perpetuate the existence of the union, it doesn't serve the membership. "


    Very well put, Robert.  


    FWIW, here in Atlanta we have been officially advised to take non-union work.  Then we report in, and decisions are made to go after / flip the job or not.  If flipped, the labor rates can get fixed and benefits restored.  Equipment rates CANNOT....  

    Thus, if you elect to take an approach to a non-union film, get your package rate up to your tolerance level from the start. 



  9. Jeff - 


    I believe Block 26 is the one currently under possible attack -


    665-691 mhz.     Block 26 has been good for me here in Atlanta, with two of my setups. 


    If they go after 25 and under - well, as Daffy Duck says it "This Means WAR !! "


    If it does get "taken", It will take awhile for that to take place and be in effect... you might well get your specialty need covered and still have plenty of time to liquidate.   



  10. Constantin - 


    I just saw this post of your misfortune...

    I'm just curious - was anything else, non-sound, stolen from your set? 


    Those are pretty high-dollar targets on your list.  Someone had to know that. 



  11. Jack - 


    Good to know - makes me wonder if my station is broadcasting out of sync, 5 frames or more forward, to compensate for poor engineering at Comcast (local).


    FWIW - It still looks a little whacked here.  Irrespective of my visual-sync issues, the mix is really good and seems to be one hell of a major league challenge with respect to number of characters and significantly active players... 


    I've done live TV before, but nothing even close to this!!  Looking forward to seeing how large the sound team is. 


    And of course, kudos to NBC and the crew for bringing such a cool family show "live" to the nation.  

    Definitely out of the box for today's standards..



  12. Not sure what's happening, but we are current watching NBC's highly touted and promoted "Peter Pan" on the telly.   It is a LIVE broadcast, and I am watching via an attic-mounted HD antenna from the local NBC affiliate, WXIA, with a rather saavy engineering department.  


    The sound (talent mics, music, efx, and mix) is PERFECT, but it is rather out of sync... quite a bit, especially from an off-the-air signal.  


    Is it possible that this is being lip-synced to a canned / taped soundtrack ?  ???



  13. http://www.audiomedia.com/industry/0009/the-collaborative-audio-approach-to-kingsman-the-secret-service/1468


    An excellent interview from Audio Media for Simon Hayes in The Secret Service movie.

    You can read his approach about off camera dialogue.


    THANKS for digging this up... very interesting, especially reading of the long-term collaborations.

    FWIW, I just listened to "Lock Stock" again (happened across it on Netflix streaming) over the weekend, nursing a cold.  

    What a great soundtrack and a fun movie.    I was lucky to actually be in London when it came out,  and saw it around Chiswick.

    I'm a big fan of Simon "Purple" Hayes !!



  14. JW & PP & mirror are correct about our job and theirs. We make our decisions on the day of production in a fluid and dynamic environment as we weigh so many factors that are not apparent in a given frame of picture. I find it remarkable how much we get right shot per shot over the course of any given show. If Post can do our jobs better, then they should. In the meantime I'll reserve the right to tell them how to do their jobs better.



    Very well said, with a plus 11.   


    Sometimes I think they bitch just to be heard... but the email chain kinda sucks, because it usually contains some that are clueless to ANYTHING related to sound.  


    Had a minor incident in August - despite copious notes and metadata, they never looked at it to solve their "problem", which was non-existant.  The gentle but accurate beat down, supported by evidence - with the entire email chain "listening"- ended that, and I never heard from them ever again for the ensuing months... 



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