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    Long time photojournalist transitioning to audio

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  1. I'd like recommendations, if anyone has one, for a small unit that will power a condenser mic that's attached to a Sennheiser G3 butt plug that doesn't provide phantom power.
  2. http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD464LL/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter?afid=p238|s4YeFq8ZJ-dc_mtid_1870765e38482_pcrid_52243316890_&cid=aos-us-kwgo-pla-btb--slid--product-MD464LL/A
  3. I've bought a few "refurbished" things from Apple and Canon and aside from arriving in a white box they've been perfect and as new.
  4. Still better than the US. I have covered and interviewed both Trump and JM LePen and I'd rather have LePen as President than Trump. LePen Pere would be a middle-of-the-road Republican if he were in the US and probably couldn't even get nominated in many states as he'd be considered too liberal. His daughter Marine even more so. I like the French electoral system. Less then three months from start to swearing in the new President. The only ads on TV and radio are free ones and every candidate gets the same time. Debates are real debates, not some idiotic Town Hall thing. It's all publicly financed and costs around $350million for the whole thing. And people show up to the rallies/speeches of people that they don't necessarily support in order to listen to the candidates 60-90 minute speech and hear what their platforms are. On election day (a Sunday) every voter in France is thanked by a local official (usually the mayor or deputy mayor) as they cast their ballot. It could be why the French have a voter turnout north of 80 percent. Refreshing as hell. Tell that to anyone whose life has been effected by a Supreme Court decision. (That would be everyone in the United States.) The Electoral Collage, and the US Senate, were designed to insure that wealthy white voters, particularly those in rural areas, could maintain control of the country. It is actually illegal for any other legislative body in the United States to be constituted as the US Senate is as it's considered discriminatory.
  5. The only problem with that Asus is that it runs Windows and not OSX and the Apple operating system is well worth the price differential in the long run. You get a full-featured Office suite (Pages/Keystone/Numbers) included with a Mac while Microsoft Office will cost you $10/month forever. You can buy Final Cut Pro (with free updates) for a one-time $300 while Adobe Premiere will cost you $20/month forever. You can buy Logic Pro (with free updates) for a one-time $200 while Pro Tools will cost you $600 plus the cost of upgrades. You can buy Affinity Photo for a one-time $50 while Adobe Photoshop will cost you $10/month forever (and yes, Affinity Photo is just as good as Photoshop). Long term? It's Mac all the way. Short term? It's up to you.
  6. The Brooks Institute went bust not too long ago and they're liquidating all of their stuff with an online auction. If you browse through the lots you'll see lots of good audio gear (Sennheiser 416s, Sound Devices 744Ts, Sennheiser G3 wireless sets, etc.) at what could wind up being great prices. I'd bid on a few things but they have to be picked up in LA withing two days of the auction end on the 18th and I can't do it. https://www.bidspotter.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/timed/brian-testo-associates/catalogue-id-bscbri10019
  7. I covered the White House during the Clinton administration and had many after-hours chats with agents from the protective detail and not once did any of them complain about the treatment they got from Mrs. Clinton. They complained about things (like Bill's liking for spur-of-the-moment runs and the way he liked to stop at McDonalds or 'crowd surf' after events) but never about Mr.s Clinton. What he said.
  8. Doesn't anyone understand the power of those 'sound guys' (and ladies)? "A sound engineer who put Donald Trump’s microphone on him on The Apprentice told BuzzFeed News that Trump repeatedly referred to him as a “fucking monkey,” and regularly sexually harassed the women on set — including pointing out their butts while on set. The engineer, who is white, asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, was a sound mixer on NBC’s The Apprentice for two seasons in 2004 and 2005. Sometimes it was the engineer’s job to mic up Trump, which involved intimate physical contact, including threading the wire up Trump’s shirt and around his collar. “Micing him was honestly the most abusive, humiliating, experience of my fifteen years as a sound engineer,” the engineer told BuzzFeed News. “He treated me like I wasn’t a human being.” The engineer said the first time he was assigned to put a mic on Trump the television personality refused to shake his hand, instead turning to one of his many assistants and saying, “’Woah, woah woah, who’s this fucking monkey?’” the engineer said, adding that the comment was not racially charged. He said throughout their interactions Trump refused to address him directly, instead aiming all of his comments about the engineer to his assistants. “’I’m not gonna let this fucking monkey touch me unless he washes his hands,” Trump said, according to the engineer Trump then made one of his assistants escort Bruce to the bathroom and watch him wash his hands, before walking him back and telling Trump he washed up. “Trump just kept calling me a ‘fucking monkey’ over and over,” the engineer said. “I’ve mic’d everyone from Ben Affleck to Renée Zellweger, and never, ever in my career have I run into something like that.” The engineer said everyone on set was treated badly by Trump. He spoke of Trump pointing out a camera woman’s butt in front of everyone and saying other misogynistic things. “Everyone was walking on eggshells,” the engineer said. He eventually quit The Apprentice because “no amount of money was worth that toxic environment.”" - Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/trump-called-mic-guy-fucking-monkey?utm_term=.svEL11pJY#.kkjrLL4wm
  9. If you trust the developer you can go to Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and check the ‘Allow apps downloaded from Anywhere’ button. You'll have to enter your Admin password at least once but that should let you download and open anything. Remember to switch back to 'Mac App Store & Identified Developers' when you're done.
  10. How about the new(ish) Sennheiser AVX wireless system? http://en-us.sennheiser.com/avx It uses the 1.9 GHz band so it shouldn't interfere with TV transmission. I've got a set for use with a small video outfit and they work as good, if not better, than a G3 system. The transmitter and receiver are both rechargable and can be run with a USB battery pack that you use to power a smartphone. The transmitter is very small, plugs right into the camera's XLR port and if you switch off the camera the transmitter detects the loss of phantom power and powers down, saving battery power.
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