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joshneal

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  • Birthday 05/07/1981

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    Portland, OR
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    Music, Art, Juggling, Etc.
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    I've been a location sound mixer for 12 years on all sorts of productions - everything from student films to multi-million dollar feature films. Also having s strong background in reality, I have skills to accommodate any kind of audio scenario. I own a full equipment package for all of your production sound needs.
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  1. Is it possible to downgrade your firmware to a previous version? I ask because I just updated my SMDWB only to find that the tail end of block 23 was truncated due to FFC restrictions. I imagine some people will react to this question negatively as it is technically will be illegal to broadcast on those frequencies - although I just read that the date those new frequencies had to cease operation isn't until July 13 2020 - about a week later. My SRC will still scan the full block 23, but my SMDWB will no longer tune to that last chunk of frequencies on 23 as I had updated the firmware just t
  2. So I got word from the higher ups after that they do not want to see a headset on the trainer. We fought long and hard for this option but just got word that it wont be possible. This is a giant corporate entity this shoot is for, so it is what it is. They are aware of the limitations & are okay with some non optimal sound. So its up to the sound department to do the best we can given the circumstances. I'm thinking a hair mic and a traditional chest lav could be a good solution (and of course overhead boom). They are okay with the cable going down the back of the neck as that part o
  3. Hey thanks so much for everyone who responded, your advice is greatly appreciated! I have better idea of what I want my approach to be going in, and what is possible with from different setups. And its helpful to be able to manage expectations with production based on what we're able to do in a given circumstance. Jeff, I really appreciate the Jane Fonda workout link - super helpful. I think Im going to try to get a nice even sound from my boom op and give them the option of using that as primary. I'll definitely use the countryman earset whenever possible and fight for it as much as I ca
  4. I am about to be working on a project featuring some trainers doing high intensity workouts and the producers what to achieve the most even sound possible. We have done some of these in the past and we would run one lav and a boom, but due to the quick movement, changing positions, the trainers head pointing in different directions, the lav being covered or pressed into the floor for certain positions, the lav track is not always reliable. When they use the boom to fill in the gaps the sound is quite different and they are trying to figure out a way to get a more even sound throughout. For
  5. I am about to be working on a project featuring some trainers doing high intensity workouts and the producers what to achieve the most even sound possible. We have done some of these in the past and we would run one lav and a boom, but due to the quick movement, changing positions, the trainers head pointing in different directions, the lav being covered or pressed into the floor for certain positions, the lav track is not always reliable. When they use the boom to fill in the gaps the sound is quite different and they are trying to figure out a way to get a more even sound throughout. For
  6. Any speculation as to whether Sound Devices will ever add Dugan Automix to the mixpre series? Seems like a firmware upgrade could do that np. Thats one area where the F6 has the MPII 6 beat. If SD would just throw us a bone and add that feature I'd buy one today. It would be especially useful without dedicated pots for channels 5 & 6. There are a fair amount of my gigs where they use the stereo mix as primary. But I suppose they still want to sell 633s which is what I use currently. I use Dugan on just about every shoot when running multiple lavs. Having 6 channels with TC and auto
  7. Looking for a solid DC based sound mixer for 8/12. Doc style, full rate. PM me with referrals. Thanks!
  8. Does anyone happen to know why the lectrosonics WM E transmitter LCD blinks every few seconds when powered off? This is my first time using these transmitters - we have 6 currently and several of them blink when powered off (after inserting fresh batteries) yet the others do not. Im concerned about possible drain on the batteries when left blinking overnight. I read through the manual but didn't see anything relating to this issue. Does anyone know why they do this and if it will drain the batteries overnight (to any substantial degree)? And is there a setting I can change to turn it off?
  9. I recently received a call from a production company I've worked for in the past that is starting a new project to record sound for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Typically the Oculus Rift is used for 3D/360 gaming, but this project intends to record 360 video either doc style or narrative. The example of the first scenario they want to capture is inside of a locker room with a coach talking to players. Being that this is fairly uncharted territory for video production, these producers have asked me if I have any thoughts on how to best record audio for this type of shooting sit
  10. Thanks to everyone who replied. I'm on day two of this setup, running all my block 21 components in 200 mode. The results I experienced were mixed. In terms of audio quality, I do hear a difference, albeit marginal - but I'm not concerned about this being of much consequence to the show. I doubt anyone else would notice. In terms of range and intermodulation, the results were basically consistent with 400 mode/411 RXs. The biggest issue I am encountering are the way the RF hits/dropouts sound. When I get a signal dropout, I get hit with a very loud static crackle that I never experience
  11. Hello all, wondering if anyone could offer me some insight on this topic. So Im gearing up a reality show at the moment and we are building out two 788 bags which will ideally work interchangably with any of the transmitters (lavs for cast) in play. The A bag has 2 SRb RXs in dual mode on block 21. Now, the B bag has 3 211s & 1 401 on block 21. There may be well over 4 transmitters in play for block 21 so I would like for any RX to be able to receive any TX without needing to pair one transmitter to one unique receiver. In order to do this with the gear I have available to me I will n
  12. Anyone know anything about the Any Spot AS-DIST-4? Its a 2 Input 8 output Antenna Distro system for running 4 wireless receivers. Only $399 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/524695-REG/Galaxy_Audio_AS_DIST4_AS_DIST4_Antenna_Distribution_System.html It also runs off 12v DC power which would be great for on the cart. If anyone knows anything about how well this unit works, let me know, the only downside I can see is that the antenna outs are not standard BNC connecters, but some other type requiring adapters to be made. Or if anyone knows of any other inexpensive antenna distro system t
  13. Yeah I tend to flip the RM-11 around quite often and use that little pocket to keep clothing from rubbing. That approach has been working well for me. I find that the most control over how full or bright the sanken sounds comes from how far up or down on the chest you place it. Sometimes it seems a half inch can make a big difference.
  14. I'm interested to know which blocks people have found to be the cleanest for use in New York City. I currently have two 411a receivers with SMD transmitters one on block 28, the other on 25. Ive been using a rented unit on block 22 on my current job and I find there are many more cleaner frequencies on this block than 25 & 28. Im considering selling one or both of my units and getting two on the same block or adjacent blocks. Or perhaps getting my current units converted through lectrosonics. I would like to be able to use one dipole for both receivers but right now my blocks are too
  15. So at lunch today on set the new machine arrived and I began some tests only to find that the exact same problems were occuring with the new machine. I called Sound Devices after that and spoke to their support department. I explained the problem and they said that they were aware of an issue when powering the unit on with the timecode cable connected. Basically when you power the unit off and back on with the cable connected it will jump out of sync. It will not jam the slate correctly and the tc display will be well out of sync. The solution: unplug and replug the cable or power it on
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