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Bob Marts

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  1. I once spent a long night with my cart on a merry-go-round.

    I couldn't get decent radio mic reception from the closest stationary hiding spot, so I found a wheel chair lockdown spot on the opposite side of the merry-go-round from where we shooting a long dialog scene. The wheel chair holder fit the spread of my PSC upright sound cart wheels perfectly, so there I sat all night going around and around (trying not to get dizzy).

  2. In fact, I seem to recall Ryder Sound Services taking out ads in American Cinematographer for the then-new Nagra 4ST machine, telling people, "stereo is coming! Get ready to record everything in stereo!" And I think this was the late 1970s. Funny in hindsight.


    From a 1972 ad


  3. I forgot how sexy that Sax mixer looked when it was new--too expensive for me always....are you still using it?  I don't think anything has come along that sounds better.



    I still own it but a lot of the caps dried out and it got a bit noisy. I keep thinking I'd like to have someone overhaul it but that could be expensive. It has really nice EQ and headroom. I still use an analog panel though - Cooper 208D.

  4. Thought I'd join the conversation here.


    Here is a pic of a my brand new Nagra 4STC in 1985. It sits along side my mono Nagra on a record/playback job. Under the Nagras was my just released Sonosax mixer - I loved that mixer!


    The cart is one I made from parts of the Ultimate Support keyboard stands and was very light weight. I still have the cart in my basement.


    Maybe Jeff could add this to the gallery under an "Older Technology" section.


  5. My favorite classic voices would include Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn.

    From personal experience, I did a movie with Dennis Haysbert. Recorded him with an MKH 50 and he sounded real nice in the Sony phones. Robin Williams sounded quite good on my Neumann KMR 81i on another movie I recorded.

    A long time ago, I recorded Mel Blanc for a charity film. I put the mic over him, put my phones on and I heard the real Bugs Bunny say to me: "Ehhhhhhh, how's the sound, Doc?" There's an unforgettable voice.

    Interesting to think of actors in terms of their voice only. Many more keep coming to mind.

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