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Rob Anderson

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    Cinematographer with small production company.

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  1. +1 to using a better lavalier microphone for dialogue recording. Sennheiser Evolution G3 wireless systems sound a lot better if you substitute a good lavalier microphone for the one included. Tram, Sonotrim, Sanken COS-11, DPA, or one of several models of Countryman lavaliers all sound so much better and fuller than the Sennheiser ME2. For a time I used Sennheiser MKE2 lavaliers with Sennheiser Evolution wireless systems. The MKE2 mics had a decent sound uncovered, much better than the ME2 mics, but, when concealed, were nevertheless problematic with respect to clothing noise and microphonics /handling noise. There are often JW members selling good used lavalier mics in the for sale section of this site. You might have to have the connector changed and wired to the type that suits your Sennheiser transmitter. This will cost $35 to $50 at a reputable sound shop. But I'd recommend a good used lav over a lower quality new one.
  2. I used the Beyer DT-48 headphones (with mono or stereo wiring) from my first Nagra on, up until about 7 years ago, when I got tired of paying for increasingly expensive repairs and experiencing the classic DT-48 ear-clamp discomfort. What I appreciated about the DT-48 headphones was that they provided an early warning system for clothing noise or lavalier microphone rustle. If I heard the noise just slightly in the DT-48s I knew it wasn't too late to fix it. I could just make an adjustment at the end of the take and no one would ever be troubled by it. The little noise would be unlikely to be audible even in a very good speaker. With the Sony MDR-7506 or MDR-V6, so much more comfortable to wear than the DT-48, I find that if one hears clothing noise in the headphones -- then it is probably already a problem. Has anyone tried these knock-offs of the Sony MDR-7506 or MDR-V6 headphones? Apparently they even take Sony cushions and accessories. http://www.kenrockwell.com/audio/senal/smh-1000.htm Ken Rockwell, who primarily reviews cameras, says these Senal SMH-1000 headphones are more accurate than the Sony ones, not having the enhanced bass response. The Sony's enhanced bass, I feel, is a feature to appeal more to recreational listeners than to professional audio mixers. The fact that Senal ones are $10 cheaper than the Sony MDR-7506 appeals to me less than the possibility that they might have a flatter frequency response well into the treble range and may give me that early warning for small clothing or handling noises. I look forward to recommendations.
  3. I'm in Paris, France for the months of September and October of 2014. I can offer my services as: Cameraman, Sound Mixer, local Line Producer or Interviewer -- while I'm here. Normally I'm based in New York. My native language is English, but I speak fluent French. Please send me a PM through this forum for more information + my website.
  4. Seems similar in principle to the Sanken RM11 rubber mount for the COS 11. Has anyone tried both?
  5. So many good pieces of advice from the group. Especially about physical conditioning and about ladder use. Ideally you should have both a full-sized ladder AND a small step ladder. Being able, whenever the situation allows it, to choose the ladder that most easily allows you to boom from the waist is such a boon. I've found that on some show promo shoots they may run the same two or three sentence line 20 or 30 times to get what they want -- without a cut. You want to be standing on your ladder with your pole at waist level, booming the presenter from above, only concentrating on keeping the mic in the sweet spot, not wondering whether your back is about to go into spasms. Also, when using a long boom pole it is often helpful to add some back weight to make it easier to maintain a horizontal position for the pole. Sometimes a roll of gaffer tape does the trick. Or a 2-pound wrist or ankle weight that can be wrapped around the back end of the pole.
  6. Just FYI, I believe the Sennheiser G2 transmitters use 50mw, whereas the Lectrosonics UM200 transmitters use 100mw. If you are getting different performance from each of your different systems at the same distance and frequency setting then the signal strength of the transmitters may be a factor in your wireless's ability to overcome competing RF in the background. Background RF is not necessarily constant. So, even in a fairly clear frequency, the RELATIVE strength of an intermittent spike of interference becomes higher as your own transmitter strength decreases or as your transmitter-to-receiver distance increases. Generally I try to: keep the working distance as close as I can; keep line-of-site between Tx & Rx when possible; scan for and find as clear a frequency as I can. 50mw should not be a deal-killer. In some countries that is the standard. I have not owned Sennheiser Evolution wirelesses for several years, but here in New York City I found they worked best when I could keep the working distance to a maximum of 25 feet.
  7. I continue to get re-directed to some page about wireless ip routers when I choose a search result that is supposedly related to jwsoundgroup. This is the unintended destination: http://url4short.info/ad539e15
  8. I think I paid $700 in 1974 for my Nagra III made in 1965. Magnificent monophonic recording! I know the year it was made because the serial numbers of Nagras generally contain the last two digits of the year of manufacture.
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