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  1. Do you intend to just stick to stereo playback? Quad? LCR? 5.1? You'd not do wrong with a pair of QSC K8.2s, they're small and powerful. The really important question is how large is the listening area (not so much how many people, bodies do absorb sound, but you can ignore it for this case) The Dolby spec says you need 105dB peak SPL at the "listening position" (center of the room, 2/3rds of the way back) Once you know the distance to the speakers, you can calculate the power of the speakers you need to meet spec (remember inverse square loss!) Once you get the speaker power nailed down you can figure out your speakers
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    4 channels audio over radio camera on OB

    It depends on the camera, or as ryanpeds suggested, embed the audio into the sdi stream after it comes out of the camera before it hits the transmitter. There's a box from Blackmagic design that can do it. $300 https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/techspecs/W-CONM-05
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    Setting Levels with Lavs>Mixer>Recorder?

    As with most things wireless, Lectrosonics have a video. Obviously specifically about Lectros, but you should learn something.
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    Cos11 Re-terminating

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    Sanken Cs-M1 new mike

    Another vote for a 19mm BBG, that works on short mics. That diameter has MKH8050, DPA4018C, and the Sanken CS-M1. All of which are short body mics that need a good wind solution. (The Cosi looks great, but steep at $529) If you can get close to $250 for the mount, bbg, and furry, you'll really have a winner.
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    the Cosi is up on Trew's site and is listed at $529. I was hoping for a $400 price point based on the LEO ($150) + Osix ($250) comment, and at $529 the step up to the Pianissimo isn't far away.
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    DPA 3mm lav mic

    That's what their specs say for all of their mics. but they behave just fine with the 3.3v of Zaxcom. very slightly higher noise floor, but nothing that impacts normal use
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    Favorite Slate

    And one more addendum, I don't offer a discount off the bat. But if there is negotiation, it is something that I'll be willing to commit to without much pushing... again as long as the rest of the rate is reasonable. For instance, if their equipment needs are $550/day but they say they only have $400/day for gear ($2000/week) I would say "Since the gig is X weeks long, I'd be willing to offer 4 day weeks - where the equipment rental is free on the 5th day" If they say yes to this, I still talked them up $200/week on their rate, and built in protections where if the last week runs short, they won't get a prorated discount.
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    Favorite Slate

    Generally when quoting a rate for a client I'll suss out their equipment needs before I'll give them a rate. Sure, I have a "usual basic package" that is 2 wireless, boom and recorder that is $300/day, but if the client says in the original call that they only need 1 wireless, a TC box, a slate, and 2 IFB then I could give them a package rate for that, usually with a slight discount from a true a la carte rate. They feel like they are getting a deal, and it puts a round number on the invoice. Then when they comeback later if they need more they can order off the menu. Also, rental houses tend to give heavy discounts on longer rentals. I won't do 3 day weeks, but I might do 4 day weeks if the gig is 3+ weeks long (no 10 day months either!) but this is only if they're not fighting me on what a normal rental rate is.
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    Favorite Slate

    The prevailing rate for timecode is $50/thing/day so if you have 2 cameras needing lockits, and a timecode slate that's $150/day added to the invoice for a la carte items. In general, the popular way of coming up with rental rates in our community is roughly 2% of the purchase price as a daily charge as a starting point. But higher if it isn't an item you constantly control (comtek, timecode device, slate) and therefor subject to higher wear and tear OR something specialized that is rarely needed. The rental fees not only cover the cost to buy the device, but also pay for maintenance, repair, insurance, storage, and depreciation of that device. Talk to the other mixers in your market and look at the rental rate sheets from the usual suspects to put together your price list. Everyone's list doesn't have to be exact, but as long as we're all in the same ballpark all is good
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    Zoom F8 - Define PFL

    to expand on the answer Jeff gave, the F8(n) can switch between PFL (Pre-fader listen) and Solo modes. Solo is post fader listen. PFL is used for checking sources and signals before being added to a mix, so you can have a fader down and listen to a mic to make sure all is well before that person goes into their scene or whatever. Solo is more of a music or post tool, where you want to briefly isolate a track in-situ at the same level it is in the mix.
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    Bias tee and Betso Sharkie

    Bias Power and amplification are two different things. Bias Power is like Phantom power... which won't make your antenna signal 'louder' or anything, and you shouldn't have a significant voltage drop of the "phantom power" in the coax run. That being said the Sharkie has a +18db Amp, which should be more than you need for most signal runs (unless you are using thin coax cable that are super lossy) As far as Bias power, Your Shures should be just fine but the Professional Wireless Bias-T is what I recommend http://www.professionalwireless.com/product/pws-dual-bias-t-wpower-supply/
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    Mercedes Metris OR Chevrolet Express 3/4?

    A used rescue truck will get you in and out of any set! (Jaws of Life optional) Or you could get one that has it's own ladder for your boom op
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    You think WE'VE got sync problems?

    Now I want hummus
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    Simultaneous Translation

    I suppose you could replace your translator feed with a box from JK Audio attached to a phone and then dial in the translator (so they wouldn't need to be on site) but you still need to accommodate extra boxes in your kit, PLUS the issues of an always on cellphone call. In a similar situation, I would have probably done the same thing you did.