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    Chicago, IL
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    Production sound and music mixer.

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  1. Scott Smith

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    @jrsphoto Wow, guess the value of the Nagra’s are really dropping! Back in the day, just the pinch wheel alone would cost more than that! Haven’t seen a Victor Duncan tag in a long time either. That alone is an antique! -Scott
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    View From The Office:

    Mr. Mitchell is the real deal. I first encountered the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival in the early ‘70’s. Had no idea what I was walking into🙂. In the ‘80’s we shot a sequence with them as part of a longer documentary encompassing the African-American music scene in Chicago (produced for Disney, which was truly bizarre). We were fortunate to have filmed it in a good sized room at the South Shore Country Club (also the setting for the exterior of one a scene for “Blues Brothers” before it was renovated). The room acoustics really added to the sequence, and group knew how to play it to their advantage. Kicking myself for not making copies of those multi-tracks before they landed in the Disney vaults, where they will most likely remain (along with some other good performances and interviews). -Scott
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    MIX and ISO Tracks levels

    I’m still using PPM metering on most of my consoles-just what I’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Calibrated for -8dbu PPM for -20Dbfs (O VU equivalent) on the recorders. Have never had a complaint from post regarding levels. There a a few boards that are equipped with limiters on the input channels, but I try not to hit those too hard for the iso’s. And I try to avoid changing the input gain trim mid-take if possible, just to avoid the subsequent change in level when post receives the tracks, as it makes it a bit more difficult doing signal processing when the levels are bouncing around. -Scott
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    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Philip: You’re very fortunate regarding the DAT’s. Most people don’t realize that they require even better storage conditions than analog masters do. And God save you if you get some with sub-standard shells (you know the ones I’m talking about!) I recently had to transfer a few tapes that weren’t particularly well stored, and I had to try five different decks before I found one that was happy with them (interesting to note that the high end Sony PCM -7040 machines are frequently the least forgiving in terms of what they’ll accept). And then there’s PCM-F1😕.... -Scott
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    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Wow, an incredible find! One of the few Nagra’s that I’ve never been able to lay my hands on. dela: Athan might be able to make you a pinch roller to properly fit on the machine. It’s possible that it’s the same as a stock IS, but I don’t have an ISS manual or parts list, so don’t know for sure. -Scott
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    Oktava MK-012 testing

    Well put Ty. I might print this out and put it on the wall. -Scott
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    T-Powered Hypercardioid Condenser Mic

    And of you’re looking for a hypercardiod version, the MKH 435 is a very nice mic. Was unfortunately only made in a T power version, but Pete might be able to convert it. -Scott
  8. Scott Smith

    New IFB system

    Mark: Thanks for the info on your experience with the Shure PSM. When I spoke to Shure, they said that the 900 would probably work on 12 volts, but it would be borderline, as it was at the bottom end of the regulator range. They’re usually pretty conservative on their design tolerances though.
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    New IFB system

    Was tempted to try the PSM 900 as well. Only thing that turned me off a bit was the 15 volt DC input. Not an issue on the carts that have a PowerMax, but kind of limits options if you’re just using a regular 12 volt system. Build quality looks very solid though. Have used both the Sennheiser IEM 300 systems and the Lectro Duet (just for boom ops) with good results. Would be tempted by the Lectro VHF system for situations where I need more range.
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    “Talent” is making a huge assumption when it comes to actors. I’ve seen plenty more talent behind the camera than in front of it😊. -Scott
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    HVAC astonishment

    Yeah, seems like this has gotten a lot worse over the years. And I thought it was just the stages I worked on... Have shot in some unbelievably noisy buildings. It’s like the guys that designed the systems had never heard of the concept of high volume/low velocity HVAC. Really don’t know how people can stand to work in such an environment. -S
  12. +1 on the hog’s hair. Comes in both 1” and 2”. Has worked extremely well over the years. We keep a big roll of it at our warehouse.
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    Second degree encounters

    And I still have the manual for the Magna-Tech 4000 “portable” mag film recorder, which has one of the best written user guides for the novice transfer operator that I’ve seen (printed on a dot matrix printer). I will scan and post it one of these days. I think we still have the recorder with that giant foam-lined case as well (Jeff will remember that I’m sure!😊) ! It served us well on many a film when transfers and dailies were synced on location. It sure beat hauling around the RCA mag recorder we used prior to that (a great machine, but a beast to pack and ship!) Along with a Ampex AG-440-C recorder and Magna-Tech 92C synchronizer. (How is it that I can remember this shit but can’t recall what I did two days ago?) -Scott
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    The prospect of someone with deep pockets that could step in is intriguing. You would think that there would be enough tech people in the Bay Area that understand how vital a facility like this is to the area. Hell, George Lucas could pay for it out of petty cash! And while he of course has his own facility, a town like San Francisco needs more than one film dubbing operation, and also needs a creative center that brings related businesses and individuals together. -Scott
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    Fantasy Studios RIP

    Aw man, this is truly sad to hear. A huge chunk of music history bites the dust... I’m assuming the tape library has already been moved. It was home to an amazing collection of recordings. -S