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Izen Ears

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  1. Awful! That smoke (and exhaust) triggers my Asthma so I’d be unable to do that job. Try leaving it out in the sun with a windscreen? That’s all I got. Dan Izen
  2. Rubber? Where is this squeaky rubber you speak of? I’ve only had plastic and metal squeak. Other than the tiny gaskets around the contact points and the one band that goes around the mic, I can’t think of any other rubber-like substance on the thing!
  3. Bag + no boom = no proper sound notes. If you have the time and wherewithal to put notes in the digital sound report files, that’s great! I do name the tracks. As a fun alternative, you could always voice tail slate all of your files after that dude says cut. Just yell out as much as you can before he starts rolling again! Or you could put a hardline lav on an extra track, and add voice notes or head slates while rolling. I’d imagine on a timeline those voice notes would be easy to find. Obvs not gonna work on a quiet shot. But seriously, if you are in a situation like that, you need a boom op if you are going to make proper notes. And we all know that’s not going to happen, so I say lower your standards on the notes, and focus on recording everything. Then tell the producers that you chose to focus on properly recording rather than documenting, a choice made based on the job conditions. Dan Izen
  4. I have been desperate to strike over hours and turnarounds. There is no question here; standing with our union is the only way to make things better. I was curious why no one was talking about it here too! Dan Izen
  5. Who is it? Looking at your correspondences, it is clear that this person is a terrible businessman. People need to learn about customer service if they decide to start taking people’s money. You were more than patient. Please out this person as they should not be in business if this is how they treat customers. Dan Izen
  6. If you want to end your searching and empty your bank account, get the DPA surround (bicycle seat) mic. (Plus a 6- track recorder and a surround sound system.) If you want to get mono sounds, listen to the folks upthread! I’ve used CMITs and MK41s for nature / ambience and they worked great. I preferred the cardioid. Dan Izen
  7. Can’t help you, but this crap just kills me. I will walk right through the set, right up to the actors, interrupt any discussion and tell them that they need to tell someone (who will tell me) when they decide to yell. Then I say how I need my ears, and that I will go home if they do it again. It has always worked, and I do this no matter how famous they are. Your hearing is way more important than some show! Headphone limiting sounds good tho! I wish the Devas I use had it. Dan Izen
  8. It’s probably a screw. Possibly the big one at the main tilting joint. Or possibly the smaller one at the same place. Or it’s the allen screw way inside that attaches the cage to the mount. You have to take it all apart to tighten that one. Me and my team had this keep popping up, and it was usually one of those three screws. The only other sources of squeak we found were right around the mic and its shock mount. Either a wire lightly brushing the mic (not a squeak really, more of a creak), or the actual shock mount thingees touching each other (that’s a squeak). Best of luck! You shouldn’t need to send it back. Great blimps! Mine have lasted 12 - 13 years and going strong. Had to bend them back into shape a few times but man, they are just as quiet and awesome as when they were new. Dan Izen
  9. Heh, I thought it was Minus Optical Stripe! As in, the edge of film where optical sound lived. I love Motor Only Sync, that sounds like a synth band! Dan Izen
  10. Oh wow! I have to check these, I bet they’re both wound the same way. If so, I will probably get see if they can reverse one of em. The creepy dolls are all donations, and I feel they’re more of a messed up mast head than a sacrifice. Maybe if I was having a rough RFI day, I could burn one and see if it clears up haha! Dan Izen
  11. No experience with the Wickeds, but the Beyers are just wonderful. They don’t seem to age.
  12. And to update my deal - the director ended up not liking it because he was often in the room and found it distracting. Because he could hear their voices in real time... So after a single take, we took off the delay haha!
  13. I read Moderna + Pfizer works in place of Pfizer + Pfizer. Thanks to the hoards of dumb asses that think science is a liberal hoax, we will likely all need boosters for the rest of our lives. I’d get that Delta booster in a heartbeat.
  14. Sharkfins are nice, small, and they have a cool name. But if you have the room on your new cart, no other passive antenna can beat PW’s helicals. These smaller ones are ridiculously awesome. Around corners, through metal, I’ve really only had issues with being stepped on or like 400’ away. Not cheap, but you won’t ever have to replace em! https://www.professionalwireless.com/product/domed-helical-antenna/ Dan Izen
  15. Isn’t that space always covered by labels? Does it matter enough to get a new face? Those are pretty cheap, but I think Denecke may have to do the swap. They’ve done it every time I’ve gotten a new face, but maybe you can do it at home!
  16. “We get the best sound they will let us.” The only thing you can do is tell your bosses the situation. Preferably during the situation, or at least right after. Before is best, “Hey Mr. Producer I am not being allowed to do my job, so you’re going to get bad sound.” or my personal favorite, “Hey Mr. Director I’m not being allowed to do my job so everyone will have to loop everything. Just thought you should know.” If you get to them before, they might be able to help you. For example, they can instruct the 1st AD to give you time and rehearsals. But like the others said, your stress is just not appropriate. You are going to be fine, let them stress about it if they need to. Stepping back, this sounds like the push you needed to truly go on to what you want to do. Congrats on the new direction! Dan Izen
  17. This is no help but after six years on that show, I’m on another one where there is a 170ms lag on the director’s monitors. How do I know it’s 170ms? Because I easily popped the Kramer delay box in the cart and put it on the Comtek out, and it was 170ms! I am super stoked to be able to solve the issue without buying anything else. We just installed the thing yesterday. That Kramer goes up to 5.4 seconds. And it’s awesomely simple and works great! Heh heh, I have two of these so if needed I could daisy chain them and get 10.8 seconds of delay... Dan
  18. Try an alcohol soak. That is, apply it all over and leave it a few minutes, to soak under that little skin. It may dissolve away?
  19. Is anyone interested in this crazy stuff?! Permanent brain damage! Wtf man?! One of many articles: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/04/29/politics/us-investigating-mysterious-directed-energy-attack-white-house/index.html The article below is from 2017, which apparently was before it was called Havana Syndrome. https://fredericksburg.com/opinion/columns/column-low-frequency-sound-is-silent-but-it-can-kill-you/article_dbe57e07-8d66-5af6-aad3-ab21fbeff58a.html “The most dangerous frequency is at the median alpha-rhythm frequencies of the brain: 7 hz. This is also the resonant frequency of the body’s organs. At high volumes, infrasound can directly affect the human central nervous system, causing disorientation, anxiety, panic, bowel spasms, nausea, vomiting and eventually organ rupture or even death from prolonged exposure.” Duuuuuuuuuude!!!! How crazy is this? That article also says human eyeballs have a resonant frequency of 19Hz. Last quote also from that last article: ”Gavreau and his team tested the instruments on themselves at the Marseilles plant, with unexpected results. One of the team members died instantly, “his internal organs mashed into an amorphous jelly by the vibrations.”” !! Dan Izen
  20. Hey thanks so much for this thread! Dan Izen
  21. I really like where this has led. I’m in the “I realize it’s imperfect but it tells me the important stuff” category. The OP seems to assume it’s some kind of choice. “Oh hey the lavs aren’t clear enough, let’s just move them to where they’re clearer. I’ll be able to tell because of my headphones, which are way better than the headphones everyone else uses.” But forgot to add the fantasy “The AD, DP, wardrobe, talent, hair, and everyone else in the crew will let you do whatever you need.” I mean come on! It’s not always t shirts and skin mics! To be honest, a better set of cans would make me die a little more than normal each day. They would allow me to better hear the clothing noise, gennys, footfalls, prop noise, extras noise, walkies, water bottles - I’d hate it! I use 7506s because I use the HNs. They are the only option inside the HN cans from Remote Audio. If there were an alternative I’d be open to it. HNs have the guts of a set of 7506s. Maybe they are extra sealed or something, but my 15 year old pair sound just as bassy and full as the five year old ones. I did start using the newest ones when they were new, and did not notice any differences from the pair that was ten years older. Tldr, I have not heard a change in performance with the 7506s in any HNs. Maybe it’s different because they are in that cool beefy housing? Dan Izen
  22. I just learned this fellow recorded Surfing With The Astronauts! WOW! Possibly the most epic of all surf albums, and widely acknowledged to have the most reverb of any surf record. Everything has reverb. Some people guess that plate reverb or room reverb was added to the complete mix. Sounds like a really incredible person, wish I knew him.
  23. I’d love to see PAs wearing that! But it’s a bit undignified for a soundie...
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