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Brad Harper

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  1. I understand it. I guess my question really is why most people are using horizontal spacing instead? Almost every sound cart I see has antennas side by side. I know I did for a few years.
  2. Thanks Larry...It's good to see you here. Could you or someone else clear up something for me? I talked to Bruce a few years ago when I was using a horizontal antenna mast with block 21 T1 transmitters and block 22 recievers. He suggested a vertical spead would better isolate any possible interference between the trasmit and recieve. I have switched to this concept and really like how much better I get through doorways quickly. Seems to work just fine. If I need one antenna closer to set I will remote one, but most of the time it work fine one on top of the other with about a 18" between. Brad
  3. I have several pairs including the Lectrosonics ALP700, which were great but you have to replace the pieces you break off. I now use the cut out Lectros. I love that the wind doesn't catch them. The wind used to be a real problem with a horizontal spread mast. I also have a pair of the Audio Technicas. I was working on an exterior set that was a 6 acre scrap yard. We positioned them on top of a portable building and they stayed for weeks out in the elements. My thought was if they rusted I would just toss them. Still have them and no rust. We had rain 20 out of 28 days so taking the carts out of the truck was just not smart. We used those Audio Technicas for the entire time we were at that location.
  4. Yeah, I've got Roll Sound as company name and emails. Love It.
  5. Drummer here. All the school bands, Madison Scouts Snare Line, toured with Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tommy Alverson, lots of Texas boys, China Blue (metal), Played jazz with James Clay, Redd Garland, Clint Strong, Bla bla bla.
  6. Wish I had seen this earlier. Shawn Williams is a great boom op in that area. If you end up working with him tell him I said hello. Brad Harper
  7. You can lock out the Lectro R1 and R1a by loosening the two allen screws on the volume knob, remove the knob and the very small washer inside the knob. replace knob which will now sit lower and not allow user to press down and change frequency. I have done this on eight of mine leaving two intact for booms. Be sure to keep the washers. Brad Harper
  8. I think the first lines of sync dialog were in the Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times.
  9. I have a 12' antenna mast mounted on the main cart with a Remote Audio antenna bar. This holds four Lectro folding dipoles (two for wires, two for T1 transmitters). i also keep a Lectro log periodic on a Bogan Magic Arm with a 30' cable to quickly throw up when needed. I find myself needing it more and more these days.
  10. As far as natural perspective, Citizen Kane is the first to come to mind. I really love The Searchers, but as I recall I seem to remember some forced perspective. I will have to watch it again soon. Jeff had some really nice perspective in Fight Club. Check it out again if you haven't seen it in a while. Of course, The Conversation and Cape Fear. On the newer side I liked In America and About Schmitt.
  11. Although probably all body mics, Richard Linklater's Before Sunset is an incredible walk and talk in the streets of Paris. Almost half the movie is a walking shot. Good lord I would have hated to be on that one...
  12. You can get a HD component or HDSDI to DVI or VGA converter but they are $800.00-1200.00
  13. I am curious if they will get it right on the upcoming Nagra VI. I have said many times that I would go for the Nagra if it had a few more tracks and different metering.
  14. Last year I was doing a series of commercials for Cox Communications. All of the actors were recorded on a Schoeps CMC6 with MK41 capsule, but when we got to a particular female I started to hear some midrange distortion. I switched to another Schoeps, but I still heard it. I tried to EQ it out, but that wasn't working. Finally, I tried a Sennheiser MKH50 and the distortion was gone. Each time that actor came through I had to put out the Sennheiser. However, this was the only time I prefered the MKH50 to a Schoeps.
  15. Is there some way to block them from the other catagories? I certainly wouldn't mind having a category to share information with manufacturers, but in the other forums the same issues could arise.
  16. WOW! I might have to steal that mixer picture for an avitar. Brad
  17. I don't think it matters either way because it is still income to you. What does matter is when expenses we encounter on a job are simply listed as income on a 1099. This has happened to me many times and I am always trying to find a way around it. Let's say I fly from Dallas to L.A. for a job. Typlically the hotel and airline tickets are prepaid by the production company, but parking fees are not. A week long trip will run around $100.00. This is charged on the invoice and included on my check that I recieve 30 days later. I have just floated the money for 30 days and it will show up on my 1099 as income, so I will have to pay taxes on the money that I have already paid taxes on.
  18. Jeff, As I recall, didn't you refuse to use his system? I think it was based around a Nagra and the Bryston noise reduction wasn't it? It did probably sound very good...but who want's to use someone elses equipment. Brad Harper
  19. The final straw on my Cameo was when I was doing an interview with Steven Spielberg and it reset (shut down), and I had to ask Steven to go back and repeat his answer because my digtal mixer had freaked out. He was courious about which mixer I was using... I was going to work with a sick stomach every day not knowing when it was going to bite me. Funny thing is i still have 80AHr of batteries on my cart from those days. You would think I would have lightened the load by now, but I love the power. Brad Harper
  20. On a serious note...(aside from my Hollywood Chair and my EZ Up) the first and last piece of equipment in line make the biggest impact on the quality of the sound; this is the microphone and the speakers which convert changes in air pressure to an electronic signal and back. Changing the microphone or speakers will have a much larger effect on the sound than running the signal through a different mixer or into a different recorder. Of course, everything in the audio path down to the cables will have an effect on the sound but I would have to say the most important to the sound quality is the mic. That being said, I carry six Schoeps CMC6 preamps and 12 differnt capsules, so reliability on the part of the mic is pretty well covered. My mixer, on the other hand, is what I feel most closely attached to; it is what my hands are in constant contact with and is the heart of the audio chain. If a mic goes down, no biggie...if my mixer dies, I'm in trouble. I guess that makes my answer dependent on the word important. The most important to the quality of sound is the mic. The most important to the reliability and function of the audio chain is the mixer. The most important to my ass is the chair. Brad Harper
  21. I was excited about the capabilities and functionality of a digital console. I had owned a Sonosax SX-S and a Cooper Sound 106 and was quick to jump into the Zaxcom Cameo pool, and as many of you know it was the worst decision I ever made. On first listen at Trew Audio, I instantly noticed how thin the Cameo sounded. I also noticed the lack of mic gain. The biggest problem was the dependability and since my Cooper was quickly sold by Trew I opted for a new Cooper 208. I didn't want to spend all that money, but it sure is a beautiful board in both appearance and sound. I would be hard pressed to go back with a digital board. The flexability was wonderful, but it could never outweigh the dependability, sound, current consumption, dependibility and sound... did I mention sound. Brad Harper
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