Jeff Wexler Posted March 9, 2006 Report Share Posted March 9, 2006 Bruce Bisenz, one of my oldest sound mixer friends, retired 3 years ago and so is no longer using this custom mixing panel he designed and had built. Bruce had a long and interesting career having done such films as "Norma Rae", "Personal Best", "Purple Rain", and "Tequila Sunsrise". This mixer was last used by Bruce on the film "Without Limts" in 1998. Here is Bruce's description of the panel: Everything was designed during the 2 track era to make it possible to precision equalize wireless mics/lavaliers (first with my custom nominal curve) and then to trim individually so that lav sound would be a dead match for the fishpole mic. Also to route various mics and (equalized) mixes to up to 4 tracks. The electronics are almost all Nagra cards (1st used by D.M.R.) and clones of those circuits on special circuit cards. The, then, retail price of just the switches exceeds $1000 and of course there are 100's of hours of design, fabrication and testing. The graphic & program equalizers were modified by the incredible "Mr. Bennett" who rewound new coils and respected the frequencies. Note the center frequency plate of the Altec Graphic. It was converted from 1.5 octave centers to full octave centers spanning just 125 to 8KHZ for the ultimate in precision dialogue EQ. There was another squarish box which contained monitoring, power and audio switching as well as a 2nd Graphic EQ. There were also 2 "Dog Houses" to mount and connect various accessories (Comtect Base, Wireless, CD etc, etc). All this stuff rode on "RoseMary's Baby" carriage or the Queen Mary to some others. FYI I still have the original Kart which will mount a table on top (or not) and will roll through a 28" door. It has pneumatic go kart wheels (spare bearings etc) and I will sell it for a ridiculously low price. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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