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Friday, March 15, 2013

Walkie Softie

The standard surveillance headsets and remote microphone that come from the rental houses leave a lot to be desired in their performance. I've always hated how someone will talk over the walkie in a 20mph wind like they're in a vacuum. You can never hear yourself, so it's easy to not know that you sound like garbage. I took the liberty of dressing up my personal walkie mic with an extra fuzzy overcover stuck on with Top Stick to prevent those nasty Texas winds. After a few compare and contrast blow tests, other people on set have noticed a difference. So now they can all hear me fine, but if we can just get those producers to follow suit...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

664 in a Bag

I own a Sound Devices 664 and use the Petrol 607 for a custom fit bag. There are several good, and not so good, things about the bag. I'm just going to leave you with a quick tip for solving one of the drawbacks of this bag. The bag has a major flaw in its stability. When you set a fully loaded bag on a flat surface, it has a tendency to tip forward. A tragic flaw when you recall the primary purpose of a bag is to keep your gear safe. Well I tried some Velcro along the front side, but when you harness up the bag pulls up (because of lack of rigidity in the frame like previous models) and creates a void along the front frame.

The void on the top of the CL-6 allows the bag to rotate out

So when the bag has a lot of use, it will pull off the Velcro that lies across the top. So I added a small amount at the two corners and that seems to have done the trick. In fact, this seems to have reduced the protrusion. The bag now lies flat against the CL-6 and doesn't fall forward.

Velcro strips on the corner will make your Petrol 607 field-ready

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Friday, March 1, 2013

You're Freq'ing Out, Man!

When coordinating several wireless brands across several blocks, I always find myself browsing the intraweb for a single list of frequencies in the different blocks of each brand. Not everyone makes it as easy as Lectrosonics. I personally own wireless gear in Lectro blocks 19, 21, 22, and 27 and Zaxcom block 25. Occasionally I'll come across some Sennheiser GX wireless that I'm not sure about. Well I finally got around to making a spreadsheet that has all of this updated info on one PDF. Feel free to put it on your phone, tablet or desktop to keep handy for the next time you need access to everything at once. I found one somewhere a while ago, but it was wrong. It had Lectro and Zax wireless using the same frequencies. They, in fact, use different frequencies for different blocks. I've done a pretty good job on verifying all of the data, but if you see any errors please let me know so I can update the sheet. Links are below of all the sources I used for the data.

NOTE: Revised version updated on 3.17.15 to include wideband blocks from Lectrosonics and Zaxcom.
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