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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Cans Can - Sony 7506 Case

Ok, "The Cans Can" may be a bit over the top, but I think you'll like this. The airlines and TSA seem to put my gear through a firestorm every time I'm off to a new city. We just finished shooting our 50th episode of Catfish on MTV and I'm actually quite surprised that, to date, I've only had 2 real "incidents" directly caused by packing. Once one of my CL-8 posts was bent after an agent "tried" to repack my gear after inspecting it. This was after it was checked and I wasn't there, so I couldn't repack it myself. Oh well. The other time was when my pair of Sony 7506 ($84 on Amazon, btw) headphones were knocked around one too many times and the plastic from broke off. A quick gaff job got me through the next day until I could properly fix them. However, I recently thought there should be a relatively simple and cheap preventable option to not destroy one of my favorite cans. So I found this great little hard clamshell case on Amazon. They fit perfectly and the case definitely gives me the protection I need while not taking up much extra space. At around $12 right now, it's certainly cheaper than fixing a broken set. It also comes with a little velvet pouch for the excess cord, but I don't really find that useful. The only real drawback of this thing is that it reeks of arsenic or some other chemical. I mean BAD. As in you have to let it air out for at least a day or two before you put your trusty cans in there. I used a dryer sheet to expedite that process, but it didn't seem to get rid of the bad smell. My cans just smelled like arsenic AND Bounty sheets. It does go away, but it takes a couple days.

UPDATE: My wife says to use some baking soda or charcoal to get rid of the smell faster.

I let the cable run to the outside of the bag

It still has plenty of room to fully close even with the cord running out
Packed away all nice and tidy 
That's about as fancy as a headphone case needs to be

Thursday, April 9, 2015

R.I.P. Lectrosonics R1a #25629

Lectrosonics R1a #25629, also referred to as "that IFB" by friends and family, passed away suddenly in a tragic drowning accident in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of April 7, 2015. Number 25629 is remembered for its reliability and toughness in extreme environments. Unfortunately, the tenacious saltwater was ultimately too much for the time-tested piece of equipment. However, it went down doing what it loved best; making TV gold in the warm, open waters of the Gulf. Sound Supervisor Jason Strickhausen recalls the incident; "She was on the dock stepping on the boat and it fell off her hip. The IFB murdering producer's name is Jac!" The alleged killer was seen with a replacement just one day later and is still at large.

Number 25629 was born on September 12, 2012 in Rio Rancho, NM and is survived by its 29 other Block 22 siblings, 5 T4 transmitters and 3 LMa transmitters. It has worked all over the contiguous United States since entering this world. From Hollywood, FL to Hollywood, CA, Number 25629 will be missed by at least two or three people, namely its fathers, Jack Cline and Tyler Faison. Lest we forget.

Tragedies like this can be prevented. When a piece of gear is taken from us at such a young age, it brings to light the harsh realities of an age where shows are made without regard to the life of electronics. Please, folks, hold on to your damn IFB!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Can You Trust Your Ears?

My guess is no. What do you think?
Audible Illusions are pretty rare, but the guys at ASAP Science took aim to demonstrate a few principles behind why a producer with an IFB might say "Why can't I hear them?" other than A) turning it on and B) plugging the headphones in. Check it out below.

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