Whether it's for sound effects recording or production sound mixing.
- Paper spike tape. Not that sticky, good for sensitive surfaces.
- Gaffer's tape. Stickier, the standard, gentle on most surfaces.
- 3M Micropore tape. Excellent for lav placement.
- Double-sided wig/toupee tape, for similar.
- Self-adhesive Dr. Scholls moleskine, for buffering the edges of a lav from cloth rubbing when concealed.
- Electrical tape, for its actual purpose (repairs). For heavy duty repairs I've moved on to Gorilla tape instead of duct tape...but be careful. That s#!$ does not come off.
Sometimes I also use silicone tape, aka 100mph tape, if I need something waterproofed like XLR connections, especially whilst hydrophoning.
Here are the tapes I most often use on set:
- Medical Transpore tape (same as micropore above)_works well for placing lavs on actors skin and clothes.
- Medical Cloth tape (white)_When transpore doesn't work and for concealing wires on or beneath white clothing.
- Waterproof medical tape (skin tone)_used occasionally for moist situations and for concealing wires on see-through clothing.
- Black Gaff tape (2 inch)_For various mounting purposes (try not to use on freshly painted sets; it will cause damage).
- Black Paper tape (2 inch)_Used sparingly when Gaff tape is too rough or when I need to temporarily mount things onto camera that won't need velcro.
- Blue painting tape (2 inch)_For placing carpets on floors and for mounting small objects on sensitive surfaces; just make sure it's not in the shot (light blue tape will shine on screen)
I've used the silicone 100mph tape while working with a sound mixer from Holland (Antoin Cox; one of the best I've worked with) and it was amazing for quick fixes on damaged XLR cable. I haven't yet looked into buying some of my own. I haven't needed it, but I would love to have a few rolls just in case.
Happy tape hunting,
Joes sticky stuff is great.
I have taken a liking to a tape used in the sports medicine field known as kinesiotape, I use that as a substitute for moleskin. Also an item which is not tape but kind of goes hand in hand with concealing lavs is antistatic spray.
+1 to what everyone else has said, they are all in my kit plus my above mentioned.
I forgot to mention, but I also have Dr. Scholl's moleskin for occasional uses as mentioned by NoiseJockey, but I don't use it often (maybe I should; he makes a great point with concealing lavs, particularly when placing a Sanken COS-11 in a tie). Another great tape mentioned is the double sided wig tape named "Top Stick". I don't use it much, but it's always hanging around for situations where I need to conceal a wire within fabric while keeping the fabric from moving around. Sometimes you have to tape part of the actors wardrobe together within areas that will be on screen; Top Stick does a great job being virtually invisible to camera when placed underneath areas around or on a lavaliere mic placement.
Have fun making sound for movies,