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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 ...


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It is a Wacom Tablet that is connected to a Kyma System, a freely programmable, modular sound design environment. So he uses it as an XY pad, but because the tablet also registers pressure and the angle (tilt) of the pen, it can control more than two parameters at once. alt text http://s13.postimage.org/5ldn8ulgn/kyma.png See it in action from 6:25:


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I'll echo much of what Tim said in that you really need to eval the specific gear you're looking at for it ability to hold value before you borrow money to purchase it. The reason being that if you need to suddenly make a life-change you can sell gear that holds its value and get out of that debt quickly, but you can't do that with gear who's value plummets ...


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Ah, the old question: How do I make the vocals heard over a band with a tiny PA? It's not always easy. Compression won't help you; it may actually make things worse by making feedback more likely. It sounds like you're using underpowered PAs, and if you want the vocals to be loud enough you'll need the band to play more quietly. But the band has to want to ...


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For post-production, I'm not aware of any hardware device that can do what the software equivalent can't, with the exception of noise reduction hardware, such as CEDAR. That, and perhaps 5.1 processors, like the TCE Reverb 4000. But after speaking with Doug Jackson a couple weeks ago about this, he showed that the TCE reverbs on the dub stages he works on ...


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The quick and dirty explanation. Dynamic: Usually but not always cheaper more rugged and less likely to be damaged so a lot of stage work is done with dynamics Used for high sound pressure work like on snare drum or instrument amp Sometimes used in studio work though usually vocals and acoustic instruments will need condensers typical example Shure SM58 ...


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Hi G.A. (what's your real name, btw?), Personally, i've never want to get into debt with someone or something. But I have done it a couple of times and i certainly don't regret it. One of the rules i've learned to follow is this: "Will spending this amount of money on that thing allow me to work better/faster/for other people? If the answer is yes, do it. ...


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Neil Fein wrote a great post about what you can do, but another thing to consider is to make sure you talk with the sound guy about how you want it to sound. If there is a dedicated engineer there and it is a smaller venue, chances are good that they aren't very good and may be used to the "living room experience" ie, crank the bass and the guitars and ...


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Ok, so for backpacking and biking, here are the component parts: recorder: SD 702 - quality sound, durable build, simple operation. Its the heavier and bulkier of the viable options, but it won't ever fail you. SD mixpre + Sony PCM M10 - still quality sound, lighter and more compact, but also a little fiddlier since you're dealing with two devices that ...


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I think it's important to assess your needs and priorities re: gear. Personally, I've never takend a loan to purchase equipment/software. I've saved up and forked over the cash in lump sums whenever I've made a purchase. It hurts, but it costs less in the long run. That waiting/saving period forces me to constantly evaluate that planned purchase and how it ...


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Thankfully I've never had to get into debt for equipment. I've bought two systems in my career so far and each time has been bought so I can do a particular job I've got. I agree with Tim that you need to be careful as a freelancer but there are times you have to have the tools for the job. Do you need something vs do you want something? That said I have ...


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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 ...


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I would check out the glitchmachines and inear display plugins. They are amazing for being both weird and wonderful! Filtering is also a good way. For example the chaos created by Trent Reznor on the end section of his song "The Great Destroyer" was created largely in part with Metasonix gear. I won't get into this crazy gear...you have to check it out ...


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Like many here I carry what I think I'll need and no more. But one thing I use a lot that I haven't seen in any posts yet that always come in handy for me are Cable Clamps: http://www.amazon.com/QA-Worldwide-Cable-Clamp-organizer/dp/B0000CF6RO Even though I always carry some cable ties I rarely use them because these things are so easy to clamp and un-...


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OLD THREAD... but thought I'd share....Film I'm working on required the characters to be listening to a radio broadcast through an old radio. I recorded the radio dialog clean, transferred a copy to my ipod, used a cheap FM-Transmitter, then re-recorded it playing through an old radio... I thought it worked great!


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Having done this a couple of times now for work, I can provide an answer...but you're probably not going to like it. As Nathan mentioned, it depends on the country. It also depends on the work you'll be doing while in country. That's the short version. If you're traveling with a small amount of your own gear (by that, I mean fits in the suitcase with your ...


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Kyma has probably been one of the simultaneously frustrating and rewarding devices I've ever used. At times it feels like it was purposely designed to make learning it far more difficult than it should be. But at the same time, it will make the most insane sounds ever with barely any effort (except for the 100-200 hours of figuring things out). I look at ...


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I've had Kyma for a few months now. The sound quality is awesome. I have been using it for things like Adding spacial stereo width on tracks in a song. Adding chorus to a track in a mix. Reverb is a breath of fresh air. I've also added saturation to tracks in a song. Just the simple use of Kyma has upped my production in my mixes. Yes, I've made ...


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You said that you wanted monitors for a small room right? Then why go for 8" monitors? You need a big room to support big monitors else you will have many static waves around in your room with 8" monitors, you can avoid it though with some (a lot) of bass traps around. Or go with it and use monitors only for the high end and mix low ends with headphones... ...


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When talking about monitors you'll get reviews/opinions for every possible taste... I think you should really see what suits you better. From the official manuals you can see that Yamaha HS80M have a frequency response from 42Hz to 20 KHz within 10 dB range, and KRK RP8 have a frequency response from 45 Hz to 20 KHz within 1.5 dB range. The 10 dB range ...


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https://www.lewitt-audio.com/microphones/lct-recording/lct-540-subzero The Lewitt LCT540 has the quietest specs I've seen available in a commercial mic.


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Although I've never experienced a problem, I always try to remember to apply power after connecting the mic, and remove power before disconnecting. This text is from the product manual for the Rode NT1-A condenser mic: "Connect all cables before applying power to the microphone and never remove the microphone cable while the power is connected."


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Sorry only found this now. From what I know the guys from Audio Ease are using a Klein und Hummel PAS 100 speaker for their recent outdoor IRs. The results are pretty nice IMHO. For interiors they surly use studio monitors. A note on IRs vs. worldizing: Though I have very little worldizing experience myself, I find that the big difference is that while ...


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It was a giant leap of faith...but when I first started out and was living paycheck to paycheck I decided one day that I had to have my own Pro Tools system. I applied for 3 credit cards that day, got approved for all of them, got the cards and maxed 'em all out to build my first Pro Tools system. I learned so much from having my own system available any ...


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Since I sort of instigated this question, I'll go ahead and answer - YES. I made purchasing decisions that have put me in debt, maybe not heavily, but definitely in a way that stretched me beyond my means. When I first got in to film, I just went headlong in - did a purchase through a local vendor for a nice pro-sumer camera (Panasonic DVX-100), shotgun ...


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I have mixed on headsets for years. Make sure you are using as close to a flat as you can get with no compression or filters. I also reference my room monitors so you need both. Headsets are great for aliening stereo and over all balance of instruments. Be careful with effects especially verb. You may have a tendency to over effect on headsets. The bottom ...


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I'm avoiding debt at all costs, and I feel it's hurting my short game. I don't have the gear to compete even on a local level, so I'm stuck giving away handouts, so to speak. Take in mind my financial situation is a lot different than a lot of people starting out, too; I don't have a degree, and I'm the sole-provider in a single-income family of 3. Staying ...


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