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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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Good gear doesn't make a good sound designer, but a good sound designer can make up for bad gear. . .


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Well, rode has created the solution to this problem. The iXY iPhone/iPad microphone, with its own a/d converter can record at 96kHz/24bit, bypassing iOS's 48kHz/16bit limit. Great move from Rode. http://store.rodemic.com/products/ixy Not for iPhone 5 yet, however.


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I mostly agree with Chris Bishop answer. I would like to add that External hardware units are in general great for take-out some CPU demands - especially mentioned TC Reverbs (or TC Electronic System 6000) are great because they have no impact on CPU :) Today is "relatively easy" to model non-linear behavior such as saturation and others. Companies like ...


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Though I use mainly software plugins it's actually more because my mixes rarely has less than 400 tracks, and even trying to buy well over 400 compressors would seriously kill me. Or my wallet, whichever comes first. All convolution-reverbs are also software, as most I've used about 20 in the same reel (Some otherwise good Altiverb impulses have the annoying ...


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"Golden" rules aside, a philosophy that I try to abide by when it comes to purchases (both business and personal) is I can buy something after I have saved 3x the amount I'm looking to spend. This not only guarantees that I'm not spending money I don't have, but allows me the time to comparison shop and make informed decisions about my purchases. You say you ...


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just throw up an omni-directional mic somewhere close to the gun. few other patterns can get you as even a low end pickup as a high quality omni.


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It depends, quite honestly. For your purpose, it sounds like open back circumaural may just be more comfortable, a la the DT880 or 990s (880s are semi) and give you natural-sounding bleed through (source), since supra-aural might smoosh your ear and as a result alter the phase qualities of what you hear inside and out. For an example of what I mean, try A/...


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Dynamic microphones are basically loudspeakers in reverse - instead of a voltage in an electromagnet moving a cone, sound waves move a magnetic material in and out of a coil, generating electricity. They are robust and have high gain so are used on stage a lot. Condenser microphones are a capacitor where one of the two plates moves with the sound waves. ...


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As Dr Mayhem says a dynamic mic moves a coil in a magnetic field to generate the electrical output, and condensers are based around changing capacitance of the transducer. Condensers require a pre-amp and power. The power for this can either be supplied by an internal battery or by 'phantom power' a DC voltage (usually between 9 and 48V) output by the ...


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Use any decent quality tape deck. Stereo recording tape decks are quite common.


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I use a a mkh8040 ortf setup into a mixpre into a pcm m10 with a smal "slik" mic stand. Very small, lightweigt and stunning quality. Shure.... Expensive!


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Another tip if your packing for ultra light situations: buy a nagra sd and a pair of dpa 4060's or 4063's. And get wired coathanger as a stereo bar. You can look at a binaural setup here (not my site BTW). http://www.manvanhetgeluid.nl/en/binaural-sound/ But I agree with Rene that the 702 is perhaps a better allrounder that lasts a long time. You can pick ...


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the only extra dimension you get with a Wacom tablet is pressure, but you also don't get all the cool midi interface things that come with Lemur, like physics, randomization etc. Basically its apples and oranges. Personally, I'd say go with the Lemur app, as it has much more OTB functionality.


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get a 2nd dynamic mic, a shure 57 , get a big plastic garbage can, fill it with water, protect the mic with a condom put the mic in the water, set the gain very low. the set up will have to be a feet aside from the gun. great Lfe. Record the 2 mics on different tracks


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The 416 is one of my favorite mics on guns. You can get great low end with it, but placement is critical (as with any mic). Keep in mind that the location will also have an effect on your sound. The three mics that I must have when I record guns; 416, RSM191, and MKH800. Of those 3, the 416 is the best at the low end stuff. Beyond the 416, if you are ...


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