Tech Tip: K-Tek K-SPT Shoe Plate Mount

One of the biggest challenges is mounting equipment to cameras as they get smaller and smaller. for years I have used these Ktek Hot Shoe Plates. They are well built out of aluminum and allow velcro to stick to them very well. I can attach wireless, timecode boxes and any other things. Available for around $40.00 at your local camera or audio retailer kspt

Recent Job: Billy Graham Funeral

Working for NBC News for many years has afforded me a front row seat at many events some good and some bad. This past week I had a front row seat to the week leading up to Billy Grahams’ funeral including his son Franklin Grahams’ first interview after his fathers passing. The whole Graham Family and organization were gracious and kind during our time with them.

When working live on high profile interviews there is no room for error and things must be right the first time every time. The best way to make sure we have no audio issues is to hard wire everything. In this case a hardwired Sanken Cos-11  with a Schoeps Mini CMIT over top for back up and a hardwired Audio Implements ear piece. Photo below shows me getting Franklin all set up before we went live. I had Comtek IFB which are wireless for me to listen in on the IFB feed and for our producers IMG_9384

Dinkum Systems Flexi Mount 3013

Being a great sound mixer means having a bunch of “get out of jail free” cards or creative problem solvers. One of them is a Dinkum Systems Flexi Mount 3013 which is a flexible arm with clamp and threading for either a quick release or a shock mount.  It can be used to hold microphones or antenna a very handy item to keep around available at your favorite camera or sound retailer. http://www.dinkumsystems.com/fleximount/

 

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Audio Technica M-50X Headphones

After being a Sound mixer for close to 20 years I have used many different brand and types of headphones. The classic recommended headphone for years has been the Sony MDR 7506 but I have never been of fan of them due to comfort and tonal quality. For cart based work and non fast pace bag work. I have become a real fan of the Audio Technica M-50 X Headphones for comfort , accurate sound reproduction and durability. One of the other positive attributes of the M-50 is the cable is user replaceable and comes with a straight/ coiled option depending upon what your doing. At a price point of under $150.00 they are also still cheap enough if you lose them its still going to be ok. So if your looking for a new set of headphones check them out from your favorite audio retailer.

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Tech Tip: On Camera IFB Earpieces

Working live and on air requires a special breed of sound mixer. You have to get it right the first time every time you either do or you don’t then you move on. It is important to have the right gear for the job. The gold standard of on air IFB ear pieces is Audio Implements a small family owned company. Virtually every news network and station uses these ear pieces. They are well built and last forever at a fair price. So if you find yourself needing on air IFB ear pieces give them a ring. There website isn’t the best but call them and you will get great customer service

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Bubble Bee Industries Wind Protection

For many years Rycote has been considered the gold standard for wind protection for microphones. From affordable slip on protection to higher end blimps. My one main criticism was lack of something in the middle or easier to transport when on fast pace jobs. Bubble Bee has a great solution called the spacer system it is a slip on wind protection system along with a higher wind cover you can pull over. It is very well built and cost effective. While I have not tested it along side my Rycote blimp I know it affords more wind protection then a Rycote slip on windscreen with a easier ability to pack. So if your looking for a different option for wind protection Bubble Bee Industries is worth a look they are also available at your favorite audio retailer worldwide