On Location: First Live Instagram to Space Station

This job had many moving parts to it will very little prep time and only one chance to get it right. With two different IFB lines being routed via mission control along with everything going through the Instagram application I wasn’t 100%  sure how it would work but thankfully it all worked well. The biggest issue was gain stage control which is why Will is speaking loud as we couldn’t get a good level into the phone using an external mic. Enjoy !

On Location: Daily Show Space Force

One of my specialities is fast pace quick turn around productions. This shoot for The Daily Show was airing about 12 hours after we filmed it, Production requested a Stereo Mix track to both cameras and timecode boxes to keep everything in sync along with transcription upload at wrap. The shoot went well and they were able to use my mix track to save time. So if you need to be perfect the first time with no second takes give me a call.

Equipment used Sound Devices 633, Lectrosonics SMV/ SRC , Cos 11 lav mics , RE-50 Stick Mic and Mozegear timecode boxes.

New Equipment : Lectrosonics PDR Recorder

To better serve our clients we have added the Lectrosonics PDR recorder. This recorder is worn by talent and allows for recording when wireless aren’t an option The PDR is 2.3×2.1x.7 inches (60x54x17 mm), and weighs 2.5 oz (71 grams) with battery. We look forward to putting it to use PDR-demensions

Rain Covers for audio bags

Working in the Southeast means dealing with rain and lots of it. Keeping your gear dry is always a struggle. A rain cover for the sound bag is a must and one of the best rain bags made is by Larry Nolan https://www.versa-flex.com Larry makes many different products for the film, sound and photography industry. All of them are Made in the USA and can be customized. This large rain cover pictured below is great for almost any size audio bag . So if you need a rain cover check Larry and his company out.

Sanken CS-M1 Supercardioid Short Shotgun Microphone

NAB this year was a bit of a let down but one of the new items announced that has peaked my interest is the Sanken CS-M1. I got to listen to beta unit this past November and for the price point of $895.00 it should be a winner. It will be available early June from your favorite sound vendor below is some more specs and info on the microphone.

The Sanken CS-M1 is a compact and rugged supercardioid short shotgun microphone designed to deliver clear close and distant audio capture for boom operators, videographers, and audio engineers in film, television, and video production as well as ENG and music recording applications. Its short 4″ length and low 1.9 oz weight make it ideal for mounting on your DSLR or boompole. The supercardioid/lobar polar pattern yields precise directionality and low coloration at the off-axis sections of the capsule. An integrated RFI shield yields enhanced rejection of radio-frequency interference.
The electret condenser element is powered via 48V phantom power and produces a frequency response of 100 Hz to 18 kHz. An XLR 3-pin output ensures compatibility with most microphone preamps. Plosives and wind noise can be reduced by attaching the supplied windscreen. The CS-M1 ships with a vinyl case for safe and convenient transport.
Ideal for mounting on your DSLR or boompole
Compact 4″ body length doesn’t interfere with your camera lens
Weighing less than 2 ounces, it won’t weigh down your camera
Supercardioid/lobar polar pattern yields sharp directivity
Advanced RFI rejection
100 Hz to 18 kHz frequency response naturally attenuates commonly problematic low frequencies

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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