Not Every Boompole is created equal

For a Eng/ Reality/ News/ Corporate mixer I own quite a few boompoles but each one has a different purpose:

Firstly I only own Ktek boompoles and despite what other mixers may say I think they make the highest quality boompoles at the best price point. I am considering adding a Loon Audio boompole ( A newer Company) which has some interesting innovations and designs. But that will be a 2009 addition to my kit. The following are the poles I own:

Ktek 79cc- It is my smallest boompole it will fit in a 1510 pelican case and is great for shows, Which I don’t use my boompole very much it is easy to clip onto my bag. Due to its small size it is great except it only extend about 7 feet

Ktek Avalon News pole extend to about 10 feet great for most of my Reality and news gigs

Ktek Carbon Fiber Stage pole- Extends to almost 17 feet. By far my favorite pole. It is like driving a BMW or other high end car. The others are more like driving a Honda do a good job very robust but not pretty. I don’t use this pole much anymore since it doesn’t collapse down past 3 feet and is over $600.00 dollars. But it is so smooth and easy to use. The other day I had to a scene in a swimming pole alot of wide shots and movement. So I used this pole it made my life so much easier and made me glad I didn’t sell this pole last year when someone wanted to buy it!!!

I personally don’t like VDB poles as they are plastic and find the locking collars less than satisfactory and haven’t used any other brand poles.  So this is just my 2cent. The avalon news pole cabled is less than $200.00 well worth the $$$$$

Wired or Wireless Boompole that is the question?

On a serious note this is a hotly debated topic in the sound industry today. Some mixers even claim with some of the newer all digital transmition systems that they cannot tell the difference between a wired and wireless boom. Here is my take on the situation: I definately hear a difference between my lectrosonics plug on tx and plugging my boompole in. However at the pace I have to move in the reality world having my boom free from me and quickly moveable as well as quickly being able to stick it on a stand for an interview. It is a trade off but in the reality world with all the background noise and situations I am in you will never hear the higher noise floor.

Something Cool I worked on

I did some short commercials for Adidas earlier in the year. If you want to see my favorite go to http://www.adidas.com/ it is called “Superstar Magic” featuring Dynamo doing street magic in Miami. It was a very simple equipment package for the gig. My package consisted of a Sound Devices 302 Mixer, 1 Lectrosonics 211 wireless with Countryman EMW lav microphone and my MKH 416 shotgun microphone. The hardest part was boom operating all day long everyone enjoy.