In a bag or eng setting being fast and compact is being key while not scarifying audio quality. The Cinela COSI is a new self contained windscreen and shock mount for boompole use that provides superior shock absorption and good wind protection in moderate conditions. It is more compact and lighter then standard full size zeppelins while still providing good wind protection in most situations. So if your in the market for a new integrated product check out the Cinela COSI. Below is a video by Cinela to see it in action
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 !
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.
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
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