New Equipment: Denecke JB-1 Sync Box

Denecke the leader in time code products was as late the party with a super miniature time code box but late to the party doesn’t mean you can’t steal the show. The JB-1 is about the size of a 9V battery and has a built in rechargeable battery with over 150 hours of life with screen backlight turned off. The software running it is so accurate no need to re jam it during the day as its accurate to 1 sub frame within 24 hours. Another cool feature is ability to flip display if mounting the upside down. Overall a great addition to the equipment inventory.

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Protecting yourself and your gear from the weather

Nothing is worse than shooting in the rain, snow or sleet. But like the Post Office we must deliver. Here is how I protect my gear:

I own a Motu Sound Slick which is a large poncho well made with a clear area allow you to see your bag to mix it works well but is large and hard to carry around. But it works well and I have been in gail force winds with heavy rain and wind, and it kept me and my gear dry it also allows you to protect your boompole as well. , however if time permits I like to add a 2nd level of protection.

I usually wear a rain suit under my sound poncho or just the rain suit pants since your legs can still get damp. It will also help keep you warm in cold wet weather.

If the weather looks clear for the day I will leave all the rain gear at home. I always keep a $0.99 emergency poncho inside my sound bag in the event of an unexpected shower I can cover myself quickly.  With this rain gear you and your gear should stay dry!!!!

Colored Lav Microphones to match the wardrobe

I recently invested in some white, tan and grey  EMW, B6 and Cos-11 lav’s. which have saved me alot in the past season of my Reality tv show. A number of the cast members wear very thin tank tops and retro style T-Shirts which show the standard black microphone wire, However the white lav wire is easier to hide and makes my job much easier. So in the future consider adding some colored lav microphones to your kit. It may help you too.

Sound Supervisor or Audio Supervisor: What does it mean?

I got an email from someone asking what a Sound Supervisor or Audio Supervisor does on a Reality tv shoot does? Well that answer is it depends on the show. On most medium to smaller reality shoot 3-4 camera shoots. The audio supervisor is in charge of building the equipment packages either out of his own inventory of gear ot arranging the rental of whatever gear is needed or required. He works with the production company regarding budget, required equipment and hiring of other mixers or Audio techs sometimes refered to as a A1 or A2. If you have a fair budget for all of this and a production company that listens to your input your job is fairly easy it is just about getting the right gear and operators in place.  Alot of mixer (Like myself)  own multiple audio packages. I own 3 so for alot of jobs I do I can provide all the gear as well, which makes my life much easier since it is my gear and I already own it. It gets challenging when your budget isn’t enough to get all the gear you want or your in an area of the country with no local sound houses and everything has to be shipped in from out of state. But that is all part of the job. On larger shows the supervisor may just supervise and help with any issues that may arrise or they may be in the control room of the show assissting in the final field mix. It really all depends on the size of the show and the size of the budget.