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.
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/
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.
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
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The last two months have been very busy for us at Pro Location Sound. Especially in Beaufort and Charleston South Carolina providing many clients on a variety of projects with Location Sound. With a shortage of quality Sound Mixers in Charleston South Carolina and the surrounding areas we always love working to help your project sound the best.
I think wireless camera links are the best advance in technology to happen to the location sound mixer because it gives you the freedom to do your job the best way you can, I have rarely had an issue with my zaxcom system but here is a list of things to do before shooting and a list of possible problems you may run into:
1. Make sure your camera man is always listening to the wireless feed via his camera headphone jack since you have no way of knowing what it sounds like.
2. Make sure all attennas and power cables are secure to the unit. The only issues I have ever had it a lose power cable or attenna.
3. Make sure the unit is secure in a saddle bag or BEC box. I have mine wrapped in velcro, which keeps them extra tight in the saddle bag or BEC box.
4. Have extra cables and attennas in case something breaks.
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS:
1. Unit will not power on: Check power cables are tight by removing them and reinserting them. Check batteries if your using them. Check Power Switch.
2. Unit is on but Camera Op hears no audio: Check headphone volume knob on camera, check transmitter in your audio bag, make sure camera is set up to recieve audio correctly.
3. Poor Range: Check to make sure tx and rx attennas are tight and secure, Make sure they are in good condition. Scan for new clear frequency.
With these simple tips and tricks your Zaxcom should preform well for you and make your job much easier.