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sE Reflexion Filter

I first read about the sE Reflexion Filter several years ago in the British magazine Sound On Sound. It seemed like a really neat product but as I deal mostly with the recording of location sound for film and television I had no immediate application for it and hence dismissed the idea of purchasing one.   Fast forward 6 years, I get a call from a firm I do a lot of corporate work with. They had to record a voice track by CEO of a Fortune 500 company to lay into a corporate video they were completing. This particular CEO was a very busy guy and insisted on doing the lines at the company's...

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My New Custom Cinela Mount

On June 8, 2013 Trew Audio in Toronto organized a Cinela Seminar. The guest speaker was none other than Phillipe Chenevez, the fabled acoustic engineer and guiding force behind the manufacture of Cinela microphone suspensions and windshields. As the owner of a Cinela Piano, a mount and windscreen I use with my Schoeps CMIT, Super CMIT, and Sanken CS3e microphones, I was naturally inclined to go and if nothing else, relate to Phillipe my high regard for his work. For those not familiar with the Cinela Piano mount please visit my article titled "Windjammers" posted on my Blog. The seminar began...

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Canadian Screen Award for Best Sound in an Information/ Documentary Program or Series

2013 started out on high note for me. I was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series for "Museum Secrets", "The Imperial War Museum" episode. I was nominated along with from the left Melodie Vaughan, Gary Vaughan and Richard Spence-Thomas. We were the sound team for that particular episode of Museum Secrets, both post and location. To my absolute surprise we won. I was unable to attend the gala dinner held at the end of February as I was working in the Caribbean on the island of St. Maartin. (It was one of those winter gigs that...

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Windjammers

As a sound recordist I have often done battle with the wind. This conflict reached a pinnacle during the filming of "The Burrowers" for CBC's the "Nature of Things" in Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan in 2010. There were times when those prairie winds whipped up with such unbelievable force that my Rycote suspension and windjammers were clearly not up to the task of recording clean audio without that telltale rumble. As a consequence, for the past two years I have been actively looking for an alternative to Rycote. For years Rycote have owned the market for windjammers and microphone suspensions....

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Further Adventures In Audio

In late 2009 I found myself in Los Angeles again working on "Carlawood," Season 2 (a comedy/reality series featuring Carla Collins and produced by Lone Eagle Entertainment.) It was during Season 1 of "Carlawood" that I began using the Aaton Cantar on a regular basis. During that first season of "Carlawood" the audio requirements were not onerous. Most of the time I was running only two or three channels of audio, meaning a couple of wirelesses and a boom. DVDs of the audio were burned each day for the edit suite to access should they see fit. Most times the editors deferred to the audio feed that...

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Perspectives On Some Audio Fundamentals

For the past year I have had the good fortune to work on a History Channel series titled "Greatest Tank Battles." From an audio perspective it is not overly complex but it has given me ample opportunity to ponder the fundamentals of recording a sit down interview. In the first picture you can see my boom pole holder that will attach to any light stand and work with a very light counterbalance - in this case a Porta-Brace refillable sandbag I own into which I usually put one of my extra Cantar batteries. The light stand is also mine. I never like to borrow if I don't have to. The audio...

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Rechargeable 9 Volt Batteries

For years, in my work as a soundman, I would use and have to dispose of alkaline 9 volt batteries. When traveling on longer documentary projects I would have to budget for batteries and then pack according to my perceived needs. I almost always erred on the side of caution and usually added 30% to any estimate. This resulted in more weight in the equipment cases. Only once in the last few tears did I actually run out of batteries in the field. That was in Southern China in 2007 and it was pretty scary as reliable alkaline 9 volt batteries were impossible to buy. Most merchants in electronic...

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