Media Business actually Sucks

If you aren’t fully equipped and supported by a Union or Company , you are on your own .
Your reputation is the Only thing you have . So good work and going the extra mile is not an option . So I do …….

When there is less than Optimal sound I will do Post and try to clean , and level  etc. >>>>>>

I witness the Soundgroups online , complain about rates they get for one day , equal many peoples Monthly income at the poverty level…..

Reasonable pay , for Skilled work is a must . If your a Film Maker you have many choices , each of them come with a cost in one form or another .

Stress is a cost
Gear is a Cost
Knowledge is a cost
Time is a Cost
Mistakes , are a HEAVY cost

Having someone on your team , that KNOWS a lot about the processes , and How to , as well as problem solving skills ,   yeah it costs ,….. but it also Saves …. All of the Above .  Stress , Gear , Time , Mistakes . ( Even though Mistakes can and still will happen , the problem solving skills are there to help mitigate the issues)

Indie Filming is on the rise …. it is not going away .  And I kinda welcome it in some way . Hollywood is limited on Mental resources and the stories all sound the same . Action Flicks , Explosions , and Some Hot girl centre stage ……

The last 3 films I did sound for , actually didn’t have a single explosion ….. go figure .
One actually had some romance ( in a very cute way I might add) but the Romance never came to fruition , because , OH guess what , The Film also had a story ! Ends on a very strange note .

This new generation of filmmakers do not have a lot of money . But they have Imagination .

I don’t work for free , But for a really good script I will negotiate . Because If the opportunity to do a GOOD film is there , and be a part of it , why not ?

It will become a part of Media’s canonical history . With or Without the 800 dollar sound guy,( union pay )

Rates vary from country to country . Pro guys in Germany get around the same that I charge for a day , but they are Government Regulated as far as I know .

In the US , Rates going 700 to a THOUSAND dollars a day , plus gear rental !!!!!

The Starving artist is willing to do with 100 or less …. ) sound won’t be that good in many cases but !)

I have a Day rate …… I have bills to pay and other issues .

But I will not Charge Corporate rates , for an Indie film …..

Talk to me about what you CAN do …. if it works ,…..Lets do something.



eLicenser Sucks balls

I have uninstalled , Reinstalled , Uninstalled Reinstalled so many times now it isnt funny .

“The eLicenser does not appear to have been made on this machine ”

Ok wait ,…Uninstall it using YOUR uninstaller , Then Download a new DMG , Install it and get the same crap all over again , 30 -40 effing times , Just to try and get Wavelab 9 to work ………..

Steinberg . ;    I am more than a Little disappointed ,………. I want to rip someones head off . I Buy a Product , The comes with the Download link to your Software , and Cannot use it , because of YOUR elicenser software keys .


What do I have to completely wipe my machines and change the HDDs to get your License keys to work ????? Seriously WTF ?


If that is what I have to do I will , and I will video document it and send you a Bill for the Time lost in My studio .    If fact I think I will just do that .

An Appropriation of Thoughts on the FP33 Field Mixer.

Shure designed this Mixer 20 years ago …………( I could stop there but , That wouldn’t be any fun would it ?)

Is 20 Year old Tech , BAD Tech …… No ..

I recently acquired a Pristine , Shure FP33 Mixer, and in just the first few days , I made it a point to test almost every mic I have with it , and Different Levels of Power and Power sources .

This is how you know what works and what doesn’t .

Pros :   I like the Mixer ……… ( what ? You want a full dissertation? ) Oh , ok .. fine here……
Variable power sources ( Voltages between 12 – 30 on the box , I would stay under 24 to be safe)    Get above 12 to be happy , It Likes about 15 Volts best .
3 Inputs with actual PAN controls instead of LCR switches . ( OHHH Let me count the ways I will use this )

Halfway decent HP driver ( A Little Noise but not what ends up on the recording .)
The Heaphone noise is Misleading as the recorded files were actually pretty clean coming from the main output .

Adjustable Output Limiters ( and they work) I pushed them a bit to see .

12 V and 48 V Phantom switchable . ( as well as T voltage if you set up the DIP switches) which means Lower Voltage mics that will use 12v phantom will save you Precious Battery Juice !

Built like a Tank….. I mean like if this was in my Backpack and I was assaulted , 1 good swipe across the attackers noggin with my Backpack would end it.

Balanced Outputs Switchable between Line and Mic . And they are clean

Okay the Bad stuff now
CONS:   The Sonic quality Varies with the Voltage supplied .

Yes , It does .   At 12 volts from either my folding Solar panel with regulator , or Wall Wart there is some Noise in the signal path , Not Much , but the Sound quality is a little Closed feeling But still Very Very useable .
When I stepped up the Voltage to 15 Volts the Preamps Changed considerably , I mean a Seriously Childish Grin spread across my face with a Stereo mic attached and I could hear how much the sound-field widened out and the clarity increased . Which tells me that the Circuitry is probably running on at least a 15volt Dual Rail Voltage supply being run thru a conversion from the Voltage input stage. Go Above the Rail supply voltage conversion isn’t needed the machine breathes better .

Non Locking Power Connector ( Hirose connector may be in its future I will see if I can Mod it )

It has Somewhat Sharp Edges , don’t just throw it in your Backpack , You wont like the rips you get .

Is it a “Sound Devices” (Brand) level of Sound ?   No , it is not . Is it a Bad Sound , NO definitely not . I love it .

But in Searching for a 15 volt Wall wart I have found a great many Obstacles for that quest ( Like , They don’t exist kind of obstacle ) or at least are not easily obtained , and with the right Plug to match the Pins on the FP33 .

For Field work,  you use Batteries , a 15 volt supply is easily made with the right number of Batteries (10 x AA = 15 ) .   The Wall Wart , though , I may have to build it ( Not a problem I can do that with a Nicely Filtered Better than factory ever thought about type of supply)

All in all , after I round off the edges a little . I have to say this is not a Bad Purchase at all , It will serve me well . ( It sounds way better than the RME Quadmic preamp I had , ( I sold it …. just nowhere near enough gain )

Oh and the Slate Mic …… Actually sounds much better than the on on my SD preamp

Stolen Gear

Fellow Audio guy , Location sound , Entire Gear set stolen from his car .

A List of Equipment and Serial Numbers for all who would help .


This is seriously a Life’s work , The Audio gear on this list is incredibly expensive to replace , and it constitutes a crippling of someones ability to work . And Attention and watchfulness that could be given will be appreciated , Contact the Owner by the email listed on the Picture.

#United Airlines Breaks People

Not just Guitars ….

UA , these two initials , have very different means to different people .

Say U.A.  to an Audio guy like me , Universal Audio is what immediately comes to mind , With a Smile as well , as it is some of the Good stuff we Audio people love . ( Just think Abbey Road here for the uninitiated )

But now …. Those two letters ring a different emotion out of me .

United …… Know this . I will Never Fly you Unless there is just no other option . And if I do have to book a ticket it will be only with the Agreement of Rebooking Crossed out and Noted by a Ranking Authorized person in the Airport.

What you did , and allowed to be done , was absolutely disgusting , unconscionable , amoral , and stupid .

I don’t care how big your Business is , People Live … They Exist , and they have the right to revenge when wrong is committed against them .
Imagine United Workers becoming known to people walking the streets who like you Have no self control?  Imagine YOU ,CEO getting out of your car one sunny afternoon and 3 thugs who Knew somebody who knew the Asian Dude ( doesn’t take much of a connection , No Kevin Bacon numbers needed)   But here are 3 Thugs who are just tired of getting shit on by the system …… And they see you ……… Welcome to your own world . Mr CEO .   You wealth does not protect you . It imprisons you.

You Owe ,……. You Owe so much more than you can possibly realize to the 46,000 people a year that get kicked off of your planes . But Can you possibly even grasp what you Owe to that man . Whom you Beat and Battered and Dragged off you plane like so much chattel .

People Make your business work . No People , No Flights , No Planes , Pretty fucking easy equation .

CEO of what ?    You have no honor , you have no morals .  Go into Banking instead , I hear Wells Fargo is looking for people like you.