This past Saturday we had our CAS sponsored Parade of Sound Carts at the Local 80 stage in Burbank, CA. What on overwhelming success and turnout of both participants and their gear, production mixers, boom operators and students. It warmed my heart to see such an event so dedicated to our craft of production sound recording on location. Once again it proved to me how specialized our craft is and how we each tailor our tools to our own way of doing business. Everyone had a great time and, I believe learned quite a bit. I know I took home a few ideas for my rig.
Thank you to all our participants and to all the CAS members and the Board of Directors for putting this event on. Paul Marshall, CAS deserves a big congratulations for organizing the seminar.
And so we begin Season 3. My crew for this go around will be pretty much the same, with the minor shuffle of Devendra Cleary moving to Playback only and Mitchell Gehbard coming in as Sound Utility for the full run of the show. Devendra will be spending his non playback days establishing himself as a mixer here in Los Angeles.
We start principal photography on Tuesday with our sound prep starting Monday. We pretty much stay ready, just some tweaking of the record and playback rigs. Looking forward to the new season and all it's challenges. I'll try and post as much as I can to give sound blog perspective of the season's activity.
I've started remounting and re-rigging the gear. The Lectro Venues have moved up a space, giving enough room for a new set of 5" monitors. The recorder platform will go right above the new Metric Halo Mobile I/O which is acting as my ADAT to analog D/A converter.
The recorder platform will hold the new DEVA 16 and the Sound Devices 702T back up recorder. I'll mount the Rollogic remote controller directly behind the 2 recorders.
On the side I have mounted the TV tuners for when I can't connect to Video Village via CAT5. They act as my back up video assist.
On the back of the rack, I have an accessory shelf for IFB transmitters, antenna amplifiers, power distro, 2 video baluns and a cellular modem WiFi access point. The 2 CAT5 baluns are for Video Village and for send and return from the playback rig.
I've added a Remote Audio Shunt Box in line of my inverter to be able to remotely turn it on and off as well as monitor the battery level and amp load of the AC/DC inverter system. I have 2 batteries on board, one for the DC gear, and one for the inverter which powers the AC gear.
I've got a few weeks off and have the opportunity to upgrade and re-wire my cart. It's an opportunity to pull all the gear out and give it a good cleaning as well. I'll be upgrading the recorder to a DEVA 16, allowing me to go up to 16 tracks. I'll have to add an ADAT to analog D/A converter to the rig to get the additional 8 tracks into the deck. I'll probably be replacing the triple 4" monitors for a triple 5" monitor rack, as my eyes are getting tired these days. Here are some stripped down pictures before the re-build.