The Gotham Gazette

December 2007   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 13  
Happy Holidays from Gotham!

 
The Broadcast Wave File in Film and Television Production
What with all the hoopla over video game systems lately, it seems a perfect time to reveal the dark secret that links the video game industry of the past to the non-linear recording technology of the future. Read the first part of Peter Schneider's history of BWF's to find out more.
FULL STORY
 
December 13th is Meet the Edirol R-4 Pro Day!
Wednesday, December 13th, 1pm - 4pm is Meet the Edirol R-4 Pro day at Gotham Sound, with Tom Stephenson, director of Technology at Edirol/Roland on site available to answer your questions! We will also stream his presentation on the web, and answer question from the web audience via live, interactive chat.
 
Sound Devices Fully Loaded and Ready to Ship!
We have the latest Sound Devices recorders in stock with the 2.0 software and hardware upgrades installed. We also have the optional DVD RAM-burner upgrades ready to go. Order your 744T, 722, 702, or 702T today!
 
New Freq on the Block
Lectrosonics has announced it's adding an additional block as an option for the SM & UM450 transmitters. Block 944 will cover a small 8 MHZ band from 944-952, perfect for bag to camera links. We've even got some brand new charts showing the RF activity in this block in our New York frequency charts.
 
Fostex Timecode Tip

When feeding a Fostex 824 or PD-6 external time code while the machine is in "Pull Up" (i.e. +0.1%) mode, the external frame rate should match the pulled up time code rate.

In other words, for 48048 workflows: when feeding Fostex machines with external code, the devices should be set as follows:

Fostex: 29.97 fps 48000 +0.1% (29.97 fps is always the correct setting for 48048 workflows when using the Fostex machines)
External TC Generator: 30 fps
Slate: 30 fps

 
Sennheiser HD201 Headphones Deal!
Buy 5 for $79.95! Take advantage of this limited time offer and save over $60 on these powerful, cost-effective headphones.
 
Mainlining Adrenaline
Some of the problems one might encounter while importing BWF files into Avid Adrenaline.
FULL STORY
 
Bring Out Your 211 and 201 systems!
There's never been a better time to gently retire your Lectrosonics 211 and 201 systems and step up to digital wireless. Bring 'em on in to Gotham and use them as a trade-in towards a brand new UM400 and UCR401 wireless system with even better range and reliability.
 
Thanks to everyone who attended our seminar!
In case you missed it, we've posted the video of the proceedings here: http://www.gothamsound.com/vlog/
 
Great Moments in Sound History!

George Groves is credited as being the first production sound mixer. He worked in New York in 1925 for Western Electric and later Warner Brothers and recorded on the "Vitaphone" (a disc recorder in the phonographic sense). Recording at Vitograph Studios in Brooklyn was problematic due to subway noise and pigeons (the latter dealt with using a large pole, the former - well, you know how it is), and so production was moved to the Manhattan Opera House, where they experienced a different noise problem:

When Reinald Werrenrath was to be recorded in a woodland setting, a resourceful member of the technical staff brought in a boxful of field crickets for sound effects and some of them escaped. Entomological note: crickets are difficult to locate and sing loudest when the director says 'Quiet'!

For a lot more on the redoubtable George Groves, check out http://www.georgegroves.org.uk/, a fantastic online tribute with anecdotes, pictures, media clips, and more.

Below: The set of La Fiesta (1926) at the Manhattan Opera House. George Grove mixed it from six floors above with cables wired through the ventilation system. Click the picture for more information on this impressive rig.

 


 
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CONTENTS
Happy Holidays from Gotham!
The Broadcast Wave File in Film and Television Production
December 13th is Meet the Edirol R-4 Pro Day!
Sound Devices Fully Loaded and Ready to Ship!
New Freq on the Block
Fostex Timecode Tip
Sennheiser HD201 Headphones Deal!
Mainlining Adrenaline
Bring Out Your 211 and 201 systems!
Thanks to everyone who attended our seminar!
Great Moments in Sound History!
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