The Gotham Gazette

June 2007   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 18  
Music & Lyrics & Sound Mixers

Does the distinguished doctor dancing with the IV stand in the music video for Music & Lyrics seem familiar to anyone? He should.


 
SM Transmitter Sale
Get one of Lectrosonics' ultrareliable, ultraminiature SM transmitters for the ultrabargain price of $1131! Buy before the end of June and get a free Lectro denim shirt, while supplies last!
 
Fred Wiseman speaks!
Gotham got a chance to catch up with legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman, who mixes his own sound while directing. (Let's see Scorcese do that!) We asked which scenes he was particularly proud of that combine his skills as a sound mixer and filmmaker:
"The sardine factory scene in BELFAST, MAINE where approximately 5 hours of material was reduced to 9 minutes, with 250 shots and no dialogue. The story is told in the way the pictures and the sound of the assembly line are edited together. Similarly, in BASIC TRAINING, hours of material is reduced to 7 or 8 minutes and 70 shots in the night crawl sequence where the sound and the picture are combined to suggest a primitive war dance."
Watch for Wiseman's newest documentary STATE LEGISLATURE on TV this month. PBS will be broadcasting it nationally tonight, Wednesday, June 13th. Other affiliates will be airing it throughout the month. Check your local listings for details.
 
Some notes on the Zaxcom stereo camera hop
Gotham rental tech Nick Masiuk recently took a Zaxcom TRX900 Wireless system with him on a shoot as a lark. What he discovered surprised him.
FULL STORY
 
Ultralife 9V Lithium battery sale!
We goofed and ordered too many Ultralife 9V lithiums! But our mistake is your gain - buy 100 for $410 while supplies last, a savings of over $100!
 
Great Moments

In 2003, shortly after legendary soul singer Reverend Al Green reunited with record producer Willie Mitchell for the album "I Can't Stop", Seth Mnookin spoke with them about their favorite microphone:

No. 9 is the microphone that Mitchell first used to record Green, more than three decades ago. He hasn’t allowed anyone to sing into it since. “Willie loves that mike, man, he does,” Green said. “It sounds full and it sounds wholesome. Every time I come down there, he takes No. 9 down off the shelf and out of that same box and polishes it just like a baby."

“When I first got Al to come into the studio,” Mitchell said, “I knew he was special and I knew I had to be perfect to capture it. So I tried to use all kinds of mikes for his voice. And when I heard him on No. 9 I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the real thing.’ I put numbers on the mikes we used that day so I could keep track of them. At least I think that’s why I put numbers on them—I was drinking vodka. But when I got to this one I put a nine on it. It has a real romantic sound, a soft, warm sound. Like on ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?’ when he breathes on the mike, you hear that.”

No. 9 is an RCA 77DX ribbon microphone, one of those iconic capsule-shaped mikes similar to the ones that Larry King and David Letterman keep on their desks. Ribbon microphones are extremely delicate and can pick up the subtlest variations in volume, which is why Green’s recorded murmurings and half whispers sound as emotional and intense as his shouts and yell.

Seth Mnookin. "No. 9." The New Yorker. December 8th, 2003.


 
Used gear
Ah, spring, when an old equipment's fancy turns to thoughts of changing hands! And who are we to deny them? Visit our page of immaculately maintained equipment from Gotham's rental department for sale.
 
Lectrosonics Announces New Tech at NAB
Lectrosonics premiered a peck of new products at the NAB show in Las Vegas later in April, including the UM450, a new Digital Hybrid Wireless™ belt-pack transmitter with a current-servo input and 250mW RF output for increased range and resistance to interference. There will also be new versions of the UM400a, SMa, SMDa, SMQa, and MM400c.

FULL STORY
 
Sennheiser Stage Mic Sale!

Augment your microphone collection with this dynamic (in every sense of the word) Sennheiser mic sale. Hurry, this offer is only good while supplies last!

Buy 1 e865 mic for $195 or buy 2 for $375!
Buy 1 e945 mic for $155 or 2 for $295!
Buy 1 e935 mic for $135 or 2 for $255!
Buy 1 e845 mic for $94.95 or 2 for $175!


 
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CONTENTS
Music & Lyrics & Sound Mixers
SM Transmitter Sale
Fred Wiseman speaks!
Some notes on the Zaxcom stereo camera hop
Ultralife 9V Lithium battery sale!
Great Moments
Used gear
Lectrosonics Announces New Tech at NAB
Sennheiser Stage Mic Sale!
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