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Old December 29th, 2007, 01:28 AM   #16
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Ooh Anna -- swearing is really frowned on in here. Hate to see you get bounced. I know a sound guy out here who uses the Wendt exclusively as well. Certainly SD isn't the only company that can make a good mixer.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #17
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Oh Marco, I wasn't swearing at anyone. I'm using it as a description. I mean, "a lot" of people doesn't sound like as many or elude to the juggling involved as well as "a shitload" does.

I mean, we're all adults here.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #18
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Will the Wendt 3 channel take 5 inputs?

The 5 channel wendt is up to 4.5 lbs. again, then with 8 batteries on top of that.

The SD has more lights so it's more like it's dancing, expecially with the curve.

For reality shows they do all sorts of things. They don't use union writers.

They'll be doing even more all sorts of things in the new year. Reality heaven/hell is coming!
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Old December 29th, 2007, 03:18 AM   #19
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And here's one made for the reality shows, so you don't have to lug around a bunch of ganged mixers:
http://www.pro-sound.com/Merchant2/m...tegory_Code=M2

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Old December 29th, 2007, 07:21 AM   #20
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And here's one made for the reality shows, so you don't have to lug around a bunch of ganged mixers:
http://www.pro-sound.com/Merchant2/m...tegory_Code=M2
Yikes! It uses NP-1 batteries. Talk about heavy. I'm going to guess you can run all day on the NP-1, but those are very heavy (they are also used in the Zaxcom Deva).

To answer the Wendt question earlier. A Wendt X2 has two inputs, a Wendt X3, three inputs, the X4 has four inputs, and the X5 has five inputs. I've own both the X2 and X4 at various times. Both are top notch mixers and every bit as good as the 302 which gets mentioned here by folks a lot. I think Wendt's biggest issue in the past was they started with the x4, then made the x2, then the x5. For a long time they simply didn't have a three channel model. Looks like now they dropped the X2 in favor of the x3 and if you want 8 channels you can now link the x3 and x5 together.

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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:03 PM   #21
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If you're only gonna use it 15x a year then rent the 302. It'll be about $35 a day. $35 x 15 is way less than you'll spend on any mixer. $525. Buy it when you can afford it. The 442 is $45. And if the days you'll be shooting are consecutive, they give you deals. Some places even only charge you ONE day over the weekend. So say you only need your gear on Saturday, you pick it up on Friday and return it Monday.

P.S. I've seen reality shows use the 5 channel Wendt more often than the 302. But what do I know? And if there are a shitload of people they hire more than one sound mixer and/or they do this crazy thing with blocks. Pain in the butt.
Great idea, try before you buy ;)

I checked or local rental and the 302 is available but the 442 is not.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #22
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call Sound Devices and ask who rents 442s. They can mail it to you.

I have a list of rental facilities in the US in one of the appendices of my little book just for occasions like this.

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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:34 PM   #23
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call Sound Devices and ask who rents 442s. They can mail it to you.
Both Coffey Sound and Trew Audio will do this and both have the 442.

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