Dean’s Blog

Boom Op in Training
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Boom Op in Training

I haven’t got a chance when they start this young! Location sound run... Read More »

Canon C100 Viewfinder Rant

Canon C100 Viewfinder Rant

My love/hate relationship with the Canon C100 may be coming to an end. The ... Read More »

Noisy Image Stabilizer
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Noisy Image Stabilizer

Noise created by the image stabilizing motor on a camera lens is nothing ne... Read More »

My Documentary Sound Kit
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My Documentary Sound Kit

Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to use quite a bit of new... Read More »

Orca Mixer Bag and Harness
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Orca Mixer Bag and Harness

I really like it….. a lot! I wanted to get something out for readers ... Read More »

RØDE iXY – good mic gone bad?
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RØDE iXY – good mic gone bad?

NAB is great for discovering new equipment, but it’s the people I meet that... Read More »

Going Wireless in Guatemala
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Going Wireless in Guatemala

Ever thought of going wireless boom as a sound op who carries their own mix... Read More »

ORCA Mixer Bag and Harness   It’s Awesome!
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ORCA Mixer Bag and Harness It’s Awesome!

After taking time to digest NAB 2014 there really wasn’t much new on the sh... Read More »

Camera Audio Simplified – Now Available!

Camera Audio Simplified – Now Available!

Location Audio for Camera operators! You might be thinking that a book for ... Read More »

The RØDE NTG-3 a shotgun to take a closer look at!
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The RØDE NTG-3 a shotgun to take a closer look at!

Now that I’ve had the RØDE NTG-3 shotgun microphone out a couple of times a... Read More »

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  1. November 22, 2013, 12:46 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean,
    I am looking at buying the K-Tek articulated boom. Would love to have your thoughts on that.

    • Dean Miles
      November 26, 2013, 12:46 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Ajit, I tried the articulating boom pole and hated it! Not to say you will – it felt really weird.

      One strange thing with it is you can’t change the angle of the mic. When you twist the pole the entire mic swigs up and away from the shot. I never understood its application.

  2. simi koch
    August 21, 2014, 3:58 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean!
    Thanks for sharing experiences of your carreer. Good to read, how someone is doing the things what we are doing here in Hungary :)
    Lots of similarity and likeable insight.
    For example 442 & H4n was a perfect setup, but i had to wrap a lighter bag: Shure FP33 sounds awesome. After SD digital sound the FP33 harken through whole day is uplifting.
    Here we using MKH416 P48 U3 as lownoise and workhorse shotgun, but now i’m interested of your Shure’s sound.

    Especially when i work in poor areas often and i can report: the tiny children always want to grab and eat my MZW 60 (Sennheiser blimp) even if they don’t have nothing to eat..

    Best regards!

  3. George I.
    November 25, 2014, 11:18 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean.

    I currently have the H4n and have just purchased the SD 442 mixer and curious about something. What have you found to be the best way to connect these devices together? Do you send the signal out through the direct connections or through the stereo outputs? Also, I read something that says I should connect to the H4n by using XLR to 1/4 plug cables. Do you find this to be the best option or should I just stick with balanced connections only?

    Love the blog. Keep up the awesome work.

    • Dean Miles
      November 25, 2014, 1:28 pm   /  Reply

      Hi George, I purchased the cables to use the balanced direct outs into the XLR’s on the H4n. And if my memory doesn’t fail me, I’m pretty sure I used line level.


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