Michael Faner stopped by the Video Mantis Post Production Facility to get help with his ENG Sound Bag and his Zaxcom equipment. He needed a refresher on making sure everything was setup properly. There are a lot of settings, and we will go through all of them to show you how Michael Faner has his bag setup based on my recommendations.
Michael’s ENG setup consists of Zaxcom TRXLA3.5 Transceivers and the QRX200 receiver. The QRX200 is one of the best receivers on the market. It has a small form factor and has loads of settings and outputs to be able to interconnect with anything.
One thing I noticed with Michael Faner’s setup is he doesn’t have a Mix Track setup on his Nomad recorder. He said that previous clients only use the iso tracks that Michael records. He says that he sends a mix to the cameras, but he doesn’t have this mix redundantly recorded as well.
When recording Production Sound, you need to make sure that you are as redundant as possible. Because of this, we will change to make sure he has the following 7 track count file:
- (System 1) G3
- (System 2) G3
- (System 3) G3
- QRX200 Channel 1
- QRX200 Channel 2
- Boom ISO
Having a mix track is essential for sound mixers. It is what we listen to and what we strive to perfect every time we hit record! Always work with a mix track. Post can choose to use it or not, but if its good, then there is no reason why it can’t be used. There is no reason to rebuild mix tracks in post production.