The PSS talkbox is very cool if you have a boom operator you want to talk smack about the director.
I used to work for the TV department at Rutgers University. Strange thing about the crew guys at RUTV -- the were the best. No really. These guys were bad asses. They could light, do sound, handheld camera, edit, color-correct. I mean each and every one of them could do that. It's because they did it every day. For years. One guy even has a regional Emmy award -- and he worked at a University TV studio! You have no idea how difficult that is. And then there were a couple engineers around for the really technical stuff.*
The problem with those guys is that on the day of a big studio shoot they looked like they weren't doing anything. They'd be sitting around in the lounge making jokes and having a great time. And to other people coming in it looked like "Oh, to do this kind of production you don't have to be paying attention, you just show up and it just magically happens." So the young people, or the new people, or people who didn't do TV would slack off and get mud on their faces because they hadn't made sure that everything was in great shape before they started. Oops. Nope. The RUTV guys were prepared.
So when you see really high-end people looking like they're not doing any work -- don't believe it. They're just relaxed and calm because they're ready to be here now. You, on the other hand, better run back into the studio and do another line check.**
This is just a lead-in to my next post filled with crankiness.
Headphone amps and distribution from Sweetwater. Reviews and overview of different headphone monitor systems from a church perspective.
*A story I heard while I was working there was that some guy from IEEE was doing a lecture for television and it was being taped. So this dude is a high end brainiac with probably two PhD's in engineering and he's talking about some electrical engineering thing that is impossible for ordinary humans to understand. The EIC (Engineer In Charge) of the TV studio (the TV engineer) says to the director "We gotta stop." "Why? What's wrong?" "He doesn't have the formula formatted properly on the board." And sure enough, they stopped and the guy doing the show was thankful that someone pointed it out to him.
**I never had that problem because they never paid for a prep day and I had to do everything in the hour I had before we went on-air.