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lsears

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Assisted listening device
« on: Nov 24, 2012, 03:12 pm »
I'm working in a space for the first time and the sound quality backstage is less than ideal. The piece we're doing is an early opera so my cues are very precisely tied to what I hear. I asked the house crew if they had suggestions and they gave me an assisted listening headset. It means I wear two headsets through the show but the clarity and independent volume control is great. Has anyone else every done this?  The crew said they frequently give these devices to surtitles operators.

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Re: Assisted listening device
« Reply #1 on: Nov 24, 2012, 04:01 pm »
I have done something very similar, where an open speaker was not possible.

I remember writing in my calling script - "Put on Show Feed Headset" - but it was for particular cues, where the backstage noise (I was calling from deck) was impossible - scenery moving past me, and bass sound cues played through speakers right next to me.

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Re: Assisted listening device
« Reply #2 on: Dec 17, 2012, 07:57 pm »
We've done this as well, just for specific cues that couldn't be heard well or called accurately otherwise. But only for specific portions of the show.  Later our house sound guy installed a SM specific monitor that we had independent control on volume and could get the mix customized, which was really great on certain shows.

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Re: Assisted listening device
« Reply #3 on: Dec 18, 2012, 10:21 pm »
I did this for a production when my booth monitor was going out sporadically and we hadn't tracked down the cause yet.

 

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