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joeyhavoc

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David Letterman's "Microphone"
« on: January 19, 2011, 02:17:06 pm »

I saw the interview of Betty White by David Letterman for her 89th birthday.  It looked like they have a Neumann U47 Fet set up in front of him on his desk.

My questions are:
  • Is it a U47 Fet?
  • Is it even on?

Incidentally, the hypertext feature is not intuitive and does not seem to support swapping long ugly code for a simplified word...

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/?pid=qFXbGq36IZHAx0JA4da6j007B6w3_lax&vs=Default&play=true
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2011, 02:58:20 pm »

The help file seems to be not complete yet but you can use BBCode for shortening long url's to a hyperlinked word or phrase.
Here is a reference for BBcode. They may not all be enabled on this board.

http://docs.simplemachines.org/index.php?topic=57.0
 
Code: [Select]
[url=http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/?pid=qFXbGq36IZHAx0JA4da6j007B6w3_lax&vs=Default&play=true]phrase or word of your choice[/url]
results in this:
 
phrase or word of your choice
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 03:01:05 pm »

The mic looks to be a 147 Tube... very similar in appearance to that of the 47 Fet.  The main differences that point me toward the 147 would be the stand mount, and the lack of switches on the back of the mic.

Is it on... don't know.
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 03:10:31 pm »

Do you mean this mic?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuacq51mdHs

Looks like it was a Neumann.
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2011, 03:46:46 pm »

I could be wrong, but I thought that a lapel/tie-clip mic was used for the primary and the desk mic is used as a back up.
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011, 03:52:38 pm »

I could be wrong, but I thought that a lapel/tie-clip mic was used for the primary and the desk mic is used as a back up.

I would expect a lav would be the mic, and the desk mic would be a prop.

Mac
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Matt Pea

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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011, 03:54:27 pm »

I would expect a lav would be the mic, and the desk mic would be a prop.

Mac

That makes sense to me.
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 03:58:34 pm »

Incidentally, the hypertext feature is not intuitive and does not seem to support swapping long ugly code for a simplified word...

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/?pid=qFXbGq36IZHAx0JA4da6j007B6w3_lax&vs=Default&play=true

Was there a hypertext button in the old forums, I don't remember one. I just type the BBE code around the text you want to appear as a link:

Code: [Select]
[url=http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,323.msg1328.html#msg1328]The Original Post[/url]
which should look like this: The Original Post.

Mac
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2011, 05:20:28 pm »

I would love to know if there's a story behind the removal of the 77DX that was his trademark desk mic for all of his earlier shows.  I remember hearing that it was a gift, and there was some controversy about it's move from NBC and so on.

Once RF mics became reliable...  80s I would guess, all those desk and boom mics became back ups didn't they?

I would assume earlier on it was the desk mic for the host, and a boom for the couch.
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2011, 06:41:16 pm »

Was there a hypertext button in the old forums, I don't remember one. I just type the BBE code around the text you want to appear as a link:

Code: [Select]
[url=http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,323.msg1328.html#msg1328]The Original Post[/url]
which should look like this: The Original Post.

Eureka!  It's the equal sign that I was missing...

Thanks!

joe
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2011, 06:43:16 pm »

I would expect a lav would be the mic, and the desk mic would be a prop.

The have some good lav mics!
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2011, 12:00:03 am »

I would assume earlier on it was the desk mic for the host, and a boom for the couch.

Indeed.

I would expect that the desk mic IS plugged in, and IS working...but is a backup in case the wireless lav fails.

I notice that the lav is in fact a single...so there is no backup lav being worn.

In the event of a failure, the desk mic would have to carry the load until the commercial break, when a replacement lav system would be used.

Cheers,
Tim
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2011, 03:03:58 am »

Is it my perverted mind, or does a 'lav' mic sound like something that just shouldn't be done?

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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2011, 03:31:49 am »

Is it my perverted mind, or does a 'lav' mic sound like something that just shouldn't be done?

It's your perverted mind!   :P




"Lav" is short for Lavalier...


Cheers,
Tim
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Re: David Letterman's "Microphone"
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2011, 03:33:29 am »

"Lav" is short for Lavalier...

Not in here it ain't!  ;D

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