Tommy is very communicative and helpful. He has come in clutch for me a couple times with same day rentals and no challenges in pick up or drop off. Gear was pristine. Looking forward to renting again!
This is an add-on to the other review, because they were for the same period of time. This time, I want to provide a little more context as to why I'll be renting from Tommy again.
Again, the process was VERY smooth and Tommy was really awesome! On a note about the equipment itself, it was very well maintained and ridiculously easy to set up. This is my second time using the NTG3, and my first time using the MixPre-3.
The setup was really simple: talking head interview in a hotel room, with the doors open on India Street in Little Italy. Initially, I was a bit worried about the high sensitivity of the mic picking up background noise on a busy Thursday evening, but take your time to go through user manual and some YouTube videos about proper setup. I just went through my audio files and have NEVER had to post-process so little! I actually had the gain a bit low during recording, meaning my headphones are actually horrible (oops), but it was still incredibly easy to add gain/normalize the audio in post without also boosting noise. I barely used noise reduction in post. Also, because we had the door open, obviously, we got SOME noise from the street below, but that was the intent. This noise is low, without rumbling or sounding like it's in a tin can. The sound quality of the mic is warm, with a very natural tone: what I heard in the room, is what I hear in the recording, but with less noise from the street below. Once we shut the door though, the only off-axis noise was in the room. Again, be absolutely quiet on-set and keep the mic close to your performers to minimize background recordings.
I just want to comment on this because a) you're renting QUALITY equipment from Tommy, and b) if you set it up correctly, you'll get the results you really need, ON set. And if you have any questions, or need assistance, Tommy is always available to help answer.
Again, AWESOME renter, AWESOME equipment. Just make sure to set it up correctly!
The pick up and drop off was great! The equipment was in really great condition and Tommy provided a bit of assistance to make sure you understand what you're getting, without me even asking!
I'm actually reviewing for twice separate transactions because unfortunately my camera stopped working halfway through the shoot and we had to extend the mic/mixer/recorder rentals another two days. It was absolutely the smoothest, low-pressure process.
I also forgot the deadcat for the mic and had to bring it back the next day and he was completely understanding. I would HIGHLY recommend renting from Tommy and look forward to renting from him again in the future!