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  2. Timecode slate

    Slates need to be there for Editorial, and it can be a godsend -- especially if the timecode turns out to be bad. They also need to know the name of the scene and the specific take, and the camera roll (folder) number, sound roll (folder) number, shoot date, and so on. Merely turning on the camera and turning on the sound and rolling doesn't help get the material organized later on, when you're desperately trying to locate a specific shot weeks or months after it was shot. The timecode slate can be very helpful in trying to diagnose whether sound timecode is bad, picture timecode is bad, or both are bad.
  3. The ATN supplies are simple unregulated types, where one of the central components is a 2200 uF capacitor, that is quite prone to ageing and drying out. So normally I would start with changing that. Apart from that individual rectifier diodes can short, or (in extreme cases) the transformer can be shorted. But a good bet would be the capacitor; changing it is easy and cheap, and the same goes for diodes. The exact values and diode types are uncritical; just about anything will do. After changing the capacitor, it will probably perform as new (or better). On the ATN supplies there are two fuses, one for the 110 V section and one for the 220 V section. The 220 V section fuse is designed for half the max. current of the 110 V fuse, so if you replace a burnt 110 V fuse with the 220 V fuse, it will probably die quickly even if there is nothing wrong. So be sure to replace with the correct breaking current...
  4. RF Venue 2.4 GHz CP Beam for Zaxnet

    I just ordered this to try out...can post here once it arrives:) https://hobbyking.com/en_us/2-4ghz-2-watt-signal-amplifier-for-dji-phantom-1-2-white.html?___store=en_us Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  5. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    I do like the sound of the Cooper preamps quite a lot. But getting too deep into the other areas doesn't serve the interests of the OP of this thread. Maybe a different thread would be a better place to talk about the other stuff. My apologies if my comments were a distraction.
  6. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    Yeah, that terrifies me with all the cheaper recorders. I'm working on a solution involving a Raspberry Pi and a USB drive but I'm not sure it's going to be reliable enough. Maybe easiest just the old fashioned of running a secondary 2ch recorder? No isos but better than just a camera hop.
  7. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    And just noticed your preference for the Cooper 104, so is that a fast attack fast release? Best again, Jez
  8. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Dela, yesterday - ruby blade - so it is! Beautiful! And I've been admiring my own IV-S more the last couple of days again! My 4 series ATM is long since dead. Any obvious problems to look for or repairs? Antoine, thank you for the pictures - and great that it proved extra beneficial to JB in the fascinating ongoing research. I love that 'round' erase head ... best all, Jez
  9. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    Hmm, Nagra IVS, limiters off, crushing the weber? Careful choice of mic level? Think I might go down that route but still record lower onto my digital BU and play around in post (if even just going back to a rerecord to the tape option). Curious what might be a good fast / transient / limiting compressor in current or past machines for such recording? SQN? Earlier Sonosax? Older analog SD? I would imagine bringing in a separate custom compressor might work better? I understand playing into limiters but barring dials for news etc would rather not be trying to do this outside of a studio (and controllable) hardware situation - although, as mentioned, with suitable BU I might crash tape old fashioned style sans limiter. Jez
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  11. DPA 4063 loud pops

    Well it would seem that it still might be covered by the warranty. I am still in the process of contacting DPA. I think i can rule out the microdot as the problem since I have swapped microdot adaptors and the problem persists, I have also triple checked that the microdot is screwed on correctly. I also find the flexibility of the microdot very useful, however I would not be against having some hardwired 4063s. Either way its my lav of choice.
  12. DPA 4063 loud pops

    I have to admit when I first read the post I misread and thought the problem was at the mic head which is why I said contact dpa but if it's out of warranty then it's not really a writeoff and can most certainly be saved.
  13. DPA 4063 loud pops

    True, that can be useful. Although in the days of TA5-f and Lemo plugs from just one manufacturer, let alone further types from other manufacturer, having the flexibility is quite a bonus (at least to me). FWIW I asked the German DPA service center which types they see more often for repairs: MicroDot or the wireless connecter. Both about the same they replied.
  14. DPA 4063 loud pops

    If it's close.to the microdot end why not just get it terminated to what ever connector your wireless transmitter uses and be done with it. Doesn't hurt to have one or 2 hardwired.
  15. RF Venue 2.4 GHz CP Beam for Zaxnet

    The same, L-Com, corner or CP Beam, best with some emitters and vote on
  16. RF Venue 2.4 GHz CP Beam for Zaxnet

    Picking this up again. I'm on a football doc series and could definitely use more zaxnet range on game days. Is this still the best simple solution for now?
  17. DPA 4063 loud pops

    I actually had that problem a few times and everytime - even if the connection between Microdot and adapter seemed to be tight and perfectly fitting - it was just not connected right. If you have really sorted out that, it should be a simple cable-defect near the Microdot. Had that, too, and it's a quick repair.
  18. Kyle, I'd be happy to meet!! Send me a note - nolooping@gmail.com If I can make a recommendation... Move with a job. Somehow get one of your clients to either recommend you for a long job here, or come out with one of the Austin producers, or anything like that. From personal experience, starting over in a new market is truly like starting over entirely. Best, Robert
  19. DPA 4063 loud pops

    It is true that it does not appear to be the actual microdot, but like you said the cable near it. It is good to hear that it can be fixed.
  20. DPA 4063 loud pops

    I don't agree at all that the MicroDot is the weak part. In all the 406X mics I have ever had (and there really were quite a few) it was never the MicroDot that fails. It's the cable somewhere near the MicroDot. Just as often it's the cable near the capsule. You're lucky that it appears to be at the MicroDot end, as that is easy to fix and doesn't cost that much. Near the capsule and you'll effectively have to buy a new mic.
  21. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    Sure, no problem. The limiters in the MP6 have a relatively long recovery time. So for the things that I'm typically recording (guns and other sharp transient sound effects) the gain reduction recovery takes too long. That said, for dialog they are timed quite well, in my opinion. I think that for the majority of users the limiters may even be ideal for things that most folks typically record. When I try to talk to people about recording guns and the reliance on limiters, I get the "Man, just turn it down and compress it in post." response. That doesn't work. I require a significant (and subjectively good sounding) amount of limiting at the time of recording to get the results I want. So, it's a game of trying to find the "best sounding" form of distortion. Hope that helps.
  22. Thank you very much, Antoine Martens Your posting of a 1959 Nagra III with a number of 105 means that 240 units were not produced in 1958 as previously thought. Your serial number 59105 is only 47 units away from my 5858 So It was not possible to have 240 1958 models. It's now very possible they only had 100 1958 Nagra III's. They certainly did not have more than 104 1958 Nagra III's Also, Nagra was still using the early head covers at 105. Those head covers were used on serial number 5822 and 5828 But not on 5858. This tells me they may have used the head covers thru 1958 and into 1959. This is very interesting. I can't tell from your pictures, but the color of the insides of your recorder tells me it also still has the wrinkle paint finish as mine. Fascinating post, Antoine, I'm very glad you posted. Thank you for reading my thread and replying to my 1959 Nagra III questions. Two things became apparent today, proof there was a 1959 Nagra III, and proof there was not 240 1958 Nagra III's made. I added your machine to my growing Nagra III consecutive serial number database. Yours is the most important serial number to date. Could you post some pictures of the sides back and bottom? Also a complete picture of the reel deck top. Thank you very much.
  23. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    Things I'd be considering: -Save up for a 633 instead -Instead of the Rodelink look at the Lectro L-Series. I know it's a BIG price jump, but there are reasons for that. The Rodelink is fine for youtubers or really low budget corporate stuff, but I've had reliability issues just in my home office doing tests where I don't have a lot of wifi flying around.
  24. On My Radio

    Ended up (finding myself,) humming her refrain all this weekend! (And, esp. enjoyed the subdued ngoni fill.) Music with which to (solder by?)
  25. DPA 4063 loud pops

    Yes. Send it for service. That's the weak point of DPA Microdot.
  26. DPA 4063 loud pops

    Definitely not good.. the mic is about a year and a half old. I do not think its under warranty but it is insured so I think ill be able to replace it. However I would like to try and save it to keep it as a back up. I have already contacted DPA and waiting on their reply. I will report back on what they say.
  27. DPA 4063 loud pops

    How old is the mic? Still under warranty??? Call dpa let them check it out. Generally that's not good what you are describing
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