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  3. Boom op-less

    Just remember that when it comes to narrative work you are the DP of sound. Tell production how much you cost, how much you need for your boom operator, and how much you need for your utility. Its not a question of if they have money for a boom operator or utility, because its never a question of if they have money for 1st and 2nd AC's.... Mix well, Monson. Sent from my LG-H871 using Tapatalk
  4. Ambient/Denecke timecode disparity

    All TC clocks can be calibrated one way or another. Ambient made this possible to do in the field with their master unit, Denecke can cal their equipment in their shop, as can other techs....
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  6. Ambient/Denecke timecode disparity

    Seconding Ed and Coleman, it sounds like something may be off in your settings? Also, about how long does it take for the drift to become noticeable? Was either device accidentally powered off for any period of time? And, yeah, if it's a rental switch it out, and if the issue persists then at least you've isolated the issue to your 744T.
  7. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    I used various mono Nagras (III, IV-L, 4.2) between 1975 and 1984. By 1984 my clients had become interested in having timecode recorded on the recorder along with audio, to allow for automated and faster syncing of sound to a video tape copy of the film shot on location, and that was really only practical with various modifications of the IV-SL. As Mike said, while the IV-S is a great machine and has 2 audio channels, it has far fewer features useful to location recordists and thus required a lot more peripheral devices to get the job done. I used IV-S recorders modified with various time-code add-ons up through the "Harvey" or "Time Code Systems" conversion--which I still have (which came out about a year or so after the Kudelski IV-STC). I started using digital recorders (DAT) as soon as they became available in the USA in "grey-market" versions (while official imports from Japan were held up by the record industry) in the late 1980s--these were non-timecode recorders that came along at a very convenient time for the overseas nature and culture docs I was working on then. They were far lighter, smaller, cheaper and had tape run-times far longer than Nagras--great for travel. Time code DATs came a bit later, were highly complex and trouble prone and grossly overpriced, in my opinion. Again, clients requested their use, in spite of generally inferior sound compared to 1/4" Nagras. In the early '90s early adopters of file-based recorders, such as Jeff Wexler, began to campaign to get acceptance of machines like the Deva II, followed a few years later by Sound Devices and other machines, as well as laptop-based recording systems like Metacorder. The industry switched to file based recording pretty quickly, as DAT seemed to become more troublesome as the machines aged and computer-based post made the delivery of audio files instead of tapes very attractive. Most younger people I work with on crews today have never been on a film or a tape-based video shoot, and have never used a Nagra or a DAT machine--the transition has been pretty widespread and complete. Nagras are still used by some music engineers for certain projects, that's pretty much all the Nagra reel to reel usage I hear about anymore (besides being a prop in a period film).
  8. new low cost radiomic

    ...not very usable, to be honest.
  9. How is the 600MHz spectrum sell off affecting you?

    I was all 24-25-26..So...All new SMWB units and Venue2...new Sankens to go with them...It set me back quite a bit, but that's business.. Re blocking a bunch of 411a's...and a few of my SMQv's and SMv's Expensive month... I may have done this anyhow even if the Spectrum deal had not happened..I always try my best to modernize whenever possible. That Venue2 is nice. Good news is.. All new wireless gear...Go Lectro.. Love the new Wireless designer software that goes with the Venue2 by the way..
  10. Hi Mark C, I used my two Nagra 4.2 recorders for 13 years for drama and documentary work. I regularly aligned the machines to achieve the best possible performance using a Nakamichi T-100 audio analyser. For me the 4.2 was the ultimate recorder with all the facilities you needed. I built my own KAT unit (which added a 3rd microphone channel) and I added a 48v phantom setting to it unlike the Nagra version. I used a Nagra 4STC for Cousteau expeditions for 4 years. Although it offered time code and two channel recording, I realised that it's noise performance did not match the 4.2 due to it's two narrow tracks with a guard band. I also felt that the headphone amplifier was not as good as the 4.2. I move to DAT in 1993 then to hard disk in 2004 and on to CF and SD cards. Microphones did not immediately develop quickly, I had worked with high quality condenser units since 1966, the Sennheiser 804 was a breakthrough in directional microphones and the next significant leap forward was the Sony ECM-50 electret personal microphone around 1974. Currently there are many great electret personal microphones for use with radio systems. A very innovative Japanese manufacturer Sanken now sell an interesting range of electret units. The greatest audio developments were in radio microphones with Audio Ltd, Sennheiser and then Lectrosonics as UHF transmission developed plus pre-emphasis then double ended compansion systems and currently digital systems that offer remarkable dynamic range and quality. I will try to find my measurement and test sheet for the Nagra 4.2 mike
  11. How is the 600MHz spectrum sell off affecting you?

    I have some gear in the 600 range that is not re-blockable. Luckily for me, I have re-couped the cost of what I payed for these units, and will use them as long as possible. Then I'll likely sell them for peanuts to someone overseas on ebay, or in WTB-WTS. But, who knows if all other countries will follow suite and auction off these frequencies to their phone companies as well.... - Lectrosonics has some kind of a "buy back" program, where they give you a rebate on new gear, in exchange for sending in old gear in the 600 MHz range.
  12. Folding Bag Cart v1.0

    Thank you. I have looked through the Magworld and General catalogs and have missed finding it.
  13. new low cost radiomic

    Senal is a "sister" company of B&H Photo & Video. Most of their stuff looks like low-cost knockoffs of established equipment. Maybe these wireless systems are fine; but I'd want to be REALLY convinced before I'd ever use these...Like by hearing reports from mixers I trust who've used that equipment on real jobs for a few months. I think it will be a long time until I hear such reports. And then: The.AWS-2000T.and.AWS-2000P.Transmitters.feature.two. output.level.settings: •. Lo (5 mW).is.ideal.when.the.transmitter.is.relatively. close.(150.feet.or.less).to.the.receiver..It.also.provides. the.transmitter.with.approximately.20%.more.. battery.runtime. •. Hi (30 MW).allows.the.microphone.to.cover.a.wider.area. and.more.range..This.setting.is.recommended.if.your. subject.is.moving.around.or.is.consistently.more.than. 200.feet.from.the.receiver... Even if the TX had higher output , not for me. But if anyone here buys a set and can compare them to established system, let us know what you find.
  14. How is the 600MHz spectrum sell off affecting you?

    I plan on reblocking. Comes out cheaper for me.
  15. Folding Bag Cart v1.0

    It's probably a part from backstage. I'll see if I can find it in their catalog
  16. How is the 600MHz spectrum sell off affecting you?

    Or re-block if possible.
  17. Red Wapon and Tilta noisy Fan

    Make shure your camera fans are set to adaptive mode 46C or even 48C wich is the max. The DP has to recalibrate the sensor for that temp of course (but he should know that). I've shot a whole lot with the Weapon in the Amazon with high humidity and high temp and never had any melt down nor loud fans problem. If you shoot in a dry desert you should probably cover the camera body to protect it from direct sunlight. Now I don't know this Tilta module. Does it have a dedicated fan to it wich isn't the Weapon's one? Pat
  18. I did the same as Jon. Sold it as soon as I heard it was probably going away. There is a lot of 600mhz gear for sale now and it all sells for less than something similar in a lower block. Start selling now and if you buy used gear it helps offset some of the pain.
  19. On My Radio

    . . . or?
  20. The moment I heard about the spectrum sell off, I sold all my 600mHz gear and purchased new gear in safer parts of the spectrum. That was maybe two or more years ago. I knew that by now the market would be flooded with 600mHz gear and they would be going for really cheap. So in order to make my money back I sold it right away.
  21. Which Schoeps mics for documentaries?

    Yay MK41!
  22. PDR Lectrosonics

    As Axel said. Also, there is only one conversion from analog to digital, no occasionally troublesome RF link, and a wider dynamic range overall. Best Regards, Larry Fisher
  23. Morning all. I am a Production Mixer up in Vancouver, Canada who does mostly TV Series work. At the moment, all us broadcast people up here in the sound field are likely looking to the US to see how the sale of the 600MHz Spectrum is going to soon affect us up here, as it did/is down there. Though, there could be differences in how big it will, or could, affect our jobs, and the gear we use. Who knows what the Candian Government will do exactly. As of now, the Canadian Government has indicated it will be at least 2 years until an auction will happen. They are still trying to decide how it will happen, and what the whole process will look like. I plan to send an email, of a sort of impact statement, to the Canadian Government. I have just discovered canadians, and canadian companies have until November 2nd to submit comments about how the sale will/could affect them, if held. So all you canadian sound guys may want to start emailing fast! Anyways, after all that, I would like to hear from our US counterparts, their comments on how the 600MHz spectrum sale has/is/will affect them in terms of their gear changes, or otherwise. As an example, I sat down, and listed all the wireless gear I possess in the 600MHz range. I found that if I had to change it all to new blocks it would cost approximately $55,000 CND. Scary! None of my stuff is reblockable, as I have found out from Lectrosonics. I would have to buy straight up all new gear. Lots of boat anchors. Yes, I would be getting the latest and greatest, but the stuff I have now is still doing the job quite nicely thank you. So would love to hear from you. Thanks... CRAIG
  24. new low cost radiomic

    surprising amount of tech for how much they cost.
  25. new low cost radiomic

    Very interesting to replace the Sennheiser G3 100. Thanks for the link. Have you had any hands on experience?
  26. Which Schoeps mics for documentaries?

    I've strangely preferred the ccm41 over the miniCmit for documentary. The CCM41 doesn't pick as much background sound as the MiniCmit when pointed to a noisy background if it is behind the main subject. Right boom placement is of course very important.
  27. PDR Lectrosonics

    No, it is just the same. There is no further companding with Lectro 400 mode transmission systems.
  28. PDR Lectrosonics

    Or Weapon ;-) I wonder if the PDR have better sound quality than the Lectro transmitter/recievers couple as there is no "compression" or signal loss due to the transmission system?
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