Lancashire soundie

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    greater manchester
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    location sound, mostly tv

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  1. WIRELESS LAWS & LICENSES - UK

    If you're visiting as part of a job then I suggest you buy the licence and invoice it - no cost to you. I've only ever once seen anyone checking radio frequencies, and that was for a practice event before the Olympics. But the risk is always there.
  2. Cheapo boom pole

    I occasionally get asked to provide a long boom pole. Not enough, however, to justify spending a decent sum on a quality one. So at the risk of inviting much ire, has anyone any experience of these? Squeaks and creaks are solvable issues IMO. The last time I turned up on a job and the client wanted a long boom pole, I found myself spending money in a fishing tackle shop... https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Miliboo-portable-carbon-fiber-microphone-Boom-pole-Handheld-Grip-Support-Rod-Flash-Light-microfonos-Holder/32744962343.html
  3. Bag/Ditty for wires and transmitters

    For lapel mics I use fishing tackle boxes. They're ideal - strong, weigh nothing, perfect size, transparent.
  4. troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    I have a Nomad and a CL and connect the two with Zaxnet, you have to change the frame rate on the CL manually. You don't have to set anything on the RX200, that's all automatic.
  5. troubleshoot TC issue with Zaxcom rx200

    Perhaps I'm reading this wrong but this sounds more like an issue with either your Maxx or CL than the camera. The CL should receive timecode from the BNC connector on the back (or Zaxnet if you have a compatible transmitter). You have to set the frame rate manually on the CL but it should receive the correct TC number without intervention. The RX200 will receive timecode over the UHF link (not Zaxnet), and it will also receive the frame rate over that same channel, so you don't have to set anything there. Once you've got the link between those three working correctly, then it's time to move onto the camera. The RX200 has selectable TC levels of .01V, .2V, .5V, .9V and 1.5V. Which is yours set to?
  6. Interesting new wireless system

    I wonder if the system reduces bandwidth, or increases compression, when signal quality is low.
  7. Interesting new wireless system

    It isn't YouTube. Listen to the main presenter, she sounds ok. The other two, by comparison, sound - well, awful to my ears.
  8. Interesting new wireless system

    Perhaps it's just me but the audio quality on the two presenters positioned very far from the receiver is awful. Hardly any sibilance, their voices sound artificially limited in frequency range.
  9. New Boom Pole at CineGear

    I like the strap option, that's a good idea. Might be better if it was a piece of elastic string attached to your harness (or bag strap) though.
  10. iPhone audio question

    I'm trying to get them to use one of the SKM 100-835 G3 stick mics I bought for the job in place of the Beyer, with the RX feeding the iRig, but that still leaves the problem of monitoring. Asking them to carry all that kit (I'm not there while they're doing it) is too much. Too expensive. Just need a cheap and easy way to plug headphones in, quality not a concern. Not a bad shout, but a bit too expensive (budgets are tight). Is this really teh cheapest option? Would be a shame if it is. No headphone socket though. Nice, but way, way too big.
  11. iPhone audio question

    The social media crew on a large job I work on have a slight issue. They do Facebook Live broadcasts before the event begins, which are very popular. A presenter walks around the area, talking about the competitors, for several minutes. They do this with a Beyer M58 (or similar), plugged into an iRig Pre, which itself is plugged into an iPhone via the 4-pin minijack socket on the top. The iPhone then combines the mic audio and its camera video to broadcast to several thousand viewers, on Facebook. That part is done through a Facebook app. The iRig Pre has a headphone socket, but I found out this weekend that this headphone socket is not amplified. It's just a passthrough, so essentially if you plug headphones into the iRig, you only hear the phone - not the iRig. This is a problem, because the Facebook app doesn't allow simultaneous monitoring of audio while transmitting (the phone is capable of this, but the app is not). So the operator cannot hear the microphone. Obviously I've set the iRig gain to work correctly, but it would still be a benefit for everyone if the operator could hear what the presenter is saying, and if the audio is good/bad. So I need a device to put between the iRig Pre and the iPhone. I need this device to let the iRig's output continue uninterrupted into the iPhone, while taking a feed and amplifying it so that someone can listen to the iRig Pre on headphones. Does anyone know if such a thing exists?
  12. My MKH 50 stopped working. Sent to Sennheiser USA....

    Years ago an MKH40 of mine developed a loud whistle and had to be returned to Sennheiser. I don't recall the turnaround time, but things go faulty, that's just life.
  13. Lectrosonics Sra weak reception

    Looks good to me. I should do some more tests first.
  14. Lectrosonics Sra weak reception

    Thanks, I will check this out.
  15. Lectrosonics Sra weak reception

    I suspect one of my two SRa's needs to be looked at. The good one is rock solid, never drops out. However, even at short range, the suspect one seems to dip in and out of good reception quite regularly. Both are on standard whips, on ch38 in the UK. Today I had two people on radios, at a distance, running around on a field. So I used one receiver to pick those two channels up, which worked fine. I kept the other (suspect) receiver on, tuned to one of the mics, just to see what might happen. As expected, the signal strength was regularly several pixels below that of the good receiver, and there were quite a few dropouts. I even connected an SNA600 to one antenna, to no avail. Is there anywhere in the UK who services these, or do they have to go back to the US? And is there a better test than "I think this may be faulty" I could try before I consider sending it off?