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    Sounddevices mix pre 10 no line out ?

    Interesting to know, I was considering buying one of these next year to replace an SQN on a job where my kit travels without me. I guess I'll look elsewhere now.
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    Nomad Zaxnet issue

    > zaxnet worked on this devices some month ago with the previous owner Are you certain he wasn't adding Zaxnet via another device, like an IFB200?
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    Wireless upgrade Lectrosonics?

    Primarily, audio quality. The SR receivers with smqv transmitters (for example) will sound much clearer with loud noises and the like. They'll essentially sound as though you've got an invisible wire between you and the microphone. They're very reliable too and as Jim has said, very, very well built. My tx's live in the leather cases they came in (some people don't like those) and they're as fresh as the day I bought them. As for range, you'll find they go further than the G3s by a long way. I've shot diagonally across the length of a football pitch with the presenter's tx in his front pocket on several occasions and got a reliable, usable signal. That's on 50mW with just the whips. Obviously that was in an empty stadium, but you see my point. Indoors they work extremely well, although I have had occasions inside reflective buildings where the receivers have got a bit confused. The G3s are a very good system (I have two) but the Lectros are far superior. If you're buying new, may I also suggest you look at Zaxcom's gear with internal recording and remote control of gain/frequency, and the new Audio ltd stuff which also does internal recording. One more thing - the Lectros use digital technology, there's a 3.5ms delay in the audio chain. You need to consider that when mixing with non-delayed sources like microphones.
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    Best ENG boom pole

    I'm using this: http://www.pinknoise-systems.co.uk/ambient-quick-pole-qp-480-boom-pole-105-350cm.html It's very well built and has enough reach for pretty much anything. This after sticking with a 2m Panamic that's still in superb condition after nearly 20 years of use. I'd stay with Ambient, just get a shorter one.
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    Sony FS7

    I did my first shoot on one of these today. A few things to note: 1) There's some kind of internal level setting, from 0 to 99, that seems to override the pots on the side. Presumably it's so the operator can fiddle with levels with his thumb (I didn't have time to check). You can disable it in the audio input menu, from memory it's something like "LVL + SIDE 1" and "LVL + SIDE 2". I switched it to SIDE 1 and 2 only (this disables the level control). 2) As with the F5 and F55, it forgets if the headphones are mono or stereo. So you have to go back into the menu and change it from one to the other to get it to "remember". 3) I couldn't find a timecode socket, I think this comes on some kind of extension accessory. It's a nice little camera though, more or less the same menu setup as the F5/F55 (no screen on the side though). The XLR sockets are in a decent position, although the headphone socket has once again been placed entirely randomly, somewhere around the back on the opposite side.
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    Rycote Mic Protector case

    The plastic tubes Rycote are selling as part of this kit aren't something they've designed and manufactured for themselves. They're fairly standard screwpack postal tubes, I've had bicycle components arrive in some.
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    Vampire clips in the UK?

    Buy one of the LMC units and chop some of the plastic off with a tiny hacksaw or a hot knife. Or a file. I doubt you need the clip to completely surround it, it only has to grip it lightly. Another option is to use a Tram tr-50 vampire cable clip, they hold microphones surprisingly well.
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    camera link

    If they don't pay they don't get. But there are situations where you can make it pay, for instance, the last time I used it was on a building site. If you're filming in a city centre, around pedestrians, there's another location. Or walking alongside a road. It's very easy to justify these things to production - nobody likes to ignore the word "safety".
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    camera link

    I use the TRX900CL and RX200. Digital out the mixer into the CL, digital across the air, digital output into the camera too if it supports it. The RX200 is small, weighs very little and has a useful level indicator on the side. The only downside is that mounting it can be a pain on cameras like the F5, due to the amount of stuff cameramen bolt onto them these days. An added benefit is that with this combination, you don't need separate timecode sync - the CL sends timecode with the audio, you just plug the RX straight into the camera's BNC and that's that. It's a simple but effective system and the RX200 will also work with any Zaxcom body-worn transmitter.
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    Receiver advice

    Ensure you're using the correct Sennheiser cable (they have a blue ring on the XLR).
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    MKH40 high pitch noise

    I had this many years ago with a second hand MKH40, it was faulty so I returned it to Sennheiser for repair. It's been fine ever since.
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    Receiver advice

    I've been using a couple of G3s with the handheld sticks for the last 12 months and I have to say they've worked perfectly, right across Europe and beyond. They're only plugged into an SQN so there's nothing really "digital" going on in the bag that could cause problems. I've used them on recorded and live work and had no issues at all. Are you using the correct cables, and are they tightened up fully on the receiver? The Sennheiser cables form part of the antenna and you can have problems if you don't use the locking ring on the minijack fully.
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    Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Open your mixer and check the Nomad antenna socket is still connected securely. They can come loose. I have two ERX's, I love them. Good for IFB in most situations, but also great for sending scratch audio to DSLRs and other things. On a shoot recently I had one providing audio and timecode to a roving camera, and the other providing IFB to a boom op so he could hear his mic. Worked very well.
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    Rates in UK / Europe

    I think you should charge whatever you normally expect in your locale. What UK mixers charge isn't particularly relevant, although they're lying if they say that everyone charges £350 all in. Tell them that it doesn't matter what UK mixers charge, they're not in the UK now, they're in Brazil and will have to pay whatever Brazilians charge.
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    Prototype BEC bracket for F55 Documentary Dock

    I find my universal plate works very well, on just about every camera ever made:
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    sound devices media prices in UK

    Sounds like Sound Devices are sticking a sticker onto normal memory cards and charging a premium for it. I'd just buy whatever cards they say are compatible from Amazon and spend the difference on beer.
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    600mhz equipment resale?

    Perhaps a manufacturer has to jump through certain hoops before selling their equipment in the EU, but as far as I know, provided it transmits at 50mW and is in a legal band there's nothing to stop a private [licensed] buyer using whatever he likes in the EU.
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    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
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    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.
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    What kind of microphones might these be?

    I was watching some Reagan press conferences and noticed two men holding what appear to be extremely long microphone baskets, aimed at the reporters asking questions. Anyone know what they were?
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    Bag/Ditty for wires and transmitters

    For lapel mics I use fishing tackle boxes. They're ideal - strong, weigh nothing, perfect size, transparent.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Interesting new wireless system

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