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    Mainly classical music production, but getting into Sound Recordist, Boom Op and post for film.

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  1. James Bull

    How did they capture this audio? [BBC 1979]

    What gets me is the number of people laughing in the blooper - how many people were there on that crew compared to a similar shoot today! James
  2. James Bull

    Roll your own audio interface (miniDSP USBstreamer)

    miniDSP have just announced an 8 channel (4xAES3) usb interface. Recalled this thread and thought you might be interested in this Richard: https://www.minidsp.com/products/usb-audio-interface/u-dio8 I have their usbstreamer spdif/adat interface in my editing room, and it performs really well. J
  3. James Bull

    Suggestions - kitchen table unscripted discussion

    Is it lavs not an option or is it radios? I have used hard wired lavs in this situation before because the production didn't want to pay for hiring 8 radios. As long as they are seated throughout, it works quite well.
  4. James Bull

    Aaton XTR sync start/stop

    I enquiried about this recently with Kodak UK telecine department. The colourist said they didn't have the required box on their telecine machine to read the code off, so they couldn't do it. Also mentioned that it was problematic as the code burn in tended to bleed into the picture as daniel said. We went with a smart slate instead.
  5. James Bull

    Two Channel Wireless Sound Package Advice

    Are these maximum security facilities going to be happy with allowing unsecured wireless transmitters inside?
  6. James Bull

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    There is a way to create clickable links to posts. Right click on the post number. There will be an option to "copy link address" or similar. Write the text that you want the link to have in a post. Select the text and click the link icon in the toolbar. Voila, a clickable link to a post, eg: There's only One, Nagra I The Vienna collection
  7. James Bull

    Rode announces VideoMic SoundField...check out this video

    It seems this includes the required preamps, and outputs b-format. Also has a removable rechargeable battery but takes AAs in the same slot. Very excited to hear it in action.
  8. James Bull

    7 core cable

    Yes, they are very good cables. I would not recommend the fsm as mic cable. Fsm is less flexible and more designed for install. I have not used the msj, but the hsj that it's based on is very flexible and really nice to work with. j
  9. I think it takes 4 9v PP3 batteries, and you may have to take the top case off with a screwdriver to fit them.
  10. James Bull

    Lectro PDR, not Lectro PMR

    Thanks Constantin that makes sense. The manual does say "recording modes/bitrate" but theres a typo that shows the units as kHz. Looks like a very useful little box.
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    Lectro PDR, not Lectro PMR

    Does anyone know what the split gain mode (384khz) listed in the manual is? I can guess it may be a method of recording two different levels at once to avoid overages, but I don't understand why this would result in a different sample rate...
  12. James Bull

    2 cardiod back to back=figure 8

    Theres a great book about this, freely available from Neumann: http://www.neumann.com/downloadmanager/d.php?sid=lj4q1ljbge3a92anuc35pl5c24&download=docu0002.PDF
  13. James Bull

    Expert Advice Wanted. Sound for Film.

    I'm sorry, but how can you know what you are listening to if you are not listening critically?
  14. James Bull

    Expert Advice Wanted. Sound for Film.

    It seems like the biggest thing that a professional would bring to this situation is critical listening skills. In order to improve the sound, you need to know what is wrong with it in the first place. What to do about it then becomes much easier, and any professional would be able to advise on this too. Would it be possible to organise a consultation from a professional, show them some parts of the film you are unhappy with, and ask for their advice? This would cost less than the price of a good microphone, and would be far more useful. Just to play devils advocate for a moment...are there other ways you can make room in your budget for sound? You say that there is no budget, but you are shooting on 16mm and considering the cost of film and processing, there are much cheaper techniques (digital) for the budget conscious filmmaker.
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    Inside a Nagra battery

    Has anyone actually asked Nagra if they would repair a battery pack? I would be very surprised if they do not offer this service. I would be very surprised if Nagra offered the replacement LiPo units for user servicing - if your iPhone battery dies, you have to return it to Apple for repair. You can repair it yourself, but Apple don't provide details of where to buy parts or how to complete the repair.