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  1. I've had c300's do some weird stuff like that. Most of the time a power cycle will for whatever reason do the trick. Otherwise its probably an old firmware on the camera?
  2. at least the channel strips are modular. i've had to resuscitate a channel on a Ghost which is not modular, what a PITA!!!
  3. i've read about the schoeps being susceptible to humidity and such. that they're not really robust in that sense. i really don't understand it at all. i've used my CMIT in super humid weather (bornean jungle, mexican jungles, etc and in DC where it is a big humid swamp in the summer!) and have never had any performance issues. i've even had it in the rain with the cinela piano/kelly cover without any issues whatsoever. same can be said about my CCM M/S setup. no issues with weather. pretty solid. that sucks that your CMIT went bad. i'm sure LSC and schoeps will take care of you(perhaps at the cost of some $$$). it's part of the deal. my buss compressor just started giving me a transformer hum out of the blue. now i've got to send it in to Elysia to see what the deal is.......but yes, repairing and maintenance sucks for both hardware and plugins. keep us posted on the repair. hopefully it won't take too long to get back into the mic locker
  4. to me it seems like if i were to put two cardioids back to back i'd get an omni type feel(with proximity effect unlike omnis). i feel like the null of figure 8's are quite extreme. specially on ribbon mics. i've got a 77dx and a 44bx and you wouldn't believe how much the signal drops if you put the sound source in the null. one of my friends was telling me that radio broadcasters used this to their advantage. you'd have the person talking and reading the paper which was right by the null and you would never hear the paper sounds at all. i doubt you'd get that kind of behavior with two cardioids back to back
  5. I'd say get a nice DA and AD. The apollo boxes are pretty sweet since they have a basic 'master section' built in. The new apogee boxes are pretty sweet as well. I use a Cranesong Avocet mkII which is killer. Also, the new Avid boxes sound surprisingly good. Looking to do an HDX upgrade at some point. Even the HD Native is great but I enjoy the low-latency of the new HDX systems.... Unfortunately none of this stuff is cheap. But the headphone amp on the Avocet is stellar! It can drive any phones you plug in!
  6. this is a bit of a bummer. i was stoked to have a baggable solution. hopefully the manufacturer will comply with FCC spec or hopefully SG will make the amp themselves.... i know there's other solutions out there but man it looked like such a nice little package!
  7. hey rosa, sounds good! i unfortunately missed the shows. i had a last minute booking for a shoot in the DR and had to pack with only hours to get prepped for international travel. i'm sure the show was great. i gave the tickets to a friend who then gave them to people jonesin' to get in. inauguration was quite lame. not a lot of people. a lot of BS from both sides. women march was a whole lot more intense in a good way. for both days i just 'shot' with my 744t, zaxcom qrx235, and a boom. went wireless boom just because it's faster and quicker to do adjustments and move around without any cables. everything in the orca-or30. tiny bag perfect for run-n-gun. i was able to run, jump, keep up without any issues. i did pre-register my frequencies.... that small orca with the 744t and three channels of wireless is super compact and light. powered everything with an inspired energy battery for the whole day.
  8. funny vid, new small TX looks sweet. definitely will pick one up to try out
  9. Doing a search would be good. Lots of going back and forth about this. Like its been said, very personal. I've owned the WS4 for my schoeps MS setup for a long time. Recently I bought a Zephyx to replace it and all I can say is WOW! Transparent, reduces handling noise, for me its a much better system. I also own the Piano and again, it is amazing. Much easier to boom with and my boom ops love it for that reason. They are a bit more fragile but still very hearty. They always do the job. The basket themselves are floated which makes them move around and absorb any mechanical/wind noise without making sounds. It throws people off but man they work great.
  10. I'm definitely going to be there. Pretty sure production will have some sort of pass/credentials. It's going to be crazy me thinks! Got booked for the Inauguration and the Womens March. Then I found out about these shows at the black cat. If I have the energy I will be at the Anti-Ball show with some very cool bands and acts. On the 20th there's going to be the No Thanks show. Also looks very promising. So if anyone is in town and going to the black cat on the 21st for the Anti-Ball show, I already got my tickets! Join if you like any of the bands! EDIT to insert the Black Cat links: http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/antibalas.html http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/no-thanks.html
  11. NPR had a quick report in this. Looks amazing, really want to visit and go to some concerts! Let us know how it sounds Mungo!
  12. I went from powering my bags with v-mounts to the new IE batteries and it's been rock solid. Lighter and less bulky than the v-mounts with longer run times. The AR battery cups are super nice. After reading up on them here it really is true that they snap and lock into place. I use both the big batts and the half joints. Most of the time I'm on the bigger ones. I want to do an upgrade and get one of the AR distro units. Thats my next step..... I can power my 744t/552/qrx235 combo all day with a single 98whr battery. I can go 3/4 of a day with the x3....
  13. I really love the Zaxcom stuff. Before I bought a system I rented all sorts of lectro stuff. Then I decided to try Zaxcom and I just cant say enough good things about it. It's really not that hard to use! Like people have said, if you read the manual its surprisingly easy to use. Ontop of that, they have the OLED displays which spells all parameters out in plain easy to understand text. The new software even makes it simpler by breaking down the different parameters into sub categories which simplifies everything even more. For example, theres a submenu for time code, zaxnet, transmit, etc etc so you can make changes quickly. I use the QRX235 with my 744t/442 combo and my x3 with no issues. Seriously, dont buy into the online posts that say Zaxcom is too complicated to use. It's really easy and has a great feature set! All this said, I still rent lectro stuff when I need it, but really miss all the extras like remote gain change, transmitters record feature and all....
  14. Slightly related, but here's an experience I've had with my 744t and a internal CF reader. Like has been said before, power draw is super minimal. I haven't noticed any difference really. What I did notice is that the machine boots up faster. Then one day I decided to use my Qrx's digital out set to 96k...ontop of running the two analog lines for a total of 4 tracks. The internal CF reader was not able to keep up with data rates and stopped completely. The CF in the CF card slot came through however. I guess the interface between the old style hard drive to CF is the weak link here. I wonder if the SSD adapter has more throughoutput?
  15. Yep, stuff happens as has been discussed here in depth. I've had my 744t fail completely. It happened once, lost everything on the drive. SD people were perplexed. I've also rented a 788t from one of the usual suspects which again failed completely very recently. Mid take, live show, not good. I had to pull the battery let it sit for a sec and restart. After explaining what happened they could hardly believe me and they told me that they were going to send in the 788t for a factory checkup. Called a week later to inquire about the factory findings and it turns out they never sent it in because they couldn't replicate the problem I had. Luckily, I had the 744t on backup and I was able to use something from it to cover the scene. I guess I come back to my opening line: stuff happens! It sucks when you don't catch it in the moment to request a re-take. I never liked how easy it is to accidentally hit the 'stop' or 'rec' button on the SD stuff. That being said, when I upgraded my recorder I did not go the SD route...or a Zaxcom, though I love the Zax wireless.
  16. That is pretty sweet! I might have to get one for my 744/442 rig!
  17. Vark Audio has them. I was told that they are right angle. Specifically pointing in the 6 o'clock position. I dont think you can change the orientation to another degree.... So if that particular angle interferes with your device's layout, it might not work.
  18. Hey Jurg, It's been a while and apologies for the slow response, but thanks for getting back with all your info. I think I'm going to skip the slate mic for this time and just buy a HN set with the straight cable in the future. Good to know about the coiled cable too. I could easily imagine how something tugging on the left would be distracting. Btw, the mogami mini quad cable works great for headphones. I had to re-wire some old Beyers and used the Mogami cable and I'm very happy with the outcome! -Ivan
  19. Like some of you have mentioned, I too hope they keep up the high standard of manufacturing on these mics.....
  20. I just got two 4063's for my trxla2's/3's and they live up to all the expectations. I also find that it mixes really well with the cmit/ccm41 very nicely. When I was first researching I really wanted the 4063 slim version. Currently it's not in the market but it's in the works. Also, they do make a 4073 version for Zaxcom. At least that's what I was told when I spoke to them about two weeks ago.
  21. Hey Jurg, How did the retrofitting go? I'm thinking about picking up the system to use with some of my 7506's. Are you pretty happy with the system? How was the installation and retrofitting of the regular 7506's? Any info would be stellar. I tried downloading the PDF from RA but the link didn't work. I'm about to message them to see if they can forward it to me.... Cheers, Ivan
  22. Has anyone used the Remote Audio's modular cable design with built in slate mic? I like the idea of being able to switch cables with different phones but haven't had a chance to try one out yet. I wonder if the slate mic closer to the voice will make it sound better.....but yes, it's still a slate mic....
  23. I hope it's not too off topic but I use the qrx235 with my 744t/552 combo and feed it a mix like KG mentioned. If the Maxx has a TC in/out in one connector you can just have one cable that does TC both ways. The 744t has a lemo 5 pin I believe which does TC in/out so all I need is one cable. All that being said, I think there's a lot of features that you get when pairing it with a Zax recorder but perhaps this is only with the Nomad? Putting transmitters into record when the record button is pressed in the recorder is pretty sweet.
  24. I replaced the internal drive with a PATA to CF adapter. So now the internal 'drive' is the 64gb CF card. It works flawlessly and boots up in no time. Doing file transfers are still painfully slow but I usually grab the removable CF card for delivery anyways. I do think it runs a little cooler though. I don't think the CF cards generate as much heat as the SSD, but I'm probably wrong about that. It's been working great so far! -ivan
  25. My 442 is still going strong though I do want to send it in for a checkup. The ballpark that SD quoted me on was $350-$450. It also needs the newest firmware update. At the moment it won't read my lithium v-mounts correctly. But other than that it is still going strong. Never hiccuped on me yet. That being said, a friend lent me his 552 and I haven't gone back to the 442. I love having the controls on the top faceplate and the added gain on the inputs. Will never let go of the 442. It's definitely a nice sounding unit!