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    Lectro SMV battery drain

    I sent mine to Trew, for that and another problem. Put new paste on it, and now no problems. I had the same issue: 45 minutes to a battery red light. Now it last all day.
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    Sennheiser MKH 8090 experiences?

    Hello all - I'm looking for any thoughts and experiences people here may have in using two MKH 8090s in a stereo setup, for either environmental/background recordings, or for music recording (for orchestral or single instruments, for example). Thanks! Stephen
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    Treatment in production

    For anyone wanting gushing accolades and glory, this isn't the right profession. And, there is nothing wrong with accolades and glory...but we are the bass players of film production. In the end, usually, the right people know who does a good job. My perspective is limited to indie films and commercial work.
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    Zoom F8n.

    If you want to argue that the F8 preamps are good value for $, people will probably agree. If you want to argue that the F8 is good overall value for $, it is debatable. But those preamps are not in the league of the 600 series, and nowhere near the 700 series. If you objectively think they are on par then (and I'll misquote someone else around here), you need to lower your day rate.
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    Securing connections to Inspired Energy / Hi-Q / eSMART batteries.

    Audioroot cup + Remote HiQ batteries... Been using this for a year never had one fall out of the cup. The one issue I am having is some rf buzz when the HiQ battery is close to the audioroot box. I have a Comtek BST in the bag powered by that battery, and I can hear short steady intermittent buzz hits in the comtek rx. Took me all sorts of trial and error to realize that the cycle bar on the audioroot display timed exactly to the buzz hits, and that the only way to reduce it was to get the battery as far away as possible. Tried every combo of batteries and power cables to the BST, and the results were consistent. Not major deal, but new clients have to be convinced that they are only hearing a comtek glitch, not the actual recorded sound.
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    Rechargeable battery management on location

    I have empty AA and 9v cases and caddys... If the case has any yellow electrical tape on them, they need recharging. PSA: don't let your 9v batteries ever touch each other at the connector ends in storage... They may seriously overheat, drain, and even present a small fire risk
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    633 track names into Premiere Pro

    I can't be the first to struggle with this, but I can't seem to find a solution... My editor is having problems migrating the track names from my 633 into Premiere Pro. Files are poly wav. He is only seeing track numbers, not custom names. I know he can check out the sound report, but is there anything we are both missing in the process to make this automatic? Anything I can do on my end with the 633? Thanks in advance!
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    Location Sound Van build

    So far, I feel there is very good value for cost. The design, dimensions, layout are very practical. The 9-speed automatic transmission is a bit odd in practice. The design is completely Fiat, and is geared to working in European cities with tight spaces, which lines up well with film work. Practical and not flashy: peefect for soundies 😀
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    Location Sound Van build

    Hi folks - I've been putting together my sound van for a while, modifying a Dodge Ram 2016 Promaster City. I'm sure others have done similar things, but I haven't been able to find builds specific to our industry (lots of stuff for handymen etc). Still have lots to do: - marine battery hookup for laptop and charging station powering - ramp for the cart - possible hookup for receiver fins - wifi network for files and security I'd love to see/hear what others have done, and get any advice on what I still have left to do. For context, I'm working smaller scale commercial shoots, docs, low/medium budget films, music. If I was on higher budget stuff, this would like quite a bit different. But here in Canada, with long distances to some locations, this setup is where I've ended up in terms of practicality and preparedness. cheers!
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    Location Sound Van build

    All my cases lock together, and rubber tarp bungies keep them secure to the wire mesh so nothing moves in transit.
  11. This is amazing...a real eye opener, particularly with the Glengarry clip, and the distant dialogue of the off camera actors.
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    Remote Audio Hi-Q Batteries

    Audioroot with the Hi-Q 98: almost 7 hours simultaneously running 633, 1 phantom input, 4x lectros, Comtek BST. Been using two of these batteries, they've been flawless for 6 months so far.
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    Rycote Mic Protector case

    I did neglect to say that the twist-style tubes for the mics look pretty cool..they are more compact than mine, and fit better in cart drawers. I can be clutzy, so I gravitate to gear that can take a beating lol
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    Rycote Mic Protector case

    I realize that Rycote and K-tek need to make money where they can on peripheries, but so many of these things can be made better and cheaper with a little DIY...these cost about $4 each to make, for example (shockproof, waterproof, customized size):
  15. Hi all! Here in Canada, today has become an annual "Bell Let's Talk" Day, where people talk pretty openly about their battles with all kinds of mental illnesses. I've noticed that it is almost par-for-the-course that people in the film/tv business burn-out at some point. Long hours and a gig-based economy seem to combine to put alot of strain on nerves, relationships, marriages, physical health. I don't know if the nature of sound work puts any particular flavour on it...probably not...but maybe other's know differently? I've been on the edge of burnout for a couple of months now, and would like to hear how other's deal with the stress. For those suffering from depression, I think everything is even further amplified. What do you do? Do you schedule vacations? Are there consequences to talking openly about it with your peers and colleagues? Thank you for your time!
  16. I'm using the plastic DPA concealer lav mounts, and occasionally the InvisiLav mounts for the cos-11s. I'm looking for double-sided tape of equivalent quality to the stock circles that come with the DPA concealers, but in larger amounts that I can cut and customize myself. Anyone find anything like this in rolls or sheets? I already have and use snot tape for other purposes, but was looking for something less gooey Thanks!
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    recommendations for double-sided tape for plastic mounts

    thanks folks, some excellent ideas!
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    Reading a client

    What you have already covers it for me...if I'm getting any sense that my rate will be too high (and might not get the job), the answers to these other questions may allow me to shave my rate a bit: # of shooting days, and are they sequential or spread out indoor, outdoor, or both (in Canada in January, this is definitely a thing) any all-night shoots?
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    Comtek “compand” switch missing

    http://comtek.com/downloads/PR-216_manual.pdf page 2 mentions an "optional enviromic"
  20. Hello - I'm wondering if someone could help me out here. I've got a 633, and I'm wanting to make sure I use SD and CF cards from the approved media list. https://www.sounddevices.com/support/approved-media/6-series-approved-media-list In the list, for the SanDisk SD cards, it lists the following (for example): 128... SanDisk ...Extreme PLUS; SDXC/UHS-1, Class 10; 80 MB/s (bold is mine) For some other cards, they sometimes specify read and write speeds, but for the SanDisk lines they only list one number. Is that meant to be the read speed, or write speed? I want to be sure, because when I look for this card on Amazon... https://www.amazon.ca/SanDisk-Extreme-Write-SDSDXN-128G-G46-Version/dp/B00MBFPT1W/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1503881057&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=SanDisk+Extreme+80mb%2Fs+16gb ...it says 80 MB/s on the disk but lists only a 40 mb/s write speed (60mb/s for older model) So, for those who have tried to stick with the approved list, I have a few questions about the SanDisk SD cards: 1) does the required 80 MB/S refer to the read or write speeds? 2) if a similar SanDisk SD card is listed as 90MB/s but has a write speed of 60MB/s, is this acceptable or do the numbers have to be exact? Since the SanDisk SD cards are so popular, I'm thinking I can't be the only one who has wrestled with this. I appreciate any insight. Thanks in advance!!
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    Portabrace “Silent” audio bags.

    Looks like Portabrace borrowed from Stingray and Orca to make an interesting budget mashup
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    Running the Set

    This entire post is fascinating, this will change how I look at things
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    Necessities For Every Soundbag

    Packs of gum, adapted e-reader light, folding scissors, one square of mole-skin, flashlight-pen, sharpie
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    Cabled boom poles: Cable exit versus fixed connector

    I believe the exit as shown above would appeal to some because 1) over time, connecting and reconnecting to an XLR embedded in the structure of a pole could put strain on the connector itself, causing damage 2) if there were ever cable problems that you wanted to fix or replace within pole itself, it could be done more quickly and with less complication 3) the above pic looks like the XLR holder is adjustable, in terms of where you want it exiting your pole...I can maybe imagine some situations where that might be of benefit