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Everything posted by TommygunZA

  1. Roland R88 failed playback issue

    Maybe try copying the to files to the computer, opening them in something like audacity and then saving and copying it back to the R88. What file extension/format does the R88 record in? Try change your sd cards or whatever you use. BTW does the R88 not play back _at all_ now?
  2. Id be interested in what peoples first investment was with their own hard earned cash in terms of sound gear and setting themselves up as a 'soundie'. Maybe state if it was for TV or for Film and if you can remember the cost. Maybe you hired or the gear was already there for you to use initially but at some stage you wanted your own "stuff', even if it was recording direct to a wax drum, I know there are some old timers out there...What was it? I did search the forums (probably not so well) so feel free to delete this thread if its has been discussed ad nauseum...
  3. 2 in, Multiple outs

    Ive been asked to help give advice (probably free) for some people hosting a bike race here in South Africa. There is the post race gibber and IVs etc. The guy wants 10 (mono prob) outs from the 2 in he is getting (Interviewer and Talent). Ive not done this before but suspect it may be an issue as when I do live stuff and ask for a feed from the desk (even fancy big ones) they (engineers) are always reluctant and outs are often at a premium at big events. Im inclined to make sure we get a great copy of the audio and if the press need good audio they can get it from us after the event (maybe even during). Is there some kind of splitter box to take the stereo out from a Mixing desk and give me 10 mono copies? We dont really want 10 mics in front of the talent hiding him from the camera... Another idea was one transmitter and 10 receivers set to the same channel. There are many ways to skin a cat Whats your way. Essentially its to get the same signal to lots of different press/camera people.
  4. 2 in, Multiple outs

    Much obliged. Ill get looking. p.s Thats a nice profile pic David, was wondering if you were awake in it and if you should just go and invest in a (quiet) rocking chair....
  5. P48 to T-Power converter?

    2 questions if I may... I have found this on second hand pages here in ZA sennheiser mkh816t about $150 I have an old 302 which can handle it I think being T-Power. I dont think my SD 633 will though. Do converters work, is there a 'trusted' brand to get a T-Power mic working on P48 gear? Secondly, Im a sucker for a bargain and love 2nd hand trawling. Is the MKH816t worth a shot at 816? At that price its almost, never mind the quality, look at that length. Im sure I can find a use for it one day....
  6. P48 to T-Power converter?

    Thanks a million!
  7. Wired vs Wireless Lavs

    When I started sound recording I was frightened of wireless so always hard wired my talent (for sit down or statics). I'm not so scared anymore and convenience, ease and dare I say it, laziness has led me to using wireless. People moving, repositioning, going for toilet breaks etc means wireless FTW. Production/most people don't seem to care and most people look at you sideways now if you want to hard wire talent. That said, my wired Tram TR-50s are I presume (all things being equal) going to always deliver better quality than wireless Trams. What do you people do? Do you ever wire anymore or is it 'old skool'?
  8. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    I recorded one of my files as an MP3 on my SD633 and I must say the playback on the SD sounds pretty shocking. I recorded at 192kbps and it is all artifacty and has those high pitch squiggly sounds. It sounds vaguely better played on my PC. Is this a standard thing with the 633? Currently Im just taking the wav files and encoding them using Audacity and they sound a million times (well at least twice) better than the native MP3s. Im going to have a shot with 320kbps and see if its any better. Has anyone else noticed this? Im only trying as a client wants stuff as MP3.
  9. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    Herewith the response from Sound devices. Its fine, I kinda expected a bit more maybe. Oh well...maybe they should have just included a 32Kbps option and been done with it. Hi Thomas, Thank you for your e-mail and report. Our mp3 codec is really only intended for proxy recording (For example: transcription), and thus may not quite be at the quality standard of apps or devices whose main purpose is encoding/decoding. Your master file as you probably already know would the recorded WAV file, not the mp3. If you want to use it for music purposes, you should use higher sampling rates. As always, thank you for your constructive feedback. Best Regards, Nelson Lugo
  10. Wired vs Wireless Lavs

    @Jim, I hear a little difference as I use a relatively cheap ass wireless system (sony with cos11's) and I hear a little compander expander stuff but as you said, they (wired lavs) have saved my life near sector Cell phone panels (where the camera just has to have THAT shot) and other WTFness. On the rare occasions I get to hear my stuff broadcast it (wireless) sounds as good as anything else and certainly not noticeably different in any way from other content. I'm a bit deaf tho, too much loud music
  11. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    Gosh, hot topic! I've not checked in for a while and see some interest here. Ticket still open, I sent them some of my audio a couple of days ago and am awaiting a reply which I will feed back on. I did get the standard, what media are you recording onto (sandisk Ultra 80MB/s 16GB cards) reboot, reset and update. Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time testing and having a listen. Its always good to know its not just you!
  12. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    I've opened a ticket with SD and they suggested exactly what JohnGooch said I should do..which didn't help. Could I ask any of you who have a mixer (SD633) and mic close to hand to try record a brief MP3 and have a listen to see if you get the artifacts too. It would make trouble shooting a lot easier if there are a few SD633 owners with the same problem. Ill report back if the SD help desk sort me out.
  13. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    (ambivalent smiley face) Good point, ill mail em now.
  14. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    Reflashed my SD633 from 4.50 to 4.51 (at least I got an update out of this process). Did a factory reset and proceeded to record to my (reformatted) SD card (approved media) Did some recordings at 192kbps and have exactly the same artifacty squiggly sounds in the background (its not massive but it is there) Did the same on my Zoom H4n (mp3/192kbps). No artifacts on the Zoom recording (admittedly higher noise floor). Its not a train smash as I mentioned, I can take the ISO's and encode to MP3 on my PC I was just kinda expecting better from Sound Devices? Id love it if any other 633 users gave it a go and reported back.
  15. SD 633 MP3 recording Sounds lousy

    Gosh...thanks John, Ill give it a go and report back.
  16. Sennheiser mkh70

    Ive been upgrading my equipment, got the SD633, got some cos 11 for my sony wireless and am very happy. My current rifle, Sen me66+k6 needs an update and already own the Rycote ws4+ fluffy etc. I was looking at the usual 416 or mkh8060. Here in ZA they are a little pricey at Rand 18,000, about 1400dollars. Ive seen an MKH70 with blimp, fluffy and pistol grip for about R13,000 or just under $1000. I know its more outdoor (as is the 416?) Is it worth getting providing its in good condition. Im figuring its better than the ME66 and could tide me over till I get the 8060 and Ill have some cash left over to eat...Any ideas on the mic? TIA
  17. Sennheiser mkh70

    Oh my. I think y'all convinced me. Gonna. get a cheap second hand Peavey Valve amp (peavey classic 50) for the guitar and keep saving for the 416 or mkh 8060. Thanks guys.
  18. Sennheiser mkh70

    No pun intended but I hear you. I just cant resist a bargain! If worst comes to worst Ill keep with the ME66 as no one has complained so far and I actually do do a lot of run and gun ENG jostling for position. At least its a reasonable outdoor and I can get a more indoorsy one next. Soundies outside the US and EU really are squeezed on price and availability of gear and of course import taxes. I should maybe listen to my wife though who says "Even a bargain costs money!" Thanks for all the feedback.
  19. Your first sound setup or kit ever

    Really, no mixer or boom, cables/umbilical, wireless? You could get a job with just that? You must be a good talker/salesman! Or did you just hire the rest?
  20. Sennheiser mkh70

    Thanks for the responses. As always it must be a mic that can do it all!! That's why I initially wanted the 8060 as a good all rounder. I do realise its horses for courses and ideally Id have at least 3 good rifle MIcs for indoors and outdoors with different pick up patterns..in time. I think I will go for it (the mkh70)as it will be better than the me66 (although I quite like that too, *gasp*(and give me more kudos with those who really care, me included)) and with the pistol grip, blimp and fluffy I cant loose (too much). I think the posts asking "What mic should I buy" are generally people wanting the best all rounder for every situation including underwater and in the north pole. I don't believe all the people on this board went and bought 2 or 3 rifle mics straight off? Now I think of it, if its not been done already a thread on what your first bought kit set up was (with your own cash)
  21. SD633 x1x2 vs SD302 tape out

    Possible stupid question here but going thru the manual of the Sound devices 633 and 302 and fiddling is not illuminating me. On my old SD302 there was a tape out, a 2 channel output on a single TA3 connector. This I had terminate in 2*1/4 inch jacks which went to my Zoom h4 recorder. Stuff panned left on the 302 went...left on the zoom, centered went to both channels and right went to right. On my SD 633 When I assign master mix L+R to my X1 TA3 output and use the same connector and plug to my Zoom (just using it for testing at the mo) my panning on the mixer has no effect on which channel the signal goes to. Am I doing something wrong or is X1 a mono summed output. To get a true stereo out am I going to have to use both X1 (left) and X2 (right)?
  22. HELP! Amira not seeing TC from ERX

    This may be stating the obvious but on the fs7 there is a really small switch, TC in and TC out just bellow the bnc comnnector.
  23. Just to revive this thread as I've now had some minimal exposure to the camera. I'm doing a multi cam shoot. You need the backplate (XDCA) to jam to a bnc connector. The backplate enables V-lock batteries which are not useable without it. After jamming you can remove the backplate and it will (kinda)keep timecode. We Jam 3 cams from one, then us soundies jam to the master camera with our mixers. Im using the 633 and use the "free run jam once" option (not sure if that's good), the others are using the zoom f8 mixers. After about 3hrs Im about 1sec ahead of the master cam and the Zooms are about 1 sec behind... We are all on 25fps. Im also sending a scratch track. I suggest frequent jamming and as someone said, its good to connect with the camera crew on occasion. As an aside the cams take the sony shoe which you can mount Sony receivers on (should you want) and the signal and power pass through the shoe to the receiver. No cables or batteries.
  24. Sound Design & Psychology

    I was just stumbling around the net and ran into this Ted talk which I'd not seen before. Pretty basic for most people here but nicely encapsulated and makes us sound recordists think a little about the job of sound designers.
  25. SD633 x1x2 vs SD302 tape out

    Thanks Rich. Glad I was interpreting it correctly. I guess I'm mainly going to be sending scratch tracks but I do feel a bit sad about the loss of my stereo tape out on one connector.