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Allen Rowand

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    Portland, OR
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
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    Sound tech turned IT consultant, slowly creeping back toward audio

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  1. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    What I do is use regular linking on channels 1-2 and a custom headphone preset to monitor 1-2 with M/S decoding. That way I listen to the decoded signal on site but the isos are recorded raw for the most flexibility in post.
  2. rescued from the dumpster

    A long time and several careers ago I worked at Masque Sound, a rental company in NJ that services Broadway and other markets. When the sound package from the original production of Cats came back a lot of "old" mics were sent to the dumpster. A coworker rescued several and I wound up with an RCA 74b in exchange for modifying his mixing console. Sent it off to Clarence Kane to be refurbed and had a Lundahl transformer installed. It's still one of my favorite VO mics.
  3. Ursa Pro Mini AES not working

    Sorry I missed the Q!
  4. Ursa Pro Mini AES not working

    The QRX200 manual says there's an "AES Output Sample Rate Adjust" setting, either "Normal" or 96KHz. I'd guess that Normal is 48K.
  5. New Mix Pre series as an interface

    I sent a feature request to SD about being able to choose whether the encoder controls the HP or stereo out. We'll see…
  6. Rycote Mic Protector case

    I'd love one for my Softie…
  7. Custom low profile right angle plugs - Seen this?

    I wouldn't say I enjoy it… I cheated and took the easy way out when I made my bag jumpers- I used Neutrik XLRs and just cut the boot off the retaining nut. The nut still closes the collet to secure the cable, and the overall length is about 1/2" shorter. That allows enough room for the cable to turn without being pressed up against the side of the bag. It's fine for my needs, and was way less work than cutting the threads off the shell.
  8. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Looks roughly like a 1/4" inner diameter. I really should buy those digital calipers…
  9. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    From the "I can't believe it took me this long to think of this" department: Found a rubber grommet that fits the encoder shaft- now I can turn the encoder with one finger. There's enough clearance underneath to push the encoder in.
  10. If you're going to use a traditional RF mic system (not AVX, Rodelink, or other digital transmission) check out: http://whitespaces.spectrumbridge.com/whitespaces/home.aspx You put in the address of where you want to shoot and it will tell you what the whitespace and available frequencies are. Then you can make an informed decision about what frequencies to use. I've been away from RF for a long time, so I'm sure someone else would be better to advise you as to travel options. I know that I'm going to be in and around Portland 99.99% of the time, so I found whitespace frequencies here. If I have to go someplace my radios won't work I'll either rent (or beg/borrow!) locally.
  11. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

  12. New Mix Pre series as an interface

    You can solve issue #1 by: - Go to the system setup menu and select Custom mode. - In Custom setup, set Channel to Advanced and leave Gain in Basic. When you go back to the Home screen the front panel knobs will now control the channel's gain instead of the fader. I use a Radial MC3 for my monitor controller, but would be nice if you could select whether the encoder was mapped to the headphone or stereo out level. Then you could have a "desktop" preset to control the output to your speakers or "bag" preset where it controls the cans output.
  13. Sony UWP Wireless System

    Sorry to revive a zombie thread, but are these still worth it? It looks like URX-P2 / UTX-B2 combos are going for $250, and I'd rather buy an older decent radio than the new cheap (and from what I've read, bad) units like Saramonic. I'd love to get a set of G3s but they're still a bit out of my price range. Wondering if used prices on the G3s will go down now that the G4s are coming…
  14. NYC accountant recommendations

    While they're more geared for the theatrical market, Trudy Durant's office has been great. They have offices at 7th & 35th and in Edison. http://www.tcdurant.com/Home.aspx
  15. Hello… again!

    I'm using a Pocket Cinema, so it's more of a shame that Blackmagic didn't implement HDMI record triggers! I would think that this would be a relatively easy feature to add in firmware, but they're done updating the Pocket. Maybe if they make a second generation Micro…