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Allen Rowand

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

    Good point, I use a single M/S mic.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ursa Pro Mini AES not working

    Sorry I missed the Q!
  5. 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.
  6. 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…
  7. Rycote Mic Protector case

    I'd love one for my Softie…
  8. 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.
  9. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Looks roughly like a 1/4" inner diameter. I really should buy those digital calipers…
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

  13. 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.
  14. 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…
  15. 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
  16. Hello… again!

    Wanted to take a moment and say hello- I used to be on the board years ago when I worked for Metric Halo. I've been away from audio, but am trying to get into doing corporate video and documentaries. Time to re-up my audio game, so I'll be lurking here as I get back into the swing of things. I also have an idea that might be of interest to the Mix Pre 3/6/10 crowd… more in the DIY forum soon. I hope to catch up with some folks I knew here previously (paging @soundmanjohn!) as well. Best regards, Allen
  17. 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…
  18. Hello… again!

    Just pulled the trigger on a MixPre 6. The MixPre 3 was just a little too gimped with only 3 channels, and even if I got a cheap external pre/mixer it would still be a kludge and cost as much as a MixPre 6. I don't see myself needing TC in the near future, although I'm interested to see if I can loop the HDMI from my Blackmagic Pocket through my EVF and record TOD to the MixPre. @IronFilm, I wanted to thank you for the amount of info you've put out there about the Zoom F4/F8- I read a number of your posts and spent time considering it instead of the MP6. If I was setting myself up to work from a bag I might have gone with the F4, but I think the size of the MP6 will work better for me. It's great to have choices!
  19. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    That settles that, thanks!
  20. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    I'm trying to wrap my head around signal routing in the MixPre 3, and would appreciate it if someone could confirm this for me before I purchase: Is it possible to have channels 1-3 iso'd and not sent to the L-R mix (faders at ∞), while routing channels 4-5 to the L-R mix- essentially turning the L/R into isos? I might eventually need more than three inputs and this seems to be difficult with the MixPre 3. My thought was that I could get the MixPre 3 now and add an external submixer if I need more inputs later. But the more I look at the routing, it seems like I should go for the MixPre 6. It would provide six inputs as-is or four plus an external submixer later, all iso'd. I'm trying to keep costs down, but I don't want to hamstring myself in the future. Any thoughts are appreciated!
  21. Hello… again!

    Thanks Paul! I enjoyed helping people with those products. It was fun to do seminars in person and see the lightbulbs come on as people understood what they could do.
  22. Hello… again!

    As much as I'd love a MixPre10T, it'd be complete overkill for me. I'll be using the MixPre as a desktop interface to replace my USBPre2, as well as on camera. On the desktop I only need one input for doing voiceover work. I'm currently getting by with two channels on my camera, using PluralEyes and exporting XML into Davinci Resolve. What I'm trying to figure out now is how to handle expansion down the road, and I'll be asking those questions in the main MixPre 3/6 thread.
  23. Hello… again!

    Hi Vas, thanks for the welcome! John, it has been way too long. I hope all's well with you! I'm really looking forward to picking up a MixPre, I'd like a 6 but may have to settle for a 3 due to budget constraints. Either will be a nice step up from the function of my USBPre 2 and the audio quality of my Tascam DR-60.