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  1. OK, so maybe you don't have to phone Lectro, since Larry is still making house calls... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  2. 1610 with wheels seems to be a good size for keeping flying weight under 50 pounds. I have a bigger one but find it a bit too unwieldy. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  3. I'm going to go all senatorial and suggest you phone Lectrosonics. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  4. I've got a barrel that gets occasional use on my older MM400 transmitters - usually when I want to use my white Cos 11. It screws right into the unit and is dead solid. It's a bit of an ungainly protuberance, and can cause a bit of discomfort for wearers who tend to "flow over" the back of their belts a bit. I've had a couple of complaints about that. But other than that, I think it's one of the more amazing and bombproof adapters I've ever seen. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  5. Ironically, hardwiring my cos 11's with an Ambient Eumel gives a more hissy result than my Lectrosonics 411's with "Normal" noise reduction in play. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  6. It would be fine for transcription- and that's the only reason I've ever had for Mp3 delivery. No good for backup. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  7. Yep, based on this experiment, that's the way I'll be doing it if I need to deliver MP3- any thoughts on why a raw recording to Mp3 would be so much worse than a downconvert? Cheers, Brent Calkin
  8. I just did a test on mine, close voice in an ambient neighbourhood with leaves rustling and distant traffic. At 128 I had a few unexpected and shocking warbles on the voice. The background ambience was somewhat squiggly, but about what you would expect at that bit rate. At 320, the same test sounded OK, less squiggly in the ambience and no warbling on the voice. Not exactly a scientific comparison to whatever you guys are doing recording for your tests, but some feedback anyway... - I thought 320 sounded all right, but I expected better from 128... With Mp3's I expect a loss of resolution and some squiggles on high frequency complex sounds (like water or tree leaves), but the large warbly artifacts on voice were unexpected.
  9. Another +1 for Pete's 416t work. I had 2 done a couple of weeks ago. I'm very happy with the job he did! They sound the exact same as they did before, and its awesome to be rid of those clunky, crackly, and heavy adapter barrels. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  10. I have a lot of fondness for Tascam - I still have my venerable DA-30 Dat rack mount unit, which has never eaten a tape, and always sounded great. The DAP1 was my first sound effects machine. I still remember recording a distant river and not having the white noise of the running water vanish into analog tape hiss. It was magical. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  11. I have the things in my hands now, and they do flash at the top of the second, and whether it's a feature or a bug, I'm going to take full advantage of that. Brent Calkin
  12. Nice, Thanks Johnny. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  13. Jeez, I walk away for five minutes and the kitchen's a mess. First of all I live in Doc world, so I like to be able to instantly know at all times whether sync is holding. I usually work with pro cameras, so it's nice and easy to do a timecode count during a down moment or even sneak a peek at the camera display to make sure sync is solid. But for the next project: -The tentacle will be going to an audio track on a toy camera with no TC - a Sony FS 5. So I can't casually look at it's timecode display over DP's shoulder and make sure we are still in sync. -I CAN look at the audio input display and make sure that the tentacle is still plugged in and creating timecode that is going to the Audio track. -I could put a comtek on the camera and send it to my return and then monitor the timecode by the sound of the code going by. No really, I'm sure I could learn what 29.97 DF 17:45:23:24 sounds like as audio... By far the easiest way of doing a quick check, is to see whether the 2 tentacles on B and A Cam are flashing synchronously, and that flash matches the top of the second on my recorder's timecode display. It's what we did when we had to sync up 10 cameras with lockits, when they didn't have fancy displays. We'd jam, and have 10 lockits in a pile, all flashing together like clockwork. It was pretty obvious when one hadn't taken a jam properly. I hope this clarifies the topic a bit. I'm not intending to create a perfect solution, just one that helps me feel a bit better throughout the day and gets me through till I can have a moment to pull the tentacles off the cameras and check them with the iPhone app... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  14. Hey Millar, Can't really argue on price, or reliability. Good to get some silicone moisture removing thingy's, as well. Put a fancy MEC absorbent cloth or towel in with it on the bottom. Or just a hand towel. Sounds like you've found a fun project! Cheers, Brent Calkin
  15. Thanks guys, good to know there is useful visual feedback about the state of sync. Cheers, Brent Calkin