John Blankenship

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  1. If enough of us send requests to DPA to make a flat response version of the 4080, it might happen. IMO, it would be an even more flexible tool for location sound than the 4098.
  2. The 4080 suspension is a bit different from the one on a 4099. I haven't had any issues with either. These mics being as tiny as they are, you definitely want to handle with care. The wire mesh interference tube is one of the more fragile parts, but that's also true of the 4098. The 4080 is suspended inside the foam windscreen, which, in turn, is isolated by the thin rubber struts. The foam windscreens -- available in packs of five -- are easily replaceable. The 4080 clip assembly allows the mic to swivel also.
  3. I wish DPA would make a flat response version of the 4080. It has hi sensitivity @ 20mV/Pa, a cardioid pickup pattern, and an acoustically well-isolated clip mount. Unfortunately, the 4080 has a severe low end rolloff. It's designed as a chest-worn lav, and the rolloff is designed to compensate for the proximity effect that close micing gives with a cardioid. I find these more flexible in mounting and positioning than the 4098, better isolated, and the clip is easier to hide than an attached gooseneck. I would specify a cardioid over the supercardioid as they typically have less of a rear lobe (at speed, car roofs can transmit a lot of wind roar) and a bit wider pickup pattern.
  4. Chris - Thanks for such a detailed review. Well done.
  5. Brent, Next time this happens, when you have a down moment, you might turn off the bag transmitter(s) and see if, and, or how, that affects your incoming range on each system.
  6. Even though this is a sound mixer forum intended for working professionals, we seem to get an inordinate number of questions along the line of "What gear should I buy to be a sound mixer?" Time for a bit of tough love... If you don't have enough experience to know what mic you need, you're not ready to buy one. If you don't know what gear you need to configure a bag, you're not ready to assemble one. If you don't know what you need on a sound cart, you're not ready to build one. Buying gear grants you neither knowledge nor experience. If you're serious about learning this trade, apprentice with someone accomplished. Keep your mouth shut and your mind open. Rather than asking what you need to buy to be a pro, learn to listen like one.
  7. Based solely on tech specs: When new, and if both are accurately rated, if a 520 gets eight hours, a 700 should get about ten-and-three-quarter hours.
  8. Of course. Sorry, I forgot that academia isn't that invested in the real world. Source: citation, and reference.
  9. If you're really serious about learning this stuff, spend more time doing. What did you discover when you tried different methods and materials in different rooms, deployed in different ways? Talking about sound is one thing; listening to sound is yet another. Train your brain by learning to listen. It takes years to be really good at it, but the more time spent in actual practice, the better those years will serve you.
  10. Contained within the archives of this forum there's a wealth, and depth, of information on all of the aspects of our profession that you're asking about. Many accomplished working professionals have gracefully shared in-depth knowledge gained over an entire career. You will also find misinformation added by "instant experts" who simply regurgitate things gleaned from superficial perusal of miscellaneous internet offerings. With that caveat, dive into the site and you'll find a great deal of the perspective you're after.
  11. You seem to be confusing RF with modulation schemes. The Micplexer is an RF distribution amp and it has nothing to do with what modulation is being used. As far as mixing and matching modulation schemes, just make sure each transmitter and receiver pair are set for the same modulation.
  12. If you go to NAB this year, take the connector with you and see what the Neutrik folks say. I wonder if it's possible when that particular insert was fabricated it met with more heat than it should have.
  13. Where have you seen these mentions? You may be misinterpreting the need for frequency separation.
  14. The connector can be at the large end by running a shielded cable from the front connection. Note Jason's DYI photos prior to the one Rachel posted.
  15. All wire has resistance. That resistance causes voltage drop. Ground loops are about the different ground potential between circuits. Yes, if there is only one path to ground, then you don't have different potentials to ground (or between gear). However, each piece of gear needs a path to ground or you don't have a completed circuit. In most cases that path to ground is via connecting cables. The lower the resistance of those cables, the less difference in potential between grounds. Note that ground potential isn't just about ground loops causing hum, it also figures into RF susceptibility.
  16. Martin -- you come across as both snarky and defensive. Is that how you wish to be?
  17. Most of the devices we use draw very little current, and therefore the voltage drop over short runs is of little consequence, which means that using small gauge cable is fine for that application. However -- Even in a bag, and especially on a cart, using heavier gauge cable will result in less issues with ground loops.
  18. The Lectro multibay unit is designed for applications such as the Broadway stage. There is a third party vendor that is working on offering some multibay chargers. Stay tuned.
  19. The G2 and G3 IEM definitely sound better than a Comtek. $10 headphones still sound like $10 headphones with either system.
  20. Also compare using a phase reverse adapter on the plug-in.
  21. Nifty! And thanks for the detailed photos.
  22. No, Neverclip does not allow circuits to go beyond digital zero.
  23. I'm working up an appetite as we speak.
  24. https://www.amazon.com/Bostik-Blu-Tack-Adhesive-801103/dp/B00I42EOJE/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1488302611&sr=8-10&keywords=bostik https://www.amazon.com/Blu-Tack-060968-Reusable-Adhesive-75g/dp/B001FGLX72/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1488302611&sr=8-6&keywords=bostik
  25. I suspect that those who envision the demise of our profession due to automix have little real world experience with the feature and (as Mungo offered) are being mislead by the name. It's a helpful tool in the right hands and yet another way to screw up sound in the wrong ones.