Wandering Ear

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    I am a production/post sound mixer. My work covers a wide range including television, movies, and commercials.
  1. While I do agree that automixers can be a very helpful thing to get through a less than ideal situation, I don't think the speakers need to be that unpredictable for an automixer to help. Any time you have a larger number of speakers, or very long sessions of speaking and automixer can be very helpful to make sure a word or two isn't missed accidentally, while also reducing feedback, reverb, and noise floor. Panel discussions, or script table reads are a good example of a fairly controlled situations where automixers can really help.
  2. I do have the xlr adaptors, I haven't directly A/B'd them, but I haven't heard a noticeable difference, so I go with the convenience of a trx900 and am happy. I would encourage you to use these mics in the field a bit more before passing judgement. They are a great tool in the tool kit, and not every tool is the best choice for every situation. As a car mic, plant mic, podium mic, etc they are fantastic.
  3. In my experience the low DC mics are not necessary for zaxcom TX. I have 4060's, 4063's, 4098's, and I use them side by side with out issue. Theoretically it might raise the noise floor, but for practical use it's been a non issue. I think the OP is just hearing the higher noise floor of the electret mic compared side by side with a very quiet condenser.
  4. I have had no complaints about noise, although I've never used them for an interview or put them side by side with a CMC except inside a moving car. They're specs show the DPA's with a self noise about 8db higher than a mk41.
  5. Block 24 and up will be gone. Not sure about access to the 11 MHz guard band from 652-663, or the 3mhz guard band from 614-617, but Tom's comment make it sound like that will be open for a lot more devices other than wireless mics. https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1354A1.pdf
  6. I use a plastic pencil case with a little foam in it. Smaller with more protection than the soft cases they come in.
  7. Looks like round 4 will be the final round for the incentive auction. From Tom Wheeler: "We will repurpose 70 MHz of high-value, completely clear low-band spectrum for mobile broadband on a nationwide basis. On top of that, 14 MHz of new unlicensed spectrum – the test bed for wireless innovation – will be available for consumer devices and new services." I'm not sure exactly what he is referring to when he says "the test bed for wireless innovation", and a lot of details are still to be released, but at least is a noticeably smaller amount than the original clearing target.
  8. I have over 20 erx's, and I have very little trouble with them in general. I never have complaints from video village, which if in a seperate room I put a transmitter in. I seem to have the most issues with the feed for my boom ops, so I keep an r1a now as a backup, however I rarely use it. That being said, the 2.4ghz band can be problematic because you never know what might be operating there.
  9. If you are supplying the camera, you should have an A-box or similar breakout for the audio input since it's on a proprietary lemo plug that few people are likely to have.
  10. On set today, first 2/3rds of the day, no problems. Gaffer turns on a light gag, and my zaxnet feed is useless. Narrowed it down to the Cintenna wireless DMX control. Seems to be a speed spectrum? or channel hopping technology that transmits on dozens of frequencies across the 2.4 ghz spectrum, multiple times a second. Best solution I came up with was to move my ifb100 on set. I put it about 1 foot from the DMX TX. Not sure if it worked because it was on set directly, or if having my tx close to the DMX TX tricked it to stay away from that channel. Anyone else seen these Cintenna units? Any other solutions anyone's found?
  11. Some updated photos. I extended the front feet out, which makes it a lot more stable, especially since I work in dirt and on uneven terrain frequently. The green bag is a waterproof bike pannier that quickly and easily pulls off. It gets in the way of loading in the van a little bit, but in the winter it's really nice to have a place for all the weather protection, rain gear, tarps, gloves, winter clothes etc. I have backpack straps for the bag too, so when I need a laptop or other personal items on set that I want to take home at the end of the day, I just grab the bag and go. L-Com amp and BDS are mounted behind the bag, with a voltage meter under the handle. The Ipad I use with Qtake as a monitor, and also for Sound Reports, playback, etc. With this configuration, most days I can grab what I need from the van, load it on to this cart, and wheel on set with everything I'll need for the day's work in a single trip. It's small enough that I can be on set or off, wherever I feel is best, and location moves are little effort. I can also stand at the cart and boom op without wearing the bag as long as I don't have to take too many steps for the scene.
  12. I use the notch filters on occasion, and am very happy to have them when I do. They are very transparent and effective. It would be nice if the sweep was logarithmic, but typing in a starting frequency to sweep from works ok. A notch boost option would be cool.
  13. I'll try to remember to post more photos this week when I'm back from vacation. I am currently using an iPad for video when working on this cart. A single monitor on an arm would be a good option. I've also added an antenna mast, and a c-stand holder for doing interviews etc, a zaxnet amp, and a remote audio bds v4u. The main idea being that I can carry everything I need for most days on this cart in a single trip.
  14. The only issue I've had so far is the cable sheathing coming out of the AU cups. It seems like the strain relief internally isn't that great.
  15. I have two AU distros, both have worked flawlessly. I prefer the au charger over the IE charger for both the status display and no fans. The IE chargers are very loud.