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  1. JonG

    Malfunction of repaired COS-11

    He was. The reason why they are the only people who can work on them is because Sanken sent them a machine that can’t open the capsules and they are the only people that have one. So despite who is working there, the machine is what allows for the repair.
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    Malfunction of repaired COS-11

    Aside from Sanken, the only people that can repair a cos-11 are Wilcox Sound.
  3. Curious what your current mood is on the subject, and what everyone else is using for insurance. Time to revive the thread to reveal any updates. Thanks
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    Schoeps CMC gold plating on XLR

    Why not try it out and see if the update is necessary? I have several older models with p48 updates from our friend Pete Verrando that have been very reliable despite not having any RF shielding updates from the factory. I have only experienced one instance of RF interference. That was in a closet with three people playing with their phones while trying to do a VO. We put our phones on air plain mode and voilà, problem solved.
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    New to Nagra!!

    @Glen Trew I strongly disagree with this statement, not discounting your expertise, but you know I’m a big Nagra fan too and they do add a little something that digital machines don’t have. I did a movie last year that wanted me to use a Nagra and listening side by side with my digital mix track, it was night and day as far as that special something. Granted the Nagra I used was one of Dan Dugans hot rodded Nagras, so you know those are a lot quieter and high performance than a stock Nagra, but non the less it was a superb experience and the movie sounds great!
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    Recording music performances on set

    If you lav everyone, get a line from playback, and set up your stereo mics to get the live sound, you should be able to get a reasonable mix. I’ve gotten very good results from just laving musicians.
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    charging NP-1's from DC? Solar?

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    New IFB system

    Oh cool. I didn’t see those on their site last time I looked.
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    New IFB system

    @Richard Ragon Franco uses Listen Tech 216s (not listed above) and swears by them. They are cheaper than anything listed, lifetime warranty, and are compatible with Comtek 216 systems (which is handy when going from cart to bag since Comtek makes bag transmitters but LT only makes rack). They are also stereo or dual channel so you can play with different feeds from the cart.
  10. I was hanging out with my pal Johnny Dee doing some Nagra transfers and he mentioned having worked with @Jeff Wexler and @Don Coufal ! Thought you may enjoy this!
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    The horse has left that barn

    The second I heard about the sell off I sold my 600mHz gear well ahead of the game. Some of it I purchased used and came in at a profit, and had no losses overall. Why so many people waited until the market was flooded I’ll never understand, but it’s those guys that are late to the game who keep me in business.
  12. Good for you for trying, and thanks for sharing!
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    New to Nagra!!

    You can buy rca-banana cables on eBay or amazon for very little FYI. Shouldn’t be a problem. They are still fairly common in the hi-fi world.
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    New to Nagra!!

    @dela I have nightmares of that becoming my future. As of now I have 7, and an 8th on the way, plus a couple 4 Track machines. I already feel like I’m being buried alive!
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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

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    Second degree encounters

    He still has all the schematics and paperwork. A large print of this is on the wall of his transfer house!
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    New to Nagra!!

    7” metal reels are more common, they can be used with the plastic top open
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    New to Nagra!!

    If you search for D cell battery adapters online you’ll find enloop D cell cases which you can put AA batteries in. This seems to work pretty well for me. I put rechargeable AAs inside and never have to buy D batteries.
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    New to Nagra!!

    Your Nagra III is from 1963 (see the serial number), and it will be difficult to find replacement parts. However eBay will be your best bet for finding a lid, power supply, or other parts. Also, a quick google search will bring you to nagrit and nicks film sound which both have parts for sale. Be sure to get parts specifically for your model. Power supplies and lids for other models may not be compatible.
  20. What are some of your favorite plugins for post production, and are any free? I’m getting back into post but since my absence a lot has changed. There are obvious ones like izotope but I’d like to see what the consensus is on others.
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    Production company scam?

    Demo reel?
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    start up gear for field recording

    My opinion is this: you get what you pay for. Why not do some research, decide what you really want, not just what you can afford at the moment, and save up. A used 702 would be a better option in terms of quality than any budget machines mentioned, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find one at a killer price. Mics are another point of quality to consider, but you may also consider which mics will work best with certain wind shields. I agree that a pair of Omni mics would be the best option if you didn’t want to go MS, and you can find used high end mics if you keep your eyes open and aren’t in a rush to get yourself a mediocre setup. Neumann and sennheiser mics come up fairly often on the used market for prices that I have a hard time not snatching up! Baby Ball gags and other basket type windshields are the most effective in my opinion. But like I said, you should make an informed decision and not build you kit solely base on budget. If you want to sell anything you record, you may have a harden time doing so if people learn about a budget rig.
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    Why AES camera feeds for prod. sound?

    On a commercial that was rush rush rush, they decided at the last second before shooting that they wanted a line to camera. In a pinch I grabbed an XLR, set my output to aes, and set the Amira to aes. They got their signal and there was no futzing about. Took a lot less time than trying to get the balance in correct. I like the option, but it should never completely replace an analog input.
  24. If the cost of doing business is too high, don’t do business. If it will cost too much to make your film, raise more funds or abandon the project. Not your problem, but if a producer wants to go forward on a project that is so underfunded that they can’t afford to pay for even the most basic of things like crew and lodging, but still want to shoot internationally, I’m going to guess that this production will have many more problems than budget. Run away
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    Nagra 4.2 Plastic Cover

    For 5” or 7” reels?