Johnny Karlsson

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  1. I recommend checking out this info from a widely trusted company that arguably makes some of the best converters on the market:
  2. - Automatic separation of recorded sound sources - Automatic removal of background noises . So yeah, pay attention producers of 19 cast member reality - no need to wire anyone, just plant this anywhere in the room and each capsule will automagically detect different sources and record high quality isos without background noise. Fantastic.
  3. I apologize if my sense of humor does not please you. I would say that these are not at all the same as a 302. FWIW, I tried to sell my 302 for 6 months last year, no takers, so I decided to keep it. It will come in handy when you least expect it. And for me personally, it already has, despite the fact that I also have both the 633 and 664.
  4. Yes. As soon as any new product comes out - all other products stop functioning, and become obsolete paper weights.
  5. Brent, you will be fine. My earlier comment about accurately checking TC was aimed at those who started going on about human ability to see whether it was one frame out, or whatever by looking at the flash. FWIW - the Tentacles have been solid for me since I got them (I got two from their original IndieGo startup project). I would say that if you jam it from your recorder (or whatever solid master clock you use), see that the green flash keeps going, you will be in sync within half a frame over 12 hours. At least that is my experience. I do not even re-jam at lunch anymore. A few times I have left the tentacles on after a full day, until I get home, and checked them with the 6-series - still in sync every time I have done this test.
  6. I would suggest not to hope, but rather make sure. Talk to one of the usual suspects and they will get you sorted.
  7. Yes, works - as long as it's wired correctly.
  8. If you are using a 6-series SD mixer/recorder, simply plug the tentacle into it, scroll to TC Jam Menu. There you can see incoming timecode accurately compared to the internal one.
  9. Yes, they blink on every second. However, it should be green, not red when it's been jammed.
  10. I received an email from Izotope today announcing that RX 6 is due to be released on 4/20. ==== RX 6 is coming April 20th! Built on years of extensive research in advanced digital signal processing and machine learning, RX 6 features cutting-edge technologies for post production like lav mic de-rustle, dialogue isolation, and low-end wind rumble removal. It also introduces creative approaches to age-old music recording problems like microphone bleed, sibilance, mouth clicks, and breaths. With version 6, RX advances to the next level of audio repair that once seemed impossible. Get a sneak preview of RX 6 and sign up for a Westlake Pro webinar that will be live streamed on April 20th. ====
  11. Thanks Brent. The only difference from my setup would be the qrx200. I have used it with both 633 and 664. Lectros and Comtek. No 2-stroke putting. Makes me wonder if perhaps you got a faulty Wingman...?
  12. I have not seen any of these problems on my setup, but would be interested to know what else you guys have in the bag, cart (or nearby) in terms of wifi, wireless, hops, IFB, power, monitors etc. when these things happened.... just in case I would encounter any future issues.
  13. LOL! Metallica would agree.
  14. Bringing this topic back, as I'm also interested in hearing from someone who is using this. Please share any thoughts.
  15. Zaxcom makes a wide variety of gear and your question is very broad, so my best advise would be: use the setting that sounds best for your given application. Sorry if that sounds snarky, but I have no idea what you are trying to do or what other gear is in the chain.
  16. I have, and use both. Pick either one and get the other one later. The cardioid vs super cardioid difference is not as drastic as some may suggest, imho. The "more room" in a cardioid is a little misleading, but depends on the room. But consider that a super has a rear lobe, which is almost non-existent in the cardioid, so if you are close to a hard ceiling....
  17. That is a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter. I believe they also make a Thunderbolt 2 to Firewire adapter, but I am not 100% certain if daisy chaining the two would in fact work with, let's say, a Firewire audio interface....?
  18. While that looks pretty cool, you can simply get the cables for your existing devices. Cable Matters available on Amazon for example: I got a couple of those. Works with my WD MyPassport hard drive and Kingston SD/CF reader. Looks like they have a few different versions with micro USB etc. All around $7-9 a piece. (No FW versions as far as I know)
  19. Is nudging one frame a big enough issue for them to actually call you about it? Lol. You can always check the tentacles by plugging them tc in into the 633, go to tc jam menu to check incoming tc against the internal clock. If there's no offset there then you know it's something with the cameras. I would guess the cameras have their own offsets, since it is consistent, not drifting.
  20. Sure, but otoh it may set a precedent that we're all supposed to and expected have those. I usually tell production in the hiring process to make sure the camera rental house send one out with the camera if they would like sound recorded on camera. Never been a problem.
  21. I feel that a word of caution is in order here: if you plan to do this for a while, you will want to be able to hear above the tinnitus ringing, so don't monitor too loud in your headphones. Hearing damage can happen easier and faster than most people realize.
  22. I also got a YPA (TA5 to Sennheiser locking mini) that was snap-crackle-pop right out of the box. If anyone knows how to open these up, please let us know how, I would like to try re-soldering mine.
  23. Simply request a copy of the insurance certificate from the client that states that they have production insurance. Present that to the rental house.
  24. Reality check, responsible adult: If you already have a job, why do you need take these low-ball jobs? All you are doing is undermining the business for yourself and others. Actually - they do have the budgets, but since they know you are a pushover and will agree to these unicorn rates... You have set a low standard for yourself and these "clients" will never let you raise your rate. Then they will refer you to others, telling them that you will do it for that low rate. Then other sound mixers will hear about it and will not refer you to real clients, because they are afraid that you will undercut them and ruin their business. None of this will lead to anything good. Your reputation is everything. If you do things right and respect yourself, the fact that there are few sound mixers in San Diego, should work to your advantage and make you more valuable. You see, when they bring me or others from out of town, they need to pay milage, flights, hotels, per diems etc.
  25. I’m in the buy once, cry once camp. When I started, I first rented, then quickly bought the pieces that I knew I would need, for the jobs I was getting at the time, done properly. Gear that I could keep for a good long while. The first bits I bought were used; SD442, and a Lectrosonics UCR211 with a UM400 to go with it. I bought the following new: a K-tek Avalon graphite pole, Rycote softie, a 416, a COS11D and Sony 7506. Then I added a Lectrosonics 190 set from eBay as a backup wireless, which also came with a buttplug, which was useful for some gigs. I still have all of it, except the 211 set, the 442 and the Sony cans. I have of course added a million things along the way, as the jobs have required it. Personally for me that is the key: get the things that the job at hand requires - and charge a reasonable rate. Then when you get bigger and better jobs, add to the kit, If you are doing it right the gear should pay for itself, and you should still be make a living. - If it’s specific things that will not get used often, rent those and have production pay for it. Cheap gear will not help build your reputation. Be reliable, and bring quality both in terms of gear and your skills. Conclusion: my advise would be to not set up some arbitrary number like “3000”, just get what you need - if and when you need it. Little by little (if you keep doing this) you will accumulate $50,000 worth of gear before you even know what happened.