Rachel Cameron

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About Rachel Cameron

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  • Birthday December 28

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    West Central Florida, USA
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    Synthesizers, interesting musical instrument mods, new wave music, guitars, Florida history, maritime history, politics, writing/making up words, citrus/avocado/olive gardening, yardening, silly humor, documentaries, DIY anything, writing songs and music, recording sound, current state of the culture, fine arts.
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    Sound person, in Tampa Bay, working to learn more and become as good as many of my mentors have been.

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  1. Bronzed Grackles are in Florida by the boatload..and that green laser idea sounds intriguing. If I was a Grackle, I wouldn't like either I guess.. I'd love to know what they say.
  2. How effective was this? Did it work?
  3. +1. The flick method works good for me too. I always hit the iron cradle or a vice. But oftentimes, cleaning a pc board or overflowing solder cups is another issue. And I forgot to mention: the Soldapult is serviceable too. Unscrew it. Wipe it out. Coat everything inside with petroleum jelly. It's ready to go again. When I got the two I have, they were $12, so they went up some since then.
  4. These new Lithium Ion powered irons are really convenient. Both ends get hot enough to melt 63/37. All kidding aside. I've used many 110v powered irons. No matter which you settle on, I've found that best ones are the ones with a temperature control. Some have arbitrary numbers on the temp dial. Others go by Fahrenheit. A good desoldering pump is also a wonderfully handy tool to have. This Edsyn Soldapult is by far, the best I've used, because of its available volume, and the $20 pricetag.
  5. First thing I'd check is how the ECM-77b is supposed to be biased for the mic it's connected to. Edits: There also seems to be a phantom power requirement for the Sony. A quick look at the specs of the SMQV yields: Fixed 5 V at up to 5 mA; selectable 2 V or 4 V servo bias for any electret lavaliere. Interesting that it worked before. Until the real electro-brains arrive, I'd bet it's somewhere around those. : \
  6. It's nice to see you here Don, welcome from Florida! We've heard so many great things about you. The board just got better (again).
  7. You have too much fun Philip. Is that a pair of 81s on that Piano?
  8. Unreal. Way to go Robert. One of my favs.
  9. You have to post a picture for us now, at least.
  10. That sounds like a good idea.
  11. No mention of sound whatsoever. Pass me the hot poker. To me, this is just a bunch of pretentious fluff. It's the most annoying conversation I've had to sit through. Listen to them rationalize. Argh. Rant over. https://indiefilmhustle.com/mumblecore/ Edit: I stand corrected; It was named by a sound person. Either Eric Masunga or Randall Good, likely being a bit sarcastic and frustrated.
  12. About half of the time, the editor is standing somewhere nearby. Yep. If I can, I give them the cans (show them the report, which tracks, etc) and explain the mess we're currently in with that noisy __________ over there. Then I'll jump between the isos with the headphone selector and watch their expression. Makes me new friends. I just wish they were in higher places.
  13. This is really an issue, worrying which track is going to end up in the mix. It's so difficult to make enough notes and recommendations to post on which is the track to use here or there. Worse, some of the jobs I do have 'not much post at all' or no RRM (at least I doubt it). At this point I would offer the DNS-2. But yeah Philip..rabbit hole for sure. All this has to be so carefully considered. Above all, I make sure to give post both tracks with bold warnings to please listen keenly to tracks 1 and 4 (dirty and DNS'd). Great idea, cstauffer. Please chime in, posties. Lets hear from anyone with opinions or experience here.
  14. Thanks for such salient input guys. And Vin, the METCAL is darn impressive. Great advice on tinning the tip before power down. I've been wiping it off on the sponge, leaving it open to the local elements. My daily driver is the WES51, but I've had to repair it and tweak it a few times. I took it apart yesterday seeking a faulty connection. And besides help with tinning (the solder actually runs uphill by capillary action on the stranded stock), the flux in the tub makes a wonderful little bath for the tip. I melt a little pool of it, then sponge the tip shiny clean. It then drinks the Kester, and it's raring to go. I've the right solder, I just wondered if the flux I use is proper, or perhaps corrosive...or if it matters (EG: Ammonium Chloride or Zinc Chloride?). It seems to collect any slag and leave it in the tub, because over the years, I noted that it gets darker and darker..sometimes I look closely and notice slag particulate in it. That's exactly where I want it. Not in my joints. And +1 Sound Intuition.
  15. Question for the solder brains: For what we do, is it prudent to use the little tub of flux? It's Zinc Chloride and recommended for copper, but they mention other applications, like sweating copper fittings. EG: Mitee Soldering Paste is one. The other is Dutch Boy Tinning Flux. Another is an old Radio Shack Rosin Solder Paste. That one's in a tube, and recommended for electronics. All three of them have made the solder flow so nicely, I never questioned it. The Tinning Flux mentions "for use with any Lead-Free Solder". But I use 63/37, eh...which has Lead. The joints I make are never less than pretty, shiny and succinct, but I wonder...