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    london based broadcast sound op.

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  1. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    As alenK says, ambisonic not all about VR. "[] isolate specific portions of the sound field from the whole, with greater precision and latitude of choice, than is possible with other traditional microphone array geometries, when used with similar near-far or distant placement. " (eloquently precise). If Rode have brought a new dimension to how the recording can be manipulated (and how easy it is to do this) I wonder why people would think we wont be asked to add something like this to our 'deliverables'. Not sure if rode plugin works with ambisonic recordings from different set-ups - "Eschewing the matrices and correction filters of previous generations, it utilises state-of-the-art frequency-domain processing". Correction filter are specific to the mic array, right? Anyway, (perhaps) people are going to hate me for saying this, but this could change the use of the boom pole. Eg. Computational sound gives us a virtual fisher boom?
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    cycling to work

    Don't think many readers will seriously think about abandoning the van they drive down the freeway with but... this would be cute for moving the rig around the lot (better than a golf cart anyway): http://velove.se/
  3. daniel

    Deity Connect.

    These guys too: https://wavreport.com/2018/04/03/review-mipro-act-80-eng-kit/ The system uses 18500 lithium rechargeable in the TX.
  4. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    I know this thread is wrong place but I thought this plug-in interesting for working with FCPX: https://www.rode.com/soundfieldplugin
  5. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    +1. And in no way to contradict: I'd rather the gig delivering location dialogue tracks and mix with the capacity to provide an ambisonic atmos than get booked to delivering an ambisonic atmos with some dialogue tracks thrown in (does this make sense?). Are the folks marketing 7 minute VR experiences that bothered on what equipment the ambisonics are recorded or more the ability to say it's 'ambisonic'. What I gather from the VR conversation thus far is when location recordists get booked to do this stuff it's because the client wants discrete dialogue and effects tracks to work into the VR environment as well as the ambisonic. "as a film sound editor I'd be happier being handed a pile of ORTF tracks, Dan " so we should do a blind test - an ORTF originated recording on something of similar cost vs an ORTF derived from the H3-VR. https://micbooster.com/primo-microphone-capsules/135-clippy-em184-xlr-matched-pair.html (I imagine the caps in the Zoom are similar to some of the primos). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoom-H4n-16GB-Card-Tripod/dp/B01DPOXS8I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1537130046&sr=8-3&keywords=zoom+h4n Obviously not expecting any of these to be comparable to a pair of 8040s and pro grade preamps etc - but very interested in something small an easy to carry. In terms of field use, it looks like it'll be fun improvising a basket for this - maybe sugru and something like a Supershield pod ;-)
  6. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    My guess is if Zoom make another 1 of these it will be more expensive and closer to the cost of the Rode offering. Quality aside, this looks like a product that will get a lot more people interested in ambisonic not least as it has they have tried to develop a more accessible approach to the workflow. Monitoring/reference feed in Binaural/Stereo, built in decoding to 2 types of B format during OR after recording and a nice concept for the accelerometers when reviewing recordings. Yep, I've sold myself 1. I have a trip to Sri Lanka at the end of the year and was going to put a compact ORTF rig together to record ambiance and events (on trip i'm unlikely to do again). Any idea when this is available?
  7. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    They have few vids:
  8. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    OLED would have been nice and certainly my preference but perhaps using a cheap screen meant they could add more value to the audio side. Screens also have an impact on battery life/size and can also cause RFI. Zoom seem prepared to evolve product lines quite quickly if successful eg. H1/n, H2/n H4/n, F8/n and despite so-so menus and build quality they've had a knack a capturing a decent share of new (style production) markets quite well, eg. H4 and F series. If this does well, expect another 1 soon. This 1 puts an interesting proposition to a new market, less of risk for zoom, less of a risk for buyers (if delivers content 'well enough'). Maybe at this price it gets a few more tradition recordists trying the ambisonic medium (and primed for the next 1:-).
  9. daniel

    New Zoom H3-VR Recorder mic combo..

    Zoom's H2 (&H2n) had a 4 channel mode and cost very little (and sounded horrible). With more demand for VR content maybe they saw a reason to build and improve on the previous offerings (which haven't evolved much since they decided to develop multi track bag recorders). Asides from the quality of the capsules (I imagine average at best) I'm interested to see if the other design features prove to be of use in VR content. Eg. the accelerometers and the 1 box solution. For starters maybe this offers enough to start doing VR gigs where individual source elements (personal mics) are the main focus and production need an ambisonic 'bed'/'canvas' to put them on. Ie. we can use our non ambisonic recorders (like a 633) for the dialogue and let this thing do the ambisonic acquisition. With a built in recorder we might hope processing of the signals has been optimised to make the most of the (albeit modest) hardware, and if this is the case, does it do enough to compete with better systems of higher cost and quality but need more hands on processing in post. Re TC. I know its an ugly option but could a tentacle and a pocket emitter (held close to the Zoom capsules for a few seconds) put a clean enough TC signal into the Zoom acoustically to allow for an easier syncing process?
  10. daniel

    New from Lectro.

    $20.22 or what's the point?
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    Dual Tumbleweeds

    Dual LR.
  12. daniel

    Sanken Cs-M1 new mike

    Rycote Supershield with 2 rear pods?
  13. daniel

    633 or 788T HDD

    How's the Automix on the zoom F8/n?
  14. daniel

    Sonosax M2D2

    Jez, no more likely to find a working XLR in the 'middle of nowhere' than a TA3. Probably find a cola can (empty), AA batteries (flat), AK47 bullet (casings), USB cable (broken) and maybe some goats: https://goo.gl/images/PyeiM4 The good thing about TA3/5 is they are almost as easy to solder as XLRs but considerably lighter and so easier to carry spares. XLRs would also have meant connectors on the 1 side of the unit (like the DNS2) which makes it harder to fit in a compact bag, imho. At least it's got T power tho... oh.
  15. daniel

    Update on the upcoming Tentacle Sync-E

    How are people putting Tentacles on DSLR hot shoe (if at all)? Any1 doing a 3D printed accessory?