Ed Denton

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About Ed Denton

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    Moose Audio
  • Birthday 03/07/1987

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    http://www.mooseaudio.com.au

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    I'm a freelance sound recordist in Melbourne and run my business as Moose Audio. Cut my teeth on friends short films and worked my way into the sound business over the last few years. Currently working on a cooking show for one of the national networks and hoping George Lucas will discover me for his next film...

    My gear setup is a fairly standard ENG one. I run a Sound Devices 552, Lectro UM400a/UCR411a's, Sanken COS11's, a Rode NTG-3 and an Audix SCX1-HC. Got some more kit but this is my "everyday wear". Do I make the switch to Nomad or save up for a 788t/CL8? That's my next decision...

    www.mooseaudio.com.au

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  1. Great thanks John, definitely adding that to the kit! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I just wanted to see what opinions people had on best practice regarding taping or attaching lav mics to actors' chests. Obviously it wouldn't be the first choice but if there is no better option like if an actor is wearing only a thin t-shirt with a high neckline is it an acceptable practice to attach the mic to their chest directly on the skin? What about if they have a hairy chest? And what about high profile actors/actresses? I've heard of soundo's saying "absolutely not" especially with hairy guys but then I've a lot of success miking directly on the skin. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Can these moulded cables be found on mouser or digi-key do you think? How would you search for such a thing? I've tried various searches such as "right angle coaxial connector moulded cable" but can't seem to find the part.
  4. The link isn't working, could you add the correct one to the product you were suggesting? It seem oddly difficult to find these right angle plug for the BDS. The Switchcraft 761K are very long and stick out quite wide taking a big chunk of precious bag space.
  5. Apologies in advance, I'm sure this is covered here on this group but I can't find it anywhere (yes I've tried various searches). I'm trying to import a polyphonic BWF file (8 tracks, recorded on Zoom F8) into Logic Pro X while preserving the track names that I have saved in the metadata. Is that possible? Seems like it should be a no-brainer but I can't make it work. I can do it by splitting the tracks into separate mono tracks via Wave Agent and then importing them separately into the DAW but then I lose my track name information, not to mention the annoyance of having to import each track separately. If you could help point me to some info on how to do this it would be most appreciated!
  6. Apologies in advance, I'm sure this is covered here on this group but I can't find it anywhere (yes I've tried various searches). I'm trying to import a polyphonic BWF file (8 tracks, recorded on Zoom F8) into Logic Pro X while preserving the track names that I have saved in the metadata. Is that possible? Seems like it should be a no-brainer but I can't make it work. I can do it by splitting the tracks into separate mono tracks via Wave Agent and then importing them separately into the DAW but then I lose my track name information, not to mention the annoyance of having to import each track separately. If you could help point me to some info on how to do this it would be most appreciated!
  7. You rock Larry! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks for your tireless efforts Larry! That cable looks great for getting the guitar into the Tx. What about going from a Rx to amp? Suggestions for going from the balanced mic output to the amp. I guess it needs some kind of reverse DI box? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Apologies in advance if this has been covered, but searches yielded no appropriate info. When I'm not recording on productions I moonlight as a musician playing guitar and I was wondering whether it would be easy to use my Lectro wireless to transmit the guitar signal to the amp? What kind of cable convert would you need to plug a guitar into say a UM400a or UM200c? Would the impedance of the guitar signal be a problem running into the mic pack transmitter? And also at the other end if I used say a UCR411a or UCR210D before the amp. What could I use to turn the the wireless signal into a usable signal for the amp? I realise that there are dedicated wireless guitar systems but just in the interest of putting my existing gear to another use I was wondering if it was possible. Cheers
  10. That's the right idea, I was just hoping to find something that I didn't have to get custom cut foam for, as putting a mic straight in that will crush the windscreen and won't protect the mic. But the size is good.
  11. Does anyone know of a small mic case that could fit a small diaphragm condenser mic with a windscreen (such as Schoeps W5D) attached. I have a Pelican case that I keep a number of mics in but I would like to find a small alternative for carrying single mics when travelling light. I have a number of SDC mics like Octava and Audix model that I'd like to be able to bring individually with out dragging along a whole Pelican of mics. Something around the 5"x4" internal dimensions mark. Everything I can find is either too big, not protective or crushes the windscreen. Any suggestions would be most helpful!
  12. Appreciate the heads up there. I'll try and work with the information you provided Gordon and see if I can find a happy medium with transmitter adjustment and drive the clicks into the noise floor. Cheers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I am a few days away from the end of a month long feature shoot that I've been using a Zoom F8 as my main recorder on and I wanted to share my experience with it, a kind of review if you will. I used the recorder as I believe it is best used and that is as a standalone recorder and I had a 552 mixer in front. I did not use any of the mixer or pan or output functions and my review will not include them. Overall the the F8 has performed very well. I never had any unexpected issues, power outages, lost or corrupted files, timecode issues or anything that really caused me problems so well done Zoom on creating a extremely high functioning product. There are however a number of things that I will mention that could be improved with the machine. I will refrain from mentioning any hardware functionality or build quality as I realised this is where you find the discrepancy between a $4000+ recorder and a $1000 recorder. But there are a number of software changes that I would recommend for the next firmware update based on my 25 straight days of using the F8. Firstly monitor modes. This is a big one. There is only one headphone monitor mode and it is buried in the menu screen requiring a number of clicks and scrolls to get there. Once you're finally in the headphone menu you need to click and scroll through the matrix to select which channel go to your L and R and it is certainly not a quick process. I would love to be able to save a few different preset monitor modes to quickly swap. For example I would often have my boom in the left and 2 wireless in the right but often I'd want to hear just the wireless in each ear or a mono mix of the wireless to compare relative levels. There was no quick and easy way of doing this. I would highly recommend shortcut to monitor modes or even better being able to flip through monitor modes without leaving the main recording screen. For example press+turn of Select Encoder currently does not have a function. That would be a great way to access saved monitor modes. This brings me to my next main issue; shortcuts. In particular clearing the peak indicator which requires you to press stop+5 buttons. There's no way I want to press the stop button during a take but often an enthusiastic clapper would smack the slate and cause my channels to clip at the beginning of a take. Now I'm stuck with the peak indicator for the whole take and there's no way to know if I have an actual peak during the take. A very bad decision for a shortcut. Something more simple like just pressing the Select Encoder or even just pressing the 5 button would work (seeing as you can't unselect a track whilst recording anyway). Another front panel shortcut I'd love is to go directly to Edit Meta Data of the last recorded take. That way you can quickly add notes or make any corrections quickly before the next take. Another thing that I didn't like was the use the Record button as the "Option" and "Execute" button whilst in the menu. The record button is the most important in the whole machine, I want the record button to do one thing and one thing only and that is to record when it is pressed, whenever it is pressed. I would much prefer that the select encoder or the play button be used as the "Option" have the record button to start recording even when in the menu. That extra second or two that it takes to exit the menu to start recording could cause you to miss a clap or something else that happens quickly or unexpectedly. All these things (to my knowledge) are firmware fixes and from my experience they would greatly improve the functionality of the F8. There are however a number of really clever inclusions on the F8 that I wasn't expecting. The Dual Channel Rec is awesome. Saved my butt on a few scenes that went from a whisper to a scream. I set the second channel at a lower gain and was able to capture both the whisper and the scream at good levels. The meta data entry and ability to create sound reports is great. I used the Bluetooth control just to try it out and it seemed solid but I was working out of a bag so I pretty much entered into directly via the LCD screen. The track name and scene name shortcuts are extremely useful. But I can't emphasise how useful a monitor mode shortcut would be. I said I would refrain from reviewing the build quality compared to other more expensive recorders but just for the sake of sharing my experience I will mention some aspects built quality. The nice blue paint had chips and scratches with in the first few days of shooting, it is not at all a durable finish. Also after 3 weeks of shooting the white square on the Stop button and the red circle on the Record button are nearly worn off (see pics). I imagine by the end of the year none of the button will have their corresponding symbols. But as long as they continue to work I can live with it. The plastic buttons feel and look a little cheap but again at the price point I can live with it. But some things for Zoom to consider changing on version 2.0. But overall I would say it's been a very positive experience and I would highly recommend it as an entry in multitrack recording especially for someone who already owns a 442 or 552. Ed Denton mooseaudio.com.au Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Why should no camera be running true 24fps? Perhaps this is a US thing. We shoot true 24fps all the time in Aus.
  15. Thanks for your response Gordon that was good info for me. However I am convinced that what I'm experiencing is not normal operation. I'm using a red dot cos11 but the gain is up around the 3 o'clock position on the UM400a, well within what I would consider an acceptable range and it should be able to tolerate the dynamic range that I am giving it. I really dislike the sound of the limiters engaging. For me they are a fail-safe for unexpected yells, not something that I would allow in general recording. Furthermore is doesn't happen in ratio mode or when I have the same setup with my UCR411a's. Think perhaps it is a faulty unit and I'll contact Lectro directly I think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk