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  1. 633 PFL

    Apologies in advance if this has been covered but I can’t find any reference to this in the manual or online. My PFL switches are operating as “post-fade listen” rather than pre-fade. I have my Input to ISO routing as post-fade which is how I prefer it (in case I need to mute actors who walk off to the toilet without notice or something). But I would like to be able to have my PFL as Pre-fade listen so I can audition mics before bringing them into the mix. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 633 PFL

    Ahh that explains it. Pity that you can’t have post-fade ISO’s and pre-fade monitor on $3000 piece of gear. Would love to see this remedied in an firmware update. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hirose-powered Mac Mini.

    Running a computer based workflow on a cart with all the challenges of on set conditions? No thanks. Extremes in temperature, portable battery setups, rain, humidity, running your cart over rough terrain. There’s no chance in hell that I would trust a Mac computer to operate reliably in those conditions.
  4. 633 firmware improvements

    Here is a copy of an email I sent to Sound Devices regarding my experience with the 633 and firmware improvements that would be useful. Please feel free to add any more that I missed: I recently bought a 633 and I just wanted to say congratulations on making a great device and also give some feedback as a user. I am a location sound mixer, I do primarily run-and-gun, one man operation where I am mixing and booming. I believe the 633 is an excellent machine for this style shooting but there are some improvements that could make the 633 better. Firstly, while there are many visual metering options one that I find lacking is the ability to remove the Left/Right meters from the screen. Most of the productions I work on these days require minimum of a boom and two wireless, which they want on iso tracks. There is less and less want or need for a LR mix track, basically it is just unwanted data that goes straight in the trash. I rarely record it any more and if they do want a mix track at all it is usually just on camera for playback. I would love to be able to have a monitor screen that only shows the iso tracks, both 3-channel view and 6-channel view. Secondly, everyone knows that typing with an encoder knob is annoying as hell. But there is a few things that would make the task easier (some of these taken from the Zoom F8 that, for all its flaws, has excellent keyboard navigation). One particular feature is to be able to scroll vertically by press-turning the headphone knob (turning the knob while it is depressed). Another would be to create a space by moving the mic/tone switch to the right. At the moment the mic/tone switch toggles Caps either way it is pushed. Personally I would love to quickly put in spaces when writing notes. I would also l would love to be able to move the cursor through the text without deleting the text. For example by holding the menu and moving the mic/tone switch. Sometimes in the heat of the moment on set I need to quickly write notes but make mistakes due to the difficulties of writing characters with a knob. It would be great to be able to quickly correct these mistakes without having to delete everything after the mistake. Lastly, it would be great if the take counter was able to display characters after instead of only 1, 2, 3 etc. Sometimes pickup shoots are slated like “scene 1, shot 1, take 14PU”. At the moment there is no way to represent this other than to change the file name. I hope this feedback leads to improved firmware in the future.
  5. Comtek “compand” switch missing

    I just recently bought these Comtek units from some sound recordist and I noticed that they are missing the little “compand” and “mic” switches are missing. Is this normal or are these fake units? They seem to work fine but not sure what to make of this.
  6. Comtek “compand” switch missing

    Oh right yes! I saw that in the M-216 manual but when it said “optional compand auto/off switch” I took it to mean that it was optional whether the device was “off” or “auto”, not optional whether the device had the switch or not. But that clarified things.
  7. 633 loose object inside machine

    I was just playing with my Sound Devices 633 and I noticed there seems to be something loose moving inside the chassis of the machine. At first I thought it was the AA batteries but I removed them and noticed it still happens. It seems to be coming from the underside of the machine and when I hold it and rotate it I can feel the slight vibration of the moving object inside. Can anyone give suggestions about the cause of this? The 663 seems to be working well otherwise but I just got it so I haven’t used it extensively yet. On the video below you can clearly hear the sound as I rotate it.
  8. Comtek Questions - 72 vs 216 - Old vs New

    On the topic of Comtek Option P7 vs Comtek jack version, has anyone got opinions on performance of either? Is the jack version considerably less durable than the BNC, so much so that it affects performance? There’s an M-216 up for sale but it is not Option P7 and I’m wondering whether it will cut it as a bag IFB transmitter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. The Rode NTG-3 failing in cold weather...

    I can confirm that this indeed is a problem that I have experienced. In -5°C today the NTG-3 started sputtering and fizzing and popping and then totally stopped working. Brought it back inside and in 15 mins it was working again. Gonna post an audio sample when I get home. Sending the mic in to get looked at, Rode has great warranties on their mics which shows they really stand by their products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. BDS connectors

    Does anyone know of any low profile or right angle connectors that fit the Remote Audio BSD? The only ones I can find are these ones which are very long and not great in a bag. Extra point if you can give me a link or part number [emoji6]. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. T-Mobile to begin rollout of 600 MHz spectrum this summer.

    Thanks Gordon very eloquently and succinct explanation! Answered all my questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Taping mics to chest

    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
  13. Taping mics to chest

    Great thanks John, definitely adding that to the kit! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. 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!
  15. BDS power plugs

    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.
  16. BDS power plugs

    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.
  17. 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!
  18. Wireless guitar setup

    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
  19. Wireless guitar setup

    You rock Larry! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Wireless guitar setup

    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
  21. Small condenser mic case

    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!
  22. Small condenser mic case

    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.
  23. SRb antenna switching sound

    I've been having a problem with my SRb making a clicking sound in the audio when switching antennas. I've included a sample recording of the sound as I heard it through my 552. I realise that it is the sound of the antennas switching due to inadequate range or other interference. My question isn't how to solve these problems but I'm wondering whether this is a known problem and whether there is something I can to do fix it or whether it is a software or hardware issue that need to be repaired. Given that it is a diversity receiver designed to switch antennas for the best signal I can only assume the sound of the antennas switching is not normal. To help diagnose, my set up was this: In a bag there is 2 UCR411a's and a SRb into a 552 with direct outs to Zoom F8 XLR inputs and also a boom running through the 552 into the Zoom. Also a Senn G3 tx in the bag sending scratch to camera. I had two SMDa's transmitting to the 411a's and one UM400a transmitting to channel 1 of the SRb, the other channel was not in use. Again, my question is not how do I get better range from my transmitters but can I/how do I avoid the clicking sound coming from my SRb. Thanks in advance, Ed Antenna switching sound.aif
  24. SRb antenna switching sound

    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
  25. Zoom F8

    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