daniel Brooks

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    been catching sound since the tree fell in the woods - was there to hear it!

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  1. Truu... you can turn the pilot tone off so radio 'hears' all. The quality of audio is the big issue. Has anyone had any experience with this? If I had a 470 block TX I guess I'd know... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hey Sound Peeps! There is a host of affordable [cheap] chinese radios that reach up to 520 MHz. I was wondering if anyone had experience transmitting in the 420 Block and using these as comtek substitutes. At $15-25 dollars a piece, it's hard to not consider handing them out to crew instead of comteks or lectro ifb's. The only consideration is if the narrow fm receiver works well enough with a wide fm transmitter to make it acceptably intelligible. This is what I'm thinking about: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/6pcs-Mini-Walkie-Talkie-Retevis-RT22-Long-Range-UHF-400-480MHz-16CH-CTCSS-DCS-TOT-VOX/32741929692.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.265.2RrKbv&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10065_10068_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10060_10061_10062_10056_10055_10037_10054_10033_10059_10032_10078_10079_10077_10073_10070_10052_423_10050_10051,searchweb201603_2&btsid=70ad5d16-83dc-458f-a072-9e0910497ff7 I've tested these units and they actually transmit and receive up to 520 MHz, though you'd turn off the TX in this application. The other consideration is that the audio output is a 2.5 mm jack so you would need a 'step up' adaptor to 3.5 mm, but at that price.... Any input? Thanks, dB
  3. If this really is a race to the bottom [as witnessed by our democracy in action], then you should check out: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10set-Connector-M-F-Mini-XLR-3-Pin-Male-plug-Cable-Inline-Female-plug-3-pin/32272383196.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.10.RTLQI1&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10091_10090_10088_10089,searchweb201603_1&btsid=3a30ad44-b35c-4039-a595-561016ffeb4c That comes to 3.90 per pair if inline t3F &t3M. I've used these at the top of boom cables to make them break aways for changing mics and to fit in NYC since cases. I've had no issues or loss of sound quality between these 'made in china' and the witchcraft 'prolly made in china' ones.
  4. I believe we were talking big mics with the rubbers. Sticks, shotguns etc... I suppose if you knew it was going in the drink you could tightly stretch and rubber band the lav head then cut the excess. In my experience it is not worth even bothering with a lav in most hurricane or deadliest catch situations. I know that Carl Countryman used to take great joy in submersing his em(?) series (like the trams) in a can of coke and amplifying it at AES conventions. Apparently, the surface tension of he mic screen keeps the bad liquid out... Voice technologies also has a water-proof mic... Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  5. bring it to NYC! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  6. There is a "swiss army knife" of audio conversion called XLD that is free and takes BWAV files and will id3 tag them with the timecode timestamp while converting to.mp3. I've worked with the developer and he is very open to integrating usefulness to his program. http://sourceforge.net/projects/xld/ for when you haven't rolled .mp3 live, this works great for conversion. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  7. House of Topham prevailed in the bocce gamande but everyone was a winner thanks to Barbara and the K-tek folks generosity. He beer was fresh and the company was grand. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  8. Love it! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  9. Hey Fellow Sound Catchers... I am trying to find apps that will work as a sound logger/reporter on an android [nexus] tablet. I know there are modules for MovieSlate and some other IOS apps for the big A, but I haven't come across any 'droid ones. It seems pretty straight forward to make some sort of dBase, but the lazy me and the over extended me is looking for an 'off-the-shelf' logging/reporting pgm. Any bright opinions?
  10. I'm surprised nobody has suggested Voice Technologies. They have a kevlar reinforced thread in the cable, I think and are cheaper than the DPA's and for the sound of impact and yelling, will probably work just fine.
  11. wherever you go, ManglerMixer is there! -at least he was for me!
  12. I have been disappointed in the Rode. I haven't noticed much coloration, but it is so DAMN HEAVY and built to punish or haze you when you boom. On a fully extended boom, no one needs a pistol grip to add excess weight! The choice of materials reflects an attempt to make the zepp robust, but it does so at a cost that will burn your shoulders for years to come...
  13. For a camera that is thousands of dollars more than a 5D, it is a little dissapointing that there is no Hirose power tap, the headphone monitor amp is for crap, the controls are 'facing heavenward,' and the timecode is either in or out, but not both. With no 5 pin audio, you are relegated to a hissy headphone amp, how can a fancy schmancy camera be sooooo short sighted?
  14. I've use them for a while and they are 'reasonable'.... For timecode transcripts or some light duty timecode, ideally Ambient products are the bomb and much more solid than Deneke or Horita, but where the real world meets your ideals, Horita is a viable option for 29 and 24 based timecode