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  1. Jesse Flaitz

    New Mix Pre series as an interface

    OS - Windows 10 64 DAW - Reaper interface - Mix Pre 6 This is not a real review, I don't do post audio professionally, and will only use the Mix Pre for 1-2 input recordings. I haven't seen much of a discussion about the Mix Pre as an interface so figured I'd start one here to see what other people thought. I bought a Mix-Pre 6 a couple months ago to use as a back-up field recorder/small gear package for simple interview/small budget stuff when the full Nomad bag isn't necessary. I haven't used it for that purpose more than a few times, so I connected it to my PC and decided to give it a go as an interface while I don't need it, replacing my ancient M-Box 3. I don't do post work any more, but I like to keep up some knowledge of the workflow/software/plug-in capabilities etc. I mainly used the interface to record myself, or maybe a musician friend or voice over artist who need a quick audition recording. I don't use it for extensive tracking, multi-track recording, or use it as a recorder, strictly and I/O device for my PC. For me, in that capacity, the Mix Pre 6 is excellent. It takes some setting up, but after an hour or so I got it working swimmingly. There are only a couple small issues I'd comment on: 1. The Input trim control is poorly designed. Touch screen control only, and 1dB increments each time you touch the up or down. I'd love if the trim/pan controls could be manipulated with the fader knob when selected. Not a real problem, just annoying as an end user. 2. I'd prefer the stereo output level was mapped to some fader as well. 3. A "mute stereo out" button would be awesome As is, having a double duty quality interface for my PC that I can quickly turn into an ultra light weight location recorder, is really incredible. Hats off to SD, at $900 I couldn't be happier with it.
  2. NPs should be no problem taking on a plane as carry on, same with iPowers. Don't check them. TSA might give you a problem with carrying them on, but TSA is mostly dunce caps, so bring a print out of the FAA guidelines on lithium batteries. Assuming your TSA agent is capable of reading, you should be fine.
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    Comtek 9v batteries

    I use iPowers 9v 520mah and usually get at least two full days on a charge in my Comteks.
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    Johnny Knoxville gags and wires.

    Having spent a decade or so watching Knoxville and crew antics, I'd recommend confirming L&D policies with production. Equipment on those shows must get destroyed on the regular. IDK the availability of replacement transmitters/lavs in your area, but be prepared to to lose a lot of stuff to damage.
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    Pluraleyes Good or..not?

    Pluraleyes works great when other, better modes of sync aren't accounted for or available. I can't think of a single editor who wouldn't prefer, in addition to scratch audio for waveform sync, proper slating procedures and time code sync. Again, if production doesn't pay for/account for any type of proper syncing protocol, as long as there is some type of scratch audio they can make it work. Pluraleyes breaks down in a lot of situations however. Noisy locations where the audio waveform might vary significantly from your audio recorder and the camera mic nullify almost any advantage of waveform sync. Scratch audio from your mix to camera is the best way for Pluraleyes to work.
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    Haha, it always comes to this.
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    I have a "work with my equipment only" policy. It's been over three years since I worked a day without my own equipment (boom op days as an exception of course). The last time I worked with productions gear, they wouldn't pay me a labor rate for checkout so a PA picked it up. They sent all the wireless units without antennas... Never again. I've found that if I calmly explain that due to the careless use of rental house equipment I can not guarantee the functionality of said equipment, and therefore will not be responsible for it, it only makes sense for me to work with my equipment. Also, I paid tens of thousands of dollars for it, and it's about 1/3 of my total day rate, and I'm vastly more efficient working with it, etc.
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    Schoeps MiniCMIT

    I found the 12cm softie to be just a tiny bit too large. I ordered the 10cm Rycote softie and it fits perfectly. The 12cm is listed for the CMIT 5U, but the short body length of the mini makes it a less optimal fit. I tested the miniCMIT against my MKH 50 two days ago. I had to use much more gain on my Nomad 10 for the CMIT than the 50. I was sitting around +18 for the 50 and up to +25 for the CMIT (circle dolly wide shot, had much more headroom than I'd like). That was high enough gain to start getting slightly noticeable thermal noise. The people talking weren't exactly great at projecting their voices, but the room sounded good enough to carry the signal. The noise was likely more noticeable in the CMIT due to the pick up pattern. My 50 was picking up much more of the office AC noise that the CMIT was rejecting. It was minimal enough to not effect the tone when mixing between the two, but definitely noticeable when soloing back and forth. I really love the low profile nature of the mic and, of course, it sounds amazing (tiny noise floor issue notwithstanding, also something I've noticed with other hypers).
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    Schoeps MiniCMIT

    I like where their head is at but... yeah. Fail.
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    Twirling720 VR Audio Recorder

    That is the noisiest noise floor this side of a zoom recorder. And at a $10,000 goal for an indiegogo campaign, there is no way they could manufacture something like that for less than 20x their goal at the very least. Also, part of what makes the Soundfield so great, is the post processing. The directionality was very limited when spinning that video around, whereas the Soundfield has a very pronounced ambisonic space.
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    Schoeps MiniCMIT

    Just ordered one from Gotham. Can't wait to use it in the field. I assume the softies that work for the 5U work for the mini? Gotham wasn't sure about it, but the interference length appears the same.
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    Basic sound kit plans

    $100,000 camera package $3,000 for sound package Something doesn't make sense here. Try budgeting closer to $15,000 and you could put together a decent basic sound kit of two lavs, boom and mixer/recorder. I don't think you'll find too much assistance from this forum in building a "kind of good enough" kit.
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    Removing rough sea and wave noise?

    There is no easy solution here. Waves are very difficult because they are broad spectrum and fluctuating. Some Izotope/de-noise work and automated eq will do something, but ADR is probably your best bet.