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T Spear

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    Wellington New Zealand
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    I am a Film Drama and Documentary sound recordist with 24 years experience.

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  1. T Spear

    Phonak Roger real world experience

    Hi Patrick Sorry I am unable to compare the invisity vs the roger. Thanks Tony.
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    Phonak Roger real world experience

    Hi Doc, Your maths isn't far off, and the numbers are kind of scarier in New Zealand dollars, but my post is not about the dosh it is about a system that worked well for us. Of the 11 musical tracks on the movie only 2 used a speaker for playback.(these tracks featured a whole band so 2 earpieces didn't cut it) Of course you could always cable to the base station to save a channel of wireless. The production was very happy with the results and paid rental for the entire system. Thanks, Tony.
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    Things I found Helpful

    Just finished a tricky musical and would like to pass on a few things that were really helpful during the shoot. Although most of the playback was off a protools rig when we had to get more portable such as self drive car scenes and really long steadicam street shots, playback was really simple using a mobile phone and the free app Go Button. Awesome for simplicity. Pro Tools was also great as a playback system just using a laptop and sending one track to my recorder (editorial) and the other to the talent in ear system with a specific eq and a bit of compression. The Phonak Roger system was amazing and helped us gather a vast number of useable sync performances. Back to basics the fabulously staunch K&M 259/1 mic stand is amazing. In cars this is so easy to sneak in, chuck a sandbag on it and get a real mic in to the right spot. And it is really great for wide shoots for table scenes. We kept a mic (generally a MKH 50) on a wireless link on one of these stands at all times and snuck it all over locations and sets to pick up a lot of great dialogue. As always having enough carpet and sound absorption around was great. Nothing seems to change the ol bathroom boom as much as filling the bath and sinks up with cushions, carpet, anything available. Try it next time you find yourself cringing during a scene being blocked in a reverberation bomb of a bathroom. There were a lot of 60s heels and hard shoes on the shoot which we quickly fixed sound issues by having a small cloth some meths and after a very quick clean would stick on a bunch of pre stuck felt pads used for the bottom of furniture. Very cheap packs available at hardware and dollar shops. Much faster and than cutting pre stuck and often ridiculously priced felt and foam. As always nothing in our job is rocket science, just solving problems easily and often quickly. I have always appreciated some of the great info found on this site. I hope this is of value to some of you too. Thanks, Tony Spear.
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    Phonak Roger real world experience

    Hi Patrick, I have just finished 8 weeks on a musical feature using a phonak base station, a couple of Roger ear pieces and best of all using a roger repeater to extend range and reduce dropouts. We managed to get a huge amount of perfect sync takes and I was really impressed at how well it worked indoors and out. There were 400 metre steadicam shots, singing through a number of rooms in sets and many tricky locations. The repeater (not much bigger than an iPhone and self powered) was often strapped to the boom or placed in a convenient place to provide some amazing coverage. I suspect the repeater is of more value than getting an epic 2.4ghz aerial setup which often annoys our friends in the camera dept. I initially tried out the Phonak media hub but it provided no level control and just wouldn't cut through a noisy environment. The base station proved to be a huge improvement. The key was to keep the base station easily portable so I self powered it with a v lock through a voltage adaptor to give it the 5 volts it needs and transmitted the playback to the base station with a lectro srB set. This was often chucked on a C stand and moved easily around sets and locations. Phonak earpieces roll off at 100hz and 7khz so we always sent it a mix which had a pre eq to allow for this. (I have attached a pic) We found the a steep roll off at 100 a small bump around 150 and the usual dip around 400 with a shelf boost of a few db for highs and then steep roll off after 7 really helped the actors out. We also cut the lugs back quite a lot as these were an issue with being in shot at times and reflected brightly when back lights hit them. While the system can not be described as hifi it is a massive leap on induction quality and the linking of earpieces and repeaters with the base station is really efficient and are "remembered" by the base station as well. If you need any other info, let me know. Thanks, Tony Spear
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    633 Media Offline

    Hi Folks, I got a quick reply and great help from Sound Devices with a couple of things to try. A quick blast of air and a clean with isopropyl and the SD slot is up and running.
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    633 Media Offline

    Hi, Thanks for the reply. The CF card is immediately recognised. The machine is not "frozen" so holding the menu button seems to do nothing. Thanks again.
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    633 Media Offline

    Hi. My 633 has an issue with not recognising any SD cards. The screen shows SD media offline. The cards are on the approved list and are immediately recognised when inserted into my 644. Has anyone experienced this and know a possible fix? Thanks.
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    SR Reciever changes to another block?

    Hi all, Thanks for your replies. My SR has always run off a battery sled. The voltage ranges from 8 fully charged and then I switch out batts about 5 hours later when it is about 7 volts. So I plugged it in to my bag power which runs off V locks at 15.5 volts and before my very eyes shift happened. Voila Block 31. When I put the batt sled power back on, bingo block 24. I tried my old um200C Block 24 and it wouldn't talk to the SR receiver. Back it goes to the lectro lab. Bad timing to be 2 channels down but as Larry said shift happens.
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    SR Reciever changes to another block?

    Hi, Alas my SR needs to see the doctor. Split block personality disorder. It will wing its way back to the Lectro lab for a jumpstart. Yesterday I used it and as usual it was block 22 and then today I turned it on and it has done a kind of overnight frequency sex- change on me. There you go. Thanks, Tony
  10. Hi, I have just turned on my usually trusty Block 22 Lectro SR receiver to find that it has changed its mind and switched itself to block 24! Has anyone come across this? Or does anyone know of a possible reboot method. Thanks, Tony.
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