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About axel

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    eh, location sound mixing. movies. photography. a little cooking, a little sports. some freediving too. a sip of good rum.
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  1. PDR Lectrosonics

    No, it is just the same. There is no further companding with Lectro 400 mode transmission systems.
  2. Neumann RSM 191 Matrix box needed?

    soundshoppe, congrats to your Mic decision! after years of frequent work with the RSM, I find it convenient to have an XLR plug for the mic cable, filters and a pad at my fingertips evenwhen working with a bag. And: there is a Cinela suspension with conbox, basket + fur made specifically for the 191. It solves all your trouble regarding boom and cable noise, but all of that at a tremendous price. And it is clearly made for outdoor use, it would need a significant effort to dismantle the basket for a shorter footprint for indoor shooting.
  3. PDR Lectrosonics

    I once used it to improvise a on-cam mic for an Alexa Mini, which offers only line level input. We attached plugged a gooseneck DPA 4098 with windjammer, directly into the PDA and went line level from the jack output into the Mini. 2nd unit shoot inside a car, no lines, some action. Saw the rushes and it was really OK. No handling noise from the camera. The PDR was just velcroed to the Cam-body, the 15 cm gooseneck poking out aside of the lens. The good thing is, that if you use it as a preamp you get a backup recorder with TC for free. things to be aware: - with black eneloop AAA the recording time is limited to 4 hours max, lithiums last longer. But no set and forget for one entire shooting day. - Timecode syncing is easy and done very quickly. You have to sync though after every power down / battery change. - The lectro servo inputs accept huge dynamics and feature a good limiter which is optimized for speech and human voice. The sensitivity can be adjusted in 1 dB increments. - wiring TA5 inputs for Lectrosonics is special: The combination of the 5 pins makes the difference between wirings for different sources. http://www.lectrosonics.com/Support/Microphone-Wiring/uhf-transmitter-5-pin-input-jack-wiring.html - DPA 4098 are hypercardiods designed as podium mics and compensate the closemiking effect with a fixed LF cut. So in the distance you might find less LF on your track.
  4. Cantar Majax?

    Majax 3 1.0.6. beta is a very beta software and can ONLY deal with Cantar X3 generated files. The things it basically does: emulate the playback screen of a Cantar X3 on a computer (for X3 gereated files only!!) give some vital information on how the X3 was set up at the time of recording. playback monitoring control tools (very basic compared to what you can do on a real X3). File handling is limited to poly encode mono WAVS recorded on a Cantar X3 (can be done on the X3 in real time) Sound report creation. But it is buggy and less elegant than on the X3 (just one button press there + more layout options). So if you are confronted with Cantar X3 recordings and dont have an X3 at hand Majax3 still might be useful.
  5. filming in a suana

    I cannot see the problem, the classic (finnish) sauna is hot, but dry (35-40% rel humidity). Nobody could survive 90% humidity @ 90° C. Even in the phase of the steam (water over hot stones) the humidity rises barely over 50%. If you bring in the mics at room temperature, nothing should happen. Put them on the floor at forst, it is significantly cooler there. After a few minutes they will be adapted to temperature and totally safe to use. Different thing if you have to enter a steambath.
  6. SMQV storage

    I keep stored everything related to wireless Tx in a Lowe "fototrekker pro" backpack. Once you go to wire somebody you can be sure to have it all (mics, tapes, belts, antennas, tools...) once you grab the rucksack. When working on the cart I carry a cheap lightweight IKEA chair with me to avoid putting the Backpack in the dirt. It now has 5+ years and is still clean enough to fold up on beds, antique furniture and delicate sofas.
  7. Lectro Set Screw Dimensions?

    Those get lost so easily, but sell for € 9,- per piece here in Austria. No chance at hardware stores, because it is all metric scale here, apart of usual 3/8" and 1/4" gear.
  8. look for a used Sonosax SX-R4 (not SX-R4+!). It has 4 very good preamps (imho better than SD7xx), same footprint as Zoom F4, lightweight (under 1 kg), very power efficient compared to SD or Zoom, can also run on AA Batteries... and it's got a successor model that can do a lot more things you don't need for your project. So People might want to get rid their old SX-R4. There was a post on JW sound on Facebook a few days ago, where sombody mentioned he had an option to buy a SX-R4 for a 1000 $, asking for advice
  9. M/S mic for documentaries

    some little clarification points on the 191: the 191 creates a very well defined spatial stereo image, by far the most accurate one I know deriving from a single point stereo mic. It sounds airy and transparent and creates a sound that comes close to a natural perception. in relation to the RSM 190, the sucessor 191 is quieter on the side (M/S = 16/22 dB-A, A-weighted). Recalling my memory from back in the 90s, the 190 was noisy for quiet ambience recordings. there is a cinela suspension/windbasket made especially for the RSM 191; it is really expensive (>1000,- €) , but worth every cent on a handheld boom if you work documentary style there are also 30mm Rycote lyres made for it, they are cheap and work with any modern Rycote basket. Good for any mic stand applications or careful boom handling. the weight is identical to a MKH 416, but you have to add size and weight of the 191 Matrix box inside your bag; it has some advantages though, like an XLR Plug that is easily accessible, Lo-cut and pad switches at your finger tips, you can easily chose between decoded XY or native M/S setup plus define your stereo width with dedicated switches. cannot understand why Neumann/Sennheiser terminated the production some years ago. One of the best sounding mics ever made.
  10. M/S mic for documentaries

    +1 for the Neumann RSM191, best in a Cinela suspension. If you go standard Rycote it may be hard to keep sound free from bumps and handling noise.
  11. same here, shooting on Alexa Mini, jam synced twice a day, after the first day the assistant editor complained about 1-2 frames drift (Alexa behind). I have the Cantar X3 as a master, next tried to feed the X3 from the Lockit (ACL 204), nothing changed. Now I compensate the Lockit with +1,5 frames (just used to carry TC to the cam) and AE says sync is OK now.
  12. DPA 4060 wireless

    Donald, if you are still on this thread, I've worked with the YPAs, but they have let me down in critical situations: the tiny thread for the microdot connectors was not long enough to make for a sturdy connection. DAP adapters @ triple price sport one winding more, which makes for a reliable connection ! Resulted in ugly dropouts with some actor's movements. It took me several incidents of not knowing what caused the bumps and dropouts until I found it was the connector that was critical on the ankle when it came to skintight pants or on the back with a little sweat and tight clothes. I was using the Lectro-TA5 variant and this happened in 2014, so maybe YPA has already improved the design.
  13. Stolen gear

    I also have to leave things in the car. And no, I am not willing to go for the paranoia thing. I try to make the remaining items look shabby and worthless. If I were a thief, I would definitely go for anything covered by blankets. I think, a comprehensive list of all stolen gear would make our lives easier, some internet based wiki thing where anyone could add his stolen items, sorted by manufacturer and/or category. Would make it more dangerous for a thief to sell stolen audio gear because anyone could routinely look up serials there ahead of buying something used.
  14. Sennheiser mkh 416 vs 8060 indoors

    Tambongo, as Rado says, the 8060 is rather failsafe regarding humidity and RF interference (same MKH concept). It is also really robust: I had a crash, where the 8060 on the boom literally was hammered into a tile of an acoustic ceiling when a boom op totally lost his balance control. The plastered tile broke into pieces, the 8060 (no foam!) got a little scratched, but nothing else happened. Sounded the same as ever afterwards and continued working flawlessly for the next two years. Then out of the sudden it developed a strange short inside the tube circuitry, was only working upside down but was totally dead in horizontal position. Still with Sennheiser since late November...
  15. Aaton Cantar X3 user feedback?

    Pascal, a perfect solution in my eyes. :-)