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Everything posted by Mobilemike

  1. MixPre-6 – worth it for this beginner?

    What do you need the recorder to do that your DR-70D isn't doing right now? If you can answer that and the MixPre-6 fulfills those needs, then you'll have your answer. If if you're getting it just to impress clients, don't. As already stated, most clients don't know or care. If if you're getting it as a sound quality upgrade to the Tascam, fine, but keep in mind that your sound quality will still be limited by the worst sounding piece of gear in the signal chain. I doubt anyone could hear much of a difference between the RodeLink wireless you mentioned earlier into a DR-70D and the RodeLink into a MixPre. -Mike
  2. FYI if you're using this as a USB interface: I noticed the other day and have confirmed with Sound Devices that the individual track outputs over the USB bus are only post-fader, regardless of whether or not the internal ISO tracks are set to pre or post fader. Sound Devices says they will pass this along to the development and firmware team but a couple other people chiming in and asking for a fix wouldn't be a bad thing either. -Mike
  3. Stolen SD 688

    Wow glad you got it back! -Mike
  4. Sound Devices 6 series, quick track naming.

    I don't remember ever being able to do that on the 633. I enter track names (and all other metadata) through the wingman app now... way quicker, easier, and more accurate than any other option IMO. -Mike
  5. A well priced dialogue mic.

    +1 I had an Oktava Mk012 with the hyper cap as my interior dialogue mic when I first started out. It was ok... pretty susceptible to handling noise, and I was never super in love with the sound of it. To be honest I didn't end up using it that much, preferring my 416 and later my CS3e for most situations. Now I use a Sennheiser MKH50 as my go-to interior mic and every time I put it up I get a smile on my face. It's easy to use, has an incredible ability to suck the voices away from the room sound, and just sounds rich and full and like a finished track already. So for me, the MKH50 is a well-priced microphone because of how amazingly useful it is. -Mike
  6. NEW: Zoom LiveTrak L-12

    From the website: In Audio Interface mode, the L-12 can record up to 48 kHz to a computer and an SD card simultaneously. If this had digital inputs I would be all over it. I don't know that I want to rely on Zoom $600 mic ores and converters for critical tracks. -Mike
  7. Advice Please! - Wireless Lavalier System

    In an ideal world, the transmitter and receiver would be just "tonally neutral communication devices," but in the real world that's not the case. They do influence the sound considerably. The microphone does determine a lot of the sound but the sound is only as good as the weakest link in the signal chain. The transmitter and receiver also include the microphone preamp, A/D converter, and transmitter that sends all of that data through the air. All of these components do have a large influence on the sound. -Mike
  8. Hey all, I was curious if any of those members who are experienced with soundfield/Ambisonic recording could share a bit about their delivery workflow. Obviously I know each client is different, but in general how have you been asked to do things? Some of the questions I had were: As a sound mixer do you just deliver the A-format files and be done with it? Or have you been tasked with converting the files to B-format after recording and delivering those? If so, do you bill for that time? Have you ever been asked to deliver 5.1 or 7.1 (etc, etc) files? Any other thoughts you have are appreciated! Thanks! -Mike
  9. Wave Agent

    I believe that PolyWAV files by definition need to have all channels be the same length down to the sample, so may be best to combine in a DAW and consolidate and export like @nickreich suggested. -Mike
  10. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Yes you can. It's a little kludgy to do this on the MixPre itself but wayy easier with the wingman app. With Wingman you can very easily name tracks, rename files after recording, and add metadata both before and after a recording. You can name tracks before recording by tapping on the channel name in the channel setup screen (the screen that lets you adjust gain, panning, linking, etc). After recording you can navigate to the file and tap "Edit" and then you have options to edit the recording name, add notes, or add or rename the tracks right there on the MixPre as well. It works fine on the unit but it's a lot of little screens to navigate - like I said this is all way easier to do with the wingman app. -Mike
  11. Schoeps MiniCMIT

    No, with the indoor foamie. Like Glen said, the INV-Lite mount is meant for indoor only, and not designed to be used with a softie. -Mike
  12. Atari Speakerhat! Perfect!

    Is it real? It is kind of awesome! -Mike
  13. Schoeps MiniCMIT

    I love the INV-Lite mount with my 4017C. It works perfectly for me. -Mike
  14. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Mine does the same. All equal on all 3 channels. -Mike
  15. Cheapo boom pole

    Good to know, thanks! Is it possible to rig them with an internal cable? -Mike
  16. Pelican transport case

    I like the Pelican 1620 with the Mobility kit for my 633 rig. I live in NYC where I have to roll it around a lot, so the big wheels on the mobility kit really come in handy. I can fit everything I need for a full day of shooting in there, including boom pole, slate, and even rain protection if needed. I also have the lid organizer on it where I keep small things like audio adapters or Lav mounting supplies. It can get a bit heavy when fully loaded but I can set it around the city on the subway myself pretty easily I used to use the 1560 with mobility kit, which is a bit smaller and lighter but I recently got the K-Tek stingray bag and harness for my 633 and that is a bit too tall to fit in the 1560. It worked fine with my older Petrol mixer bag though. I couldn't fit my boom pole in the 1560 either. -Mike
  17. Soundfield/Ambisonics delivery workflow

    Awesome, thanks so much for the insight everybody. I figured B-format would be the way to go but I wanted some confirmation so it sounded like I knew what I'm talking about And soundpod and phillip - thanks also for the note about the front of the camera - that definitely seems important and it hadn't occurred to me! -Mike
  18. Recording audio in Luc Besson's new sci-fi movie

    Agreed! -Mike
  19. DPA 4017C

    What are you using for wind protection? Even if you're indoors you should be using at least the foam that comes with the mic. -Mike
  20. Advice on sound kit R4+/SD/Zax/Zoom

    First you have to decide how many channels you are going to need. If it's not more than 3 or 4 you could get one of the new Sound Devices MixPres and put the extra cash toward better mics and better wireless. -Mike
  21. Rates & other tips when traveling?

    I would bill just one day, however I would bill from airport to airport and anything that goes over the agreed on 10 or 12 hours is charged as OT. -Mike
  22. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Yup - I just picked up one of these to try with my BDS today - we'll see how it goes: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1112100-REG/indipro_tools_rsyp2_2_5mm_cable_for_sony.html There are also some unregulated cables out there like the one dgirtsman linked to, and an unregulated (and cheaper) version of the cable I linked to above, but it seems like those unregulated options will not work for the MixPre's. -Mike
  23. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    I just asked Sound Devices about powering specs again and they replied that, "The maximum voltage for the L-Mount connection on the MixPre-Series is 8.4 volts. Anything above that voltage can damage the device." Based on that answer I don't think the MixPre's can handle the full 14V or so that a fully charged NP1 will produce. Of course I asked specifically about the L-Mount adapter so I'm not sure of the specs via the USB-C port, but I think most USB ports are 5V so I wouldn't risk plugging that directly into a BDS either. -Mike
  24. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    There were a couple of posts on this threadabout the K-Tek KSTG70 bag fitting the MP6 well so I ordered one to try out. It does fit the MP6 like a glove... if you use the 4-AA battery pack. There is absolutely no way the MP6 will fit in that bag with the L-Mount battery holder attached. Its possible that a particularly skinny USB-C battery pack could fit in the bag with the MP6 but neither of the ones I tried would. I'll be returning this bag. I have to agree with @cmgoodin that I'm not really a fan of the ergonomics of any of the power solutions offered for the MixPre's. The L-Mount in particular is ungainly on a tabletop and nigh impossible in a bag, as using it with decent sized batteries makes the bottom of the unit almost three times wider than the top of the MixPre. Hopefully somebody (Remote Audio maybe?) will come up with a better solution. Ok I'm done harping on that... I also tested the unit a couple of times by recording files and either removing the battery or letting it run all the way down until the unit automatically shuts off. It seems that the MixPre does close the files so that they are usable if power is pulled, but you can't take the card out of the unit right after it shuts down and expect the file to be readable in a computer. I took the card out without powering the unit back on first and neither Wave Agent nor Pro Tools could read the file. However, if you put the card back in the MixPre and power it back on, then the unit seems to do whatever it needs to do to close the file and after that it is readable by the computer. -Mike
  25. Advice on Mid Mic in MS Configuration

    I have both the 40 and 50 and use both with my MKH30 for M/S depending on the sound I want. For ambiances and general sounds I like the 40/30 combination better as the image seems a bit better - there can sometimes feel like there's a hole in the sound with the 50/30 combo. That said, if I'm recording Foley type sounds or anything that is more focused straight in front of the mic I do like the 50/30 combo better because of the extra reach of the 50. Both are great and I'm happy to have the option for both. I'm out of town for another week or so but once I get back I'll do some comparison recordings and post them. For ambiances and such an ORTF pair of 8040s is another great option, and a pair of omnis can be great too. -Mike