The Immoral Mr Teas

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  1. Superb Nagra pic Mike! Should be in the Nagra Images thread - still have the 4.2?
  2. And I've just realised that Swimming To Cambodia came after Stop Making Sense, in fact several years. My brain might be jelly but my suit still fits.
  3. Daniel and I were talking earlier today about him - I hadn't heard the sad news. For me the first and stand out film was Swimming To Cambodia, with the great Spalding Gray, which in its way gave the template for Stop Making Sense. Two films from my youth which meant a fair bit to me. Jez x
  4. Not really complaining (for once) but watching the original Spring in a Small Town (heh, instead of replying to my gud fellas on Equipment etc) on UK tv Channel Film Four. Not too sure of the political situation, but 1948 mainland filmmaking. It's been cleaned up but to me just sounds tinny. Far cleaner than I've heard it before to be sure - ie no hiss. Just wondering though, between ourselves here, people used to listening to awful condition old soundtracks and cleaned up ones, what are the general preferences? I really don't mean to criticise this particular example (which in my Chinese dvd and previous viewings are hiss central) but when extreme noise reduction is applied and it alters the natural character of the sound to such a degree (albeit enhancing the actual clarity) are we pro or contra? Kind of like the Rosemary's Baby thread ... and the picture folk suffer worse than us but don't seem to mind? Jez
  5. I think DT48s prefigure sound monitoring - it wouldn't have been too many years to go before they celebrated their 100th birthday if they'd kept them going (I think they were recently discontinued?) I never owned a pair but always (and still) crave them for their style. Meanwhile I've used DT 100s and 150s for years, and actually find them quite 'comfortable' for the shorter periods I use them. My open DT 550s however are super comfortable and sound great - happy to edit wearing them for hours. A pair of DT48s, cheap from the local hi-fi emporium who had got them in for a customer who hated them and gave them back, lasted me for years, with a complete refurb from Beyer UK after about twenty years. Shortly after, they were stolen from a committee room at The Houses Of Parliament. A little power and a few pints of Camerons and it is amazing the depths people will stoop to.
  6. I'll probably wait for the balanced outputs and the digital in then. Then wait a little longer for two sets of balanced outputs to interface quad speakers. I'm sure I can think of other things I can be waiting on ... J x
  7. Presumably the ubiquitous DT48 Jim? Splendid things! Gorgeous! Whilst I'm the proud owner-user of two stereo Nagras I've always loved the size and style of their neighbour-rival. Jez
  8. ... or indeed an F4 / F8 ? I was interested when I first glanced at the spec in using it as an interface for Nuendo and Protools, then saw the '4 out' would be through a stereo 3.5 and presumably a headphone amp. So not so suitable a feed for the Genelecs... Still, for folks wanting an essentially 4 track FX recorder, well built with nice preamps, with additional feed for DSLR and a TC in, metadata etc, it is a contender.
  9. A wonderful idea! I'm still recovering from the Binder - bender ... I was actually looking through the specs looking to see if there was 8v powering for my MKH104s but didn't find anything. Whilst we're on the subject I recall someone here doing mods backdating CMC6xt and MKH P48 to CMC4 and MKH T-12 spec. I have a couple 8040s that need doing ... Think again, yes, but I think it is more a competitor for the F4 and 701D. (The MP6 that is). Still fewer inputs/pres than the F8 which could swing the vote for some. Also the F4 and tascam both have some features that might be desired, and I think the cheaper DR70 also still holds its place. All in all however, a most welcome addition to the budget / backup (and travel / fx) machines on offer (especially the MP6). Jez
  10. Great trademark, Dan. I'll use it if I'm allowed? The whole thing does look a bit like a toy, like the tascam and zoom products it will rival. But a great looking toy and I want one too. Nice and small and light. So the combo inputs are actually welcome to me since I have a few looms to TRS as well as the regular XLRs. Love the multiple powering options too - good for 7-series owners to use their L bats, as well as AA for ... me! All in all, the 6 ticks a lot of my boxes and since a Sonosax is still beyond my means I'll continue to look at this one as it goes into production. Could there be a super-advanced input setting mode to activate T-powering? Jez
  11. If you're in a van others will be in vans too = traffic = traffic noise. Even if you're well off road in a 4x4 others will be riding around on motorbikes. Whatever, I would plan for some kind of 'away from the van' kit, if even a b-kit of small recorder with 48V mic pres and AA powering. Jez
  12. Hi Dan! As you know I liked the AA powering (albeit temperamental with alkalines!!) with the R4 as I do with the SD 302 etc and the 633: all of course with 12V (main) external powering options. It really can be a life saver for travelling FX recording (where the machine may not be rolling for entire days draining 48V etc) even if one would preferably be using external power. I also like the choice of power for the new R4+ but would have loved a 'backup sled' to run the machine off AAs that fit the machine slot ... Although it's the first time I've mentioned it I think (and I would perhaps be its eventual sole user!) If anyone knows of a (non DIY) AA to 12V box for hirose/xlr4 machines I would love to see one and probably buy one. Kortwich perhaps? I've looked but never found. DPAs - for me the versatility - covert, binaural and spaced, lowered into daft places, etc. So, nothing really to compare (but I used other lavs before I finally went DPA, true). Happy personally to consider anything second hand, including DPAs (which are common in ex-show sell offs at far less than the new price). Though I would look for microdot terminated, then buy the DAD xlr adapters and also the microdot extension cables (at least one of them) for wider arrays etc. The standard 'lav' length of the cable is too short often at about 2m for me. You'll be using DPAs forever too (as granted you will MKHs) - so a good 'investment', new or SH. Jez
  13. I did enjoy it, and am familiar with Tim's radio docs. I actually took the programme to be more tongue in cheek and pretty funny, in the 'style' of 1970s / 80s classic BBC2 / early Channel 4 than today's tendency to take Sound Art SERIOUSLY. J x
  14. The DPA 4060s are not 'like' anything else currently around. They are as I've said my number one choice for travel (and, for me, for FX and ambient recordings). They're not a substitute for other omnis such as eg MKH 8020s (although one could use them as a 'substitute'). They sound great, nothing their size sounds that good and natural, and you can hide them well if needed, and you can stick them in the wildest of places. They've been absolutely great in 40+ degrees C, below zero, 100% humidity and dry. I don't really have much idea of what you're trying to record nor do I think do any of the rest of us - which is why the thread is bombarded with so many ideas (though that in itself is not a bad thing). I originally thought you were looking to record near silent environments (or at least those free of obvious man-made noises like traffic, aeroplane and city-hum). Now I kind of think the environment is perhaps irrelevant (for nature anyway) - you want to record interesting noises in an outdoor equivalent of an anechoic chamber ... but in stereo? My own experience of isolated noises (albeit for me generally 'unwanted') in super quiet environments were either natural (a bird call, a yak-past) or an annoyance (a chainsaw starting up several miles away and ruining yet another long careful setup). Interesting noises (prayer wheel, man made water mill feature, rush of air and bubbles in a geological fault) might just be recorded carefully to minimise unwanted noise. MS recording might well be ideal for you (even with an omni mid for certain sounds), but without understanding what you actually intend recording, in what manner (always ready? careful setups?) and what the final 'release format' might be, I cannot 'recommend' any recording technique over another. (I would certainly consider MS for eg ethnographic/song collection with 'side' for the casual listener and M for the expert ... And MSM for eg a music documentary with radio and tv versions in the works)? Then there's good old fashioned M ... without the S! I record a lot in mono, especially the interesting noises - perhaps 40% mono, 40% 2-track and 20% other, but don't hold me to that! But with a further (!) £1500-£2000 to spend, I might recommend a pair of MKH 8040s. At least they work well for me. I didn't ask for recommendations when I bought them though - I got them as soon as they came out based on a long long familiarity with the MKH series (MKH50, 30 etc). They've also been faultless in hot/cold/wet/dry as above. I'll recommend in addition the Countryman B6 microphone, in its 10mV/Pa version, for use as a hydrophone. Along with the DPAs it goes on most journeys, even though I have a real hydrophone. Another couple of hundred quid though, so only if you planned water recordings, which haven't been mentioned. - I'd probably look to try (or even just buy, and try whilst learning) a few pairs of much cheaper mics; maybe the wide omnis mentioned very early on, maybe octavas or se electronics with interchangeable cardioid, hyper and omni capsules. Or at least a pair, which can later become a spare/ surround/ danger set. Many might disagree with me here: it's up to you though. The (discontinued??) LSD 2 two capsule mic looks an interesting budget option (like a Neumann SM69) for a multi pattern (especially for MS or blumlein crossed 8s - or together with an omni for 3-channel ambisonic WXY) - but obviously only if you were sufficiently interested in these techniques - and I've no idea how it sounds, nor handling or whatever. A one-point stereo mic (I have the older AT822) can be a neat quick solution for lots of things too, even piggy-backed to a better mono third central channel. A multi-pattern LDC (like above LSD2 budget option) might be an option for 'occasional' fig8 use, as Constantin mentioned. One can recommend forever! - Finally for now, stands or poles, bags (rucksack or covert or just comfortable), cables, windshielding and powering are all essential to plan thoroughly. Personally I like an AA backup for powering as I've said before, even if only a separate mini recorder, but I favour the Zoom F8 partly for this (over some more 'professional' options). Just make sure you'll not be found unable to record at all. And quiet clothing ... search this topic elsewhere here. Jez
  15. Well it's too complicated to try and quote individually now but I'll say I'm agreeing especially with Chris and John for this newly renamed thread. There is good (and I think compatible rather than contrasting) advice and ideas coming from all directions. I also don't want to 'kill' the thread as there may well end up being a lot of good advice for future browsers to be had here. In the case of yourself Bogdan, being the original poster, I'm going to stick my neck out since I believe most here will agree with me. I strongly think the best thing you can do right now in preparation for the recording tour is to look around Edinburgh for a chance of spending the next couple of months learning and practicing recording technique from other people somehow. Look to see if any local studios do either evening classes or occasional days of instructional courses: the studio I worked at in the 90s held week-long courses two or three times a year for local musicians and anyone interested in beginning recording technique; I've heard of other studios doing similar to fill downtime days. If this is at all possible you will experience far more in practical circumstances and it will help you begin to understand what techniques might suit your interests (pleasure in technique itself is important I believe), the kind of sounds you are interested in recording and in what environmental/acoustical situation, and finally, also importantly, the manner in which you are expecting or hoping to present or disseminate the recordings - or work further with them. You've mentioned I think having friends of friends with eg MKH mics so they're a good starting point to ask about things. If you can't find a part time or evening course in a local studio or college (which I find unlikely) call up a few studios or try to find a local engineer, tell them of your plans and beg them to let you sit in on a few sessions (voice over recordings, bands, classical recordings, as much variation as you can). I think you'll probably get more from a studio environment as concerns experiencing a wide mix of recording technique than the likes of 'us' (since we're "filmmakers" and have many specialist concerns which come before stereo recording techniques) but say 'yes please' to any opportunity that arises. After a few weeks of practice, say you managed to find a weekly evening class or sat in on occasional days, you'll at least be able to say, "I want to record mono and X-Y" (or LCR / quad / ambisonics / MS / WXY-MS / MSM / underwater / infinite screen) - and ask a new bunch of questions and be able to make your own qualified decision based on the answer(s). In my opinion whatever mic or what recorder you end up buying is going to be of hardly any concern to the recordings (beyond your comfort) nor to me at least as a listener. "What mic did you use" is rarely my first question if I have questions at all. Best, Jez