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  1. Show me your bag

    No problems since I have the ACL204. I did test the internal clock against the ACL one time and it was around 5 seconds off after 1 hour. Its mostly my back that is happier and its sounds fine for the jobs I use it for. Upgrading soon though!
  2. Show me your bag

    Recent bag for a doc I'm working on using the unsung hero of sound bags- the Kevlar soft Portabrace. Needed something really light since I was on the run all day. Trimmed the fat from everything I could on my regular bag. Left my Petrol 617 behind, my 633 (gulp), no BDS, and definitely no NP-1. I had this bag (Portabrace 'RM- Multi' which should be the same as the current SD 7-series bags) since my 744 days almost 8 years ago and have used it on other jobs with my 633 (which fits nicely with NP-F750s on the bottom, albeit a tad bit too snug). I blew the dust off of it and to my surprise it fit everything I needed and its frameless shape let me squeeze things in a bit. At around 4 kg with batteries its much, much lighter than what I had before. I was wary of using the Tascam on jobs, just.....because...., and recently began very slowly easing it in developing a workflow and getting a feel for the quirks and sound of it, but it has turned out to be great. The new mixpres would definitely fit right in here. I am powering the Tascam through the usb port with a 10,000mah phone battery pack which lasts longer than I do on a shoot day. Of course I use 4 AA in the unit just in case it gets unplugged which, as I tested, does not interrupt the recording in anyway while switching power sources. A right angle mini-USB to right angle USB cable really helps keep the profile down and has a very tight connection. There is enough room under the Tascam to fit the battery which supports it from the bottom of the bag. On the other side of the battery is a ACL204 which fortunately enough is the same height of the battery (Xiaomi) and together are the same length as the Tascam. The rest of the bag is run on rechargeable NiMH AA batts which I swear by (because I never run out of batteries). The 401s are amazing and last at least 6-7 HOURS on a single set! Great job Lectro! Also using a Sony for camera send which is in the middle flanked by two SMQV. I was so amazed that everything fit as perfectly as it did. My back is very happy with me. I definitely have a new respect for these smaller recorder units coming out these days and will definitely look at them for future purchases. P.S. I am currently working on an even lighter 2.5-3KG audio bag (hopefully less!) and am looking to complete it by the end of the year. Stay tuned!
  3. Ok so it seems I didn't try everything. What finally worked for me was Tip- hot, Sleeve- cold and ground. This allowed me to input to the cameras as Line/Mic with the TRS connector all the way in. It also sounded cleaner than not connecting the cold wire to anything (which also didn't output a line signal.) Hope this helps someone.
  4. Ok so I think I have tried everything and I just want to make sure that I am nor completely crazy. I use an r1a as a hop sometimes to the Alexa XT and Red scarlet/epic cameras. No matter how I wire it, I always have to pull out the trs connector on the r1a halfway in order to get some signal through to these cameras. I followed all the wiring diagrams for both cameras from their respective manuals, and probably everything inbetween, made balanced and unbalanced cables, and I am getting the same result or nothing at all. I read in the Lectrosonics manual that the r1a has an auto switching circuit that 'senses' that its a mono or stereo cable, and turns off the ring circuit to save power but none of this makes sense as I have to pull the trs out to the first detent which is essentially the ring prong, so the tip is touching the ring, no? Can someone tell me if they use the r1a for hops, what their cables are wired as for these cameras? I really want to end this guessing game! Please help! Thanks in advance.
  5. Sony WRT-822 Hirose to XLR

    I need to make a cable for a Sony WRT-822- Hirose to XLR Male. Can anyone give me the pin wiring for this? Also, if there are any special considerations to take note of when making this cable that would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  6. I need to make a 5-pin to 5-pin Lemo TC out cable between an Ambient TRX and an Alexa. I have a connector diagram from my 744t manual which i will be using with the Ambient TRX boxes. The manual connector diagram is as follows: Pin 1- ground 2- SMPTE TC in 3- ASCII in/out 4- Tuning out 5- SMPTE TC out Questions: 1) What cable- I have immediate access to all types of Canare cable where I am located so preferably a recommendation from this brand would be ideal. 2) Pin config- If it is a TC out cable, am I correct in assuming that I only need to connect Pin 5, and pin 1? Thanks in advance!
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