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  1. Derek H

    Bringing 2 Wisycom MCR42 together

    I have to say, having demo’ed a set of Wisycoms a few years ago I found I much preferred the Lectrosonics and Zaxcom default approach of “just pick any damn freq you want and coordination is the operator’s responsibility”. I much prefer figuring out an RF coordination on my own rather than have a baked-in frequency plan restricting what freqs you choose. Or in the Wisycom’s case it won’t even scan frequencies not in it’s current programmed plan. Maybe they’ve changed that since I tried them last but I didn’t like it. Let’s say you’re at an event and need to tune into another mixer’s transmitter or share a few frequencies for some reason. Being locked into a closed system is no good. Being able to reprogram with a dongle and Windows PC does not help you in the field.
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    BLK 24

    Worked perfectly! You made it very easy! Once I looked into selling something to someone in Brazil and it was a fair bit more involved. So I’d say it can be easy or it can be complicated, just depends on the country and communication of both parties.
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    Mics on women

    Yeah try Stickies and overcovers. Dave, you don’t have any issues with the hide a mic clip coming off? Either falling off the bra or the Sanken falling out of the holder. I have a set but I’m not super confident in them yet. Also when certain fabrics touch the holder the noise is very sharp sometimes.
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    BLK 24

    I'm curious how many people are having any luck selling their block 24/25/26 stuff. Used market seems completely flooded. Selling overseas can be a hassle. I did the math and for the cost of all the block changes I could probably just buy new wideband gear assuming I could also sell my current crop but that's the big if.
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    wireless lapel systems for budget

    I used SK50s and EK3041s for years when getting started with my own gear. They served me pretty well and I was happy to use them over G2s. Still miss the never ending battery life, cast aluminum durability and slender shape of those packs. I don’t miss needing a tweaker and flashlight always on hand to adjust anything. I also don’t miss manually going through all 16 frequencies and squinting at that terrible LCD to look for open channels in RF crowded Chicago. They also hated having hops transmitters next to them. I had 8 channels of them at one point. Even had a dual quad box setup for cart use. Did some interesting jobs with them. I guess this is all to say if they’re working for you then I wouldn’t be in a huge rush to change. Upgrading to anything truly better will be expensive and ruled by the law of diminishing returns. Clients don’t care and as you say they sound pretty good. Certainly good enough for lavs. I ended up selling the the whole package for very little and then investing that plus much more into Lectros and I’ll say that while they’re a huge upgrade in most ways, especially operator setup, size, and great sound they’re not perfect and suffer from a lot of the same RF issues you’ll have with just about any professional brand. Lots of sound people love to say they’re rock solid but I feel like that’s a jinx. They are until suddenly you’re getting mysterious drop outs on an exterior shot that seems like a piece of cake. Could be my my imagination but I’ve found Lectro transmitters seem more sensitive to body placement whereas I felt like I could put the SK50 just about anywhere on a body and the useable range didn’t change much. With my SMs I’m always taking care to avoid small of back, inside pants pockets, anywhere the arm might smoosh down the antenna, etc. Now, like many others, I’m looking at having to reblock them all in a year ($$) or replace ($$$) due to our wonderful Congress and FCC. Maybe I should have stuck with my old Sennheisers a few more years!
  6. Seems like a great system, thanks for the review. Chris, can you elaborate on the “FM IFB compatibility mode” it is very glossed over in the manual. I had not heard about this feature, I’m assuming that means you could use the receiver with any Lectro transmitter in IFB mode or a T4. Obviously without any of the digital benefits. But still, you’d have a better RF front end, better headphone amp (with limiter) and display compared to an R1a. Lectro, when is the M2R 400 mode compatibility update coming?? Also, when are the digital SMs coming? I’m assuming some time shortly after I buy SMWBs. Ha ha. Kind of.
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    Lectro SRc field reports?

    Sounds a lot like the SRc is still in beta testing.. Block changing my 600meg 411s is starting to sound like a better idea.
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    M/S mic for documentaries

    The 4029 was made to be on camera, standard onboard size mic. The others would not be good because of their size. The 191 needs a separate decoder box too I believe.
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    NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    I don’t like it. Connectors are weird, they just are. I don’t like having to charge it. The light blinks differently than every other timecode box. I’d almost rather go with Tentacles if I was getting something non-standard. At least I can solder 3.5mm easily and cheaply. I’m all for great new gear but when it comes to timecode boxes I feel like a lot of this wireless TC stuff is creating solutions to problems that didn’t really exist and maybe actually creating a few problems in the process. Lsst thought, Betso should get more consideration. As far as I can tell their new boxes do a lot of the same wireless tricks as Ambient ACN and USO but is built sturdy, uses BNC or Lemo and AA batteries. I’d say their mechanical construction is a close second to Ambient. Great display as well.
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    camera link

    Yup, just disable pilot tone in the menu. Sounds pretty good. If the UM400 is in IFB mode it will work well. The latest Lectro transmitters have a specific emulation for G3
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    camera link

    Yup, works great. Doesn’t work the other way around though because there’s no way to defeat the pilot tone system on an R1a.
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    camera link

    “Focus dingus” ...lol yes all kinds of dingus on cameras lately. None of it RF friendly.
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    camera link

    Especially when most productions don’t want to pay extra for it either.
  14. Good. Maybe also time to move beyond the rediculous business model of selling us all a new phone (computer) every two years or less. No reason you shouldn't be able to get four or five years of use out of these things unless you physically trash it somehow . For 90% of users they’re just email/Facebook checkers and YouTube streamers. Pretty sure the phone I had five years ago did those things just fine.
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    camera link

    Haven't used it, sorry. The G3 works well enough for me and are pretty ubiquitous. You can pick them up used easily. They also make a nice IEM version with a headphone amp for using like an IFB.
  16. Derek H

    Time Code Slate Handles for Deneke Slates TS-2 or TS-3

    With the handle installed will it still fit in the Versa-Flex pouch made for the TS2/3?
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    camera link

    Lectro SRb or SRc is the obvious choice. Two 400-series receivers in a small-ish receiver. Lots of mounting and battery options for on camera use. I used to own a Zaxcom stereo camera link system when I just used an ENG mixer and no recorder and loved it once I sorted out a few buggy/cludgy areas (I had the original black box units and was also an early QRX100 user and dealt with a few teething issues with that receiver). One issue I NEVER had with it was RF performance or audio quality. Always perfect sound to camera that seemed pretty much immune to RF interference from the camera. Also the new receivers have real line level outputs. Lately, it seems that about half the time with an SRb on camera the op will complain that he's hearing some swishes or other RF crap (all originating from his Teradek video transmitter of course but that thing isn't going anywhere). So I end up trouble shooting half the day. I suspect the Zaxcom digital system wouldn't suffer as much from this like Lectro does. However, I also like to turn the SRb around and use it in the bag when I need more wireless channels for on-camera talent and don't need hops. Can't do that with the purpose-built Zaxcom solution unless you buy more body-pack appropriate transmitters. If you just need hops (camera link) for on-camera duty and don't need them to do anything else then I'd seriously look at Zaxcom's latest stuff. RX200 and cameralink most likely. You also get a backup recorder built in to the transmitter and timecode transmission to the receiver on camera all in one box. Personally, I can't really justify owning a very expensive camera link system that can't also be used for on-talent mics. I try to avoid high-end wireless gear on camera at all costs these days. Why bother now that you can record 10-tracks in the size of a 442. I'd rather use a mono Sennheiser G3 setup which, if you ask me, is more suited to being a camera hop in many ways. They can go on very small cameras, power all day on 2 AA, transmitter has a minimal RF footprint in the bag to keep other receivers working better, sound quality is fine for a mono reference mix (if you actually mix not just sum it all blindly), easy to setup and mount on camera so I have more time for actual important stuff, and if they need better quality I have 24-bit poly WAVs right over here. And if the camera op trashes it you're not out $2500. Still some clients need a full 2-channel hop and cry if you suggest they sync dual-system. Usually the ones that still shoot on tape of some sort or reality shows that are clinging to a workflow they setup in 1998. Good luck! Then just buy a G3 transmitter and 2-3 SK100 receivers. The camera guys love it and then you can feed multi-cam with a solid mono track and be the hero there while providing everything they need from the iso track recording. You can even connect them to DSLR cameras no problem. Look up the Sennheiser SK2000 XP transmitter. Same form factor as a regular G3 transmitter but can boost the power up to 100mW (10, 30, 50, 100mW variable setting on the US version) if you need a little more range confidence. Also has slightly extended low-freq response. It really depends on what your clients want at the end of the day. Another plus to going with a G3 mono-mix setup is that it frees up the other XLR connector for a real camera mic which on docs can be a life-saver.
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    DPA Slim or 4060/61?

    I’d be more worried about having to use too much of the SK2000s gain with the lower sensitivity lav. If if you want to record ambience with DPA lavs I would think the 4060 would be a better choice since it has the most sensitivity and least self noise but I have not used them in this way myself.
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