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  1. Derek H

    Chicago rental shops

    Have a Lemo to BNC cable? Then just get an off the shelf 3.5mm, strip it and hot wire your tentacles. Should only need a few moments of contact to jam.
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    Microdot to Lectro TA5 failure

    Or you can just take a scissors to that thing and get yourself a shiny new Switchcraft TA5F.
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    Frequencies in Chicago

    Also when you scan on a G3 set your squelch to low to find the cleanest channels.
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    Frequencies in Chicago

    You’ll be fine. G3s have a wide tuning range and I’m sure you’ll be able to find 3 clean freqs. If you need need any help while you’re in town get in touch with Gerry at Second City Sound. http://www.secondcitysound.com/
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    Frequencies in Chicago

    How many channels?
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    Lectrosonics issues

    Another way to look at it would be if you need 5dB of attenuation then it’s ok to run it at 0. The other big signal flow question is if it’s better to set your Sound Devices to mic level and then use something like -20 or -30 on the Lectro receiver since the line level setting on most Sound Devices machines just adds a 50 dB pad in front of the mic pre. So technically if you’re trying to minimize pre-amp gain you’d use the mic input and something less than 50 dB of attenuation on your receiver. Of course, then you’re running a weaker signal through your cabling which could be prone to inducted troubles and interference. In in an ideal world I think SD would add an option for a “-10 consumer line” setting which would match better for most wireless systems that aren’t a true line level.
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    Are Etymotics any better? Also which flavor are you guys using since they have several variations on the ER4
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    I’ve only really tried Shure in-ears but I’ve found I can’t use them on set as utility or boom because of all the inducted thumps and clicks and cable noise when moving around. Maybe this is inherent in all IEMs? I like them okay when I’m just sitting still.
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    K-Tek Airo boom pole mods?

    Why not just measure the end of it?
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    I have not used either of those products. I was a little discouraged by their lack of tech specs. I got the impression it’s a very small operation. I emailed them with quite a few questions. They answered some and then ignored a bunch too.
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    Yeah you’re right. I was remembering the image on the website of the modules thinking they were stand alone. This would seem to fit the bill: https://www.limitear.com/products/limitear-fl/ Or this device which has some degree of adjustment and two inputs. https://www.limitear.com/products/adaptear/
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    Mr Teas, look st the Canford website. They sell some limiting cables I’m pretty sure.
  13. Derek H

    How to attach axle to 8020?

    Good question.
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    NAB 2018 Products update

    Constantine, have you thought of finding an SK2000XP in the band you need? It can do 50mW or even 100mW if you can source a US version. I modded mine with an SMA so I can also remote an antenna when needed.
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    NAB 2018 Products update

    Karl, I think they added 50mW power to the 500s this time around.
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    Rechargeable Batteries for TX

    http://www.ammoboxes.com/rsld-50-24.html --- This one is my favorite for 50 count. I put them in button up when charged, button down when spent. For smaller quantities I have an 8-pack clamshell case I found on amazon that I like. There are lots of these types on Amazon easy to find.
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    Rechargeable Batteries for TX

    He's right. They will shred the battery label after a few uses and trash your batteries. I ruined a bunch of Eneloops that way.
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    Sonosax SX-R4+

    I disagree. If you need tiny you’re not going to be using a control surface. If you need a control surface you’ll most likely have at least 19” width available. On the the Facebook post about this there’s a bunch of music people who seem to like the tiny fader panel. I tend to think those folks should just use one of the 1000s of other quality products made for music recording and Sonosax might focus on making a control surface that uses the full potential of the recorder and completes the package for production Sound mixers interested in this recorder.
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    Sonosax SX-R4+

    Too small I’d say. Better to focus on the full featured panel first.
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    Sonosax SX-R4+

    Link isn’t working for me.
  21. These are great. There’s never any real estate left on cameras for sound gear these days.
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    DPA Slim or 4060/61?

    If you want to hear both a 4060 and 4061 side-by-side in some very dynamic scenes have a look at this film, Pass Over (included with Amazon Prime): https://www.amazon.com/Pass-Over-Jon-Michael-Hill/dp/B07BNTC7ZM Since it was essentially a filmed play it was not possible to use a boom for any of it and the sound you hear is entirely lavs. I used a 4060 on the character "Kitch" and a 4061 on his friend "Moses". Lectrosonics SMs all-around. Of course, what you hear is a finished product that has been through audio post and surely cleaned up and EQ'd a bit but it gives you a good sense of the kind of sound you can expect from DPAs. Both were chest mounted. I would have used 4061s on both of them if I had the option available but I was surprised how well the 4060 handled even the loudest passages of his performance. I don't know if they did any ADR, maybe for a line or two to fix something or change something but I'm mostly hearing the lavs as I remember them. I'd like to hear the new 4060 Core and see how it compares to the 4061. I'm not sure I agree about the transmitter burning up before the lav. Anyways you'll know if that's the case because the receiver indicates transmitter limiting which happens way before the SM would really clip. For this I think I had my 4060/SMa set at 12-14 and you can always go a bit lower than that even if you're trying to completely avoid the limiter. A rep of Lectro told me that there is no "sweet spot" gain setting with the servo input on SMs and they typically recommend the 4060 over the 4061 for most dialog needs. That said, when things get loud there's times you ask yourself if it would be a little cleaner on a 4061 but since loudness is so transient it's often hard to judge. People's voices tend to sound harsher when they get loud too so it's a very difficult thing to judge unless the clipping or limiting is totally obvious. I will say that one telling test between the 4060 and 4061 you can do with any Lectro receiver is listen to dead quiet at your normal gain levels, crank up your head phone gain a bit, now cycle through all the SmartNR settings on the Lectro receiver. On a 4061 you'll notice pretty large shifts in self noise from the lav. With a 4060 the noise floor hardly changes at all even if you turn SmartNR off. Obviously in most situations this doesn't matter much but it's an interesting test. If you need something dead clean at the lowest SPLs then get the 4060. Since mixing this I've swapped one of my 4060s for a 4071 and I'm finding I often go for the 4071 first these days but it really depends on voice quality and mounting.
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    Tomorrow morning breezes in Rio Rancho, NM

    Freq finder seems to top out at about 10 channels per 25 meg block. So maybe 7-8 freqs fully utilizing block 941? This makes sense but what if you need a lot of mics. Then you’re dealing with a more complicated antenna distro across two far flung bands. My first thought was that it would be great to get IFB and camera hops completely off of A1 & B1. Easiest to implement anyway for a lot of existing setups.
  24. Cool! Karl can you elaborate on the following section of your press release: ”Parts of these bands are shared with MAS (Multiple Access Systems) and some fixed microwave devices. Operators using the 941-960 band should always coordinate their frequencies with the local office of the SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers), whenever possible, and take care to select frequencies that are least likely to result in interference with other licensees in the same area.” This sort of reads like the broadcasters have dibs on this spectrum since it was exclusively reserved for them previously.
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    Tomorrow morning breezes in Rio Rancho, NM

    What’s the max number of channels the block can support for simultaneous operation?
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