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About allistair

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  1. MKH 40 or 50?

    I love my 50 for sets locations like this. I know you didn't ask this, but I hear the DPA 4018 is also a good option.
  2. G3 system as "Comtek" IEM

    Sounds like there could be an antenna issue if the range is that bad. My experience with the IEM system has been really positive.
  3. Loud static on all monitor paths - SD 633

    It's happened to some other people when they updated the firmware to 4.50 but didn't format the cards with the new firmware before using.

    Just invested in my first set of Zax wireless and the Slim Hi-Sens are working really well with it. I too would like to know more about how people are securing the snorkel though.
  5. Mini Papi in the house

    Just want to confirm there's no internal/battery power option right?
  6. Rode Blimp 2 Windshield Modification for NT4

    I didn't do it specifically for the NT4, but when I briefly owned the Rode Blimp 2 I was able to just swap the lyres out with replacement Rycote ones pretty easily.
  7. Lectro PDR, not Lectro PMR

    I wrote up a quick review of my first day with the PDR. Short story is that it's an awesome device. Long story: http://www.allistairjohnson.com/blog/2016/11/10/lectrosonics-pdr
  8. New Lectro Wireless Boom Options

    Like many others, I use the MM1 for boom in conjunction with a Lectro TX. What's great about this option is that it allows me to use any transmitter, let's me use a Sound Devices preamp and limiter that I trust, and has a return input that I plug a G3 into for a private line to my boom op. If there are times where we benefit from boom being completely untethered from the op, I'll plug an HM into the bottom of the pole, but that's an exception for me.
  9. choosing mics

    I've used all of the mics you listed other than the Sanken, and I've found the DPA to be the most versatile. I'm less stressed out if I have to move from outdoors to indoors without swapping to my 50, because the DPA is more resistant to reverb nastiness than the others to my ears. I owned and liked the 8060 and the 416, but eventually sold them both and now just have two 4017Bs for shotguns. I'm in Brooklyn if you ever want to try one out.
  10. What's your favorite on-camera mic?

    If cost wasn't an issue, I'd go with a MKH8060 with softie. I've used it before on C300s with decent results. Decent reach, smallish size, and a hot output so you don't have to drive the crappy camera preamp too hard.
  11. USBPre 2 & Alternative Interfaces

    Just wanted to pipe in with a frugal solution I found works for me. I don't record to my computer enough to warrant a dedicated set of expensive preamps, so I bought a Hosa AES to SPDIF converter box (~$100). So I just go AES out of my 633 and SPDIF into my Mac. It's not especially elegant, but it's a pretty straightforward all digital signal that works great with Pro Tools.
  12. A good mic for Screaming and yelling?

    I know we're talking mostly about boom mics, but as a sidebar the DPA 4061 is the only lav I've ever gotten good results with while recording screaming. Just have to make sure your TX is gained down enough.
  13. Which blimp to get?

    Tagging on to this thread: What are people's thoughts on the Rycote Super Shield? I'm thinking about picking one up as a second blimp since it's significantly cheaper than the classic Rycote.
  14. Kitsplit: a New Rental House Business Model

    I was invited to use this site during its beta when I had just upgraded much of my kit, so I posted my backup gear for hire, including my G3s and DR680. I only rented it out a handful of times before letting my membership lapse, but most of the time I had people pick up from me, and it was always a pleasant and painless process. The owners of the site were extremely helpful when I had questions. I never had to deal with a damage claim though, which is where I imagine the difficulty lies with a service like this.
  15. I love the junior for my 633, and I'm shopping around for a MOLLE compatible pouch (or two) for tx, lav accessories, etc, that i can strap to the front when I need it and quickly remove when I want to ditch the dead weight.