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Philip Perkins

Mini Papi in the house

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You folks may already know this, but the Mozegear MiniPapi is out.  They have fixed the issues with the earlier (proto) versions that were circulating--this one sounds quite good, powers mics just fine and has a very usable continuous low rolloff filter, limiter, pad and gain control with an LED ladder meter.  I'm going to make a camera-type power cable so I can hand it off to those folks determined to go doco-camera-mic with Alexa Mini....

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Just ordered DTap to Hirose cables and TA3F to (cough) Alexa Mini mini-Lemo cables....pricey stuff.  My local rental house peeps say the Alexa Mini is on fire as a rental right now, so here we go.

Tell me again why the Alexa Mini has to have such a uniquely weird audio connector?

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Looks really nice, like an updated mm1 minus the monitoring section.  I'd like to know how long it will run from a 9 volt, or maybe 2 in parallel.  

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I finally got my cables together and took the MINI PAPI down to Chater Camera today.  It worked very well—powered it off the camera’s DTap, TA3F to mini 5p Lemo in for audio.  The file I’ve attached was lifted from the Alexa Mini video file we recorded.  I plugged an old Oktava MC012 (w/ no mic rolloff or pad) directly into the PAPI (one thing to mount instead of two), p48 mic power, limiter on, -20 pad engaged, Papi rolloff at about 1 o’clock, gain so about half the LEDs were lit in normal conversation.   We talked close and far in a pretty live room, clapped, did a “jangling key” test.  We were all impressed, ie problem solved!  Not the world's most hifi preamp, but plenty good enough for a scratch track for the Alexa Mini.  This was just a test and not a real job (or with the camera on a gimble), but I'm looking forward to trying it in a live-fire situation now. 

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No tone gen....I guess if you didn't want to set gain by voice etc you could plug an in-line gen in.  I found that once I got a decent level going on the camera's meter I then fine tuned (so to speak) with the gain control on the pre.  Both meters are far from precise...

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Not on the one Mozegear sent me.  I think a version w/ battery is being considered for obvious reasons, this version was really targeted at camera mounting on the  Alexa Mini, where Dtap power is almost always avail.  One could also free-lance an external battery pack for the thing, but the idea here was to make it as camera-friendly (small and light) as possible.

 

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The MOZEGEAR Papi sounds great. I have been using it for maybe 2 months and am astonished how good it sounds. The battery version will be a great addition.

There is a microUSB port that it does not work to power the device from Nomad USB or 5V battery.

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