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    Seeing as how most of you have only been doing this for twenty years or so, I thought I'd share one of my helpful tutorials. You're welcome!
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    Ok I have written and deleted this on a few occasions. I'll never be able to word it right but here it is. Anger is what kept me alive, it is what kept me strong. Like fire it can be all consuming and destructive, if understood it can be a very useful survival tool. As a child I was sexually and physically abused. Men aren't allowed to admit that. I also witnessed the constant domestic violence my mother endured. This was my normal. Aaron I apologise for beating you up nearly every day in 2nd grade, you didn't deserve it and I wish I knew a better way to vent then. In my early years my anger almost landed me in jail. Mainly stupid shit, Malicious damage, break and enter (think the only thing I ever stole was a hammer). It was a way to vent. Later I discovered skateboarding and graffiti and that gave me a purpose to my anger. Alas I have also expressed my anger in a dark sense of humour that doesn't always come across. Once I moved away I pushed all the shit to the furthest regions of my mind like it didn't exist. I was happy. I had invented a new me. I had a break down when all that shit I had denied existed came flooding back. Once again I self medicated. It was a long road to recovery mentally and spiritually as I confided in friends that had never heard my story. Not going to lie I lost a few who couldn't cope with what I had to tell them. I don't blame them. This industry really helped me find my sense of confidence and self worth. The sense of our dept being trodden upon and dismissed and fighting for what we require. In a way it was my fuck you letter. I think I fell in love with the fight and then later fell in love with sound. Alas I have heard the charm of manipulation on set and have been utterly sick to my stomach. Don't be ashamed of your anger, use, own, understand it. It is your right it it doesn't have to be negative. Cheers Nate.
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    You'd get a slightly different plot if you tested the mic again. You should also know that at least at one time those "included plots' were fiction, just drawn by hand and not plotting anything. As I've mentioned before: this is a cheap, decent sounding mic. It's not a mic that's worth getting all nerdy over--just use it on what it sounds good on.
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    I'll try to keep people up to date on the progress. Currently the units are back on the workbench being shrunk down in size and some of the built quality being increased. We also are adding some stuff that will make a lot of people incredibly happy. Stuff that I've seen people here in JWSoundGroup ask for for years.
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    Well put, Phil. Cambob, what have you been using all this time to have an Oktava/Octava be your "first real mic" and what are you shooting on? The fact that B&H doesn't even carry Oktava/Octava mics should be a good warning. They do carry the Audix SCX-1HC https://bhpho.to/2QOINcs which is a step above the Oktava, as is the AT 4053b. https://bhpho.to/2xFajjP A lot has to do with how well your ears and brain process sound. People who do sound for a living (and are still doing it) usually hear differently than those who don't. There is a learning curve, but some begin higher on it than others. Still others never get there. Regards, Ty
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    Plug them in, listen to them, and decide if you like how they sound. You are asking a very subjective question, and it really comes down to taste. I bought a handful of used schoeps mics and chose them out of a bucket full. I chose one that sounded the nicest and most natural, then chose others that sounded closest to that. I think my collection sounds particularly good, but probably different than what a brand new one sounds like. Incidentally, I think the Oktava MK012 sounds pretty good (at least mine do) even without any sort of mod to the power supply. So use your ears and be your own judge. We can’t decide for you without hearing them for ourselves.
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    Spoke tensionmeters are awesome (when building a new wheel). I built a dynamo wheel with 1 recently (Flo/Son/sapim) and the it was pretty good before it even went into the jig.
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    I’ll start getting really excited when they announce an IFB receiver (pleeeeease Andrew??). It’s a market that is sadly (and inexplicably) under-serviced. Our choices are: spend a little and get Comteks which sound like crap, or spend a lot and get Lectro/Zaxcom (more than you want to spend on wireless that gets dragged around scripty’s and PA’s). Or work around the pilot tone issue in Sennheiser Evo’s.
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    Thank you very much for chiming in here. I have been advocating for no display. I feel there are enough blinking or flashing LED lights on a camera already. Having display on an IOS APP would be OK for me. I guess there are still manual window hand cranks in cars just in case you drive off a dock like in the movies and have to roll your window down manually and swim out! Full disclosure; my Tacoma has hand crank windows.
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    Check out a website I wrote that breaks it down. https://www.deitymic.com/wirelesstech/
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    nobody is missing a display on the nanolockit?
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    Yes, resolve works fine with Audio LTC. But for Audio LTC, you should check with your post production coordinator or the editorial team that they are up for it. And I generally try to run a test first to iron out all the possible glitches. chris
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    It's best to use small scissors or very sharp dikes to cut away the yellow kevlar fiber. Then turn the heat up to 11 and touch the tinned soldering iron tip to the cut tip of the enameled conductor. When the solder flows onto the raw copper tip of the wire, it will burn off the enamel insulation, at which point you can tin the rest of the wire tip. It needs to happen fairly fast, but that's how it's done.
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    I've been swinging Oktavas for quite a while now. I think using them has made my touch on the pole way softer, which is a good thing. I've also learned important things about wind protection. I use a Rycote INV 7 HG-MKIII and a Baby Ball Gag. I'd also add moisture sensitivity to potential problems, I've had the Oktavas crackle out on me once which has really kept me on edge ever since. Hasn't happened again, though. The sound is really good for such cheap mics, but by the time they've made me enough money to buy DPA or Schoeps, I'll probably go that route and keep the Oktavas as spares. I need something a bit more sensitive, a bit quieter and a bit more reliable. I've never used the Oktava low-cut, since I manage just fine by cutting at 80Hz on the recorder. The mics are noisy enough on their own.
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    From boom operator @Allen Williams’ Sound Speeds series:
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    Although the thread is old it's worth pointing out that it's very susceptible to humidity problems. I've got one and it has gone berserk two times for me because of that. In both cases I was in high humidity situations. The first one, recording the dusk chorus at a wetland and the second time recording ambience and some birds at a beach. The microphone turned out to be a mist prediction device, it begun making noise right before the mist came Anyway I guess the only robust solution to record outside will be Sennheiser's MKH series. I wonder why Rode didn't make the SVMX RF biased, after all they already have two RF biased models.
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    Another vote for a 19mm BBG, that works on short mics. That diameter has MKH8050, DPA4018C, and the Sanken CS-M1. All of which are short body mics that need a good wind solution. (The Cosi looks great, but steep at $529) If you can get close to $250 for the mount, bbg, and furry, you'll really have a winner.
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    Very interesting idea Eric, will give it a thought. Thank you However, as we would need some new tools to make this happen it won't be an easy decision to take, and I'm afraid it wouldn't be available soon. Anyway, it's definitely worth considering. Cheers Timo
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    15Hrs is an impressive number, but I just wanted to point out that the last thing I would want to do is deal with four screws to replace a LiPo battery in the 15th hour of a shoot.
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    Stiff men's dress shirts, especially with a tie, are usually terrible. I get these a lot on corporate shoots. Soft cotton is great , but those stiff new cotton dress shirts are terrible. Best solution I've found is using the Countryman B6 behind a button, but if there's a tie there -that makes it less likely to succeed. Actually the best solution I've found is the boom mic.
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    Hey all I've had this issue with my 50s, 1 is 3 & 1/2 years old the other is 1 & 1/2 years old. It can happen on a cable or on Lectro HM transmitter. I swap to a scheops Cmit 5u and no probs. We have a lot of 2.4ghz traffic (focus remotes, red remotes & HD senders) from camera department and a relatively small lighting set up. I notice this problem in 2 sets, it drives me crazy as it seems to be happening more often recently. I'm sending both 50s back to sennheiser for an inspection when we wrap in 4 weeks. I've spoken to our post crew who aren't too bothered by the noise... but it drives me nuts when I end up with it on a take. As we're using Red Epics on our shoot, you can only just hear the actors over the fans during rehearsal, there's no chance you'd hear this noise. As a note, i'm using canare quad cable and neutrik EMC connectors. Cheers Mark
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    " 4 x AAA alkaline for a day work " note: headphone impedance, listening levels, LED setting, and phantom power draw may affect each user situation a bit differently. I've been using AT-H 50's and Senn 280's
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    " What batteries do you use and how long do they last ? " a set of Alkaline last all day on a gig,* Lithiums several days, but being old school, I replace them before they die... I've got some new NiMH that I expect, based on their capacity, will easily last a day, and recharge overnight (I'll actually swap between two sets,..) " advantages or disadvantages? Does it "get in the way"? Is it easy to use? " I'd say advantages/disadvantages subjective: they are in the eyes (experience) of the user. I don't find it gets in the way (and I'm left handed!) I find it handy, and pretty easy to use, and to me the advantage is on the old ENG** style gigs, I can now have control of the boom level using my hand on the pole, and being able to see the levels (without looking down). of course, like everyone else here, on every piece of gear here, there are some thoughts on what might be different, ,in my subjective opinion, a most prominent and pertinent is the less than usual Binder connection, which I have added to my parts inventory * back when I started, I got some good advice with my new Nagra 4.2: every day put in a dozen new batteries, the cheap carbon zinc ones bought in bulk. --give the used batteries to the drivers, for their lights, and kids toys--. and bill production. ** I don't do today's 'sound by the pound' so-called reality stuff. I do do a lot of 1-boom and 1-lav (and a lot of 1-boom, one wireless feed) which go to an SRaB on a professional camcorder.