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    I am using the Sanken CS-M1 for a few days now and my first impression is..WOW! Low self noise, hot output, very controled handling noise, great tonal characterestics. I am using its foam or Bubblebee Spacer kit for indoors and very light stuff and Cinela Cosi for outside. I need some more time with it as I am using a lot of other microphones at the moment, but it definitely is a heavy weight production tool of 55grams! I think it is a steal for the price. I paid more for wind protection than the mic itself!
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    I have been testing Nova “OneUnit” and its wireless performance for a while. I am sorry it took me a while to write this review but I really wanted to put the system through some serious tests before making any conclusions prematurely. Let's talk about Nova “OneUnit” first: Like I suspected “based on my own OneUnit “having the whole RF system and recorder in the same chasse not only help with RF noise, shielding and wireless performance but also reduces power by using a common screen and skipping a lot of needless electronics. The Nova does a great job using the least amount of power while not only preserving the wireless performance but increasing it. RF benefit 1: Using whips. I know Zaxcom has been very upset with me through the years because my statements about the wireless reception on whips but I believe my opinion was justified and true. Distancing the antennas just an inch away greatly improved the self-noise, reduced the RF noise of the recorder and the stabilized wireless performance. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE! Nova “OneUnit” is so quiet that whips work great and I have not found any improvement using dipoles. I will personally will be using whips most of the time. RF Benefit 2: Dual mode. Back in qrx100 days there was a big difference between using single and dual mode. XR modulation and the introduction of the better QRX200 receiver improved the dual mode performance but was still not equal especially in extreme RF environments and when using the second frequency antenna B. Now I don’t see a difference between single and dual mode which simplifies my setup and allows me to keep and not change input routings constantly and to make channel calculations. In my old ‘OneUnit” I had 3qrx. If I had 3 people laved, I used 3 qrx in single mode – channels 1,3 and 5 for maximum performance. If I used 4 people, I used qrx 1 and 2 in single mode and qrx3 in dual mode for channels 1-3 and 5/6. This is no longer the case. Dual mode is the same as single even if I only use the second frequency. I can use 1 and 4, 2 and 4 and don’t have to constantly chase single modes and different routing. I think this is the best improvement over the old wireless setups. RF benefit 3: General range: I have been on the same show and at the same set of warehouses for 8+ years doing 5 days a week. I know every inch of space, walls and wireless coverage. The Nova “OneUnit” expands my RF reception by a lot especially when going through walls metal gates and people. And that is on whips. I don’t see myself using dipoles like before and will rock whips most of the time. I did 2 driving scenes with BlueFIn sharkfins in the follow van and even when the talent car got further away, I had drop out free reception. At the end of the day after the driving scenes when my DIT asked me to give him the cards from the transmitters, I told him that I don’t have to, while holding 1 CF card in my hand smiling, he was very happy! RF benefit 4: Compatibility with older qrx212. In my tests the wireless performance is increased even with qrx212. Qrx212 takes advantage like the other 2 major benefits I mentioned above. QRX212 works great on whips and has maybe almost as good if not just as good dual mode performance. My comparisons between QRX212 and MRX214 have shown that qrx212 performance is almost as good mrx214. The main disadvantage of qrx212 is that it runs a lot hotter inside Nova “OneUNit” while using twice the power. Apart from that If I used the qrx212 in my Nova it would not be a major disadvantage or a giant difference. Still the ideal setup is with MRX214 and lets me run cooler and longer. Which leads me to major benefit 5. RF and general benefit 5. The power consummations with MRX214 is unreal! I have not changed a battery during the day since I got the Nova “OneUnit”. I go on jobs with extra battery in my back pocket. 🙂 I wish the Nova “OneUnit” come up earlier in the F115 degrees summer that I usually work in. It would have been a great extreme testing environment. RF and general Benefit 6. Zaxnet: I can confirm that zaxnet has more range and I actually returned ERXs to my cameras. I can control the transmitters from further away and am really impressed with the range. It is greatly improved but off cource don’t expect miracles. It is still a 2.4gHz signal and should be treated as such especially when going through hard surfaces. I will still use URX for IFB because the most important drop out is the drop out in the director’s/producer's ears! BTW I have used comtek option7 transmitter on the left side of the Nova “OneUnit” opposite of the zaxnet antenna and it works fine! 🙂 General benefit 7 and a major one. The front panel and operation. I was on the fence about sma antennas on the top “people who have seen my OneUnit know I remoted all antenna connections to the bottom to not be in the way of my hands all the time” but since we only have 2 SMA in both ends of the “OneUnit” I am really fine with that. If I change my mind in the future, I might put them somewhere on the sides. 🙂 Sorry Glenn. THE FRONT PANEL IS THE BEST THING ABOUT THE NOVA “OneUnit”! The way the buttons and encoders are set up. It is so comfortable and innovative. Encoders are extremely fast and precise. The main menu has been reduced and all major functions have been given a special button. There is press and hold giving you more control. The LED levels on the encoders and the colors of the buttons are really amazing. I do changes and barely look at the screen ” When dialing trim and zaxnet level it makes it very uniform to make changes without any confusion and extra options barried in menus. When I need to change trim I press it to make a trim change. If I need to adjust transmitters gain, I press ZNet. THE LED DOTS AROUND THE ENCODERS ARE THE F*ING BEST. “Thank You Simon Bishop for making Glenn do that. He did not listen to me but you made him change his mind! (: ” The LED dots give me so much valuable information about the trim, transmitter levels and the channels levels. I don’t have to go in to special menu on the qrx to see the transmitter gain value anymore. Enabling channels, outputs, zaxnet, TC and TC slate , scene take and notes is so much easier with dedicated buttons . I almost never go in to main menu and the 6 function buttons around the screen are great shortcuts. If I get a shortcut for changing track names I wpuld not have to go in the main menu almost at all. The different colors on the buttons are great indicator “just remember to adjust it if you are using somebody else's Nova “ONeUnit” (: . Different bank different colors. The banks on the encoders give you an unlimited possibility and will allow you to have the boom or the main talent on the same fader through different bank. NOW A DISCLAIMER. With great power comes a great responsibility. For some people this can be overwhelming and simplifying or disabling banks might be a better choice. All that extra button access, LED colors and level information has made a giant difference in my work.My mechanical work has been reduced and moved from lengthily going in to menus to quickly pressing dedicated buttons. The screen is not the only source of information anymore. But honestly one of the most innovative things about the Nova “OneUnit” is the adjustment of the amount of hold. One of the best things about Nomad was the dual use of buttons but it was annoying how long we had to hold. The hold to record and hold to stop are a necessity for me. “When I first got my Nova ‘OneUNit” the record and stop were a simple press and I fucked up a few times by not being careful.” Now I can adjust the hold time to my taste and be able to quickly enable a hold option. It makes everything much faster while safe. The Screen: I spoke about the 6 function buttons around the screen. Now about the views. Howy Stark and the team has been going crazy innovating new screens. The RF reception on the corresponding recording channel is a true innovation!! It still needs to be perfected a little more and maybe made but the possibilities are limitless. Zaxcom listens to all the users and implement a lot of great suggestions. In conclusion Nova ‘OneUnit” is a great leap in sound recording innovation and evolution. It is almost perfect. And I say almost perfect because it still needs: mixing surface ala MIx-8 but a lot smaller “so I can take all my gear on the road in a small backpack and lock everything in a hotel safe” . It also needs MP3! There are a lot of users that for whom MP3 is a must have. MP3 is coming and a mix surface might be coming. (;. Other than that, I am sure the zaxcom team will work together to even further improve it. There are still a few minor improvements needed that Howy and the beta testers have been tackling. We have improved so much in just in the last month and after I am done with this review there is a list of things waiting to be sent to Howy. I am going to finish with one of the most important qualities of the NOVA “OneUnit”. The size, the weight and the “OneUnit” uniformity. We went through and era of 20-30 pounds bags hanging unnaturally on the front of our bodies. A lot of people are experiencing pain and serious injuries and if there are not at the moment a lot of them will in the future. This issue was an eye opener for me when I got extreme back pain that prevented me to move screaming in pain for two weeks. I had my wife help me pee and shit while I was crying in pain. I apologies for being graphic but I really want to express the importance of this issue that companies seam to overlook. I was helped by Boxing trauma specialists with a PHD and he enlightened me about the seriousness of the damage we cause to our bodies. This is what forced my pursuit for lighter bags and less weight. We are not mules and everything we do right now for $600 a day will have to be payed back in the future for surgeries and hospital bills. And once you get back problems there is no solution. It only gets worst with time. On the bright side Nova “OneUnit” “being....OneUnit 🙂 ” eliminates the need for rigid, big, heavy and expansive bags! No need to assemble giant bricks of gear together, have all that combined chassis weight and heavy electronics assembled in bags that weight in a lot of cases as much as the gear they carry! No need for a constant waste of time redoing bag setups, cable management and dealing with analog/rf noise, and ground loop power issues. I realistically will reduce all the sound crap I owe by 2 thirds. All the amazing advantages mentioned combined with the total weight of my bag under or around 5 pounds “battery wireless and bag included” makes me an efficient and faster mixer, makes me very happy and most importantly MAKES MY BACK VERY HAPPY! Cheers P. S. Added to the review “Encoders are extremely fast and precise. “
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    I pull out my backup kit at least once every 6 months And use it as a primary rig for a single day just to make sure everything is in order.
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    If Sound gear gets you this excited then perhaps it is time to change departments and do sound full time 😉
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    Simon Bishop is doing it again --- I love the videos he does every year at IBC. I would love to get to that show some year but for now I can feel like I'm there by watching these great talks. Thank you Simon! Colleen at Zaxcom booth did a really nice presentation --- first chance to really see Nova up close and personal. LINK to video from IBC
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    Glenn Sanders wrote up a good listing of frequently asked questions regarding the Zaxcom Nova recorder. Zaxcom Nova FAQs • Can I use all of Nova inputs at the same time? Yes, there are no limitations all 12 AES inputs and 6 analog inputs are always active and use separate connectors for each input. • What are the ergonomic benefits to a Nova bag? Overall the Nova with its internal receivers is about 1/3rd the size weight and power consumption of other solutions on average. • Does Nova produce any interference to the internal or external wireless receivers? No, the Nova has been designed to eliminate the typical interference that can be caused by mixer/recorders spraying low level RF radiation that interferes with wireless microphones that can cause loss of wireless range. • I am a bit uncomfortable with the 5 continuous faders will that be something I will get used to? This new system of control will most likely become the standard for bag production mixers. Nova offers the ability to control 25 sources with 5 banks of the 5 faders with instant access to related input trim values. Zaxnet remote control is instantly accessed as well. Nova fader control is just amazing in its simplicity speed, feel and accuracy. • Can the Nova be used on the sound cart as 4 channels of wireless receiver and as a backup recorder with the ability instantly change it to a sound bag configured system? Yes a single connector on Nova will take in up 4 channels of AES audio and output the audio from the 4 internal receivers to the main cart recorder. The 4 receiver isos and the mix from the main cart are recorded on Nova for emergency backup. A memory can be recalled to instantly configure Nova for cart or bag operation. • Is the Nova Mirror card compatible between Deva24 and the Nova so I can hand in one media at the end of the day? Yes the same mirror card can be used in both recorders recording audio for post to different folders. • When will auto-mix and MP3 recording be available? We hope to have both available before the end of the year. The Auto mixer will be a new improved version of our Nomad auto mixer. Now that Nova is delivering we can announce the MP3 feature as we now know we have excess processing capability to do it. • How long will Nova run in a sound bag on a single charge with 4 channels of wireless? With a 98WH inspired energy battery 7 hours of continuous run time is typical. • How long does it take to set the frequencies on the 4 channels of wireless controlled by Nova? After a frequency scan by Nova the 4 transmitters and 4 receivers can be tuned to the 4 quietest frequencies in 1 second through Zaxnet control with no need to disturb the talent. Nova will also disable the 4 transmitters during the Scan and then automatically re-enable them so that all frequencies can be properly scanned. • Are transmitters automatically set to the receiver frequencies? If the function is enabled the transmitters will automatic follow the receivers channel selection. • Can I use any Zaxcom transmitter with the Nova and is there compatibility with any other brand of wireless? Yes you can use any Zaxcom transmitter. No, there is no compatibility mode for other brands. • Does the internal micplexer filter the RF outputs of the Nova? Yes the 35 MHz tuned flux capacitor filter is in line and external receivers will benefit from the filter and the Nova intermodulation free design. All external receivers must be tuned within the 35MHz window. • Can the Nova power external antennas? No. It would not be an advised thing to do as the powered antennas will degrade the receivers in the Nova on both a filter basis and a noise basis. An unpowered shark fin will work best with Nova even with long runs of coax. • Will the Nova support Oasis and Mix16? It will support Oasis but not mix 16 • Will Nova generate a sound report? Yes it generates the CSV file that Nomad and Devas do. We will be adding more data fields as well. • Will a URX work with the Nova? No but an ERX3TCD will. Zaxnet is on 2.4GHz and a URX is a UHF receiver. The URX can monitor all of the Zaxcom bodypacks and would require a UHF transmitter to be connected to Nova to monitor it directly. • What external gear must be added to Nova for ENG use? For the most part none. Nova functions as a mixer, recorder, 4 channel wireless receiver, time code distribution, IFB transmitter and Zaxnet remote control transmitter. The only addition might be a stereo link transmitter if 2 channels of audio to camera is a requirement. • How much would a Nova sound bag weigh? With the Ktek Jr bag and a 98WH battery about 6.5 pounds. The Nova itself weighs 3 pounds 7 oz. • Can each of the 2 plug in receivers use different 35MHz windows? No. They must both be within the same 35MHz range. Any external receiver fed by the Nova must be as well. This is actually an advantage as it gets rid of a lot of interfering signals. • Why does Nova not use multiple batteries? With the MARF operating system there is no need for more than one external battery. Power can be lost at any time without corruption or loss of the recorded audio data. The system automatic closes files on power up allowing recording to immediately start again with no loss of recorded audio. Multiple batteries do nothing to prevent loss of recorded audio data in the unlikely event of a system lock up. Multiple batteries add significant weight to the sound bag and unnecessary time, effort and expense needed to keep multiple batteries charged. Nova provides 2 redundant power inputs to allow for any external power choice with no need for more than one power source. • What can Nova and Zaxcom wireless offer over other solutions? The integrated system has many benefits. Remote transmitter gain control, automatic frequency selection and instant receiver and transmitter tuning, remote transmitter sleep control, time code distribution with no hardwire jam of recording transmitters, remote transmitter naming, automatic transmitter name identification and transfer to and from Nova ISO tracks, virtual multitrack recording and playback with Zaxcom recording wireless (Patented) , Power roll automatic transmitter power control (Patented), Automatic wireless transmitter transport control and transmitter scene/ take file metadata from Nova are some of the benefits. • I am not a Zaxcom owner now, can I benefit from the Nova without Zaxcom wireless? No matter what wireless you may own now you can use that with the Zaxcom Nova. Nova will accept up to 12 channels of external audio via its AES inputs providing the best audio quality enabled by the digital connections. With Nova you also get the benefit of the internal Micplexer that enhances the performance of any connected wireless receiver from any manufacturer with all of the operational benefits of the NOVA track tuned wireless filter. Nova outputs RF with 3dB of RF gain that can go through an external RF splitter with no loss of signal to external receivers. Optional Receiver replacement modules offer both Nova AES inputs and RF outputs to the external receivers. • Do I need to use proprietary media? No, any store purchased CF Card media should be fine. • Will Nova ever have Dante? No. Dante is great for getting lots of audio from point A to point B over a long distance. It is not necessary or desirable in a sound bag as the power to encode and decode the Dante format would almost double the power consumption of the Nova sound bag. AES connection between an ENG receiver and the Nova is both power efficient and fool proof as there is no Dante routing to set up or to go bad. AES is the more desirable interface to use allowing multiple unlocked AES sources to be utilized at the same time. • Why does the Nova not have a word clock interface? The Nova has sample rate converting AES inputs that eliminate any need for a word clock reference. This allows all AES sources and the Nova itself to operate at any sample rate with no issues. • How easy is it to change out the wireless receivers? They are held in with a single screw and can be hot swapped in seconds. • What are the channel effects and are they available on all inputs analog and digital. Yes the effects are common to all channels. Variable frequency high pass, 2 notch filters, compressors and delay are available on all inputs. Input trim level is also available on AES inputs. • Can I use AES42 microphones? Yes, 2 separate AES42 mics are supported with 4 channels of audio input. • How good are the Nova preamps? With 140 dB dynamic range from input through the dual A-D Neverclip conversion stage and the 32bit floating point mixing engine nothing can compare to the Nova analog inputs. Input compressors are not needed and their use is limited only to artistic preference. • Is this a new headphone amp for Zaxcom. Yes, it uses a very high resolution D to A converter with better low frequency response that can drive impedances as low as 16 ohms.
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    I don't see any change happening simply because for dialog recording, 24/48 can already capture the full range of human hearing with enough resolution that quantization errors when editing (usually done in a 32 bit environment anyway) are inconsequential. Sound effects recording is an entirely different matter though. However, the reasons we settled on 24/48 years ago, namely storage capacity and CPU strain, are non-issues these days. So at some point, we may switch to 32/96 as the standard because we can, but probably not for at least five years.
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    I shot this with for BBC Nationwide in the mid 1970s with a Audio radiomic.
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    If you are a working pro, and don't have at least one backup mixer/recorder that can produce quality equal to the main unit, then you are putting your reputation at risk in the event of a disaster. Clients don't want excuses, they want results. And this says nothing of the convenience of being able to quickly leave your cart with something very portable for an hour or so during the day.
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    And here on my Red Weapon MG This is an audio clip from the camera file https://clyp.it/lankfkyn MS CCM41_CCM8 Schoeps M2D2 limiter set to -10db in the Mixer menu and audio gain at +35db Unballanced stereo out (TA3) from the M2D2 to minijack input of the camera set to 0dB gain.
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    Using the Iphone8 as recorder with TW Recorder (96khz and monitor flip enabled App). Hope Tentacle will come out with an upgraded App.
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    I have seen this company Leicozic (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32961947715.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.1000060.1.5a0435e3w4c4i2&gps-id=pcDetailBottomMoreThisSeller&scm=1007.13339.146401.0&scm_id=1007.13339.146401.0&scm-url=1007.13339.146401.0&pvid=fd14c1ac-f7b3-485b-9e09-7785935d7987) that has many products as iem receivers compatible with sennheisers and rf distributors, has anyone tested their antenna? they are all active, can be used as passive without any DC applyied to them? how do they look constructively
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    My name is Elias, I'm from Athens, Greece and I am looking for a job opportunity to gain experience. I'm open to work even as a volunteer. Send me an email here: tsismalideselias@gmail.com
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    My dearest Viscount, You flatter yourself assuming my comment was directed to you. However since you’re the catfish that took a bait intended for a marlin, let’s take this Bentley for a spin, Ol’ chap: A man walks into a large stateroom filled with people from all walks of life representing a vast enormity of experience, knowledge, wisdom, and intellect. He asks a simple yet time-weathered question and receives many answers, all in the spirit of unity, graciousness, and camaraderie. Instead of accepting these answers or academically debating the merits of any possible differences, he attacks their credibility, insults their knowledge, publicly demeans their character, and declares them to be spreading false information based on fake physics. Also has his own place at White’s and you remind me of him. Are you related? If not, you may want to change water supplies as you both appear to suffer from the same Potomac River poison.
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    Netflix upped the stream to 640 for DolbyDigital+ and 768 for Dolby Atmos They are talking about testing 1.5 (BluRay rates!!!) But if/when Netflix (the 500lb Gorilla) demands 96k audio deliverables, originating at 96k production, we'll jump!! Right now they demand original video shot at 4K, finished at 4K WITHOUT any compression (means using Resolve instead of Media Composer) And will not accept upconverted footage. Waiting to see!!
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    I would consider that to be fairly unlikely. What matters most is the final product and I don’t see that moving to 32-bit soon. And to what benefit anyway? Although the actual benefit may not be the driving factor. But it‘ll be years before it became an actual requirement. As was mentioned, post has been able to do 32-bit in a long time, but the deliverable has not changed. Even if that does change and the entire industry (incl. TV, cinemas, streaming services, etc.) moved to 32-bit, that wouldn’t automatically mean that we on the production side would be required to record at 32-bit, especially as the benefit of that is really not that great
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    For the past few months I have been using my Cantar Mini. I work bag and bag cart, so in my search for a Cantar Mini bag I found only three sources and none of them really did what I needed done in a bag. So I built two versions, the second is shown below in the photos. The first version shall never be seen in public. All of the metal work and sewing I did, so please don't judge me!! The Mini is not like any other recorder/mixer shape. So my design incorporates a frame much like the Aaton cheese plate offering. I wanted something fairly compact and have some features that I don't believe any other bag has. By making it triangular I have created a space that now houses a permanent battery distribution system, battery cup for an Inspired Energy type battery, a USB power outlet and two attachment points for mounting two Lectrosonic dipole antennas. For me battery and antennas on other bags are an afterthought. The total weight of the bag with no battery, is 2kg and that includes the BDS, USB power and the battery cup. So it's weight is on par with other bags. Dimensions are 30.5 x 28 x 23cm. Since this design has the Mini in a vertical position, a flat surface means you would need to operate from a standing position. On a bag type cart this is not a problem. So for the times when you can sit at a table I added the folding design to allow you to operate and see the screen. I have small rubber feet on the metal surfaces to protect whatever table you set up on. The sloped surface makes it a bit easier for me to operate as I don't have all of the button positions memorized. I am already thinking of changes in the third version. Also shown is my minimalist take. Two wireless channels and a boom.
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    100% normal . overly communicate every step of the hands . Next option is instruct the person how to do it facing away from you . Next option is wardrobe does it . Third option is female crew member assist . Not hard or takes cajones. It’s the job . Dpa 4063 I’ll use on an Indie film and not boom. . Had a Sanken cos-11d in a scarf in Times Square almost eliminate all bkg noise after post . Lavs rule , booms rule , every situation is different . Gear don’t matter , but our brains do . Positive thinking usually delivers surprising results .
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    This does both, if you can find one!!
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    If you want an upper-mid boost, suggest you get a flat recording and do the tweaking in post. Where you've got much better monitoring that headphones on the set, and you've got an undo button. If you record with that boost and a low-cut for brightness and grit, and then you want to put the lows back in post... they won't be there. No amount of EQ will help. BTW, I wrote that book Jim is recommending. He doesn't get a commission. In fact, all I get is about $4 per copy, after Amazon and the publisher take their share. But it is used by a lot of US film programs, and has been favorably reviewed by some A-listers. I wrote it to share what I've learned, both from experience and from friends in the industry. Details and samples - so you can judge for yourself - at greatsound.info.
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    then you are lazy so you don’t want to treat the room so it sounds better, something which is SOP for many of us, but also don’t like how the room sounds in your mic and you‘d rather treat the mic (in horrendous ways) than the room?
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    I appreciate all the comments and no, I have not tried to test out my theory. You all have talked me out of it. Perhaps the sound I'm looking for has not been made by Sennheiser yet? What I want is the sound of the 416 mic--upper-mid-boost, bright, gritty, punchy, consonant-pounding, movie/film sound and using it indoors. Eliminate the interference tube? I'm not looking for a smooth, "natural" sound like Schoeps at all, btw. This would stand out. Unorthodox? Yeah, I know.
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    See this thread for more ideas.
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    Yes, that is why I only buy my SanDisk cards from B&H or Adorama, it at least drops the odds significantly that they're counterfeit
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    Now in Florida with a different lawyer. Supposedly this one is not as crotchety (sp?) as the other one. Still, I went with my fav and did a cos-11 in the knot of the tie. He was irritated for a second (more confused why I wasn't just throwing something on his lapel). Then I gave him a line that he had such a nice baritone voice I really wanted to capture the full range of it. I have a strong feeling the next guy micing him will be judged if he DOESN'T do it in the knot Here's the new challenge this week: Recording a speakerphone call! They might have some media broadcast booth setup and I can tap into the lines, but I somehow doubt that will work. What do you think, 416 directly out of frame dead on the speaker of the phone? Cub on the table? Can't get specifics but pretty sure it's a landline and not a cell phone I'll be capturing from. Hoping to get photos this time! JH Abosolutely. I'm new to this racket, but I quickly became a fan of the foamies. Need to try cutting them in half!
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    Those Sonys don't do well with receivers in the same bag. I experienced similar issues with Sennheiser receivers. Workaround: Choose a Sony frequency as far away from the Lectros as possible. The Sonys have three "bands" consisting of three tv channels. Transmitter and receiver at least mustn't be in the same band.
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    Had a similar experience with high end Sony digital hop. Frequency OKd by Freq finder. The Sony hops don't play well with Lectro, and the DP said he had had the same effect before with other sound guys. We went hard wire and range for the Lectros was back to their normal performance. This was on a doc style shoot, so couldn't get the Sony transmitter far enough away from my bag. You might have better results if working off a cart, and wiring a good distance (10 feet or so away) to the transmitters stands or something like that. Not sure, but maybe.
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    Ambient ACL 204 in combination with the Ambient lock-it slate (when needed) have been working well for me for a number of years. Wireless syncing, replaceable AA batteries, displays on side of box for easy trouble shooting TC issues, and solid as can be. Very minor issue is the pouch on the lockit boxes can get a little flimsy over time. Can always use them with out the pouch. No complaints.
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    Yes, that's correct AES (or technically AES3) carries two audio channels over a single XLR cable. So this would apply to both AES inputs or AES outputs.
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    My guess is that there will be a SL4. Would be nice if it‘d be possible to cascade it to have full control over 8 rx in the 833. Would be great if the bluetooth of the 833 could communicate with Audio Ltd. A10 Transmitters. I know the TXs built in Bluetooth in the transmitter of the a10 system is too weak to change settings while it is on the talent but it would be great to do a freqscan with the 833 at the beginning of the day, the frequencies getting coordinated automatically and the new freq beeing updated on the a10 txs. As tentacle sync showed us that jamming over bluetooth is technically possible too, maybe Sound Devices will manage to do so with the A10 System. My thoughts on how the system could evolve.
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    They really don't seem to care about AES. It's been brought up to them so many times and they don't implement them more. They are banking on Dante, which works great for a cart but for a bag AES is a no brainer.
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    I totally agree. I almost always preferred plant mics vs. talent mics and always tried to do hard wired (for all the reasons mentioned). When I started using Zaxcom wireless with Neverclip I started to use wireless, even for the plants, more than I used to.
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    Re F/P 32bit and a bag drop: I'm thinking it lets you play conservative with levels on the front end because you can bump them up, after the recorder's AD (for a decent mix level and monitoring). Unless the environmental noise is low enough to make the self noise of the pre A/D signal chain conspicuous why would you do otherwise? The goal being maximum deflection for the best SNR in the environment. Nova doesn't need f/p 32bit as it has Never Clip (as do the wireless if you're using Zaxcom).
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    Use the 50, we EQ in post!!
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    IBC 2019 coverage on newsshooter:
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    I had a lovely conversation with the tech at Arri who worked on the camera. He agrees that there is not enough current from an audio device that could do any damage. The fault occurred from a short between the PSC port on the front, and the EXT port in the back. Neither port even has the type of connector that we ever use in the audio world. So yeah, zero percent chance. I think this guy was just looking to place the blame elsewhere. Of course I had the tech write up a note, and it was sent to the producer. Case closed.
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    I wonder if it can record both inputs at the same time or if they switch like on the Rode plug-on. Would be cool to be able to feed it Timecode from a tentacle while recording audio on the XLR.
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    Over the years I have done many doc shoots in courtrooms during trials, and I've learned a lot. First nothing happens in the courtroom without the judge's permission so go into the courtroom with your hat in your hand and say please a lot, be respectful of the courts employees, it's their world and they know it. Second, I have never been allowed to swing a boom in the courtroom during the trial. I have always had to rely on the courts AV system or planted mics on the lawyer's tables and in front of the judge and witness box. The Sanken cubs used wirelessly have worked out quite well. Jim's good advice and my experiences hopefully will help, good luck.
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    As I understand it, Zaxcom patented the way the two outputs are combined into one coherent sound. I‘m pretty sure that employing two converters cannot be patented as that is really old tech
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    I'm fuzzy on remember the details, but wasn't it that Zaxcom patented using two, so Sound Devices patented using three (which is in the MixPre series), so is Zoom going to patent using four? And Tentacle is going to use five! ha
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    Yes, as I understand Sound Devices implementation, that is exactly what they did. You do know, it’s the card Sound Devices sell as their own. Sound Devices is a defacto manufacturer of SD cards now. Why do you expect them to effectively advertise for other manufacturers cards? It seems from Paul Isaacs comments that they might still be willing to, but I could certainly understand it if they didn’t
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    One post by@KenLac and everyone jumps in the pool. I wonder if he’s a secret marketer. This tread Turned out to be a sales persons dream.
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    i am not familiar with "sucking dialogue" ... at least in positive terms. The Sanken CS-3e is a multi-element shotgun mic, which has a tight pattern and performs well in both interior and exterior environments (in the hands of a skilled boom op or course).
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    I've often referred to this chart when making decisions about filters for music recording purposes... http://www.independentrecording.net/irn/resources/freqchart/main_display.htm For purposes of IFB for film and television - not an issue. For purposes of IEM for musicians, not an issue either. If you are recording percussion instruments and planning on using this as a critical part of the signal chain, yes it will filter out harmonics and "air" - not part of the instrument sound itself, but some of the overtones that add to the sound in the end.
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    Whats new, Photos marked with RJW are copyrighted. Any use other than private with or without the RJW watermark is strictly forbidden, without written permission from the owner. Photos marked with RJW are copyrighted. Any use other than private with or without the RJW watermark is strictly forbidden, without written permission from the owner. and what's missing since January 2015 Photos marked with RJW are copyrighted. Any use other than private with or without the RJW watermark is strictly forbidden, without written permission from the owner.
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    Something Larry mentioned bears repeating (or should I say "bares repeating" since there's another thread on mixing naked). Getting your antennas high enough that there is not anything (people, etc.) between the transmitter and receiving antennas will make a big difference. That, together with good antennas makes more difference than pretty much anything else. As far as transmitter power -- that is an often misunderstood specification. The difference between 50mW and 100mW is only 3dB and in the real world, unless distance is truly a limiting factor, it makes even less impact than the 3dB figure would have you believe. For instance, a Comtek transmitter outputs only 10mW yet has admirable range. The biggest limiting factor with a bodypack transmitter is that it's typically fastened to a large bag of water (person) and if the antenna isn't high enough, the signal must permeate many other large bags of water. Then, there's multipath to take into account, where sometimes lower power can work better than higher power. In other words, way too many people obsess over transmitter power numbers when there are much more pertinent things to consider.
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    Pretty amazing machine, I got myself a unit from the dealer for testing: my first impression is that I see a cost effective machine and an impressive feature set, easy to operate; but 3 major drawbacks: - the hirose power plug: This is a ridiculous design. maybe some third party manufacturer (Hawkwoods??) will come up with a workaround in the future? To install this recorder in a bag, you have to add like minimum 2,5 cm / 1 inch of safety space on the bottom of the bag to protect the Hirose plug of your power cable from breaking. Even a right angle plug will not improve the situation! This will make the recorder poke out from the top of most small bags. The MixPrev 10 is slim, but rather high. Added the 2,5 cm of height, it reaches the dimensions of the SD688 and needs a huge bag. - solo monitoring is too complicated: A short press on a channel fader opens a channel setup screen, but does not lead to a HP solo monitoring of this channel. Instead after having triggered the channel setup screen you then have to find and tap on a „solo“ surface on the tiny touch screen and tap on it again when your desire for soloing is expired. please do that in the rain or with gloves on or when using a 4 m boom with a shotgun mike on the other end, having to monitor 6 wired folks… how will you find out which of the lavs is rustling? In normal life I am stepping through the potential candidates by soloing each of them. - Input gain adjustment: I was also expecting that on pressing a fader for solo mode, the same fader now could be used to adjust the input gain on that channel in solo mode. Now I’ve learned, that those faders are behaving like analog pots with a stop on either side (which is great for mixing) and I understand that they cannot be used to also set the input gain because of their actual absolute value (their position for input gain will differ from the position for the channel gain). The input gain can be adjusted only on the touchscreen (tiny arrows, one clumsy tap for a 1 dB increment) or with the HP volume encoder, which is a small hardware knob on the right side of the machine, squeezed in alongside the headphone plug, prevented from finger-access by the strap of most bags. So no one-hand solos on the fly doing doc/ENG work and no gain adjustments either. To be fair, I’ve been impressed by the simplicity of the system arquitecture, by the number of full size XLR Inputs and last but not least by the sound. It does not sound cheap, also the limiters seem to be pretty usable. They can be turned on or off only globally, not per track. The fader knobs are small, but really useable, easy to find the right one blind. The touchscreen (I don’t like them in general) behaves responsive and is well thought, anything else but the gain increments is rather easily operated with the finger tips. Metadata handling with the touchscreen/HP volume knob is a bit clumsy, but with a cellphone/wingman combo it is OK for documentary needs. If you have an iPad at hand it gets really comfortable and comprehensive, so no hard feelings using this machine on a cart! I found the Wingman app 100% responsive, far better than the old CL-Wifi I knew from my 788T-days. Routing: You can route any input to any of the outputs pre or post fader, which is nice. I did not find a way to cross route the inputs to tracks, so input 1 stays on track 1, and so on. I appreciate this approach for its simplicity. Power: The MixPre 10 needed around 7,5 - 8 W in a decent setup with 2 phantom powered mics active. As a comparison: in the same setup my old Sonosax SX-R4 sips only 3 W. I fed both from a 14,4 V audioroot battery, each of them with 2 Phantom mics plugged. Apart of the Hirose plug there is an AA adapter, which accepts 8 AA batts. For 8 Watts, 8 Lithium AAs should carry you over 4 hours, 8 black eneloops should do for 3 hs. You also could use L-type batteries, the bigger ones might be good also as a distance keeper for the Hirose plug.
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    AFMY's response should be a sticky. That's the world we live in, and the most experienced soundie in that world can get as sandbagged by this issue as a newbie. Filmmaking is a team sport, and perceptive experienced professionals in each dept understand that in addition to doing your own job, you have to try and make sure that the doing of your job isn't causing undue problems for other depts. But....there are plenty of folks who don't feel obligated to work this way, and the sound dept is a frequent victim of this if only because so few other crew members can actually hear the results of the problems they are causing for you. There is also, frankly, a certain "food-chain" element to this situation too, as in who is perceived to be higher up same, right? We've all encountered the situation where we are told that problems caused by location, lighting, grip, wardrobe, talent and camera are "our problems" not theirs. This always makes me smile, since I know that ultimately these problems will NOT be mine, but the director's. And so we move on.
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    The silicone fusing tape is easy to find. It is easy to work and very stable as far as solvents and temperature. It is also a little weak or on a positive note, easy to tear off. There is also an EPR version (Ethylene Propylene Rubber): http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-23-Electrical-Width-Length/dp/B000V4P58M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398702278&sr=8-1&keywords=epr+self-fusing+rubber+tape The EPR version is stronger and harder to tear. Either will work though I prefer the EPR for around the house repairs and taping wires. It takes a little longer to fuse. The silicon version fuses quickly. The tape should be very clean with no water, dust, etc., on it, so it can fuse. Make sure you stretch it a lot (2 to 1) while wrapping. The tension and stretch causes it to fuse quickly. One downside to both tapes. If you are taping multiple splices, when they touch, they will fuse with each other. The Tape Fanatic
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