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  1. DSLR shoulder bags is what I've mostly used, though most, if not all the camera companies are moving away from this style....though it's actually a perfect bag I find for our uses. I'm looking into a few options right now for my current show. My research is narrowing down to something like a Tamrac Stratus 21 (one of the few large shoulder camera bags) shoulder bag, a Nanuk 933 photo kit case, a Cinebag Stryker, or an orca or-8 to or-13 camera bag. For lavs, I like to use the Plano Adjustable Double-Sided Stowaway Medium (3400). It can hold 12 wires. There is also a smaller version that can do 10 wires but I find this one to fit the wires more easily, be it DPA, Sanken, Countrymen, etc. I use similar cases from Plano for accessories. I notice the OP is from Oregon. If you are near a Bass Pro Shop, that's where I get all my cases for lavs and accessory cases.
  2. Yea, it stopped working on iOS as well.
  3. I'm guessing a typo with 25mw vs 10mw on a single lithium? I can't imagine a higher output would get a longer runtime.... Though that would be nice.
  4. I remember reading somewhere here on this forum regarding the difference between digital and analog power output and why digital does not need a 250mW option, specifically on lectro transmitters. Can someone please point me in the right direction of what reading material or educate me on the difference? Reason I'm asking is Lectro just released the new DBSM and DBSMD transmitters and their power output settings differ from their SM counterparts. Thanks!
  5. So I have 3 Sanken wires, all suppose to be normal sensitivity. I did a test and one came in 10db lower. I sent in the -10db wire with a normal one to a shop to get the -10 to match with the normal wires. They came back matching, except now I have two out of three wires that are -10db... I opened up the connector after reading this thread regarding resistors and wanted to confirm if that was the case. the wires coming under 10db don’t have a resistor and the one “normal” has one. Isn’t a resistor suppose to reduce the sensitivity, not increase? What am I missing?
  6. Thanks! This makes a lot of sense.
  7. I have both the DCR 822 and SrC receivers. Both have a Lectro SMV as a transmitter sending to one of their respective channels. From my research and reading, I understand that lectrosonics recommends maxing out the audio out level on the receiver side, but the 822 max is +7dB and the SrC is +5dB. My question is if I want to match both SMVs sound and levels, should I match the DCR822 to +5dB like it is with the SrC or I compensate the difference downstream through my recorder's (SD633) gain stage? Or does it not matter at all? Both SMVs are set at the same settings. Any input appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Has anyone received one of these yet? Thoughts?
  9. I notice there are bumpers on the corner of the slate. Where did you get them?
  10. As a one man band, this slate is great for docs and smaller productions. They are smaller compared to the Denecke TS-3. I've heard camera department doesn't like these as they are too small to write info on. So basically I can see this as a great travelling or small production slate like the TS-C, but not so much for main production. For the product itself, it's a great slate. I was worried the numbers may be hard to read but they seem fine. Build quality is great. What I'd like to see Betso do is make a larger version and a rain cover case for these. I really like the betso ecosystem and what they are offering.
  11. Anyone tried Betsy's new slates yet? How they compare to ambient and denecke? Thoughts? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Did you try going to skin? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. GNinja

    Ursa Strap

    This has been awhile but I'd like to give my input now with the ursa products. Ankle Straps - Overall these are much better, especially on hot days as these seem to breathe better than the neopax. They are also good under skinny jeans or like it as it's a slightly lower profile than the neopax as well. The only thing I can say that is a con, if it is at all, is that the ability to slide it into the pouch during a battery change takes a bit longer than a neopax. This can be probably be fixed if you add a strap over it to help pull one side open and slide the transmitter in. Otherwise, it's a solid strap to use in the bag. Thigh Straps - This is is a love and hate relationship. I really like the fact that it has an antislip material on the inside and they are lower profile than neopax. HOWEVER, I really wish they make a horizontal pouch because it slims the actual surface area I have to hide underneath a dress. There is a bit of anti slip in the pouch and I have tried to flip it upside down, but More times than I would like, it has slipped out of the pouch. What I would really like to see is the neopax horizontal thigh pack but with the ursa material. That would be gold and the female actors would love it if the antenna doesn't poke them... if you know what I mean. Waist Straps - Same thing with the ankle. Solid. Soft Circles - In terms of quality, These are far superior compared to the rycote. In terms of quantity, They are expensive for the amount you get compared to rycote. If you are able to grab the mic before actors pull them off, then you can save the soft circles and reuse them many, many times. If you lose one, cost-wise it's expensive vs losing a rycote undercover. You'll have to determine the situation if this is worth it. I've used it for one show where the actors are very good at meeting me to be de-wired so I can save the soft circles vs the actors on the show I'm on now that they will rip them off themselves and may lose the circles before I get to them. Bottom line: if you can manage saving them or have a budget for losing them, then go for it. That's all I have for now. Again, it's different from person to person and from situation to situation. Use your best judgement if these products may work for you. At best, The ankles are solid and can't go wrong with them. Hope this helps someone.
  14. GNinja

    Ursa Strap

    I agree. Neopax gives you two per strap. Don't get me wrong, the material for the Ursa is nice, but really, a protector should be included for that price. The thigh pack with the rubber grip seems to work well but the one suppose to stop the transmitter from sliding out is not doing its job well.
  15. GNinja

    Ursa Strap

    Thanks everyone. My reserved thoughts were for the price (I'm in Canada), it's rather expensive for what you get. It's about $10 more than neopax and it doesn't come with a protector (which cost about $24 for 4). The thigh pack I've been having issues with right out of the gate, having the transmitter somehow falls out (lectro smv) even with the rubber lining inside the pouch. Plus they only come in large pouch for thighs. I find it slightly too roomy for a smv. I just took an extra Velcro from a neopax and stored it on top so it can't fall out anymore. I haven't tried the other products yet. They feel nice though. I really wish it just came with the pouch protectors.
  16. GNinja

    Ursa Strap

    Anyone tried the new Ursa straps? I got the thigh strap from trew and have reserved thoughts on them but I'd like to hear other people's experiences with it so far. Thoughts?
  17. Sooo after a few days, I would like to rescind my comment regarding the bay door. Here are my thoughts now on each product. TCX-2: In regards to the swing door, I realized that it only swings one way. We velcro it to a slate or to a camera, and I noticed that it's hard for the door to swing open on it's own, but fairly easy to switch batteries out when need be. Battery life is VERY good. about 12hr days, battery drops one bar. Before I use to re-jam and re-battery the timeboxes morning and lunch time, but now it's just morning. Overall, both me and the camera deptartment are very impressed with the product. 2RF: The feelings are the same with this product as well. The door I feel is better designed. It's a bit harder to open but at least it won't open on it's own like the sbox-1. This also takes just 1 AA which is fantastic. This box lives on the sound cart and jammed to the recorder always. Overall, the only time I've noticed a timecode issues was because of human error, like the box wasn't turned on or the cable was not plugged in. The product on it's own has not failed as of yet. I'll do a final review once my show ends in a few months.
  18. Just got these on the show I'm on. First impressions of it are really good. The syncing worked without a hitch. The only gripe I have about them are the battery doors. It's a spin door like the lectro smv transmitter but no way to lock it tighten it. This means it can open easily. Gonna evaluate it further once we get going on the show and see how it is.
  19. I wouldn't. Good thing for us the indigenous tribe is letting me record them. The mic itself on paper is interesting. I was thinking of getting this mic to allow me to both mono and stereo record. I also use a mkh8060. I'm just wondering if the CSS-50 has similar qualities as a Sanken CS-3e or a Scheops CMIT-5.
  20. So I'm gonna be going to Africa for a gig and part of it is to record music from indigenous tribes. My mixer told me about this new mic and was wondering if anyone has any experience with it and how does it perform? Thanks!
  21. So here is my predicament: I want to get a wireless boom and I know I'm only going to be doing bag mixing. I am looking to get a HMa and an Lr receiver for portability and weight. Is there a reason to replace the Lr with an UCR411a or SrB? I'm running an SD 633... I just want to go wireless for the boom. Thoughts?
  22. So here is my predicament: I want to get a wireless boom and I know I'm only going to be doing bag mixing. I am looking to get a HMa and an Lr receiver for portability and weight. Is there a reason to replace the Lr with an UCR411a or SrB? I'm running an SD 633... I just want to go wireless for the boom. Thoughts?
  23. The kaotica is small enough to be thrown into a carry-on luggage or check in. Our purpose to use it was because we do VO in hotel rooms alot or in someone's living room. For these purposes, the kaotica shines. In no way does it replace a proper studio but for a mobile recording tool it works well.
  24. Does he need an Audio assistant? I'm local.
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