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  1. Jez, I recently purchased this tripod as a compact support for my MS Cyclone kit while travelling via public transit. It isn't a particularly demanding task for a tripod, so low weight and basic functionality (not to mention low cost) was all I required. It was the best cost/features/build quality I could find at that time. I would have purchased the CF version, but it wasn't in stock and only slightly lower weight. https://www.henrys.com/vanguard-veo-3-go-235ab-aluminum-tripod-with-ballhead/5637233136.p?color=Black&style=New I always record MS as separate tracks, for exactly the reasons you state.
  2. I regularly use my MKH30/40 kit in a Cyclone fitted to a small (carry-on pack size) tripod for nature/city ambiences. One of the features that attracted me to the tripod I selected (beside the low weight and form factor) was it having a removeable leg that can be used as a monopod or boom pole. It is perfect for being able to reach a bit higher/lower to catch water/tree noises or get closer to moving insects. The downside is the weight and bulk of the cyclone/microphone combo. For my use case it is not an issue, as I am not booming all day, and rarely for more than a few minutes. The Cyclone, tripod and recorder all fit in a single backpack and are ready to take on the variable weather conditions in my 4 season world. Having tried to carry a variety of solutions to suit the conditions, I settled on the one, albeit bulky and heavy, configuration to insure I can setup and capture quickly and easily.
  3. Every time I see a picture of a 552 I am amazed at how beautiful they are and what versatility they offer. Very nice bag rig, Bernie!
  4. Being able to say no, and not second-guess your decisions, is one of the benefits of inching towards full retirement.
  5. Grant, the USB-C port can be easily powered by a PD power bank that supplies the correct voltage. If you only have access to a 14v source then best practice would be to purchase Hirose equipped battery sled that can accept 10-20v.
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    Whiny mics

    I haven't personally experienced this happening to a 7 series recorder, but I have had this issue with an original, two channel Mixpre. Perhaps this explains your issue: https://www.sounddevices.com/oscillation-with-transformer-balanced-inputs/ Good luck with getting to the cause with your mics.
  7. Timebar has an editable text strip that defaults to current date.It has enough characters to add Date/Scene/Take/etc.
  8. You can reduce weight and size by removing the cable holder on the side.
  9. It weighs 250 grams, so I guess that is why they call it a "Bug" and not a "Turtle" 😀
  10. Not as romantic as a DIY solution, but this will do the job: https://www.radialeng.com/product/stagebug-sb5
  11. I enjoyed the interview very much. Thanks
  12. https://mymic.rycote.com/devices/ you can search for best fit here
  13. We have finally landed in "Used Car Lot" territory... "HURRY!!! Limited time offer! Tow, Push, Pull your smoking junker to the lot for a guaranteed trade in deal. Poor credit? No worries!"
  14. That puts your gear in the drop zone. Low velocity breathes and vocalizatiobs will drop quickly, possibly a perfect arc towards your mic and boom. Yuck
  15. A prolific Master has passed. One of my prized possessions is a signed copy of his biography. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53777949 I had to chuckle when I saw this photo of a "BoomOp" at work.
  16. Watson Wu has recorded several car sounds for video games and has discussed his methods on his site and in blogs and interviews on several other sites. Start on his https://www.watsonwu.com/ site and explore from there.
  17. This may help answer some of the questions
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    Film Devices

    I agree that the picture shows it oriented the “wrong” way, but the holder can be easily removed from the clamp and reoriented the “correct” way, as you suggest. I have bought stage mic stands from well respected brands that have the boom arm oriented incorrectly, and always change to prevent the slow motion dive of a heavy mic.
  19. Sunrise in Nova Scotia. Waiting for the lobster boats to leave the wharf to set their traps on the first day of the new season (2019.03.31). Capturing the thunderous noise as the boats race to the grounds with a MKH40/30 rig.
  20. Are you able/willing to rent one of the new Sound Devices MixPre3/6/10? Seems like a perfect job for this new series of floating 32bit recorders.
  21. Trew and B&H are both h showing $649USD
  22. ronmac

    Aladdin

    Male or female puppet?
  23. My take and experience on the "modelling" mics is that they offer a wide palette of "simulated" flavours. A good analogy is flavoured potato chips. They all start with a rather neutral tasting chip and add a simulated flavour. They taste "like" the flavour added, but will never have the nuance of a proper combination of the two real foods (potatoes + dill, as an example) mixed and cooked together. You really do need to try before you buy. I'm not sure you will hear a world of difference between the TLM103 and MK4. You will hear a big difference, and have flexibility of choice, if you add different types of mic to your collection (shotgun, ribbon, dynamic, etc.). As an example, you can buy a Shure SM7B (dynamic) and a Rode NTR (ribbon) for almost the same price as a single TLM103. If you are fixed on getting one mic for all situations it is even more important to do a proper audition of mics you think will be the right choice.
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