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  1. 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.
  2. ronmac

    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.
  3. Timebar has an editable text strip that defaults to current date.It has enough characters to add Date/Scene/Take/etc.
  4. You can reduce weight and size by removing the cable holder on the side.
  5. It weighs 250 grams, so I guess that is why they call it a "Bug" and not a "Turtle" 😀
  6. Not as romantic as a DIY solution, but this will do the job: https://www.radialeng.com/product/stagebug-sb5
  7. I enjoyed the interview very much. Thanks
  8. https://mymic.rycote.com/devices/ you can search for best fit here
  9. 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!"
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. This may help answer some of the questions
  14. ronmac

    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Trew and B&H are both h showing $649USD
  18. ronmac


    Male or female puppet?
  19. 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.
  20. JP Gerard of NoHype Audio is a MBHO dealer who is very active on GS and responsive to questions. I am sure he can sort this for you. nohypeaudio@gmail.com
  21. Personally, I would focus on getting the best protection you can get. Although this may yield a bigger rig than you want, the weight won’t be significant. I generally pack two systems, a medium shotgun (MKH60) and a MS pair (MKH30/40) in separate windshields. The weight is insignificant compared to the recorder, small tripod, cables and food/water. It all fits in a medium backpack. If you are going to hike for hours to get the sound, it is worth expending a little extra energy to make sure you get something useable,IMO.
  22. I believe that has been discontinued
  23. The smallest XY config setup I have been able to find is the Cinela Albert. If you are happy with ORTF there are more options. If you are OK with ORTF (or spaced pair) you can use a pair of Rycote BBG and a small stereo bar. They will break down to a more manageable size, but you will need to assemble the rig in the field. There is nothing to stop you from manufacturing your own XY kit, if you are into DIY, but considering the need for proper shock mounting and dead air space around the pair you will need to be very creative (building a modular system that packs easily) to get the size down.
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