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    Location sound mixer and boom operator in Switzerland
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  1. Ok, i'll try that when i'm done shooting in a few weeks. I'll post my results here. Thanks Constantin for your help!
  2. Ok, so downgrading the firmware to the US version of whatever came before 6 on your HMa seemed to work but why not upgrading to the latest US firmware? I bought my SMDWB amd HMa end of 2019 so i guess they are on one of the latest firmware. Like i said i won't do it for another 6 weeks. I want to wait for the show i am on to be over before playing with this.
  3. Thanks Constantin for your reply. I'll try to look at updating the firmware myself after i am done shooting with this show i am currently on. I dont want to mess up with this in the middle of a 12 week shoot... Like i said 90% of the time 50mW is plenty for my use but there is these 3-4 time per film where i could use the little boost in rf output power (last week for example or even the one before). Thanks again for your help and i'll keep the post up to date when i tried it with or without success!
  4. Hi all, I own a couple SMDWB (Europe version, only up to 50mW). A colleague who owns SMDBs got them upgraded to 50, 100 and 250mW. The official importer updated the firmware and had him sign a discharge making aware it is not legal anymore. I emailed the importer and he told me it is not possible with the SMDWB. Now, i know the wide band version only go up to 100mW but i was wondering why it wouldn't be possible to upgrade it if it is possible with the single band version. I also think the importer, who did this upgrade to my colleague's units a couple years ago, might have been regretting offering it and is just telling me it isn't possible when it actually is. I have no way of knowing for sure if it is or isn't possible on the wide band version. I was wondering if anybody here had it done to their SMDWB or if they had more infos about that. 50mW covers quite a lot of the situations i find myself in but there is a few situation on every film or show i do where i could use the 100mW boost. Thanks for your help! Ben
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    DPA 4017C

    Mine works and the serial number is HAK66.
  6. Hey! I am using a MMP C with a Lectro HM and don't have any issue. When i first bought the MMP C it did have a lot of noise, rendering the Preamp unusable. I went to my distributor and they changed it for a newer version (see my last post on that topic) It works both on 48V and 15V. I actually tried it on 15V for the first time right now and to my ears and during a very quick test in my flat it sounds the same, if not with a little bit less noise. And same level on the output. I bought it about a year ago now and did 2 films with it since. No complains from post and i am happy as well.
  7. I got twice this message popping up on the feature i just finished. i use a 688 and had once the CF and once the SD being too slow. i am using the Sound Devices branded card. It never happened before i switched to Sound Devices's card. The take during which the message popped up was unusable. Luckily i had the second card where the file was safe but super scary anyway... I was recording 7-9 tracks 48/24 so nothing too demanding either. It's weird this message appeared with branded (and expensive) cards... I then formatted them on my computer to make sure i can start on a clean slate. i just hope they won't fail me as much anymore...
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    Hi, I ran into this DPA MMP-GR/GS preamp on their website. It seems to be a preamp that'd make the d:dictate capsule family work with 5V input. I could imagine using this as plant mic with a SMQV style Tx or even on a boom. As anyone experience with this? Does it compare to their MMP-ER/ES with the XLR?
  9. Thanks everyone for your inputs!
  10. Thanks! What about the battery life with a NP-F? and with the 3 AA? I know it depends but you might use it with phantom power without recording like i plan to do and might have a rough answer.
  11. I finally bought a rx200 and a trx743 and just tought about what you said, ivanovich. I read that the sound guy solution requires soldering. I do solder my own cables but i'm no expert. Did you do it yourslef? What kind of L Mount battery did you get? In an ideal world i'd like to have a battery that holds 10-12h or otherwise min 5 hours so i can swap at lunch. What are your experiences with batt life and the trx743?
  12. Here's my setup. (don't mind the dust i'm cleaning it on the weekend... ) It's a PSC RF Multi in a Stingray Jr. front pocket and 2 Lectro SNA600a. I usually keep the top half of the antennae folded and just open them if i need a better range. I'm just finishing a 9 weeks doc with this setup and it works like a charm. The range has been considerably enhanced and i lost the antenna forest on top of my bag. The distro doesn't use too much power either. I'll be adding a Audioroot power distro in the hole on the right of the right SRb soon.
  13. I can second that! Tried it with my HM and it's just unusable...
  14. It does pass the phantom power. It works perfectly when plugged directly into the mixer. It's just really not RF resistant...
  15. I'll go back to a normal cable for now... But strangely enough the setup MKH416/Tac!t/HM sounded great!
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