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Brian Liston

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    Madison, Wisconsin
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    Sound guy from hell. Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert. Certified Final Cut Pro Level 3

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  1. 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.
  2. He says the audio stopped working the day I had the ERX plugged into it, and he sent it in a month later. So, I need to contact Arri I suppose to find out what they said. I would just love to hear a scenario where the ERX could fry a camera. The ERX doesn't even send +48V. And honestly, an ENG camera shouldn't get fried over that.
  3. I did a two day job with an Amira a little over a month ago. Suddenly, the camera owner is saying that I fried the audio board on it with my ERX-2. Is this even possible? I mean, even a short to put Timecode over there at full voltage shouldn't fry a board, right?
  4. Great, the faders thing has long frustrated me. Another bug that still lingers is on the QRX100. When changing from dual to single, or single to dual, the frequency will read the correct number, but will be not tuned all the way. A reboot later and everything is cool.
  5. The original firmware had this ability, but they took it out, citing its lack of actually saving any battery power. I was bit bummed by this as well.
  6. Also, 5.1 is in its autumnal years. I wouldn't put a ton of time and money into it. The new Immersive formats, Dolby Atmos, DTS-Z and the like, are the now and the future. The cool thing is doing an atmos mix can go out to 5.1, or stereo without a separate mix. But if you do the 5.1, make sure that you check the fold, or just work in the fold. If it is for home, TV youtube and the like, leave those back speakers alone. they will cause some problems on poorly configured playback systems. Which is 99% of home 5.1 systems.
  7. They are lowering renewals by 30% right now.
  8. Sadly most software is going subscription. Although I think Avid has been a bit...sluggish...of late, there have been some cool updates. Track folders, Atmos, etc There is supposed to be a release this month that work with Mojave. I'm trying to become a Reaper-capable person for pinch moments in the field. But oh boy, it is a learning curve. I'd rather pay the $400/yr to keep my PT Ultimate rocking.
  9. Oh, just looks at that specific model It is an analogue guy. I thought it was a digital board like the X-32 that I use (and love). Looks like there is a PFL mode that needs to be disabled, then it should return to mix mode.
  10. Using the iPad or computer software makes setup and routing much easier.
  11. It used to be, then they updated the firmware in the Amira and it is now the same there as well.
  12. Regen then preset is sadly the only way to make it work. The Jam mode doesn't work. If you leave it on REGEN, then an orange warning flash will happen in the monitor, driving the camera Op crazy.
  13. A touch over half a frame. Hmmmm. Not sure if this is a deal breaker. The Zaxcom ZMT transmitters are what, like 8ms? By the time everything happens through the digital mixer that would put things nearly a whole frame behind. Hmmmm. The ERXs are 8ms also I believe, but the range is not awesome. Hmmm.
  14. The room at 1176 (!!) Blvd in LA is pretty useful, but some caution is always needed in doing any shoot out. First off, you shouldn't use your own voice. All of that skull vibration going on when making sound is really misleading. I always use a third party to do the sound making. Secondly, balancing out the perceived volume is key. Different voices will peak differently mic to mic, so there is no way to calibrate it. I insist on having someone tweak the inputs to normalize them when doing an eval. The LA store has an antelope interface last I was there, and twisting those knobs made a world of difference. VK will record the session for you to take home and judge more. I have found the VK staff to be very cool about helping with all of this.
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