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  1. It has taken me a while to realize that my iPhone is going to be the defacto point of origin for location guest IFB going forwards. (our days of RJ-11/14 related paraphernalia seem to be over….. not seeing much ‘bakelite’ product out their either!!) I am including photos of the so-called ‘emergency IFB’ cable distributed by Audio Implements. (I make sure that every crew assigned to live shots has this within quick reach, so we can break off a faulty hard-wired IFB setup, and move the guest/correspondent earpiece assembly to their mobile phone). If I understand correctly, in this Audio Implements cable, L/R channels are summed, in order to bring the lower iPhone output to a workable level (compared with say a powered amplifier box). This cable is finished with the 2 prongs that seat it into the button amp/in-ear assembly. Does anyone know if I can buy cable assemblies that do the same summing from the 3.5 mm plug end, but bring it out to say XLR? With this assembly, I could then send out the call to multiple guests - we had 4 in a side-by-side live shot today. One more thing to ask - what are the relative merits of having active (9v) local amplification (in this case Remote Audio amplifiers with vol control for each guest), vs a driven/amplified signal as it exits the iPhone, then split/distributed to a set of passive volume control units? In the latter configuration, I see 2 advantages - there’s another 4 x 9 volt batteries I am not dealing with, and if the guests are struggling to hear the control room, I can start to work on that issue from my position at the mixer bag (boosting the common signal to all of them). Stay calm! - Grant
  2. IronFilm, thanks again for the detailed gear list. A question on this - on the configuration of Hi-Q LiOn battery, MX Powersled, and Battery Bud II. Does the output from the 14.4 Li-ON battery go first to the Battery Bud II, or to the MX Powersled? I can only see a single Hirose connector on the Powersled, suggesting that it takes power in there, and thereby running the MixPre 6 II. If that's the case, then I don't see where the Battery Bud II will take power in. I suspect power needs to be regulated down to 7.2 V DC before being fed to the Battery Bud II, as I cannot find any specs that suggests it does this voltage regulation (apart from the separate issue of 5.0 V DC at the supplied USB port) - Grant.
  3. Thanks all for the prolific information! I was down the wrong path immediately - with the 12 volts issue. Thank you again!
  4. I am curious to know if anyone has wrangled either of the following : 1. running a Sound Devices mixer with batteries based on the Canon BP series (BP-955 and the heftier BP-975) instead of the Sony L-series batteries specified in the power accessories listed by Sound Devices? Nominally, the output looks very similar (7.2 V DC for Sony, 7.4 V for Canon). The reason I ask is that I have a lot of the Canon batteries on the shelf, rarely doing anything. May as well use'm if possible. 2. (this is the curly one) - Is there any way to be providing 12 - 14 volts to receivers at the audio bag? I have excellent DWR-series dual channel receivers for Sony slot-in camera applications. I have the appropriate break-out bracket the delivers audio via XLR instead of the multipin connector in the receiver base. The 12 volt DC issue is a hassle, but I would like to get these into the audio bag and available if possible. (it gives me another 4 wireless systems as a backup if needed).
  5. Grant

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    ... my comment on gear insurance, and why I never continued with it after our 2011 house fire : The Hartford pulled stunts after our personal and biz losses that made my jaw drop. The most outrageous : they claimed that my 5 digit serial numbers for destroyed cameras did not match their records (all amongst the highest individual valued items covered in the policy). That part of the claim was therefore denied. They either deliberately altered the records, or serial number data got corrupted over the aprox 15 years of continuous coverage with them. Either way, it must be classified as fraud. Appealed - no success. (the only way forwards would have been to lawyer up. Not feasible while homeless, of course). I am now 'self insured'. Never again, I say. Your view on gear insurance my go under a sudden re-evalution... if you ever actually need it! (I will take a moment to evaluate how much I have saved, no premium payments since 2011 - I would guess around $25,000. Hooray!). Just my experience, of course....
  6. It's a longer story than needs to post here, but bottom line is : I need to fabricate a cable that brings battery power into the USB-C power port on this new mixer. Q : does anyone know the acceptable range of DC input voltages? The only power arrangement I can fabricate here, while waiting on shipments, will put aprox 14.4 volts into the port, way higher than the 5 V DC that comes with the wall power supply. (as everyone probably knows, the mixer/recorder will give aprox 60 mins run time with the standard 4xAA power module). Standing by with cable cutters and soldering iron! Grant.
  7. Thanks Trey. I think my usual setups will be pretty minimalist. The most common setup will be collecting 2 channels of sound and send them out to 2, or 3 cameras.
  8. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations on a good choice of recorder/mixer. The discussion was not only very helpful, it prompted me to learn a bit more about feature sets. About to place the order, and a bit short on time to unpack and be ready for the next event. I would like to know people's experience with choice of mixer bag, and if there's one that they feel is current best of breed. I am a generalist when it comes to sound - so can expect to be using the mixer/recorder indoors/outdoors/variety of situations. Cheers!
  9. Thanks all! The 302 is already gone (at a shockingly low price I might add). I would prefer to keep just one audio mixer, and since I've decided that a file recording function is important, the 302 is where it needs to be now, with a new owner. The MixPre seems really good, but I see that there are quite a few models to dig thru 6, 6M, 6 II. I'll look for some comparison information (YT?) and follow up. Much appreciated all, Grant.
  10. Hello all, I would like to move from a fairly old Sound Devices 3 channel mixer to a 4 channel-capable recorder/mixer. I'm not so concerned about price as I am simplicity/shallow learning curve. I would like to have a field unit that can be handed off to a fellow professional without too much time spent delving into feature sets, etc. 4 clean channels, mic/line capability, L/R channel outputs, XLR connectors on both sides, and with the option to hand off files shortly after we wrap. That's about it. I see a few models that are contenders, but they're all made by companies whose gear I have never seen up close. Recommendations? Thanks in advance.
  11. I have just unpacked and am testing this this mixer. The quick start guide is very brief. 2 questions : 1. It looks like when phantom power is applied, it is necessarily done across ALL possible inputs at once, is that so? (in this case, I will want to avoid connecting a receiver output directly to the mixer's inputs) 2. I'm not yet able to monitor the final mix out, only the prefade mics. I'm missing something in the monitoring section, but have not discovered it yet. Once out of PFL mode, headphones and metering go back to silence, despite having mics open and a proven signal leaving via main outs (master L and R). 20 years of experience with compact field mixers, so I'm in adaptation mode today! Thanks - Grant.
  12. Thanks everyone. I've settled on the Canare L-4E5C, with OD = 4.8 mm. Should work fine, plenty of colors available. The reason for the cable outer jacket being a certain color is that it's very quickly recognizable for fast work, repeated setups. Even with the cable partly covered by other gear, we'll know exactly which one to go for. Cheers - Grant.
  13. Is anyone aware of low diameter, light weight audio cable (similar to Canare L2-E5) that is available in an array of colors? Application is for field audio kits - I'm building multiple cable sets, and want audio cables coded by color-for-length, so that crew members can quickly adapt to each setup. I'm finding color variety with 'standard' diameter cable, such as the quad L4-E5C, but in the smaller-dimensioned cable, black only. Thanks - Grant.
  14. Thanks to Rob for a creative solution. Cheers! - Grant.
  15. Good morning everyone. I am missing a single foam windscreen for one our ECM-77B lav mics. I've just learned that the only official way to replace it is by buying a pack of 12. I would like to see if others are interested in splitting the purchase. Ideally you'd be in the DC area, but it's not essential - the postage on a few of these to you in regular mail is going to be minimal. Let me know if you are interested (grant@gpi.tv) and how many you'd like - we can work out arrangements. With 2 of these mics in house, I can see no point buying in more than one as needed and 2 spares. Sony has forced me to form a buying cartel. Cheers, and wow, stay warm out there today! Grant.
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