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    Remote Audio Rainman and... your cat?

    Ok this one is bizarre... Are there any other cat owners who own a Rainman blimp cover? My cat has been obsessed with licking it, and it is the only material he does that with (I think there may be a charcoal/carbon component to it). I know cats are inherently weird, but he has some other medical issues and I'm trying to figure out if this is inherently problematic or symptomatic. Anyone else seen this, or moonlight as a vet 😊? Thanks!
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    Lectro SMV "L"

    I must be missing the obvious - I'm looking at the SMV "L" transmitter, and for the life of me I can't find in any of the manuals what the L represents, or how it differs from a non-L. Any insights? Thanks!
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    Lectro SMV "L"

    thank you!
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    Why I'm sick (Literally)

    If I notice the camerawork, it means I've left the story. Too many DPs padding their demo reel, and not doing what's right for the script, like Yngwie Malmsteen soloing in Yellow Brick Road.
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    Sound on A Star Is Born

    Just saw A Star Is Born (Cooper/Gaga)... Just want to say that if Steven Morrow, the credited mixer, is on these boards, you did an amazing job mate. One of the best dialogue jobs I've heard in a long time, and in what seemed like some very challenging environments.
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    Windscreen Rycote or BUBBLEBEE Industries

    I have both...since getting the Bubblebee, the classic softie is only used as backup. The Windkiller, for me, wins hands down.
  7. Hello! I'm curious as to how everyone else in Canada is categorizing some of their expenses in their tax forms. Some things are obvious (expensive gear for instance), but some of the smaller stuff seems less obvious. For instance, do you claim the following items as A) Class 12 CCA asset? B ) Office expense? C) Office stationary and supplies? - cables - batteries - straps and pouches - lav mics under $500 - SD cards - items that can only be used attached to Class 8 assets, such as a wingman dongle or an antenna, and purchased with a Class 8 asset (but has a separate line on an invoice) I realize your bookkeeper may be making these calls, but I suspect there may be inconsistency in how it is applied. Thoughts? Thanks!
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    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    Maybe you have alot of extra time to hand-hold a rookie editor through the basics of their job? And if the editor doesn't understand how to work with timecode, I'm doing the client a big, big favour by insisting on your "old fashioned" solution of a slate, or at least a camera hop for a nice audio line for pluraleyes That's not arrogance, just experience.
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    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    Most of the time, this can be resolved by giving a client the 3 very clear choices at the outset: use a camera that properly accepts timecode; pay for the software to decode if the camera doesn't have timecode; or don't use timecode. Once you've presented those choices, frankly your work is done, and it is their editor's job to figure it out and do some research.
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    IFB question for the masses

    Comteks lack of shielding, plus the need for a looong antenna (such as the cable for earbuds) make it impractical for on-camera use even as a scratch... Just too many hits. Alot of us run 2 TXs out of a bag...it makes a difference which talent RXs are in the bag too. If they are Lectro RXs, I've never run into a problem with TX/RX close to each other, and no problem with a Comtek BST in there either. I use a G3 transmitter for hops, and assuming the freq are not stepping on each other, they all play nicely. Very occasionally, I get a request for super-clean audio feed to a director (ie better than comtek), so giving them a g3 rx on the same feed as the camera hop does the trick (with a tiny $40 headphone amp from Amazon attached). The camera guy's SRa solution seems like a good one to me.
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    What is your spare recorder

    I approached it this way: - not economical for me to have an exact duplicate of my main recorder - what's more important in a backup, number of channels or quality of sound? For me it is sound quality - I need to continue the work flow with my backup (ie timecode, provide feed for comtek, camera hops) - I need it to be small and easily portable. When you lay out your needs, then it will help you decide which is the right backup for you.
  12. Hello - a while back, I remember reading a thread where someone showed pictures of colour-braided custom low-profile XLR cables, that were made and sold to peeps here. But for the life of me, I can't find the guy through searches. Any names or leads? Thanks!
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    Camera Hops

    @JonG I can see what you're saying...but the noise floor of the G3 is higher than I can hear coming into my ears from my mics and Lectros on my recorder, and the thought of anything less than that hitting the editing room would drive me a little nuts. Plus, most cameras have terrible preamps and audio hardware. However, I'm often bag-and-booming, so a precise mix takes a back seat to raw quality of iso tracks...so that's probably my bias.
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    Camera Hops

    G3s for the hops...good enough for reference audio, and every camera guy has seen it before so they don't have an aneurysm when you approach the camera with it. As Philip Perkins said, with Eneloops, I can leave it on the camera all day and never power it down. BUT I would never use the G3s as hops if the client absolutely insisted on using the camera feed as the main audio.
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    Lectro SMV battery drain

    I sent mine to Trew, for that and another problem. Put new paste on it, and now no problems. I had the same issue: 45 minutes to a battery red light. Now it last all day.
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    Sennheiser MKH 8090 experiences?

    Hello all - I'm looking for any thoughts and experiences people here may have in using two MKH 8090s in a stereo setup, for either environmental/background recordings, or for music recording (for orchestral or single instruments, for example). Thanks! Stephen
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    Treatment in production

    For anyone wanting gushing accolades and glory, this isn't the right profession. And, there is nothing wrong with accolades and glory...but we are the bass players of film production. In the end, usually, the right people know who does a good job. My perspective is limited to indie films and commercial work.
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    Zoom F8n.

    If you want to argue that the F8 preamps are good value for $, people will probably agree. If you want to argue that the F8 is good overall value for $, it is debatable. But those preamps are not in the league of the 600 series, and nowhere near the 700 series. If you objectively think they are on par then (and I'll misquote someone else around here), you need to lower your day rate.
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    Securing connections to Inspired Energy / Hi-Q / eSMART batteries.

    Audioroot cup + Remote HiQ batteries... Been using this for a year never had one fall out of the cup. The one issue I am having is some rf buzz when the HiQ battery is close to the audioroot box. I have a Comtek BST in the bag powered by that battery, and I can hear short steady intermittent buzz hits in the comtek rx. Took me all sorts of trial and error to realize that the cycle bar on the audioroot display timed exactly to the buzz hits, and that the only way to reduce it was to get the battery as far away as possible. Tried every combo of batteries and power cables to the BST, and the results were consistent. Not major deal, but new clients have to be convinced that they are only hearing a comtek glitch, not the actual recorded sound.
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    Rechargeable battery management on location

    I have empty AA and 9v cases and caddys... If the case has any yellow electrical tape on them, they need recharging. PSA: don't let your 9v batteries ever touch each other at the connector ends in storage... They may seriously overheat, drain, and even present a small fire risk
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    633 track names into Premiere Pro

    I can't be the first to struggle with this, but I can't seem to find a solution... My editor is having problems migrating the track names from my 633 into Premiere Pro. Files are poly wav. He is only seeing track numbers, not custom names. I know he can check out the sound report, but is there anything we are both missing in the process to make this automatic? Anything I can do on my end with the 633? Thanks in advance!
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    Location Sound Van build

    So far, I feel there is very good value for cost. The design, dimensions, layout are very practical. The 9-speed automatic transmission is a bit odd in practice. The design is completely Fiat, and is geared to working in European cities with tight spaces, which lines up well with film work. Practical and not flashy: peefect for soundies 😀
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    Location Sound Van build

    Hi folks - I've been putting together my sound van for a while, modifying a Dodge Ram 2016 Promaster City. I'm sure others have done similar things, but I haven't been able to find builds specific to our industry (lots of stuff for handymen etc). Still have lots to do: - marine battery hookup for laptop and charging station powering - ramp for the cart - possible hookup for receiver fins - wifi network for files and security I'd love to see/hear what others have done, and get any advice on what I still have left to do. For context, I'm working smaller scale commercial shoots, docs, low/medium budget films, music. If I was on higher budget stuff, this would like quite a bit different. But here in Canada, with long distances to some locations, this setup is where I've ended up in terms of practicality and preparedness. cheers!
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    Location Sound Van build

    All my cases lock together, and rubber tarp bungies keep them secure to the wire mesh so nothing moves in transit.