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Trey LaCroix

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  1. I'm prepping for a movie and one of the characters spends a lot of time talking on the phone. Before I talk to props does anyone have any tips on hiding a mic and transmitter in one and placing the mic? The film takes place in the early 90's so it would be one of those bulky cordless phones. There should be some space for hiding.
  2. I have had that happen many a time. blocks 470 and blocks 19 have overlapping frequencies and while it will receive signal if the block is wrong the squelch won’t open because it’s looking for a different code.
  3. I once had the Lectro TX set to NA Hybrid and the RX was set to NU Hybrid. It cause distortion really early. TX limiters didn't kick in and the RX level meter looked totally good. Confused the hell out of me. Karl at Lectro later confirmed this can happen. Possibility?
  4. I’m far from an expert here (hopefully Larry, Karl, Gordon, Glenn, etc. will chime in) but I know filters are additive and will add noise into the signal. While a well designed and built filter from a reputable manufacturer probably won’t have any noticeable noise I imagine adding several will increase your noise floor. I have found that a single, well made filter provides plenty of attenuation on either side and don’t need anything more from it. I don’t think “doubling” it will yield any benefit. I would use the Wisy filters and select the “wideband” filter in the SL-6.
  5. I like my ambient quick releases.
  6. There is a Sonifex until that will convert AES to Dante.
  7. They are Coga Glopots. You can get them at most of the usual suspects. Not only do they glow in the dark, but they have a better grip IMO.
  8. My custom bag from Protogear. All of the front pouches are removable/modular. Antenna/monitor mounts. Lightest bag I’ve ever owned that can adapt to pretty much every gig.
  9. I’m salivating 🤤 Do you think there would be a way to rig a metal plate on the car headliners so you could just pop these babies on and adjust to your hearts content?
  10. No, digital modulation is inherently proprietary.
  11. What value resistor is in the TA5? DPA recommends a 3.9k resistor. To tickle the red on my lectros I have to get it in the mid to high 30s with a 6061. Maybe there is a different value resistor or maybe they didn’t wire a resistor at all? That could explain the high levels.
  12. We used to use an MM-1 going into a UM400A (then later an SMV) and it sounded great. Gain staging wasn’t the most precise if I recall correctly but we found a sweet spot that worked really well. We set ours up so that the limiter on the MM-1 would kick in a little bit before the limiter in the transmitter and the levels on both were close enough. I don’t remember the exact numbers but we were typically within like 3 clicks and always made an adjustment there, never at the lectro. We used a line level cable to go XLR out to Ta5 and also had a g3 with my slate mic going into the monitor in for comms. it was bulky but man did it sound good!
  13. I was thinking of getting one to use with one of my Shure AD1s. I like the NP-50 battery.
  14. I sold all my Rycotes to buy a Piano and a Pianissiomo 4 years ago. Never once have I regretted the decision.
  15. I'm working on a show with two tiny Marshall car cameras that only output 30fps despite the show being 29.98DF. Does anyone know of an inexpensive, portable video converter to do this? I realize this is not a sound issue but I'm trying to help camera out (and want to make sure my files sync properly). Maybe something like one of those small Blackmagic converters?
  16. My boom op likes to spin the boom around like a bow staff when we’re using the 8060/pianissimo combo just to demonstrate how quiet that mount is. No handling and it takes a lot of wind to hear it.
  17. The motorized faders on the icon certainly aren’t quiet. If you’re off set it should be fine but I wouldn’t bank if you’re right next to the action.
  18. I absolutely love my vDb poles. I have 3 of them. The plexiglass bottom section works wonders for handling noise, the markers on the other sections are super handy, and it’s awesome being able to add/change/remove cable quickly. also fairly stiff if you like that. A little more arc than an ambient, but not as much as K-Tek.
  19. I just mixed a movie with a CMIT5u on boom 1 and a mini CMIT on boom 2 and I couldn’t tell them apart.
  20. I use both a cmit and an 8060 for different things. The 8060 is more directional which can be helpful in uncontrolled environments. The CMIT sounds lovely but sometimes let a bit too much in. I would recommend a cmit but I wouldn’t call it an upgrade. It’s just another tool in the tool bag.
  21. Agreed. The 3.2 from my lectros and 6.6 from my zax have never been a problem for post.
  22. The M2D2 will not record a file. It is a very high quality preamp and A/D converter that will pass either analog or AES digital audio to a recording device, like a production sound recorder or a camera. If the camera has AES inputs you can bypass the analog input stages of the camera and keep it in the digital realm. It should be untouched as it comes out of the SDI or HDMI signal. I'm not sure you will notice a real difference from the sonosax if it's going to be live-streamed. I imagine the subtle nuances of the preamp will get lost in the data compression required for streaming.
  23. I would guess the connection from the sma connector to the board. Have you checked the connection is solid? Another possibility is that you damaged a part of the RF board while trying to solder the wire to the sma connector. I did this to one of my old G3s. the whips are omnidirectional and so is the bow tie. Other than the fact that the bow tie is a 1/2 wave antenna and the whip is 1/4 wave you most likely wont see much difference in performance between them.
  24. It worked! I was unaware of that guide. Thanks everyone!
  25. I just got a new MacBook and am saddened that Wave Agent no longer works (Monterey OS). I used it daily to make .pdf sound reports as many of my clients don’t like the .csv files my recorder creates. Does anyone have an alternative application to edit metadata and create a clean looking sound report?
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