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  1. So here we go... DC solution for my small audio bag, powering SD 744T and Audio Development AD071. Sony NP F and RRC 2054 compared: Charger: Battery cable, you got 2x DC (red and black wires) and 3 wires for the smart data (you dont need to use them if you dont want to add a control display). I ordered two as they are cheap for experimentation. For one of the battery cables i made a little "breakbox", one black and one red wire connected direct to hirose 4pin, one black and red wire connected to a variable DC/DC voltage regulator - the one i used is a lot oversized, i took what i had laying round here (this one was 5€ new), a simple step down converter for a few bucks should be good enough. The regulated output can be switched off to keep it out off the circuit when not in use. the cables for the smart bus data are not used, i gonna replace the DC/DC converter with something smaller later and put a connector with the 3 smart bus wires at the case, maybe one day i feel like adding a control display to the set... with the second battery cable i gonna make a more simple solution, at my first test i remarked that i really dont need a step down conversion... when i tried to use my ad071 mixer last time with a fully charged NP 1 battery it refused to work, it was O.K. only with a not fully charged NP1... Strangely enough with the fully charged RRC Battery the mixer is working without problems, so i gonna put a simple 7pin neutrik xlr connector direct at the second cable and make a simple snake (split cable from a neutrik 7pin to 2x Hirose 4pin male for DC and 1 Hirose 4pin female for the smbus data if one day i feel like connecting a control display. At least one image of my old "breakfast lunchbox solution" to give "eye cancer" to the electronic engeneers in this forum ;-) That has worked the last year for powering just my AD071 mixer flawlessly... Its working up to 5h (depending the mics attatched, 2 channels phantom power activated). I am not an electronic engeneer, so my soldering skills are limited... Shurely there are professional guys that are able to do better but i am happy with my homebrew solution... regards karsten
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    Oktava MK-012 testing

    You may always buy a better quality mic second hand, the build quality of audio technica, neumann, gefell... is good enough for years of hard use in the field. I have some 20years old mics like neumann rsm and a km 140 that i use regulary without problems
  3. https://www.texim-europe.com/products/RRC battery
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    Next level on-camera microphone in M/S

    shure for the weight the schoeps ccm and sennheiser mkh series are hard to beat... but the price is reflecting this and schops are to sensible in climate conditions for my taste and sennheiser unfortunatly refuses to make a figure eight in that shape. emesser i only know the old version (very noisy...) and the kortwich figure 8 is somehow okayish but coming from neumann kma 120 i here a big difference in audio quality. good hypers/cardioids in small condenser shape are gefell m310 (hyper) ore m300 (cardioid) 799€ or a used neumann km 140, rugged and nice sounding 500 - 600€. the neumanns you can use with a remote cable between capsul and body, making the mount very light - like a ccm combination. as for ms recording using a shotgun as mid is always somehow compromised and often translates not in a "nice" soundstage my combi for general ambiances is gefell m310 for mid and neumann kma 120 fo side signal. if i need a more direct mid signal i reach for dpa 4017 with the neumann as side mic or a neumann rsm 191, one of the short shotgun ms solutions that deliver a good soundstage, - miles better than the at, but lurky for camera mounting because you have to use a matrix box.
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    A question on MS recording for film

    One more fan of ms recording here... i am doing mostly soundrecording and sounddesign for documentaries (cinema and tv) and record nearly everything in ms. The big advantage is that if you work in a rush - no time for recording dedicated atmo/ambience sound or change the rig for different stereo recording sets, with mid side recording you always have your matching ambience track alraedy recorded... Even for post pro its better to have a choice of available room and atmo sound at your fingertips without messing around in searching for sounds from libraries, that often do not match neither location nor the sound of the mics originaly used... The last documentary i worked on was shot in manila city, bangladesh refugee camps, us, turkey and london - at manila, bangladesh and london i did the job, everything recorded in ms stereo, no problems to cut a nice ambience floor and it woold have been nearly impossible to rebuild everything from library sound... us and turkey were made by local soundman - no ms recorded, mostly lav recording and mono boom - big hassle for creating a deep local soundscape! post pro had to be done quick as the film was taken by a big festival and the sequences from the states and turkey are not the ones that "pull" you inside the movie. Even for noisy locations i prefer to have a ms recording for post, because often a lightly spreaded stereo signal is sounding more pleasant than a noisey location sound compressed through a mono shotgun that jumps you right at your face. some of my collegues here work even with double ms rigs if the goal is a surround mix for the same reasons.
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    DPA 4017 c vs b preamp

    Hello everyone, i am about to buy a new shotgun. Recently i rented a DPA 4017 mkII with the b-preamp for a short docu shut and liked it very mouch, i want to buy one. Now i have to decide - c-preamp or b-preamp? I gonna use the dpa 4017 in an M/S setup - so less weight is better.... My recorders are SD 744t and 788t - so i could use the lowcut there (as i do if i have to use sennheiser MKH 8050 or 8060 that have a very boomy lowend too...) At the specs it seems like the preamp in the c-version even provides better dynamic range and less noisefloor... So for real field use - do i have to have the b - preamp? Thanx for sharing your experiences, Karsten
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    Best mic for specific location

    As i almost work with a m/s there is nothing special for me to work with 2 mic array, better them switching mics in the middle of a shot
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    Best mic for specific location

    What i do in situations like that is to take my M/S stereo mount for booming and put a short shotgun and a hyper (in my case a Gefell M310) in it, you record both channels and can decide later which works best, most times in reverberant rooms the hyper wins... on a third channel i record a lav mic, so you got 3 choices. mkh 416 i would not use indoor with a lot of reverb, thats the place where it shows an ugly performance, fart away from ear-candy...
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    M/S mic for documentaries

    My RSM 191 is housing in a standard sennheiser mzw 60 windshield, no problem... If someone prefers the muffled sound of the rycote windshields it gonna fit there too, anyway its shorter then a mkh 416. If you want to go rolls royce solution - cinela has suspensions for the RSM too.
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    M/S mic for documentaries

    Another rsm 191 fan here... I have experience with sennheiser 418 (not worth the money) audiotechnica bp 4029 (better then the sennheiser in my opinion) and rsm 191 (very nice soundstage). Here in Germany you may find a rsm 191 used for around 1500€ in good shape. I use mine often for documentary stuff beside my two mic combo gefell m310/ neumann km a 100 with kk120. The rsm has a very smooth stereo image and good "cinema" sound. I use it often for location and studio music recording too. As windshield i use a sennheiser mzw 60, for my ears is sounding a lot more transparent then the rycote ones. The rsm is used a lot in all weather conditions, from cold winters in germany to locations in india, africa and asia. In some really rar cases i had problems with RFI.
  11. Hello everybody, i am looking for a smart solution to power my small audiobag with a 744t and a audio development AD071 premixer. i prefer to keep it light as i do a lot of documentaries and have to be mobil... The oportunities i am thinking of right now is either to use a Sony NP F970 with a step up converter to have 12v for recorder and mixer or to do a DIY (... I am not afraid of soldering ;-) ) powering solution based at rrc smbus batteries: http://www.rrc-ps.com/en/products/battery-packs/standard-smart-battery-packs/rrc2040/features.html or http://www.rrc-ps.com/en/products/battery-packs/standard-smart-battery-packs/rrc2054/features.html (that one is used by sonosax for the new r4 recorder) is there someone how has experience with both power systems (esmart vs sony np-f970)? pros and cons, runtime, weight... Thanx, Karsten
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    4-pin Hirose

    the audioroot cable you can order at there ebay shop, they are from france. at the website http://www.audioroot.fr/ there is a direct link to the ebay site, they ship worldwide. there is a right angled hirose 4 pin too, seems interesting for small bags, i am waiting for the delivery of cable and that plug and gonna post when i checked it...
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    4-pin Hirose

    i ordered this one from audioroot: http://www.ebay.de/itm/321742821380?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT it did not arrive yet, so no experience if its good. normaly i take rests of microphone or patch cables - mostly sommercables (not the best solution, you have to take care with the shield) or old cables from dead powersupplies and heatshrink, so you can use cables with thiner diameter.
  14. thats a lot cheaper than the 150€ rrc display... for the moment i am happy with the displayed voltage at my 744t, but when i do some soldering next time this little funny box is worth trying...
  15. its looking "smart"... where did you get it and for how much?
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    DC powering solution small audio bag

    i opened a new topic at the DIY forum with photos...
  17. hi, i had to look for a powering solution for my bag. at the end i decided to go with a smart batterie. i bought one from rrc batteries http://www.rrc-ps.com/en/products/battery-packs/standard-smart-battery-packs.html they got battery packs with different voltages, for your purpose RRC2057 / 7.5V / 6.40Ah / 48.0Wh or RRC2040 / 11.25V / 2.95Ah / 33.2Wh/ RRC2040-2 / 11.25V / 6.40Ah / 72.0Wh could fit. http://www.texim-europe.com/products/rrc Prices here in europe at texim are from 50€ to 90€, so the price for a small one is like a NP-F970 from a good brand. in the states you should find even more smart battery choices from other brands. You need a charger (ca 100€) and a cable (15€), some connectors and a voltage regulator/step down converter. did you ask marantz for the voltage specs for external powering when not using their psu? at the marantz site i could find no specs for external powering. if i find the time tommorow i gonna post some pics of my DIY solution karsten
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    DC powering solution small audio bag

    So thanx for all replies... I finished with a smart batterie system in DIY style... RRC 2054 Batterie 15V/48Wh 66€ (this one is used by sonosax in their new recorder) RRC Charger 104€ RRC Batterie breakout cable 14€ all bought at texim europe, really fast delivery i ordered 2 cables, at one i made a small connection box, one output regulated and one 15v direct out with hirose 4pin connectors the other one i made ending with a neutrik 7 pin connector, so it can ve adapted for different purposes. later i want to ad a display unit for the batterie data, for the moment i am happy with the displayed voltage at my 744t. i gonna put it all at the DIY forum when time is allowing me to take some pictures for those people that like to do some soldering... regards, karsten
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    URSA Straps Review

    Here you go: folgende URSA-Produkte sind am Lager. Die Waist Straps sind voerst nur als Big Pouch am Lager. Artikelliste Art.Nr. Typ VK 1 USC Ursa Soft Circles (Pack of 18) MIXED COL 13,00 UCSBe Ursa Chest Strap BEIGE 29,00 UASBl Ursa Ankle Strap BLACK 34,00 UASBe Ursa Ankle Strap BEIGE 34,00 UWSMBPBl Ursa Waist Strap Medium / BP BLACK 35,00 UWSSBPBl Ursa Waist Strap Small / BP BLACK 35,00 UWSMBPBe Ursa Waist Strap Medium / BP BEIGE 35,00 UWSSBPBe Ursa Waist Strap Small / BP BEIGE 35,00 UTSBe Ursa Thigh Strap BEIGE 35,00 Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Dana Kurenz KORTWICH Film-Ton-Technik
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    URSA Straps Review

    They have the Straps in Stock, just asked them yesterday and they sended me a pricelist...
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    URSA Straps Review

    Kortwich Berlin is Dealer for Ursa Straps...
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    Suggestions - kitchen table unscripted discussion

    I often worked in situations like that last year, entering in doc scenes unscripted with up to 10 people, no radios... we worked with two booms, thats it. Just take care to optimize the room (noise, light/shadow...) and try to make a plan with the camera department, To have good mics at the cameras is not a bad idea (short shotgun like neumann kmr 81) iI prefer booming with an mid/side stereo boom, so people speaking from the sides are not totaly lost, either with neumann rsm 191 or a combination of gefell m310/neumann km a 120. Dont be afraid, if you follow the conversation/the flow and look what the camera guys are doing there should be no problem.