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    Studio guy getting into location sound...

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    DIY smart battery solution DC for audio bag

    I'm pretty sure you can get them straight from Inspired Energy... but I think I grabbed a Remote Audio branded one from a broadcast store here in Sydney. It does the job, but the rubbery cup isn't quite as nice as the Audioroot plastic one. The Audioroot cup clips on and seems a bit firmer.
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    DIY sma antenna

    Thanks Larry!
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    DIY sma antenna

    Hey Larry, This isn't quite SMA related, but it seems like a fitting topic. I have a bunch of block 25 fixed antenna gear that need replacement antennas - LMa's, UCR100's, etc. Can I apply the same Lectrosonics SMA antenna cutting guides to their antenna lengths? i.e. an SMA block 25 antenna is the same length as a fixed antenna measured outside the body of the receiver or transmitter?
  4. They sound ok, but they can be nightmares to use because of the directional pickup pattern. Particularly if you end up in any kind of live situation, you really need to be on it as far as having the mic correctly orientated. Im not exactly clear on what the issue is. Couldn’t you just buy some sennheiser Omni lav’s to use with the g2’s and g3’s?
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    Budget carbon fibre boom pole

    Yep, I've got the same one. It does the trick, but I would never use it at full extension outdoors on a breezy day. It has the flex! On the upside, it is definitely cheap enough to buy a spare or two compared with other carbon poles.
  6. I heard a story about a 4G based live-stream going pear shaped. Something like a LiveU allows multiplexing 4G dongles to achieve greater bandwidth, and it also allows mobile phone carrier redundancy (if the two 4G dongles lose the internet on carrier A, it will automatically switch to the two 4G dongles on carrier B)... ...but it doesn't work so great when you jam half a million people into a small section of the CBD for the event you are meant to be live-streaming!
  7. The one lesson learnt on that gig was broadcasting a placeholder ("show starting at 9pm") for the live stream. I think he is checking that it is live via his phone. The issue it presents on platforms like facebook though, is it still ends up in the 'on-demand' video on facebook. If people want to watch it the next day/month/year, they will have to fast-forward through 10 minutes of "show starting at 9pm". It seemed like a good idea at the time... Totally! The Sling Studio looks like a really nifty solution but you would have to work within it's limitations... or bypass them entirely. It puts a scary amount of its functionality into wifi connections - camera links, internet connection, app switching control. Eeeeep! Does it offer any redundancy? It does have a 1/8" input on the back though, so perhaps it might be wise to avoid wifi altogether for audio? Rig the cameras with some transmitters (or even a boom op?), feed the audio back to your recorder/mixer, and provide a feed straight into the Sling Studio, either tethered or via a camera link transmitter?
  8. I have done audio for a bunch of live streams. Theatre performances, live bands, studio based webinars, etc using anything from a couple of lapel mics to a full live mix taking a multichannel split from stage. The client has always supplied the streaming platforms which have ranged from a wirecast PC setup, to dedicated streaming boxes like those by LiveU, and complete end to end platforms like Mediasite.
  9. Thanks for the info Larry. The only thing smaller than that frequency range may well be the size of the Australian market!
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    So the pursuit of a lower tariffed, globalised free-market economy is very potentially going to lead to a planet with high tariffs, 6-10% less global trade and a move away from free-market economics? It seems somewhat ironic, don't you think? I find the really interesting aspect of all of this the fact that the USA and China are heading in completely opposite directions. While the USA is threatening higher tariffs, China is gearing up to invest a trillion dollars on a 21st century Silk Road trade infrastructure network through 70 odd Asian, Middle-Eastern and European countries. Who knows where it will all lead... the result of this may well be a new world order.
  11. Out of curiosity, is Lectrosonics considering anything in the 1790-1800 MHz range? Australia has reshuffled and it looks like it is now used exclusively for wireless audio. Sennheiser has started making and selling products in the range, for example.
  12. AudioRoot cup and Inspired Energy batteries here. Not even an inkling of any issues thus far!
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    Nomad resets timecode, date, time, etc. on power down

    I've never used a Zaxcom recorder, but does it perhaps have an option in the menu for timecode modes? I experienced the exact same thing as mentioned in this thread with my SD 788, but it was simply a case a switching the timecode mode from free running (which would start at 00:00 every time I powered up the recorder) to 24 hour. Now it holds timecode when powered down.
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    Update on the upcoming Tentacle Sync-E

    Mid October the chap in the video seems to suggest.
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    Sonotrim: Positive or Negative Bias?

    Yeah, on the older ones there is a little moulded plastic indent on the back that will either have + sign or nothing to designate what bias it is. There is also an 'in-between' model as well. Older ones had the circle, newer ones have the red band... but the 'in-between' model requires you to open the connector and physically see how it is wired. I have some of both, but haven't actually used them yet side by side. I imagine just holding them together in your had will give and speaking while listening will give you a fair idea if they are in phase. Doing it will panning them hard left and right will help!