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Ilari Sivil

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    Helsinki, Finland
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    More sound, less noise.

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  1. Ilari Sivil

    URSA Strap Big Pouch Too Small for G3??

    They will fit G3s, but it's a tight fit, especially on a new strap. I've mostly put 2000s in Ursa straps, but they're the same form factor. The material is really stretchy, don't be afraid to give it a pull. It's the stretchiness that keeps the pack in the pouch. Get the clip off and it'll be easier to get them in there. If you really want to keep the clip on, you can.
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    MIX and ISO Tracks levels

    I try to keep my RMS level between -10dBU and 0dBU, which would be -30dBFS to -20dBFS on my 633. My peaks will be around -12dBFS most of the time, the limiters catch anything higher well enough without sounding bad at all. I haven't done proper post on my own tracks, but I've occasionally given them a listen and tried out how they'd deal with processing, sounds all good to my ear. I don't often get asked for a mix track, but I'm starting to feel more like I should provide one anyway, I could/should keep my ISOs a bit lower in that case. I'm currently debating whether to use the line inputs or the mic inputs on the 633 for my wires. The line inputs don't have analogue limiters, which would mean that I should be a little bit more conservative with levels.
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    DPA 4018C vs Sennheiser MKH50

    I would love to give the CS-M1 a listen or even a swing, but to my best knowledge, Sanken don't have a dealer in Finland, which is where I operate. The fine people who are the local dealers for both Sennheiser and DPA are based a walking distance from my apartment. I should visit.
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    DPA 4018C vs Sennheiser MKH50

    I feel a more powerful need to replace my Oktava MK012 for indoor boom use. It's been doing well enough most of the time, but yesterday I ended up on a shoot with multiple cameras and really quiet talent. My wires worked really well, but the MK012 didn't cut it at distances as low as ~60cm (about 2 feet). I started hearing the self-noise of the mic (or perhaps preamp noise since I had to really crank it). Nothing overpowering, but enough to be quite annoying. I've been thinking about the upgrade for quite a while. I've got a 416 as my outdoor shotgun for now and I'm running DPA Core 4060s with A10s for wires. I'm pretty sure the 50 would match well with everything, but I really like how small and light the 4018C seems, not to mention that I've become a huge fan of the DPA sound by using the lavs and the 4017B. I still have a huge soft spot for the MKH50 though, it's a mic that I know and love, but it does color the sound quite a bit, the lows can be a bit much from time to time. Buying new, I could get the 4018C a bit cheaper, but a used 50 could be hard to find since they're really solid and people like them. What do you guys think? How do the two mics compare in your opinion?
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    SE Electronics Se8

    Having a cardioid in the kit has saved my butt a couple of times in nasty sounding rooms. No rear lobe, less reflections. You won't get a very good result for wides, but the coverage will sound better and the wides would probably be on wires anyway in a really reflective room. A pair of these could be nice for ambience recordings, since they're small and quiet. Maybe even plants on occasion, who knows? The low cuts are available at the right frequencies for dialogue use in my opinion.
  6. In the third example, they seem to also be fighting a noisy location, so they really need to squeeze the intelligibilty out of the tracks. Also, I'm definitely hearing data compression, that's not a streaming quality example, there's definite degradation in there. None of the examples sound bad to my ear, I think the first example sounds the best because it "breathes" the most. You get a feel for the room and the nuance of the performance. I feel like the more compressed tracks get "croaky", especially with vocal fry, but that's at least in part due to performance. The quieter lines sound less natural.
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    633 "keyboard disease" again

    If you really want a keyboard, using one with a phone or a pad with Wingman could even be less flakey? Don't know since I haven't tried, though.
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    Marantz Carbon Fiber Boompole?

    That does not look like a very good boom pole.
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    Remote Audio Rainman and... your cat?

    Could also be gelatin in the plastic, apparently that's what's going on with some bags. Our other cat chews on certain types of bags, but not all of them, and she's quite healthy for her age.
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    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    The recording option is accessible both on the transmitters and via app. As far as I know, it keeps going until it needs to stop for some reason, like the battery running out or the card getting full. I think one of the reasons they're using a proprietary compressed format is precisely so that one could record all day. The manual says the recording caps at six hours, after which it should start a new file with a sample-accurate split. Looking at what I've recorded, the .mic format compresses to about 1/3 of the output .wav's size. 6hrs would be about 2.9Gb, so I guess it would compress to about 1Gb, which means a 16Gb card would take you pretty far. I've ordered some Sandisk Ultra Class 10 16Gb Micro SD cards that should work well according to info I found on Facebook, the person who mentioned them said that Audio Limited had vouched for those cards when asked about what would be good and they're cheap enough for me to try them out.
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    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    I got 2 channels of A10. Did some preliminary tests and I'm happy for now. I have only tested the bluetooth on transmitters I've worn myself, but as soon as I get someone to help me out, I'll be trying changing the settings in more real-world conditions, unless I get on a job first. The app feels like it benefits from the occasional reset. I'm using an iPhone SE. I did a couple of short range walks in my apartment and I was totally fine anywhere with medium power, the transmitter placed on a strap on my lower back. Also tried a front pocket placement I often use. Indoors, I got a few dropouts when there were more than 2 walls between the TX and the RX, but that just makes sense. Outside, on a single transmitter, I got about 60m (~200ft) max reliable feeling range, line of sight on whips, high power, the TX antenna in a free field. The receiver was in a bag with an angled antenna and a straight antenna. Did the test by leaving the transmitter on a concrete planter and moving with my bag and the receiver in it, left my phone next to the TX playing music. On low power, I got as much as 30m (~100ft). I should try again with more realistic conditions. On short distances inside, the 400kHz spacing seems to work fine, but when I tried to go further away from the transmitters on the walk test outside, I got dropouts at about 10m. Gave them more spacing, got 60m again but with two transmitters. I didn't scan outside before running the test, so I'm not sure if I was on totally clean frequencies. Since I'm in Europe, the recording works. Easy to activate via Bluetooth. Haven't managed to give the timecode stability a proper run yet, but converting .mic files to .wav files is relatively painless and jamming is not a huge chore. For the time being, I feel like I'd rather only engage recording when I'm pretty sure there are going to be dropouts. I feel like I'd also have to make a note about it to remember to empty and convert the cards later. The preamps sound great with Core 4060s. The TX pack is nice and rounded, so it doesn't feel as uncomfortable worn as a G3/2000 Sennheiser, for example. Haven't managed to get the belt clips on, but haven't given it the total effort yet because I generally prefer straps and I got URSA Pouches as well. I've hidden clunkier packs without issue, I think they should be about the same to hide as SMQVs / SMDBs.
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    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    I'm a bit curious about what phones people have been using to change settings via Bluetooth. I've understood there may be differences between devices.
  13. Ilari Sivil

    Poly File Metadata in Premiere Pro?

    Wave Agent will do a nice, clean split from poly to mono files as a batch process.
  14. Ilari Sivil

    Boom Pole Quick Connect

    The tests Rycote have done seem convincing, so I'm interested in the PCS. I looked at the product at an online vendor I use, but it looks like only one tip is included with the boom connector. I like the price I'm seeing, but I'd be happy to pay a bit more if another threaded tip were to be included with the connector. The whole point is to be able to switch between mic assemblies quickly, right? Wouldn't it make sense to sell two tips with the connector?
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    Schoeps MiniCMIT or DPA 4017b

    Since we're talking about the differences between the 4017B and the 4017C, how different are they, really? I've heard the C-preamp being described as "smoother", but since the C preamp is so short, shockmounting and wind protection seem like a challenge unless you can afford Cinela. I've used the B preamp and I know it to sound really good, but I've yet to hear a head-to-head comparison between the B and the C.