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  1. Honestly, this product makes me consider jumping ship from Nova + RX8 + MRX414 x 4 The only thing holding me back is waiting for better on body transmitter's - I need an OLED screen and longer battery life. I know the mini has a battery doubler but it just makes it bulkier and not ideal for hiding. I also hate the idea that I can't see whats going on with the transmitter (if ever there was a software error I would struggle to know of it).
  2. Hey there! I don't really have too different a kit for doco and normal drama. Just everything is more compact and less stuff. I usually bring a cardioid mic (Schoeps CMC641), shotgun (Sanken cs3e), if I'm told I need to record in stereo I use a Sanken cs5, as well as Zaxcom Wireless (TRXLA3 and ZMTPh2, DPA 6061 (for small profile) and Sanken cos11d lavs (for durability). I use a Zaxcom Nova recorder feeding a TRX900CL stereo camera link transmitter (great for a backup recording and also sending feed to my URX100 receivers). The best purchase in my kit was the Zaxcom Talent Wireless, having a record function in doco is super helpful - doesn't matter if they split off and go run off with B cam, I'm still safe. My kit started very basic, 1 shotgun, a Zoom F8, 2 x Sennheiser G3s. Once I started getting proper work and needed better equipment I bought mostly second hand mics and wireless to get to a point of a solid reliable kit. My worst decision was buying my Zoom F8 new when I could have got a used Sound Devices 744T for the same price. Nowadays I buy half of my kit new and half of my kit used. Understand that you will always have resale value on the bigger ticket items, whereas cheap recorders, wireless and mics won't give you anything back.
  3. Sorry Karl, my mistake, I meant for the Lectrosonics digital receivers.
  4. Hey there! Okay so just to clarify AES3 is for using a digital signal without phantom power and AES42 is using a signal with phantom power. Your MKH50 cannot be connected via AES If you have a digital mic like the Schoeps SuperCMIT or some of the Neumann mics, then you can use AES42. You're not explicitly adding extra inputs, one 3-pin XLR will accept two channels of AES audio, but those are usually converted to two channels on your recorder. But it is convenient to have fewer wires for more channels. With your wisycoms I would definitely output that in AES and input it into your 833 as opposed to using mic or line. Whenever you output a signal analog it will have a minor distortion due to the gain of the preamp of the receiving device (even if you set it to +0db analog line on your 833 you will still have some anaolog conversion). Outputting into digital and receiving in digital means your signal is preserved and not being converted another time. I use zaxcom and exclusively use AES inputs for my wireless, even with lectro SRc's and wisycom you should be using AES to reduce analog conversion presence. To me there isn't a reason not to use AES if the mixer can accept it.
  5. I would argue the X1 and X2 are some of the most reliable and well made recorders ever. You can still get them serviced and they sound incredible. Are they practical in 2022, not exactly - file writing speed is slow and track count is limited - but for 7 or less tracks I think it worth the money. I say that owning an X1, and comparing it to my SD, Zaxcom and Nagra recorders.
  6. Well that 16 out is mighty appealing.
  7. I agree that it will come eventually. But realistically speaking the main purchasers of these professional recorders haven't really been asking for it. At the minute most professional sets are entirely wireless and thus unless you're using Audio Limited it's useful to record 32-bit. I'm sure if more companies had 32-bit transmitters then it would make more sense. With those prosumer recorders, the expectation is that people are using booms or podcasts mics via XLR into the recorder so the full range can be captured un-obtrussively. It's also the obvious element that professionals know how to properly set gain - even if you're going from someone whispering to yelling. The amount of times in my career that I've actually clipped a track is so few that I wouldn't even bother worrying about it. It's also important to note that a couple of recorders have some dynamic range extenders - zaxcom for example has neverclip that adds an additional 20 or 24db to your tracks which I guess would be close to a 32-bit file. The other thing to note is the processing power required not just to record these tracks but to have elements like noise-reduction, automixing, infinite routing and such available is properly quite a bit. With 8-series maybe they can do 32-bit recording, but probably not with dugan and cedar engaged at the same time.
  8. Not 100%, but I'm fairly sure cause it is an AES signal the clock resolves it. In the same way that Zaxcom equipment is 32khz, but its fine recording on 48khz.
  9. Hi, If your recorder has no metadata regarding timecode there is no problem at all. Just use scratch audio to get it sync up and it will be fine. Don't worry about the 25fps component, the editor can output the frame rate.
  10. Hi Jeff, Out of curiosity what was the first production you used a DAT on? What was the discussion like with post-production sound and editing regarding this workflow, were they keen to use it?
  11. Personally I set my gain on my Nova at +5db for trim on MRX receivers. That said I can't tell you why, it just sounds better that why IMO. That said if you have transmitters that don't use neverclip there is definitely a reason to set gain on TX lower and have the trim set higher on the recorder (by utilising the compressors in the Nova). I've had a Nova for over a year and I've tried a bunch of trim structures, and just always settled on +5. I'm sure you're probably meant to stick to unity or maybe +3db to accomodate for receiver signal loss. But I don't think you can go too wrong within a 6db increment.
  12. I used to use my 744T with my Zaxcom QRX235 receiver, because I could control gain I was more than happy to just leave input 3 and 4 always at +5db gain.
  13. Just out of curiosity, is anyone using the RX-8 without Dante? I don't really understand what differentiates it over the RX-12, considering they are roughly the same price and the RX-12 supports 24 channels?
  14. Yeah I used to run a bag like that, it absolutely killed me (788T, with 6 411A's). Now I run a nova, 2 x QRX212 modules and a QRX200, it weighs about 3 kgs in my portabrace bag. So much better on my back. Will be even better when I get a MRX414 to get rid of that QRX200.
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