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    Sennheiser MKH-416T hiss

    If it is inflated prices because of import duties, I believe I read on Pete’s site that there are no import duties if you send your mics to him from overseas, since you’re not buying a product. You just list it as a repair on the paperwork. He’s got more info there. I have no experience with him, just was thinking about getting a 416t and having it converted and came across his site.
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    Unusual lav hiding gear

    Yeah, I came up with the toe spacer idea before I got a cos-11d and rm-11. The toe spacer is nice because it is squishy and will work well for really any lav that has the capsule on the tip. Mix and match. It also transfers less noise to the mic than rubber mounts like the RM-11 and moleskin solitions that I tried. as for taking the mic out, you don’t want to pull it out by the cable, you can squish the toe spacer down around the mic until it pops out or until you can get a hold of the mic head and pull it out. This is probably for a different thread, but my cos-11 (mic and cable) is waaaaay more sensitive to handling noise than I thought it would be. Much more than the stock Sony mic that came with my old UWP transmitter (which is one of the reasons I thought upgrading would be good).
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    Unusual lav hiding gear

    I’ve seen a few older threads on here about unusual or out of the box tips and tricks and thought I’d share something I found near the moleskin in the healthcare section at the local grocery store. Gel (silicone?) toe spacers! (Pic attached) With a little trimming and a hole poked through the middle with the blade from the scissors, they make a very nice and quite lav mount (99%) immune to clothing rustle. There’s even a slight divet on one end for the mic head to pop out, but still be protected. I tried it stuck to my chest with topstick and a t-shirt and it worked really well. Haven’t tried it on clothing like between buttons on a button up yet. Obviously wouldn’t work with a tram style lav. Anyway, would be curious if anyone’s tried this yet, or have any other new fun tips.
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    Unusual lav hiding gear

    I wouldn’t say it’s sticky exactly, but it is kinda tacky. It has a weird quality that almost makes tape sticking to it stickier. It’s not soft and smooth and somewhat rigid like, say a silicone spatula, it is more like a cube of jello. I don’t know how it would handle a full day of use, but seems promising after my brief tests.
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    Unusual lav hiding gear

    It’s about the size of an RM-11, but about 1/4” thick, which is about three RM-11s. However, it’s very squishy, like a gel shoe insert. Would probably be noticeable under a tight t-shirt, but you might be able to smooth the lump out by taping it down tighter. You can also cut it up easily and change the shape to an extent to make it shorter, flatter, tapered, maybe thinner.
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    Adapting Sennheiser G3 wired mics for use with Sony UWPs

    Before I start soldering away, I wanted to make sure I’m clear on the method here. Attached is a photo of a cos-11d wired for Sennheiser: black wire -> tip tab White wire -> ring tab silver shield -> soldered to the sleeve and ring tab So to change this to Sony (according to the cos-11 wiring diagram), white and black wires are switched but also the shield should be disconnected from the ring tab as well, right? Or is that not really important? for Sony: Black -> ring White -> tip Shield -> Sleeve
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    WIring Sennheiser MKE 2 to Sony UWP-D transmitters

    We were just talking about this:
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    Adapting Sennheiser G3 wired mics for use with Sony UWPs

    I'm posting this here for what it's worth. I was looking for the same thing recently because I want to buy used mics, which are all Sennheiser connectors. I've seen zero Sony wired ones used. Anyway, I found a link to a seller on Ebay that makes adapters. They are based in the UK, so the price is a bit excessive if you're in the states. I thought about making an adapter myself, but the threaded female jack is hard to find in the US for some reason. Anyway, I have no affiliation with these guys, but I only found them after an excessive amount of googling, and since this is the first post that popped up in my initial search, thought I might be able to save someone a headache. I didn't buy the adapter myself (gonna just try and rewire the mic itself). If the listing disappears, the seller is micronic007 https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5mm-SCREW-LOCKING-JACK-MICROPHONE-SOCKET-ADAPTER-TO-SONY-WRT-UTX-TRANSMITTERS/273219881400?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 And here's a video that might help, though it's using a TA5F Wiring a Sanken COS11d Lav to a TA5F Connector
  9. Hi from North Carolina! I recently bought an Auray carbon fiber internally cabled 12' boom pole on B&H when it was a deal of the day for an amazing price. It seems like a pretty decent pole, despite having almost no reviews (anyone have any thoughts on it?). The one on sale had an end exit XLR, but I saw that Auray made a piece that you could replace the end and turn it into a side exit pole. However, after buying the pole and trying to find the conversion kit online, and emailing Auray, I realised that part was discontinued. I know you can use a right-angle XLR cable so that when resting the pole, the wire doesn't take as much abuse, but I was hoping someone knew of a more elegant solution, DIY or otherwise, preferably with some sort of rubber butt-cap. Thanks!
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    Boompole end exit to side exit conversion?

    You’re right. And I don’t know where I got Canada from. I may have gotten confused with another manufacturer I was looking at. I just spent a while online trying to double check if Auray itself had a headquarters separate from Gradus Group in NY, but had no luck. On another note, my mic finally arrived after the packaging got mangled by USPS and it disappeared from tracking for several days. Practicing at home with the mic connected, it sounds like with practice cable noise won’t really be an issue when I move smoothly as suggested.
  11. Hello from North Carolina! Not sure if this is the best category to post this question. I'm coming from a camera guy background, and getting more into audio recording. I recently bought my first boom pole, and it has an internal coiled cable. It's very convenient, but is obviously a double-edged sword because with fast movements I can sometimes hear the cable hitting the inner walls of the pole. I know practice and technique are the best way to prevent this, but I was also wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks regarding this, whether technique related, or something like sleeving the cable in something soft, or ?? I've been practicing without a mic up to this point, I should have an AT4053b delivered any day now, so I'm not sure how much of this sound transfers to the recording yet, but I'm sure some of it does. Thanks!
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    techniques for quieting internally cabled boompoles

    Great input guys! I definitely need to work on my dancing skills. One thing I liked about the pole I got is that the cable is pretty easy to remove for jobs where that would be more appropriate. I don’t know about spacers inside, I’ll have to look and do some googling. Here’s the link for Dave’s tutorial for anyone else interested.
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    Boompole end exit to side exit conversion?

    That’s a good idea, thanks. I just saw a k-tek bottom that looked similar, maybe out of all the brands, one will fit. Just not sure of how easy it will be the find info on thread sizes and the like. I wish there was a brick and mortar place near me that had a variety of pro sound gear. I’ll need to do some googling.
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    Boompole end exit to side exit conversion?

    Auray is a Canadian company. They make a lot of shock mounts and stuff that I have seen around. I figured they were just getting into boom poles. As far as I know the company is not going anywhere and b&H is still carrying their stuff. I’ve only used Rode and K-Tek poles previously, and had issues with both, so I thought I’d try out the Auray one. On sale for $250 (regularly $550), it seemed like a good deal, and the design seemed like it had thought put into it. I couldn’t get anything 12’ and carbon fiber anywhere near that price range. They make it very easy to remove the cable, so I figured if nothing else, I could take the cables out and go wireless. It still has a decent reach, and is lightweight. The knuckles seem nice, too. Anyway, still interested if anyone has conversion ideas. If not, I can live with right angle adapters for now.
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