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  1. I had forgot to mention that I plan on running this omni AB. Lot's of excellent suggestions here, thank you all! I guess the Cosi is the best option, but it's the most expensive. I might first try some cheaper alternatives, including the supplied MZW 8000 dual layer windscreen. But it's likely that I'll end up picking up the Cosi eventually. The small model looks to be quite compact actually. Perhaps not much bigger than a microphone and an attached Leo?
  2. Oh no, I had worried about that. I've actually never seen an MKH80x0 in person, but I guess they are very short. Perhaps even the supersoftie won't work with the Senn's. Mike, I had thought of taping the body to get them up to 20mm. I guess this is an option for the DPAs, at least with the MMP-A bodies.
  3. I searched the forum, but could not find any thread dedicated to this topic, so I'm creating one. What do folks around here run for 19mm microphones when not using a full basket? I'm looking to pick up a set of MKH8020s for Nature/Ambiance. I had hoped Cinela offered a 19mm version of their excellent Leo ball, but alas it seems like only 20mm, 22mm and 25mm versions are offered. I've come up with the Rycote Baseball with fur and the Rycote Supersoftie. Am I right in thinking that the Supersoftie is my best bet for a compact setup that can handle light wind? Or perhaps I should experiment with the foam supplied by Sennheiser with a fur coat add on? Am I missing other options?
  4. Sonosax comes through! After looking into this issue, It turns out that the peak occurs due to an odd interaction with a non-stock, modified mike body I've been using. The standard stock body of the microphone presents no such problem. Thanks to the Sonosax team for looking into this.
  5. After reaching out to Sonosax again, I've heard back that they've been able to replicate the issue under some conditions. The case has been sent to the hardware engineer, who is quite busy these days/months, presumably with the new preamp/AD. It seems like I'm the only individual who has run up against this, but I'll report back once Sonosax has concluded their investigation.
  6. I had thought that it would rule out that the machine was self-oscillating at those frequencies. In any case, I'll reach out to Sonosax again. In the meantime, can any owner of an R4+ confirm whether their machine shows similar peaks?
  7. I don't have one lying around, unfortunately.
  8. Good suggestion and and I double checked to see if a monitor was the culprit. No such luck. The peaks are nonexistent when testing the recorder by itself with nothing connected. So I had thought that perhaps the issue was with my microphones or even cables, but I've used them with a number of other recorders and have never come across this issue.
  9. Per Constantin's suggestion, I've transposed the files using Logic and find a couple of interesting things: one, at -36 transposition more peaks appear, and; two, once audible, I hear what sounds like crickets. The curious thing is that the same "noise" shows up in recordings taken in my place in Portland, Oregon and at my relatives' place in Los Angeles, California and seems to disappear with an external preamp.
  10. Because it's so high. I haven't pitched down yet, but will try that. Quiet is relative, of course, and these recordings captured the ambient noise inside my home with levels cranked up. On louder subjects, such as a recent capture of a stream, the levels of the subject are greater than the ~17kHz peak. I've yet to encounter a subject that exceeds the ~34kHz peak (though perhaps this summer I'll run into some crickets!). For reference, I'm attaching snippets of the recordings. There were captured within minutes of each other in my living room. sx0dBextpre.wav - R4+ with External Preamp, i.e. Line Level sx20dBextP48.wav - R4+ with External Phantom Box, i.e. internal mike Preamp with no phantom powering sx20dBP48.wav - R4+ with internal mike Preamp and phantom powering engaged sx0dBextpre.wav sx20dBextP48.wav sx20dBP48.wav
  11. I've picked up a unit and find it excellent. The mike pres/AD sound lovely, detailed and effortless. The DAC/Headphone amp is especially nice. I do have a few questions. The wifi operation is really convenient for my purposes: I throw the R4+ in a backpack, run 2ch mikes handheld and I'm off. I was chasing down some frogs through thick chaparral in So Cal the other night and loved having the unit fixed to by back. Am I right that it is not possible to adjust gain via the wifi web app? One other question: has any one noticed a low-level peak at ~17kHz? When recording at 96k, I notice another, possibly harmonic peak, at ~34kHz. I've attached a spectrogram to show what I'm talking about. The noise seems invariant between P48 and +20dB and +20dB with external P48 powering (though the levels are about 6dB lower). The peaks disappear when P48 and +20dB are disengaged and an external preamp is used. To be clear: I only noticed this when looking at the files in a sonogram. I can't hear it and I can notice no discernible degradation in the sound file. But it is there, so I want to check to see what might be going on, if only for the purposes of knowing the recorder better. I have an email out to Sonosax, but it's been a couple of month since I've heard back.
  12. Thanks for the responses, all! Glen, might you happen to know if the ELC-SMB charger calibrates? I'm wondering if I might get away with having only smaller portable charger. But if not, and if calibration is important, then I'll pick up a desktop version.
  13. I might be overthinking things, but I recall reading that mixing battery and charger brands might not be a good idea, so I'm checking to see if it's OK to use the Audioroot ELC-SMB portable charger with the MEON Hi-Q batteries. Further, does anyone know if the ELC-SMB portable charger calibrates? It's SMBus 1.1 compliant, but I was unable to determine wether or not that includes calibration. Please forgive the naive questions: I'm uninitiated to this way of powering.
  14. Wow that peak is truly awful. It would drive me nuts. I've heard that the preamps are primo, but who cares if that peak is "built in"? Surely this is the result of some bad batch?
  15. I love the regular Ety's. They're relatively cheap and seem to have a decent linear attenuation.
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