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  1. I will likely be purchasing 8 channels of wireless in the near future. I've always been a Lectrosonics guy and currently have 6 SMV's and 3 SRb's all on block 26. I don't want to try to "re-block" what I have, and so I see this as a good time to purchase something new. I've been quite happy with the Lectrosonics products and support but, being that I use Sound Devices recorders and that Sound Devices now owns Audio Limited, I wonder if I should consider Audio Limited and what the pros and cons there might be. Perhaps my biggest reason for considering Audio Limited is the concern that Sound Devices might give priority to Audio Limited products in the future with special features and programming built into the firmware of their mixers that might not be available for Lectrosonic products. I assume my Lectrosonics "OctoPack" should work with either the Sound Devices or Audio Limited "shot in" products? How is the support here in the US for Audio Limited products? Any thoughts and insights into this subject would be appreciated. Thanks, Tom
  2. Has Denecke stopped making the TS-TCB? At least one site says it's "discontinued", and another site says "limited quantities remaining". I'm growing increasingly interested in the Timecode Systems line, especially the Ultrasync One (although I do wish they had chosen a different connector). For my purposes I think the TS-TCB, the Ultrasync One and the ":pulse" would make a great system!
  3. I always liked this one. Rane PI 14 Data Sheet.pdf
  4. I kind of liked it. It was a little like listening to Ben Stein! Boring, but slightly humorous. tom
  5. I use the Remote Audio Micro Cat under clothing (or when acceptable, exposed). The only issue for me is if there isn't much room underthe clothing, in which case to Micro Cat may create a little bulge. https://www.trewaudio.com/product/remote-audio-micro-cat/
  6. That's a tough call! Frankly, I have worked with some wonderful, kind, "good ol boy", small producers that operate just like that. They are obviously accustomed to a simpler style of production and usually from a very small market where everyone is buddy, buddy. Generally they just "don't know better", but are terrific people. On the other hand I've worked with others just like that who had every intention of taking advantage of me. It's hard to say. Either way it can be a little tough on the pride. None the less, the ones that were legitimate and like that, I usually really enjoyed working with them. Tom
  7. Well, the 688 is saying 15hrs for a 128GB card. I might be able to get away with a 64GB card, but that wouldn't give me any wiggle room for some of the "all day" events I've been doing. 128GB is much safer (assuming of course that it works reliably). So far the Sandisk Extreme 128GB SDXC card (UHS-1, 90MB/s, 600X, model SDSDXVF-128G-ANCIN) seems stable! Tom
  8. I really need a 128GB SD card for my sound Devices 688 and 664, however the "approved" 128GB SD cards are no longer available. So I decided to order a couple Sandisk Extreme 128GB SDXC cards, UHS-1, 90MB/s, 600X, model SDSDXVF-128G-ANCIN. I have begun to test the card by recording to it until it is full, using my 688 with 16 channels "armed", tone generator turned on, automixer (Dugan) turned on, and occasionally going over to the 688 and turning a bunch of knobs and fiddling around with the menus. After the card is completely full and the recorder stops, I do a quick format from within the 688, then I start over and do it again. So far I have "filled" the card and reformatted 8 times (about 15 hours and 3 minutes record time), and best I can tell all appears to be okay. Any suggestions as to what else I should do, or consider doing as a "test" before I put these cards into service? Thanks, Tom
  9. So... anyone know of a 128gb SD card that works reliably? None of the 128gb SD cards on the "approved" list are currently available. Thanks, Tom
  10. Christian, Thanks for posting that. It may prove quite useful, however, as I view the link for Belarus, it does not seem to specify what frequencies may be used for wireless microphones. Perhaps I'm just misunderstanding how it's "phrased". Tom
  11. I would really like to know of some reliable (aka approved) high capacity SD cards (say 128gb) that I could use. I recently did an event where we were recording 12 tracks for nearly 10 hours, and it's looking like I might have some more of these with even a greater track count. I have no problem with Sound Devices selling their own "approved" cards, but for goodness sake, give us something bigger than 32gb! It looks like I can still get the approved Sandisk 128gb CF card, but it appears the 128gb SD card is no longer available. Tom
  12. Anyone have a source for legal wireless mic frequencies in Belarus? I've been searching and having no success. I contacted Shure in the USA, who told me to contact Shure in Europe, who told me to contact the authorities in Belarus (I have no idea who that would be)! Tom
  13. Cujo, So are you saying you no longer use the "factory" USB cable? What are you using then? I thought using the factory USB cable was pretty important because of that large "choke". When this happened to me, I did NOT use the headphone cable from the 688 to the CL12. I just plugged my headphones directly into the 688. Do you suppose that could have anything to do with it? Thanks, Tom Tom
  14. Really... has no one else ever seen this "Maximum Allowed Power Consumption Warning" message before? Tom
  15. Just had this message appear today while shooting a LONG meeting. The unit was recording on average about 2 hours, then a 15 minute break, then 2 more hours, then lunch, then 2 more hours, then a 15 minute break then 2 more hours. I was using the Sound Devices 688 with the SL6 and the CL12 control surface. I used the supplied USB cable to connect the 688 to the CL12, and used an external AC to DC power supply that was connected to the SL6. I also had an NP-L7S in the SL6, but had the priority set to "external" supply. I did NOT connect the 1/4" TRS cable to the CL12. I connected my phones directly to the 688. It all worked fine until the last 3 minutes of the day, when the message below appeared. Now I realize that if using a 664 or 633 with the CL12 it is necessary to supplement the power to the CL12 using some external USB power supply, but I was of the belief this was not necessary with the 688. Fortunately, I had with me the appropriate USB power supply. I quickly ran for it (while the event was still going on), plugged it in, and the message went away. Immediately after the event I called Sound Devices. They told me there are now recommending users of the 688/CL12 combo ALWAYS use the micro USB power input in addition to the USB cable from the 688. I said, does that mean others have had the same problem? The answer was yes. Have others here found that to be true? Do you always need to used the micro USB power input? Thanks, Tom [Edit 11/5/17] I failed to mention, I did have a small USB keyboard attached to the CL12.
  16. I've been doing quite a few podcasts for a company in the Atlanta area. Typically they involve 3 people at a time. I just put lavs on them. I considered using mics on table stands for more of an "FM radio" type sound, but the people on these podcasts are "amateurs" and not accustomed to doing this. My fear was they'd never get close enough to the mic, or they'd move around too much. Granted it's not the pristine sound I'd like, but it is practical, and the client keeps calling me back! I usually record with the Sound Devices 633 using the Dugan automixer. Tom
  17. I took a trip recently to the country of Belarus. A soundman at one of the local churches asked me if I could help him get a couple handheld wireless mics. Considering their lack of funds and resources, I really would like to help him out. They don't need anything real high end, a G3 or even something slightly less quality would do. The problem I'm having is trying to determine what frequencies are legal and bands might work the best specifically in Minsk, Belarus. Anyone here have any insights regarding this matter? I would certainly appreciate it. Tom
  18. I too would love to hear some reports regarding the use of bluetooth transmitters for either IFB, or wireless headphones for the sound mixer himself... or any other cleaver use of the device. Tom
  19. I just purchased a "version" of this mixer. It's the SKP D-Touch 20. Unlike the Studiomaster the D-Touch has recallable mic pres. I don't think I would use this for serious location recording, however I do see a place for it in doing a small PA set up or webcast. And yes it does run off of 12VDC. I've only had it a few days, but my initial impressions (given it's size and price) are positive. I will likely use it for small corporate events and small webcasts. It has 12 mic inputs, with 4 of them being combo 1/4" & XLR, 2 stereo inputs on L/R 1/4", as well as SPDIF in/out and AES out. In addition the unit will playback and record to a thumb drive. They have an ipad app as well, which seems to work well, howbeit the range is somewhat limited using the included "dongle". Every input has recallable trims, gate, compressor, delay, high pass filter, and a 4 band eq with variable frequency and "Q". It has 4 mono busses (1-4), 4 stereo busses (5-8), and left/right bus. The busses also have the same eq, gate, compressor and delay. Additionally mono busses 1-4 can be sent to the stereo busses 5-8. Any of the busses and be assigned to any of the 8 XLR outputs. So, is this a "high end" unit? Certainly not! It kind of reminds me of a version 1 or 2 QSC TouchMix, but with faders. Actually, it will do things the original TouchMix would not! However compared to the current version of the TouchMix, the TouchMix does more. All that being said, to have faders, and in a nice small form factor (it's bulk is probably about 1/3 to 1/4 that of my Yamaha 01v96i), I'm going to be able to make this work. It measures about 16 3/4" x 13 1/4" x 2 3/4", and weighs 7lbs! If your interested, it's being sold on only Amazon and ebay. I'll post an update as I get a chance to use it more. Tom This demo is for the Soundking DM20, but it seems identical to the SKP D-Touch 20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLqX3URhho8&t=2s The SKP D-Touch 20 can be purchased on Amazon or eBay: https://www.amazon.com/SKP-Pro-Audio-Touchscreen-20-Inputs/dp/B074HR19H4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503698255&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=d-touch+20&psc=1 http://www.ebay.com/itm/SKP-Pro-Audio-D-Touch-20-Digital-Mixing-Console-Touchscreen-WiFi-20Inputs-15Buse/172805211031?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 D-Touch 20 iPad App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skp-d-touch-20/id1227302566?mt=8
  20. I built this a couple years ago. It's not as pretty as a lot of other's work here, but it does exactly what I needed, and seemingly what you need to do. There is a small coaxial power input on the bottom of the project box that is feed from a Trew Audio NP1 cup, thus this contraption also serves as a "power distro", howbeit without and electronics or isolators, only a fuse. And lest you scold me, the power switch has a locking mechanism, so its not going accidently turn off. None the less it has worked well using not only the Lectros, but also in powering a couple Sennheiser G3's. Tom
  21. I also use the Sennheiser G3's, mainly because the same signal can be sent to IFB's (IEM / in ear receivers) and also the hops. I will confess however I rarely do hops. For timecode I use the Mozegear TIG Q28, which I have liked a lot, however I think I'd like to replace them with something that has a display for ease of use. The Denecke Dcode SB-4 is how I'm leaning now, or possibly the Betso TCX-2. Tom
  22. Okay. I'll answer my own question. I found some plastic boxes. They are made by "Really Useful Products" and it is the model labeled ".55 liter clear". You can get them at Hobby Lobby, or Office Depot. They're a little loose fit for an NP and the latching mechanism is not the best (I would have preferred a hinge), but they're not bad! Tom
  23. Avery long time ago someone posted a recommendation for an "off the shelf" - "form fitting" plastic case for the NP1 (aka NP-L7S) battery. Can someone point me to that post or something similar? Thanks, Tom
  24. This Youtube video gives a terrific history of early recorded sound. Its long, about 55 minutes, and a little difficult to take all in one sitting, but it's quite extensive and interesting, if you can get past the simple production style. Tom
  25. I frequently use both the QL5 and QL1, but usually for broadcast or "PA". With the exception of it's size and 120v only power, I think it would make a terrific location console! Unfortunately the afore mentioned "exceptions" are rather significant. Tom
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