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  1. The same discussion is on the Zoom Field Recorder Facebook group with the release of the Zoom F8n Pro. The only new 'feature' added is a dual stage conversion with 32bit floating point, and now the branding ist 'Pro' GReetings
  2. As time goes by I'm building up my microphone selection and I was thinking about getting a second shotgun mic. Mainly for two reasons. On the one hand to have an alternative to my current one (an MKH8060) with which I'm very happy. And on the other hand to be able to swing a second boom mic, if necessary. But if you swing 2 mics it would be nicer if they match (no EQing necessary). So getting a second identical mic could probably be the better choice. But then I won't have an alternative, in cases my current one doesn't work so well So baisically, I think I will go with a different one. Simply because swinging two boom mics will happen rarely. But just for curiosity, how you approach the topic? Do you prefer to get different ones and don't care about matching, or you stay with one brand/mic type to have a consistent sound? Greetings
  3. I have the same thing with a splitter-cable from Tentacle Sync, when you use Audio-TC on one channel and the camera audio as scratch sound on the other stereo channel. But as it is scratch sound it really doesn't matter if there's a little bleeding from the audio tc. I think it will probably happen with most unbalanced y-type splitter cables. Greetings
  4. @ Michael Scrip You don't need the studio software for the Track Es, because they write the timecode as metadata in the audio file. Any NLE can sync them immediately. The studio software is only used for TC recorded as some kind of morse code onto an audio channel. Which is usefull for devices without TC cababilities. The Track E is a recorder that adds TC to your files. It can't be used as a TC-Generator or jam other devices, like a master unit. Greetings
  5. Also the Track E has a lockable mic-input. No the Tentacles don't resync constantly, only once you jam them. But the app tells you, if the different units are all in sync or not. So there could be drift during long takes. I don't know if I was particularly lucky, but even on documentary shoots, where I didn't touch the units a whole day I've never experienced any drift issues. With the Ultrasync System the slave-units make constantly a softsync via rf or bluetooth to the master unit, similar to a hardwired setup. But on TC mode it obviously couldn't prevent drift on long takes, for the reasons constantin mentioned. But as soon as you start and stop the recording it resyncs automaticly. So once you've setup the units you don't have to worry to resync them for the time they are in use. Greetings
  6. Mainly I use them for my lavalier mics, as I have no high-end wireless system. It makes my workflow so much easier to have TC on all my audio files. But also for plant mics the mini recorders are quite usefull. Next I want to get a DPA 4097 which will give me a quite tiny setup that's easy to hide everywhere. I didn't make a runtime test, but I think they will last about 10 hours which is usually enough for me. And they charge quite quickly. I think it takes something like 90 or 120 minutes to be fully charged. I also though about the F2-BT from Zoom, but I didn't like that they can be jammed only with the Ultrasync blue, because as far as I know the F2-BT has no Sync-Port. The Track E can be jammed with any TC Generator and I can integrate them in any setup. And you can control them remotely from your phone and check the settings. Greetings
  7. I use two of the Track Es (for my lavalier mics) and had no issues till now. Even on longer takes no issues with drift. I always try to use both (boom and lavalier) to have more flexibility post. Beside the Track E I use an Ultrasync one (for my field recorder) which is synced wirelessly with the camera unit. The Track Es work like a charm and I love the easy setup and to have TC also on my lavaliers. If you prefer you can also jam them via cable, but the phone app works great. You only have a visual representaiton of the sound levels (on your phone) but no audio monitoring with the Track E. If you want to monitor during the take, you have to add a wireless transmitter to the headphone-out of the unit (works only with the non us version). Greetings
  8. @ sound Ah, ok. But in the worst case (if the jack of the headphone pulls out) you just loose your monitoring, and you will notice it immediately. By the way I also use, beside the Track E the first generation tentacles, an Ultrasync One in combination with an AtomX Sync module on the camera. They work together like a charm Although the UltraSync Unit is the better one (because of it's capabilities and the RF sync) it's a lot more fiddly than the tentacles. What I really love about the tentacle units is the ease of use. And they keep the settings for month. The Ultrasync forgests the current time as soon as you switch it off. I also thought about the Deity ones. But they are still not available and i find the 19ms of delay to the receiver quite annoying. Maybe that's no problem if you use it only for monitoring and record on the unit itself. Greetings
  9. Yes, the software is related to the TC-Boxes. But why would you need the software? The Track E writes the TC metadata directly into the files. There is no need for the Tentacle software (only usefull when the TC is written on an audio track of the camera, for example). You can use the files directly in your NLE or DAW. Greetings
  10. Ambient ha a mini power supply for boompoles that looks nice to me. With the right cable you can attach any mini recorder to it and have a really small recording setup. https://ambient.de/en/product/ump-iii-universal-microphone-power-supply/ Greetings
  11. The MKH8060 was the first shotgun I got, about a year ago. I was also tempted to get cheaper options for a shotgun, but I'm quite happy I've decided not to go with the cheaper options around. Hard to say if it's worth the extra money, because that's a personal decision. I went for an established and proven mic. After having seen an example of two documentary filmmakers on an aircraft carrier who gets clean recordings without interference from the huge radar on board, I was quite impressed. There are many properties you won't find on any spec-sheet. I'm also shure that in the future I will get other shotguns, just to have options, as different mics have different properties. I've also used it for Documentary work on camera. At that time I've only had an Rycote Super Shield Small blimp as wind protection wich was a quite bukly setup, as I had to get in and out a car. After that experience I've bought a Rycote Super Softie for that kind of situations. For documentary work an M/S mic on camera seems very tempting to me, but that's nothing I will get soon. At the end of the day a camera mic is always a compromise. Greetings
  12. There are also a lot of Youtube Channels from manifacturers that has usefull informations. A good example is URSA Straps with a nice 'behind the scenes' series on location sound mixers and their work: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSisEDfDKQc2s6sGZsQyMTQ Greetings
  13. I've found an intresting comparison of super and hyper cardioid mics from Schoeps, Gefell, Neumann and AKG. Not super scientific but nevertheless you can hear some differences. Owning the M310 from Gefell I always wondered how much different a Schoeps CK41 would sound. Now at least I have an impression 🙂 The Schoeps seems to have a tighter pattern and less ambience than the gefell and the Neumann has hyped or sharper highs, at least to my ears. Although the noise floor of the AKG generally is a little higher I quite like the sound of it. The outside test is made just to test how prone the mics are to wind noise. Greetings
  14. Did you add the Cut 60? To me it's cheap but maybe I'm wrong...
  15. For me it's not so much the colour (although I like it) but the price of the offer. Under 1700,-€ for the combo is quite attractive. Greetings
  16. Yes, this is a nice one Unfortunately I won't make it to get one of these. Hopefully there will be some similar offerings in the future.
  17. I think that you can generally critizize our economical system, or the globalization, but this topic is more a political and social topic and I'm not sure if a forum like this is the right place to discuss that. Things where not built to last anymore and you replace cheap gear instead of repairing it. You have no customer service. And when you don't produce large quantities and you don't produce in a country where the loans are low it's obvious that the prices has to be higher. So everything has it's ups and downsides. I come from a photography background and I remember times when it costs at least 500 bugs to sync a flash unit wirelessly to a camera. Then came some cheap chinese clones (bad in quality and reliability) but after a couple of years the knockoffs get better and better. Today they are as good as the originals and you can sync your flashes for about 50 bugs to your camera. Similar to what happens to timecode-boxes in the last years. Until tentacle sync (even if this are germans) came along timecode boxes where bulky and expensive. Nowadays even the established brands have cheaper and smaler units in their repertoire. I think you have to be aware that a low price has a reason and you have to decide wether to buy it or not.
  18. My favorites are also the HD26 Pro. I can wear them the whole day without any fatigue. I'also have the Audio Technica ATH-M50X that are nice for the cable options and the fact to be foldable, but not as comfortable as the Sennheisers in my opinion.
  19. It's a great peace of equipment for people on the budget. Not everybody needs the high end stuff. Beeing able to record with timecode and also monitor the signal on the mixer is evereything I've dreamed of Greetings
  20. If you want to make your own disinfectant you can use the recipes from the WHO. The ingredients are ceap (if you use methylated spirit for example which contain 94% of ethyl alcohol ) and you can use it also for your hands (due to the glycerol part inside). Just be carefull when handeling flammable liquids, be aware that the boiled water has to be cold before mixing it and that the solution has to remain 3 days in the bottle before use (that's the time the hydrogen peroxyd needs to kill possible spores). https://www.neolab.de/media/wysiwyg/content/Anwendungskapitel/WHO/WHO_Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf Things that can't be desinfected (like furs, foams, ect.) you can leave for about 3 days in a warm and dry room before the virus dies (drys out). Greetings
  21. If you work with pros they never use a brush on differernt persons anyway. That's one of the first things you learn as a MUA. You have multiple ones for the Job and wash your brushes when you're back home with a cleansing solution or shampoo after each use. Greetings
  22. Lectrosonics seems to have a new model: https://www.lectrosonics.com/IFBR1b/product.html Greetings
  23. Hi Jim, I use the Rode Stereo Bar and I like it. It's made of plastic with metal threads (for microphone stands) and there is also an Adapter for 3/8" screws included. The Clips on the microphone clamps can be used to vary the height of the mic and there are markings on the bar are useful for alignement and the distance. As mentioned there is no suspension on it, but on a stand you don't really need it, Greetings
  24. The main out is a balanced signal (for longer cable runs or professional gear) and the sub out is an unbalanced signal. For your DSLR ist's fine to use the sub out as far as the cable from the recorder to the camera is not to long (because of possible interferences). You can record directly to your DSLR but the preamps on these cameras are only consumer level so keep the levels on the camera low and feed it with a strong signal from your recorder. Usually camera sound is only used as scratch sound and you sync the audio from the recorder to the image in post to get better results. Greetings
  25. Haha... I think your right. This evening I've tried to change the settings but now it adds the delay on all channels. I'm quite sure it worked for a while because I've made a couple of recordings that way. But I have no idea how I made it work and why it didn't work now. I came home late this evening. I'll give it another try on another day. For now I can't make it work... Greetings
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