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Tim Norris

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  1. I have a MixPre-10 ll as a backup for my 688, or for those times when I might need to go out in a tippy boat in a flood or maybe hike up a mountain during a forest fire... a minimal kit with a boom and 2 channels of wireless. A confession... I have never actually used it on a shoot in the couple years I have had it, but it is ready to deploy if I must. I had to perform some setup and calibration of the MixPre-10 ll to have it match the output of my 688, a known and reliable device for me. The MixPre-10 ll does not seem to follow any traditional output standards. On the Sony XD ENG cams I have had experience with, the pots need to be set at around 1:00/2:00 to get -20db on the camera meter, with the 688 sending 1k tone at 0db at line level, hard wired to the camera. 'Lectrosonic wireless link/hop receivers are set to output +5db into the camera set at line level, with an appropriate mic level feed to the transmitters, to also read -20 db on the camera. With the C300 and most of the newer smaller Sony cameras, Sony Pro-sumer and good consumer cameras, setting the camera pot at the mid point "5" (there is a stop at this position) seems to give me proper results with the same 688 mixer setup. I believe the camera input pots should always be near the middle of their range. Using a third mixer (MixPre D - analog device) as a substitute for the camera, I was able to pre-set the MixPre-10 ll outputs to mimic my reliable 688. The TA3 outputs are set at line level, for a hard wire feed to a camera. The 'unbalanced stereo out' (mic level) feeds a pair of wireless transmitters for links/hops. When calibrating the MixPre-10 ll, I did not change the settings on the link/hop transmitters, receivers, nor the input pots on the 'camera substitute' mixer. The wireless links/hops are now interchangeable between my 688 and MixPre. I can swap from one mixer to the other without changing any settings, including those on the camera. I am fortunate to have a known and reliable mixer for this calibration. It would have been my desire that the MixPre series mimic the setup of common professional mixers, perhaps other more expensive Sound Devices mixers. I don't think the MixPre series was intended to be for professional users... but I think they can be if properly set up. I hope this makes sense and and is of some help. Good luck! Tim *The input levels on my wireless links/hops are essentially the same as they have been for years through generations of SD mixers going back to the 442, and my long retired Cooper CS 104. Because the output of each of these mixers was nearly the same as each of the others, I could use any of these mixers in place of my 688 without the need to re-calibrate settings. This is how it should be... or at least how I want it to be.
  2. I received three NP-9X a few days ago. Charged them on my JL2+ with no problems. Used them for the first time today and was rather impressed with how much run time appears to remain after four hours of runtime. Was able to provide one for powering a cell phone at the end of the day while feeding video, dining and drinking on overtime. I will consider picking up three more... just to get a second free DTap charger, if that is allowed. Cheers, Tim
  3. I like a really tight bag that does not shift. I, too, have used that "long orange pillow that came with one of my old Petrol bags" to prop up the mixer. In addition, I secure the mixer to the bag using really heavy duty cable ties. One on each side. I have made special cable tie holes in various bags to position the mixer exactly where I want it. It never sinks down into the bag or moves in any direction this way. I love Velcro... but not for rigging my bag. Cheers, Tim
  4. Yep... sunbathing on a nice day off!
  5. I took my mother to the ENT yesterday, for dizziness and balance trouble. He prescribed a simple exercise for her... five reps, three times a day. From a seated position (on a bed or something) lean all the way over to one side, return to center and lean down to the other side. Each rep is supposed to last 30 seconds or so. It is supposed to help realign calcium crystals which have shed or something in the inner ear somewhere. This apparently happens as we age and diabetics are more susceptible to this shedding of crystals. He also prescribed low dose Valium for only a two week period to help with the dizziness/vertigo and make the exercise more possible for her. At 88, her hearing is extremely good. She described her feeling as dizzy because she couldn't find a more descriptive word, saying she wasn't really dizzy. The ENT also removed large bits of ear wax which had impacted her eardrums. Sorry this wasn't more specific. Hope it helps someone looking for a place to start looking for answers. Of course, you can find nearly everything on-line. https://www.webmd.com/brain/home-remedies-vertigo
  6. I have a part 74 license and a couple of 941 sets... one for the bag and one for camera hops.
  7. I used "Nite Ize Original Gear Ties" to mount a GoPro between the horns of a rather wild bull once. The bull didn't seem to mind and the GoPro survived an hour or so of general running bull stuff. It should be easier to make friends with the horse...
  8. I found this on-line. https://www.manualslib.com/manual/821948/Comtek-Pr-216.html?page=8
  9. I once did a video interview with a commercial airline pilot under the wing of his 747 as the very nearby engines were revving up. Great picture. I couldn't hear a thing. If the microphone on your boom is going straight to a camera, without the benefit to you of headphones or a VU meter, you will be similarly blind. Your boom will pick up sounds from your fingers and movements. Relax. Follow your subject as well as your shooter and circumstances allow. Do the best you can and good luck. At the end of the pilot interview the producer asked "how did it sound?". I had to say I had no idea... the meter looked fine but I couldn't hear a thing. I heard later on it was fine.
  10. Perhaps one of your regular mixers is planning an upgrade and would like to sell off some perfectly usable 'Lectro gear...
  11. I used the Betso Bowtie for my first time in a very crowded RF environment a couple weeks ago. Another mixer picked a frequency we could share. During live TV I received the talent signal just fine, while the other mixer was getting serious dropouts with standard 'Lectro whips, mounted on the receiver, at the same distance. I picked a new frequency to solve the problem for the rest of the shoot. I found the Bowtie easy to deploy and easy to stow on my bag when not in use. I can also see how to mount the SNA 600a using the same hardware. I hope, one afternoon fairly soon, I'll get around to testing the SNA vs Bowtie vs whips here in my RF quiet neighborhood.
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