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  1. It's not unusual to have the mic bodies affected by wind, as a number of posters have stated. The MHK 30,40,50 series all have a significant wind whistle through the side low roll off and pad switches. All my mic switches have a little piece of fuzzy side velcro covering them to act as little wind barriers in a pinch, and if I'm doing anything serious outside, the mic is is a full jammer. Maybe the fuzzy velcro would work better than tape on the xlr connector of the 8020? Cheers, Brent Calkin
  2. Thanks for the reply, Larry! Cheers, Brent Calkin
  3. Thanks for weighing in Larry. Is there any useful apples to oranges comparison with the analog to digital power level? I've noticed that 125mw in my (non Lectro) digital wireless does not seem to have as good range as my Lectros at 100mw, so I get a bit worried when I see the new Lectro digital radios at such low power outputs. I trust that you guys are creating new digital units that compete with the digital hybrid units effectively, but can you shed any light on range differences at the different power levels, and how the distance failure mode changes? Cheers, Brent Calkin
  4. I'm going to "+1" on Jez's post above. You've got some great gear to play with, and you should be able to create a system where you can quickly jump from mono boom to a M/s stereo rig, depending on your needs. This will require some quicklock boom connectors, and multiple mic windscreens, as well as premade cables so you can switch systems quickly. My daily driver doc rig is similar to what you have going, with a Sennheiser 50 in a light Cinela mount for indoor booming, a midsize shotgun in a Rycote for booming outside and a M/S Sennheiser 50/30 in a Rycote with a stereo cable and a light t
  5. Fun to see this thread again 7 years later! I will confirm Philip's confirmation on the 744 being quite a nasty sprayer of RF when in a bag, and it was a big part of my push to quickly get a 633 seven years ago once I determined it didn't have the same problem. As Larry stated, the separation you have with your antennas should make the spray of the 744 pretty negligible. It generally only took a few inches of spacing to knock down the spurious spray enough to stop worrying about it. Hard to do in a bag, but not an issue with a 10 ft antenna. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  6. I would totally agree, David, except the one time I did record barnacles opening was 5 am on the North Coast of British Columbia, foggy, no wind, waves or swell. Occasional birds. The closest thing to a silent beach I have ever heard. (But I take your point as well. A bit of a rarity) Cheers, Brent Calkin
  7. My experience is the same as Trey. My Schoeps is marginally noisier than my 50, though not enough to notice in a dialogue situation. But if I'm recording the sound of barnacles opening on a silent beach, I'm going to be using my 50... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  8. I have a couple from the '80's that have serial numbers in the 28000, so if they are consecutive in any way, yours could be fairly old. (not sure how the serial numbering works for 416's) Mine has 3 of the round things on the circuit board, so 2 shouldn't be unusual. The "messiness" of the circuit board looks similar to mine, though mine has a significantly different layout. (Mine is also a T power to 48 PH convert, so all circuit layout bets are off anyway) Mine has the white fibre stuffed in the end. The machining looks similar to mine. My nose piece is way more concave, yours looks qui
  9. Is this a specific SRA or are you asking generally? Many SRAs were upgraded to SRBs because Lectro offered a very generous upgrade path. The ones that were done in the States should have been laser etched with upgrade markings. For those done in other markets, you'll have to rely on the seller's documentation. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  10. Get a 50. And treat the room with some sound absorbent material- as even better microphones do not make reverberation go away. The 416 is definitely not a good indoor mic, and though I have not used one, the 8060 is also an interference tube mic, and though it will likely sound better than the 416, it is also not the ideal tool for use indoors. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  11. I like my 744t as well, and haven't tried to get rid of it. I kept it as my M/S machine as well, although the ease of routing for ISOs and iPhone entering Metadata has meant that my MixPre 10t is taking over that job... You can make the 7xx series fail. If you let the hard drive get more than 90% full, you can have a "Slow Media" record failure that can also take out the files on your CF card !!! Not a happy moment, when you realize that this has happened. The CF is not a failsafe media for the Hard drive... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  12. For a microphone cable that will see coiling and uncoiling, I'd recommend the Mogami. The individual balanced strands seem fragile, but I've got 20 year old Mogami Stereo balanced cable that is still fine. Canare, as Doug mentioned, is even more bombproof but doesn't handle nearly as nicely. I'd be a little wary of that particular Belden cable as a mic cable. It is designed for fixed installations, where the cable is only flexed once or twice when installing and then never moves again. It uses a foil shield that will break down if used as a run and gun stereo mic cable, which
  13. Check the capacitor that connects the antenna to the circuit board- if the antenna gets hit, it can crack the cap which can make it intermittent and give you a result similar to what you are describing. Cheers, Brent Calkin.
  14. Yes, indeed. Thank you Martin.
  15. A few points about the tubular style battery holders with the teeth that shred the outer casing of the battery. The reason I use them, despite their destructive nature, is 'cause they are way more convenient to grab a single battery with one hand, while moving fast on a doc shoot- I can't use a battery case with a lid that holds 4 batteries- that's a recipe for 3 batteries on the ground and one in my hand... Also they are great for showing you which batteries are charged or not depending on which end is stuck in the case. But they sure make a mess of the wimpy plastic s
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