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  1. Freeheel

    Boom Pole Quick Release Systems?

    I do like the Ambients, but the random lock-up is really getting up my nose. I can't figure out how to prevent it. I keep them greased, as per instructions, but every once in a blue moon they really lock- like I can't even release it with a Leatherman. This thread actually just reminded me that I have a locked one in my bag right now, it happened last week on an out of town shoot, and I finished the day by just screwing off the jammed end from the mic suspension. Going to go to the toolbox right now to get 2 pairs of channel lock pliers to release it. If anyone has a solution to this, please enlighten us! Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Red, again

    There is a constant fan setting that will work for you- but in a quiet room the camera will definitely become your noise floor. I just finished a doc using 3 Reds in a tight configuration for interviews. We never had a fan come full on and ruin a take, but I could always hear the cameras breathing. On the plus side, the distant highway was masked somewhat... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  3. Tight mesh head net that goes over a brimmed hat for bugs. Long sleeves and pants. (A reminder that DEET insect repellent can melt plastic) Sachtler rain poncho - a bit unbreathable in humid conditions, or if you have to run in it, but very effective for keeping your rig dry. Be careful with the hydration system- damn things can leak at the worst times all over your gear. I prefer to keep water separate from my rig as much as possible. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Pelican Case for Carry On

    The newer pelican latches can be used to replace the old finger breakers. They look like the aftermarket latches in the image in the above post. Except black. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Sound Devices MixPre version 3.0 Now Released

    I'll second Dave's suggestion. Going to Facebook for manufacturer's information drives me crazy. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Red question

    The more modern REDs have a single 3.5 MM TRS input. The older ones are as Trey describes. That cable should work if it's properly wired to separate each channel into an unbalanced output, with one channel on Tip and Sleeve, and the other on Ring and Sleeve. The problem may be with the RED. Make sure audio recording is turned on in the Menu, and external inputs are turned on and turned up to the appropriate gain level. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    sound devices and all audio gear on airliner

    +1 And it's saved my butt with some pretty high profile interviews. Never want to have to make excuses for why you can't do the job you were flown half way around the world to do. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    633 "keyboard disease" again

    Yes, it stays connected quite well, even when doing other things with your phone, or cycling the 633. Occasionally (maybe a couple times in a full week) Wingman loses the 633, but you push the "SD" button on the Wingman phone screen and the serial number of your machine pops up, press it and you're back on. Takes about 2 seconds longer than if it had stayed locked. Cheers, Brent
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    633 "keyboard disease" again

    I gave up on using a keyboard with the 633, Flaky and frustrating. Started using my iPhone and Wingman, and it works brilliantly - apart from always appearing to be on your phone as soon as the cameras stop rolling... Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Cos 11 Sticky cable- not from tape...

    Found some Remove wipes at a local medical supply store. (Lancaster on West Broadway if you're in Vancouver, BC) Rather expensive at $25 for 50, but I cleaned 6 lavs and mounts with 2 wipes, so that's probably good for years... They worked really well! Thanks to those who found and recommended them. It's good to do a final wipe with alcohol since the wipes have aloe vera in them which leaves the wires and mounts a bit "moisturized" And if you're really cheap, automotive starting fluid is $5 for a can that will last forever, as well as get your horrible old lawnmower running in the spring. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Cos 11 Sticky cable- not from tape...

    So I looked up what's in Remove Universal Adhesive Remover and it's mainly dipropylene glycol methyl ether. And Naptha. I wondered what I had around the house with those components and realized that automotive starting fluid was kinda similar. And it actually worked pretty well to clean a Sanken RM11 rubber lav mount that was massively gooed with 3m Transpore tape adhesive. Spray with starting fluid. Scrub with cloth or paper towel, and rinse with 99% alcohol. So until I track down some Remove, this will serve to keep the rig clean... with something that's easy to source and usually in my garage anyway... Haven't tested it on an actual lav cable yet, I'll try that tomorrow.
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    HVAC astonishment

    Yes, I agree... And invariably, if I manage to somehow turn it all off for a shoot, everyone marvels at the wonderful quiet. It's a very rare architect/builder/owner who accounts for the sonic signature of a building when it's being built or purchased... Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    The "Less Suck" Fader

    Wow Jay, that operator's manual is a masterpiece! I think perhaps if the audio thing doesn't work out for you, you may want to write the 6th or 9th book of the Hitchiker's Guide to the Universe Trilogy. I never got so fancy as to create boxes for clients to play with, but I think anyone who spent any time at a mixing board perfected "ghost moves", fader or eq tweaks that were totally for placebo effect... Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    Fortunately, my experience has been the opposite. The added isolation allows one to keep the volume quite low, and when used like this, IEMS could actually be a first line defence against hearing loss... Um, yes... but you can minimize this by clipping the cable carefully, and then you learn what the inducted cable noise sounds like and your brain will filter that out. But yeah, inducted cable noise when moving around is the single biggest drawback of the IEMS. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    DPA 4098 Travel cases

    My experience with the extreme fragility of the 4098 would lead me to some sort of hard case solution. I was recently working on a show that killed several of them. If I was being really cynical about it, I could almost suspect DPA is increasing aftersales by supplying inadequate protection in their packing materials and in their supplied soft cases. A 4098 mic I recently purchased, arrived in a cardboard box with two flat pieces of mini eggshell foam. Unfortunately the mic wasn't secured in any way and was no longer sandwiched between the two pieces of foam but had slipped into the unprotected space between the foam and the card board box. Extremely unimpressed by that. My current protection choice for the 4098 is a thickly foamed, plastic shell case that my Etymotic ER-4 in-ear monitors came in - now that's a protective case! Cheers, Brent Calkin