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  1. Both ports do the same thing with timecode - they both generate or receive timecode. This uses the usual 5 pin Lemo timecode pin/cable configuration. The "Sync" output also outputs Genlock sync - if you want both timecode and genlock, you can get a cable with a lemo that splits to 2 BNC's, one with timecode out and one with genlock, (genlock makes your timecode frame accurate-which can be important in some applications) Your Mixpre does not have a genlock/wordclock input, so it won't make any difference to what you are doing. The "ACN" output provides regular timecode, but can also can be split to provide the proprietary ACN data feed for devices that can use it. If you didn't buy the lockit for it's ACN capabilities, then you probably don't need to worry about it! So it's kind of confusing because there's a lot of redundancy and multi use capability in that little box. You're using a small measure of it's full capability. I would suggest doing a bit of reading on this site or others about the difference between timecode and genlock sync. And if you really want to dive into the what the lockit can do, spend some time on the ambient site exploring the information about the ACN network. Cheers, Brent Calkin From Ambient site: Two Lemo-compatible push-pull sockets provide maximum flexibility and continued use of available cables. TC in and out follow industry standard and allow for syncing of 2 cameras in parallel or jamming via a cable while leaving the synced unit connected. The primary output carries timecode and genlock/wordclock. This gives you the freedom to choose running it either on straight, Y-split cable or 2 separate leads using the second connector for timecode which also connects to devices that support ACN for metadata transfer.
  2. The Sanken cables seem pretty resistant to the chemical attack I put them through. It's now 4 years since I first created this thread, and the lav treated with xylene followed by 303 Aerospace protectant has been totally fine since then. I've now shifted to the Remove wipes for regular cleaning, so I only used Xylene that one time. The lavs that I have been using the Remove wipes on have also not changed in character. I also tend to use a quick alcohol wipe after the Remove, as well, to take the moisturizers off, so the tape sticks properly again. My DPA Lavs don't get as much use as the Sankens, so I haven't had as much experience with cleaning them. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  3. Yep, just found another gooey Sanken in the drawer, with the cable itself starting to dissolve, and tried the Remove wipes as my first line of offence. They worked beautifully - no need to pull out the Xylene bottle! Another reason to love the Remove... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  4. Hi All, does anyone know what the runtime of the new Ambient ACN Lockit with the little np50 battery is? I’ve shot one day with mine and it definitely doesn’t have the 35 hr runtime of the nanolockit. In fact, it was dead at the end of the shoot day and I’m not sure when it tapped out... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  5. Had the first shoot with FX9 last week and it synced up fine. Just had to change one of the timecode settings in the menu- I think it was defaulted to REC RUN when first out of the box... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  6. Because we are generally there to tell the DOP how their camera does sound... but you're just trolling, right? I had this same issue on an FX9 last week. It has the weirdest, most non intuitive audio input menu setup I think I've ever seen on a camera, and that's saying something... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  7. 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
  8. Thanks for the reply, Larry! Cheers, Brent Calkin
  9. 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
  10. 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 tripod stand. They all have quicklocks so that I can attach any mic to any of my booms or the tripod in just a few seconds. The other thing is to create settings on your mixer so that the transition between mono boom and M/S can be seamless by using one mixer channel for Mono boom and then a pair of different channels that are preset for phantom power and M/S decoding/monitoring... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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 quite flat. I can't really say yeah or nay on it... Cheers, Brent Calkin
  15. 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
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