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  1. Freeheel

    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
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    + 1 on Etymotic ER-4, been using them for over a decade. Can't beat the isolation. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Sennheiser MKH-416T hiss

    416T's have a bit of hiss, but not an unusual amount unless you are comparing them to an MKH 50 or 60. I think my Sanken CS3E has a similar level of noise. I would examine the preamps and gain structure of your mixer, and ask whether you regularly leave empty channels potted up. Any of those elements could add hiss to a mic that sennheiser says is normal. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  9. Fingers are crossed. Thanks! Brent Calkin
  10. Hi Karl, Nice to hear about expanded frequency options for a change... Do you know whether these frequencies are viable for use in Canada? Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Rechargeable battery management on location

    yep, the direction of the battery can be done nicely with the AA caddys that look like mini bullet magazines, with negative out for charged and positive out for discharged. I do the same with iPower 9 volts in their sleds, works like a charm. Np1s get a strip of tape sideways across all the contacts when charged, and the same piece of tape stuck vertically over a couple of them when discharged. Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Rain protection sound bag

    Light vertical rain- clear Sealine brand map cover- used for protecting sea charts while kayaking. https://www.mec.ca/en/product/4013-113/Map-Case Similar to the more dirtbag, but effective trick of using a piece of clear shower curtain. Heavy sideways rain- Sachtler poncho is awesome. You don't want to be exerting yourself much in it, cause it doesn't breathe- though it's loose enough that a fair bit of air moves inside it. Cheers, Brent Calkin
  13. Yes, Sound Devices used to have a nice useful little forum as part of their website. As a loyal SD customer, it's a shame I can't access their current forum system. Cheere, Brent Calkin
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    Longest lasting

    +1 on SMQV UM400 with Ultralife gets about 10 hrs IIRC Cheers, Brent Calkin
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    Schoeps MK41 capsule cleaning

    What did you actually do? Was there lint building up on the diaphragm? Cheers, Brent Calkin