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John Blankenship

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  1. Mostly "weird fixation." The main issue with hiding lavs is usually more about clothing noise than it is about frequency response. Most producers prefer them hidden. If they don't, life is easier for everyone as deployment is quicker, applying them less intrusive, and the sound is not as compromised. But I don't worry about it either way as it is the production's call -- and I make it work either way.
  2. My computations show the correct antenna length for 590mHz to be 12.7031 cm / 5.0012 in. Of course it takes two things to benefit from that level of accuracy: a ruler marked in ten-thousandths -- and a perfect world -- both rather hard to find.
  3. No doubt there are many variations to this depending upon how they've been cared for and used. My experience is that they tend to hold up quite well in terms of sound quality but will vary the most in handling noise.
  4. They are a bit noiser. To try to quantify it: In a quiet room with a quiet talker, the difference is definitely noticable. In a room with some background noise and a normal talker, you'd need to do a side-by-side comparison to tell much difference.
  5. A Lectrosonics WM, or Zaxcom ZMT3-X transmitter, or any regular transmitter in a condom with a desiccant -- paired with a Countryman B3 (water-resistant and cost-effective) mic and you're in business.
  6. K.I.S.S. A stereo pair (50s in this case) in the mono compatible configuration determined best for the acoustics of the space and positioning of the singers. Concentrate on a good mix rather than a complicated one.
  7. My reactions when I test ran a Nova for a few days: -- Even though I'd laid my hands on one at NAB, when I opened the box my first reaction was how small it is. An interesting side note is that in any photo that I've seen, its small size does not come across. -- My next reaction was how solid it feels. -- Doing a setup, my reaction as a Nomad and Deva user was a bit of confusion with the menus. After becoming more acquainted with it my reaction was how well thought out everything is. Even with it this small, all the controls felt easy to access. Another sound mixer who was auditioning it with me commented, "They really listened to their users." -- I missed having the battery level on the mix screen I prefer. (Easily solvable going forward. Perhaps what efksound showed -- and it doesn't even need the E -- we know it's a battery symbol.) -- I did not have a reaction that the screen was too small. -- My overall reaction remains that the Nova is rather awesome -- Zaxcom has a winner here.
  8. SMPTE Drop Frame skips the frame count by two frames every full minute except for the tenth minute. For example: 01:08:59:28, 01:08:59:29, 01:09:00:02, 01:09:00:03 Tenth minute: 01:09:59:28, 01:09:59:29, 01:10:00:00, 01:10:00:01
  9. Cinela suspensions and wind protection are only too expensive until you've used them.
  10. I'm curious how you got that number. My guess is you may be thinking about frames rather than percentages. The difference between drop and non-drop should be a tenth of one percent (.001).
  11. Okay for CS-3e without filter (as long as you have the updated version -- look online to find the serial number after which they are updated) Need filter for CS-M1 (again, as long as you have the updated version -- look online to find the serial number after which they are updated) Okay for Schoeps 641 without filter (as long as you have newer version -- for many years now -- with gold ground plane surrounding the pins in the XLR connector.) Need filter for Schoeps CMIT. Contact Gene Martin at the Audio Department for filtered cables.
  12. Given that we do the best we can to get a nice open sound under whatever wardrobe the director and wardrobe department decide upon, this is one of the first post mixers to tell us we should be EQing more. How interesting... as, in current times, most posties want to reserve that choice. More pertinent to the discussion is what lavs was the mixer in question using? Choice of tools, especially mics, does make a difference. As far as headphones, what works best is whatever personal standard you have tuned your brain to.
  13. Have you changed firmware since it was working properly?
  14. Not disagreeing with you, Constantin, but I'm unaware of any NP-50 storage form-factor that would lend itself well to such an implementation. I wouldn't want to see the charger designed around a storage solution that doesn't have universal appeal. I'm open, of course, to seeing what that might be if someone comes up with one.
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