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  1. In certain circumstances, a chest-mounted DPA 4080 can serve well for some background noise attenuation. However, it needs to be able to be visible (most clients want hidden lavs), aimed properly, etc., so such use is quite limited. I employ them more for car visor mounts, but the low end rolloff is a bit extreme. It's designed to compensate for the proximity effect when placed on a chest.
  2. +1 You've not only identified a problem -- but also a solution. I just finished watching such a doc -- I found myself wondering if they were simply lazy, or maybe thought the audience would panic at the sight of black bars.
  3. You will occasionally find people who simply have distorted voices. How did this person sound with a good quality boom mic?
  4. It's a "square of the distance" thing.
  5. One additional thing: I'm not familiar with the interior of the Maxx, but you might wish to open the unit and check that any ribbon cables are firmly seated. I would recommend corresponding with Jack about it prior to doing so.
  6. ...And just nominated for a Sound Mixing Emmy! When They See Us "Part Four" Netflix Joe DeAngelis, Re-Recording Mixer Chris Carpenter, Re-Recording Mixer Jan McLaughlin, Production Mixer
  7. I haven't had the SMA issues you have -- over the years a couple of SSMA pins broken, but that's it. One recommendation would be short pigtails, or adapters -- such as male SMA to female BNC. Then your frequent insertions and removals would be via the more robust BNC connections.
  8. From the FCC: "...The amount of TV band spectrum available for wireless microphone has decreased as a result of the incentive auction, which was completed on April 13, 2017. Specifically, most (but not all) of the spectrum on TV channels 38-51 (614-698 MHz), has been repurposed for use by wireless services and will not continue to be available for wireless microphone use. Wireless microphones that operate in the 600 MHz service band (the 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz frequencies) will be required to cease operation sort by no later than July 13, 2020, and may be required to cease operation sooner if they could cause interference to new wireless licensees that commence operations on their licensed spectrum in the 600 MHz service band. See FCC 15-140. Spectrum will continue to be available for wireless microphone use on TV channels 2-36 (TV band frequencies that fall below 608 MHz), on portions of the 600 MHz guard band (the 614-616 MHz frequencies) and the 600 MHz duplex gap (the 653-663 MHz frequencies), and in various other spectrum bands outside of the TV bands. See FCC 15-100, FCC 15-99 Bands outside the TV bands for wireless microphone use. In 2015, the Commission provided for new opportunities for licensed wireless microphone operations in spectrum outside of the TV broadcast band, including in the 169-172 MHz band and portions of the 900 MHz band, the 1435-1525 MHz, and the 6875-7125 MHz bands. Unlicensed wireless microphone operations are permitted in several bands outside of the TV bands, including the 902-928 MHz band, the 1920-1930 MHz band, and portions of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. See FCC 15-100..." and a link to the full page: https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/wireless-microphones
  9. Mike -- Are you using the same metering setting on both? i.e. Peak / RMS / RMS+Peak
  10. It has been a long time since I used the Deva II. My FAT16 DVD-RAM reading tests were done with previously formatted discs pulled from my archives.
  11. I just tested a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.5 and with an external plugin DVD drive. It, also, read a Deva II FAT16 DVD-RAM that I pulled from my archives.
  12. I don't recall if WIN98 supported FAT16. Also note that your DVD drive needs to support DVD-RAM in order to read the discs. For instance, one of my Macs in the studio still has OS X 10.6.8 and it will read a FAT16 DVD-RAM. The original SuperDrive (a Sony) did not support DVD-RAM, but this machine has an added (Mat) DVD drive that does. So: A) The operating system needs to support FAT16 The DVD drive needs to support DVD-RAM discs
  13. FAT16 is the main reason that the Deva II became less than convenient for our work. The last time I used the FAT16 DVD-RAM discs (many years back) I found that some computers could read them and some couldn't. It would be highly dependent on the operating system and computer configuration as FAT16 support diminished.
  14. Another selling point is that the RF Venue Audio version has a "configurable input attenuator" built in.
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