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John Blankenship

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  1. I will echo surprisingly good results, even after a few years, with black Eneloop Pros.
  2. I use both chargers with the NP-L7S and not had any issues with either.
  3. That figure is based upon supplying voltage for a 48v microphone. From Gotham Sound: "4.5 hour run time (w/ 48V phantom power at 50 mW w/o PowerRoll)" Using a lav, the ZMT4 was originally designed to give 6+ hours but has since been improved beyond that.
  4. Hi Jim, happy holiday! I use the Beyer ones. The velour is so much more comfortable than slick vinyl. They fit 7506 Sony, my HFI-680 Ultrasones, and even Remote Audio HN cans. https://www.gothamsound.com/product/dt250-velour-pads
  5. An in-depth article that answers a burning question with a definitive "We don't know."
  6. Definitely use starquad cable (wired properly, of course). Also some tests would be in order to see if there are any issues. If so, you may want to talk to them about matching PVC tubes separated far enough from the others. Prepping an install for a fifteen week gig should include some paid days.
  7. It's a firmware fix. Unfortunately, you didn't mention which firmware you're on.
  8. Vers. 1.99 is the latest firmware for the MRX modules. It was issued to address channel-swapping issues on Nova. See if it helps your situation.
  9. Stick a patch of Mepitac to the person, then tape your mic rig to that. I only use it when I need to tape to hairy skin.
  10. One method is (with wardrobe's cooperation) to open a slit in the seam in the back and thread a B6 inside the seam to the front. This eliminates the need to run tape around the inside and has less chance of it coming loose with movement.
  11. I don't know what they use, but I'd probably just seal the connections in with some of this: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-GOOP-150011-Plumbing-Adhesive/dp/B0016L0NTU/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&hasWorkingJavascript=1&keywords=goop+plumbing&qid=1620691148&sprefix=goop+pl&sr=8-3
  12. What are all of your Extended Menu Audio settings in each of the transmitters?
  13. Michael's been an active member here for many years.
  14. For reference: 50mW is only 3dB less than 100mW. 25mW is 6dB less than 100mW. 10mW is 10dB less than 100mW.
  15. So far I've only tested it with a DPA 4063 Core and didn't push it to the limits. Some other beta testers have reported their positive comparisons on a Zaxcom Facebook group. While I can state that it performed well with the lav, my testing focused more extensively on boom use and a whole series of run-time tests. While I've enjoyed both the freedom and sound using a ZMT3-PH2 for boom, the ZMT4 sounds even a bit better -- a tribute to the improved preamp.
  16. Having put one through its paces, I'm happy to report that this unit is indeed what it appears to be -- the functionality of both the ZMT3 and ZMT3-PH2, with an improved preamp, full Neverclip, more battery life, and 5v. lav support. A note about 48v. phantom power. Any quality 48v. mic is designed to operate properly within ten percent of that voltage (or wider). This means that any voltage from 43.2v. to 48v. is sufficient to operate the mic properly. Many 48v. supplies are very basic and under the load of operating conditions actually supply less than the full 48v. To maximize battery life, Zaxcom has chosen a highly regulated 45v. as the actual output. Good regulation at 45v. means the voltage is always within necessary specs for a 48v. phantom powered microphone.
  17. Today, April 18, is our host's birthday! Jeff Wexler is a special person and friend to many who also steadfastly maintains this forum which is one of the most noteworthy resources on the internet. Happy Birthday, Jeff!
  18. Here's also an interview with Zaxcom's Colleen:
  19. The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the musical "Paint Your Wagon" by Lerner and Loewe.
  20. Apples and oranges... Nomad in a bag, Deva on a cart with a nice mixing panel (analog or control surface) in front of it. If you want a light weight bag, Nova with integrated receivers is the winner. Ask yourself what you need for the clients you're serving.
  21. Along with what others have said, I'll state it this way: There are two main types of introduced noise that must be prevented: Wind noise from air gusts hitting the capsule, and mechanical noise from things such as cable noise, handling noise, wind hitting the connector, etc. This is why both proper suspensions and proper wind protection are critical for excellent sound. Results with other SDCs can be misleading and is somewhat of an apples and oranges comparison. How well mechanically decoupled the capsule is from the body of a mic comes into play as well as the fact that the Sennheiser 8020 has an extended low frequency response which is great for classical music but not so great with either of the noise types mentioned above. Many SDCs do not have the extended lows that the 8020 does. With proper suspensions and proper wind protection you’ll be a happy camper.
  22. The firmware version is important as there were beta versions with a related issue. Also, have you tried sending a WAKE command (rather than ON)?
  23. Not being part of the Entitlement Generation I consider it entirely appropriate for companies to charge for their products, whether hardware or software, and to profit from the results of their research and development. Such incentive means more innovative products are developed that we can benefit from.
  24. I checked my master list of things the world should live without, and balanced RCA was on there.
  25. Like the majority here, I agree, the choice boils down to "pro vs semi-pro." Not to be discounted is client perception and reaction that can translate into higher rates and/or repeat business. Even if no one says anything, there are many who, until they have something else to go on, gauge professional level by gear. The vast majority of set denizens never hear the raw tracks, but many still notice what tools are used.
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