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  1. rich

    Loon boom bits

    i had been using a PSC tip on my Loon for many years, and it would always move slightly with a mic attached. on reading this thread this week, i took the tip out of my VDB pole and put it in my Loon. it is much better than the PSC tip, but there is still a little movement of the tip.
  2. when fitting the mic, make sure the front of it is no further forward than the black ring where the ends are fitted so that you have enough air space around the mic for the windshield to be effective. take the fur off when transporting the mic. ive always stored my fur inside out, and have no issues with the hairs matting. and whilst i havent used my rycote stuff in over 5 years, it did have at least 10 years of use and is still in very good condition.
  3. i use Ultimate Ears earphones when im mixing. when i had my 788 / CL9 setup, if i ran the headphone out of the 788 into the CL9, and then plugged my earphones into the CL9, i would get a lot of hiss. but plugging straight into the 788 was fine. i think it was to do with the headphone amp in the CL9 not liking low impedence headphones so much
  4. dont use the boost feature. it adds 30dB of gain. but. (at least on the last time i used one many years ago) it doesnt remember that you have activated the boost function, so will need to be re-done EVERY time you power up the mic. which if your mic is in a blimp suspension is a real pain. if you are able to keep your signal chain digital, then there shouldnt be a penalty adding the gain back in at your recorder. also, i generally found i was using 22-28dB of gain when i was using my SCMIT, so 30dB was too much anyway.
  5. yeah. i got one almost 2 years ago now i like it. much nicer display than the rf explorer. and a little more intuitive to use. it forgets your last used settings before you switch it off. but you can save presets for the frequency ranges / settings you want to look at. certainly a useful bit of kit to see what else is going on rf wise around you. and much better than the scan display on most receivers available these days.
  6. theP-11XBP wont be able to charge a battery in there. phantom power doesnt supply enough current to do much more than power a mic - around 4ma. i charge my NiMh batteries at 300ma. the battery in the barrel is there if what you are plugging the mic into cannot supply phantom power. and if you are using rechargeable batteries, put fresh ones in every day, rather than live with the anxiety that the battery will die whilst you are using it. it has been many many many years since i used a hard wired lav, especially one with the in line XLR adapter, and based on that i dont imagine many others have used them either. if you want to know how long the battery lasts, thats easy enough to test for yourself. my money is on a week.
  7. you can set the transmitter to resume record on power up. so as long as you have sent the transmitter a record command previously, it will start recording when you switch it on. you have about 2 hours of timecode battery backup without a battery fitted. but you should have much longer with a battery in, but with the unit powered down. and you will need to manually jam each unit with timecode if you dont have a Nexus. but you should only need to do that once a day. there is no nexlink control in the A20 receiver. you will need a Nexus or Nexus Go for that. but you can group record all transmitters that are in range via the app. and the transmitters can be paired to multiple devices. though only controlled by one. and things sometimes get a bit tricky currently if you are in a busy area with lots of other bluetooth things about.
  8. how does automix / ai know the difference between dialogue and someone thumping their chest for emphasis, or putting their coat on and making their radio noisy for a bit where they arent talking? or know when to dip the radios and raise the boom level a touch for a hug? there is still a need for a mix to be done live on set. and for that mixer to understand the need to make the mix sound like it looks. fortunately now, post has the opportunity to rework all the elements we give them down the line, rather than only have the 1 mix track. and whilst that may take some of the pressure off of our job, i would hope that doesnt lessen the relevance and importance of our job.
  9. that isnt a fault of the battery eliminator. thats because of the background / competing rf on your transmitters frequency. that said. i do tend to leave my IEM transmitters running over lunch to avoid the potential occurrence of that issue, because its easier to do that than retune 15 receivers.
  10. and the script supervisor. and the AD and the producers and their pals and your team and the editor it aint getting to sound post for months. i like that i dont need to ask to go again because i missed a fade. but if i didnt nail it, they are listening to that mistake for those few months until it gets to the dialogue editor, so i still need to get it as right as i can on the day.
  11. the EW-D will power itself back up if you pull the batteries without powering the unit down. also, beware that the battery eliminator for the G3 / G4 wont work with the EW-D because the batteries are oriented differently for the two systems. Evolution wireless have the +ve terminals both facing the same way. EW-D have the +ve terminals facing in opposite directions. so the terminals of the G3 battery eliminator at best wont line up with the terminals of the EW-D, and at worst, may short out.
  12. i have only used the Sony BX1. at 10mw they get at most 4 hours continuously. when i first got the A20 mini, i tried some other brand batteries, and nothing got within half an hour of the Sonys. i have no intention of using non rechargeable batteries unless in an emergency situation and have never tested them. you'll get a bit more run time out of lithium AAA's. but if you need more runtime, then either the battery doubler, or the full size A20 are the way to go.
  13. i have both units. though my A20TX are intended to be used for booms. only on talent as a last resort if you are using a Nexus too, you can power down the A20 mini in between setups to save battery life. though that depends on what format shows you are working on. or you can get a battery doubler to extend your battery life. for cast micing, there isnt much you will be missing function wise with the A20mini compared to the A20TX. though the A20TX has a display, and removable media. though everything on both units can be controlled via the app and the nexus. i havent put the A20TX next to an SMWDB to compare size, but the specs are easily found on both manufacturers websites. sound wise, i am very impressed with mine. not needing to adjust gain at the transmitters is pretty damn cool too. on my last job, the systems handled gunfire and lots of shouting without issue - i just brought the gain down on the recorder and it held up fine.
  14. i dont own a Nova, but since this is the internet, i'm going to answer some of this anyway. for the DB15, i'd recommend getting a custom cable made up to suit what you need. i've no doubt your usual equipment supplier can sort you out. unless you are in the UK, then send me a message. your recording media is one of the most important parts of what you do. can you be 100% sure that an adapter wont cause you any problems at some point in the future?
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