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Nate C

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  1. My Blackmagics tilt via a simple bracket Rastorder make. The Blackmagics are bang for buck and mine have lasted a few years and this is the 2nd cart they've lived on. That said they have their limitations. One thing I would recommend if you go the BM route is to use a patch bay for the BNC I/O as the BNC's are soldered straight to the mother board. Cheers Nate.
  2. Look forward to hearing more about the app to set presets and permissions. How that is going to work with the CL confused me a little. I'm sure someone with more smarts will clue me in. The presets is what really interests me for boom ops. The more I learn about this unit the more I can see it being a versatile tool in the kit. I've done a couple OMB gigs in remote terrain with nothing more then a ZMT-ph/boom and an ERX. Monitoring was an issue due to ZMT tx Zaxnet range. Wouldn't be with a URX-100.
  3. So true. It's not an actual negative for the sound dept but a preception from other departments that I'm not doing anything and just sitting at the cart/bag when in fact I'm changing to a cleaner freq, adjusting gain. Doing things from the comfort of your chair can be perceived as being lazy.
  4. I believe all the iterations of the Alexa have Ambient TC in them but I could be wrong on this. The Amira and the Mini definitely don't. It could possibly drift over lunch, how much and if at all, I don't know. I would be re-jamming after lunch. In fact I would recommend re-jaming evertime they go off speed and then back to a sync rate. This is when the camera is more likely to drift or completely reset it's TC. Do this a few times and the camera dept will quickly demand you "just leave the F@#king sync box on the camera". I am assuming the camera dept are being difficult twats.
  5. The Alexa is the only Arri with Ambient TC goodness in it. All other Arri cameras will drift with prolonged power downs and going off speed. I have never had an issue getting a sync box on an Arri. With how light and small they have become there is no excuse not to have a sync box on the camera.
  6. Tip 1: put a card between the pins so you don't accidentally solder them together. Tip 2: Pay someone else to do it and avoid the frustration. This what I now do. It costs me to much in whiskey to calm the nerves afterwards.
  7. Block 26 is quite popular here in Australia.
  8. I remember being on the receiving end of this. I was pissed. Then I realised in the way I had asked my question I already knew the answer, I just didn't realise it at the time of asking. Made me really think before asking a question and appreciate when I truely didn't know the answer and someone here could help.
  9. to be able to do this it would need to work through and be compatible with the nomads serial port commands, as the FP8/Mix8 or Oasis currently do. That is the only way you can have the Nomad control the trim and an external fader controlling post fade.
  10. I'm assuming the wire clips can be removed if needed. I found the wire loop on the Slim concealers to be the most microphonic part of that concealer. To be honest I'm not a fan of the DPA Slim's concealer. Will have to give the new Bumblebees a try when my local dealer gets some in. As always thanks for the write up.
  11. getting my hopes up like that. Shame. All good brother thanks for checking.
  12. Interesting but at 97lbs (44Kg) I wouldn't want to have to get it up any stairs.
  13. The HD26 definitely have far less bass boost which is better for judging dialogue. I find if I have to run/quick waddle with them on, I get a bit of a thud with each footstep. Not sure if it's cable bound, through the cup or if I just have a weird head shape. Not sure if you can get velour ear cups for them either. It's summer here and the leatherette can get nasty. All the same I dig 'em.
  14. It's such a shame the Panamic Mini 53-5807 doesn't have a detachable tip. I have three Panamic poles all with detachable tips and this pole would be a very welcome addition/the missing piece. Alas Panamic said it wasn't possible to get this pole custom built with a detachable tip. Maybe it's time I hassled them again.
  15. Also make sure the wire connected to the pin isn't touching the outer pert of the SMA connector in any way. This will significantly reduce the range. I learnt this the hard way by using a wire with shielding to thick to fit properly into the SMA.
  16. Here's a review I wrote on another forum. Not sure if I posted it here before. Ross Boyer from Lemac and the team from Amber Tech were kind enough to lend me a DPA 6060. Apparently it’s the only one in the country at the moment. For those that are familiar with DPA 4060’s, to my ears the 6060 sounded somewhere between the 4060 with flat cap and a mid boost cap. I’d say more like 4060 with mid boat cap. The 6060 is part of the Core series and both the 6060 and a 4060 core definitely have a cleaner sound with a lower noise floor then a standard 4060. My COSS11 sounded dull compared to any of the DPA. To be fair the Sanken I used is about a year older then any of my DPA’s. I’ve never been a big fan of the B6 so it’s probably for the best I don’t give a comparison. I will however add that the 4060 is no where near as vulnerable to wind noise as the B6. By my very unscientific testing all 4060 and 6060 seemed equally prone to wind. All the 40xx series and 60xx series use the same mogami cable. Neglected to do any comparisons with 4060 Slims. Will have to do more testing over the weekend before returning the mic. Can I keep it please. I’m impressed enough to makes pre-order. I believe they will be released sometime in November and will be around the $850 mark. So yeah not the cheapest option out there. Cheers Nate. Photo credit left to right. 4060 Slim, 4060, COSS11, 6060, B6
  17. Went to a DPA workshop yesterday and Rune Slot from DPA said that the 6060/1 uses the exact same mogami cable as the current 40xx series mics.
  18. Nate C

    Boom Op Kits

    Thanks for sharing Vas. I may of nerded out watching this.
  19. Ok I have written and deleted this on a few occasions. I'll never be able to word it right but here it is. Anger is what kept me alive, it is what kept me strong. Like fire it can be all consuming and destructive, if understood it can be a very useful survival tool. As a child I was sexually and physically abused. Men aren't allowed to admit that. I also witnessed the constant domestic violence my mother endured. This was my normal. Aaron I apologise for beating you up nearly every day in 2nd grade, you didn't deserve it and I wish I knew a better way to vent then. In my early years my anger almost landed me in jail. Mainly stupid shit, Malicious damage, break and enter (think the only thing I ever stole was a hammer). It was a way to vent. Later I discovered skateboarding and graffiti and that gave me a purpose to my anger. Alas I have also expressed my anger in a dark sense of humour that doesn't always come across. Once I moved away I pushed all the shit to the furthest regions of my mind like it didn't exist. I was happy. I had invented a new me. I had a break down when all that shit I had denied existed came flooding back. Once again I self medicated. It was a long road to recovery mentally and spiritually as I confided in friends that had never heard my story. Not going to lie I lost a few who couldn't cope with what I had to tell them. I don't blame them. This industry really helped me find my sense of confidence and self worth. The sense of our dept being trodden upon and dismissed and fighting for what we require. In a way it was my fuck you letter. I think I fell in love with the fight and then later fell in love with sound. Alas I have heard the charm of manipulation on set and have been utterly sick to my stomach. Don't be ashamed of your anger, use, own, understand it. It is your right it it doesn't have to be negative. Cheers Nate.
  20. Ambient slates are more common here. I was somewhat dubious of the new model but after buying one I have become a big fan of it's ease of use. It is a lot more robust then it appears. Well at least so far. Would recommend getting the handle with it. One thing that is really handy about the older model is that it slips out of the face plate to become a smaller insert size slate.
  21. Thanks to Zaxcom and Lemac for ensuring a unit got to me the other day for a job, despite the courier plane having a flat tyre. It arrived at the eleventh hour. I was stressed but boy was I relived when it arrived on set. Lets just say being able to switch between a boom or 4098 plant was appreciated and got me out of a bind.
  22. Recently had to defend the decision to cross a light and cast a boom shadow over B cam (wide reactions) in order to get the hero dialogue of A cam that didn't work on lavs. All while focusing on if all the crew noise was between words and trying to do the mental maths of what post could clean up. Sometimes I feel like flicking a torch on and off during moments that I know won't make the edit.
  23. I believe they are the ones designed for 4099 mics. Someone here should be able to confirm that. Sorry I'm not 100% positive. I got them from either Trew Audio or Pinknoise in the UK. To reduce the opening, I tacked them up in the middle . They help with wind but aren't an end all solution. Think of of them like a softie on a boom, they hold up in light wind only. I find you really need to get them out of the path of airflow as much as possible. Cheers Nate. http://mymic.rycote.com/products/dpa-4099-mini-windjammer/
  24. I've been using 4060 slims and regular 4060 with Zax for a little while now and I'm happy with both. Picking up a core 4060 tomorrow and we'll see how that fares. To be honest I prefer the sound of the 4060 with flat cap in most situations. Especially hair rigs or a quick plant. The slims work best when hidden, hence their design, as they have a presence boost similar to the 4071 or crisp cap. Really depends on your needs. If you need a slim easy to hide mic, go with the slims. If you want a more versatile mic with different frequency caps go with the standard 406x. Pretty much always use these with the flat cap. I went slims and am now working my way up through 4060's. This was based on replacing my Sankens, 4063 and 4071 and what was going to be most functional to me. Cheers Nate.
  25. After I had an issue with a Lav and stated "It's OK we've got it on the boom." TVC Director "I f**k'n hate the sound of the boom" Had been booming all day up to this point and this is what was in his IFB feed. Same director lost his shit when we slated the first shot. NO SLATES ON HIS SET, IT'S NOT ORGANIC.
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