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  1. If those are the sounds you're recording and complaining that the mic is too noisy, you're doing something wrong and it's your recorder or a faulty mic. BTW, what is your recorder? Please don't say a zoom (the F series is ok, H not so much) I've used multiple 416's over the years with various professional recorders and never had that mic sound noisy with those sort of sounds. Something is wrong somewhere & you need to investigate more before spending money on a new mic. Just my opinion and as always I reserve the wright to be wrong. Grant.
  2. Check out the Sonosax group on facebook, there's a few examples there. I think most have gone for the Orca OR34 when using the R4+/AD8 (from memory).
  3. What Jon said. As others have noted, what sort of FX are you recording that require such a quiet mic? Also, even 13db self noise is quiet. I use a mkh 40/30 m/s pair and find self noise (mkh30 is 13dbA, mkh40 is 12dbA) isn't generally an issue unless my locations are VERY quiet, under 32dB SPL I start to get a bit of mic noise. (yep some of my recording locations are under that) Make sure you're not cranking the h/phones too loud as that can give the impression that you have more self noise than you actually do. Don't forget often what sounds noisy in h/phones is often ok on speakers. Well, depending on what you're recording..
  4. Another handy hint is to drink coconut water in the summertime, it's natures powerade/gatorade.
  5. Sounds like a faulty battery? , contact whoever sold it to you as they do fail. (other batteries charge fine?) I have 2x 48Wh, 3x 96Wh. No issues after 18 months, have both the RSS & IE single bay chargers and am very happy. Love being able to see the realistic run time on my mixer with a load (SXR4+) rather than guess as I did with NP1's.
  6. There was a mention of delivery at the end of the year or early next.. Best to follow Sonosax on FB for updates. https://www.facebook.com/sonosax/ or https://www.sonosax.ch/category/news/
  7. I currently use the PS607 for my SXR4+, sure the OR30 has slightly more room but honestly I prefer the 607 as it seems to conform to my body rather then sit against it. I'd recommend trying the OR30 on before purchasing, you'll understand what I'm saying then.
  8. I've been using them for about 18 months with no issues. 48Wh will run my SXR4+/ lectro SR/ 2x lectro 401 for around 6hrs. Have a read here, this article should help you. https://chapterfour.com/blog/technology/power/smart-battery-shopping-guide/
  9. I'm the same and find the screen hood really helps, even then I'm struggling to see the screen on a bright summers day at times.
  10. Not cheap (expect around nzd$1500 but that's pure speculation.. ) , as a biased rx4+ owner it'll sound awesome and make your boom mics sound simply fantastic. I'm very impressed with the quality of my mkh50/dpa4017 through the rx4+ preamps so far, what's more I'm often asked by long term clients "what did I do?"... Grant. As most of us are running cables 6inches or so into a mixer/recorder, unbalanced analogue isn't really an issue. But that's the theory.. Me, I'll be using AES.
  11. Just an FYI: The CH7000 charger from inspired energy will charge smart batteries directly from a solar panel. https://www.inspired-energy.com/products/ch7000/ I'm about to get the ch7000 as I have a few field recording projects coming up where I'll be away from AC power for a few days/weeks at a time. My friend used to mod RV's so we're going to be installing solar panels etc for my campervan in the next few months. (it's currently spring here in New Zealand) Grant.
  12. I'd recommend doing the sma mod for your G3's antenna, they make a huge difference in performance. I use G3's for camera scratch tracks and IFB's, now range isn't an issue. https://wavreport.com/2016/10/27/sennheiser-g2g3-sma-mod/
  13. I was always happy with my mkh8050 in the middle of a 2 header IV, 1-2 inches towards the quiet talker. (Due to other reasons I now use mkh50's) Always found a mkh40 a bit wide for my IV locations, even on a 2 header. I understand your thinking but the 8050 has a wide enough pattern from around a foot+ away for a 2 shot, well, it sounded fine in my situations.. If you can, have a listen with your kids or other family members sitting on a couch like a 'real IV', I found that's the best way to check mic's. My kids often turned into fake IV subjects when testing new audio kit. Grant.
  14. I use the Petrol PS7 for my SXR4+ kit, it's the perfect size/weight with the AH-2HB Portabrace Harness and waist strap. I've been using this setup for the past year without issues. Tried an Orca32(?) but the PS7 is easier to manage and fits to my body shape better. (I'm an average size dude, no big belly yet..) PM me if you want more photos, this is just one I found in a hurry.
  15. I did 5+ years of (in store during biz hours) supermarket TVC's so hear your pain. These days I just mention it's usable but you'll still need Izotope RX to fix it. It's always surprising how many on set are audio pro's when you have a location issue and mention it. Try telling the DOP how to use his/her lamps..
  16. AFMY is correct, the best way to learn about your new kit is to sit down and spend a day or so playing with it. I spent 2 days with my new field recorder last year trying all options before using it on a job! When my kids were younger I laved them up and let them run around while checking signal flow dynamics from my new radios more than once.. Grant.
  17. The theory is less a/d & d/a conversions will give you a cleaner sound as you're basically outputting (cloning) a digital signal from your mixer straight into another device. some reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AES3 https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58f8d954b8a79b4ccf726c3b/t/5996db6bbf629ae6aaa707d8/1503058795711/Digital+IO+Advantages+and+Disadvantages.pdf
  18. I could get everything on the boom, No need to use lavs and it saved time, We were at the final dress rehearsal grabbing people to talk too when possible.
  19. Everything was the DPA 4017, no lavs. That's what impressed me too when using it, the 'reach' of the mic, even slightly off axis was fine.
  20. engaudio

    Zoom F8n.

    Sure did and yes, it's currently for sale. I received several glowing reports from post on the timbre of my tracks. (SQNmini-F8) One US based post mixer said it was the most natural sounding audio he'd ever mixed on his current production. (HHI) These days I just use my SXR4+, hope he's happy with that..
  21. 100% DPA 4017, Sonosax SXR4+ , cabled to FS7. (don't ask why cabled..) I was really impressed with the reach of the DPA in this location, thought I'd try it on interiors.
  22. You're very wrong.. On the recorder the optional 7XLR is for the sennheiser ambeo mic input The 5XLR is switchable: 2xAES/2xbalanced out/4xunbalanced out There's a ta3 (2 channel balanced) analogue out Plus a switchable in or out AES All this is covered on the Sonosax site. https://www.sonosax.ch/product/sx-r4p/ You have to think of the recorder as a matrix mixer as there's no such thing as a main L/R out, any input/track/mix/aux/etc.. can be assigned to an output. If you have any questions ask away, I've been using a Sonosax SXR4+ for the past year as my main recorder. Here's what it sounds like. int: mkh50 ext: sanken CS-1 & mkh50. Grant.
  23. I use the JrF hydrophones, cheap enough at 60gbp each and with a bit of EQ they sound fine. http://hydrophones.blogspot.co.nz/2011/05/c-series-pro-hydrophones-new-addition.html sample:
  24. I have a Nagra SD and it sounds wonderful, not cheap but I highly recommend it. I used one with my SQNmini mixer (via the unbalanced line out) for a long time and was always very happy with the results. (never used the optional clip on mics so can't comment on them but the line/mic inputs sounds great) Grant. Here's a doco I worked on using the above combo.
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