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  1. Christian Spaeth

    Tentacle Sync Workflow

    In my opinion it is quite useless to try and educate clients on TC wrkflow. Editors are used to their workflows, and if PluralEyes have worked for them so far, they tend to not want to try something new. My job is to find out what kind of workflow the job's post team has, and adapt to that. Sometimes they don't even mind manually syncing up stuff, as long as there's no slates on set. I could of course recommend software that works great and would improve their workflow, but again, in my experience, this is useless, so I'd rather save everyone's precious time.
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    Oktava MK-012 testing

    ...and significantly increases the mic's self noise.
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    Rycote Super Blimp NTG

    Looks like a Super Shield with slightly different colours ("Rode style"), and not that much cheaper than a Super Shield, so that's what it'll be.
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    Audio Limited A10 for talent.

    It always bothers me a bit when these type of discussions become philosophical. First of all, I think we all use wireless products for practical reasons, not because we think it's so much fun or sounds so great, instead it is a compromise to make life easier on set. Show me a high end recording studio that uses wireless products. Right, they don't. And neither would we if we didn't have to use booms and move around on sets. I personally have never used Zaxcom wireless or the digital Audio Limited, actually the only digital wireless I have used were Shure (event audio though) and Rode, the latter of which I didn't like because of the way (digital?) the noise floor sounded. The best sounding results I have gotten audio wise were boom mic cabled directly to Nomad, respectively via MM-1 to a Lectro LMa to SRa to Nomad, and I would be quite surprised if anyone could tell which is which by listening to the end product. Both ways sounded very good to my ears, with the advantage of cable offering a higher dynamic range. Unlike in studio recordings, we almost always have a level of background noise on a set that would mask the noise floor of any mic or wireless system we use. That is why in studios they pay insane amounts of money on extremely quiet preamps. I don't really care about the numbers either, or how Zaxcom, Audio Limited or Lectros would sound in a dead quiet studio. I don't need or want a universal tool that is great in every situation (like "the best mic for music, dialogue and sfx"), I want something useful to a specific need, in this case, an alternative to unpractical cabled mics for use on sets.
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    NYTimes sound backgrounds from around world

    Amazing! Great example of how sound can take us very far away and immerse us (especially if no moving pictures are involved...) Thanks for the share Jay!
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    Deity Connect.

    I had a similar experience with the Rode phantom power plugon, had hopes for using it on the odd plant, but after testing it it just didn't inspire my confidence, too many uncertainties to deal with in typical job use. Basically nice toys, but I'm also curious (though doubtful) if Deity manage to reverse the laws of physics (and economics) with these yellow boxes.
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    Oktava MK-012 paint damage out of box

    In cars you don't move the mic, so they work just fine. In my experience they don't rumble much more than a Schoeps MK41, so if you know how to engage a low cut filter, your chances of getting usable audio are good. Put a foam on the capsules in the car and you're good to go. Of course the Oktava "colette" is about twice the length of the Schoeps so they're not that easy to hide. But I like them for their versatility. Also have used the figure 8 adapter for the odd M/S recording. I wouldn't choose an Oktava as my main mic, but it's a useful addition any day. I don't know about your seller's return policy, but if it's amazon-style I would just order another one, compare them and return the one you like less.
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    Oktava MK-012 paint damage out of box

    I Might try that. Cool btw, didn't know Ben Stiller was into sound! 😂
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    Oktava MK-012 paint damage out of box

    If it makes you feel uneasy you might wanna send it back. But like has been said, pay more attention to the sound. These mics will look pretty dingy quickly but will last very long nonetheless and plus they do sound great (I've never heard a modded one but love my original MK012s.) Actually the first microphone I owned, and still use them quite regularly (mostly with the Colette style cable for car interiors).
  10. Here's a recent one. TV commercial, VOs with an actor were done at a hotel room after wrap. Got an email from the agency via producer a few days later: "The speech recordings from the hotel room are mono, not stereo! How can this be?" Do you have some funny agency folk stories to share? EDIT: changed the thread name to more accurately reflect the great contents of this thread!
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    New wireless TX deviation rules October '18

    This also means new US transmitters (with 50 KHz deviation) will work with EU receivers (vice versa they already do). Not sure about legal issues but technically it should work. Maybe as a consequence companies like Lectro won't have to make different US and EU versions anymore? (Thus saving R&D and time)
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    Good price on 7506 headphones!

    I switched from 7506s to Ultrasone HFI780. Same size earpads, better isolation, better fit, better sound. Not as cheap though...
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    Good price on 7506 headphones!

    that might also be their "customer is always right" policy... I've had Amazon refunds paid before I even returned an item.
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    How's that working out now, Harley Davidson?
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    Maybe it was Trump himself, googling himself because he couldn't sleep? Imagine that, with that guy it does seem that impossible...
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    I think it's a bit sad... when I think back not too long ago, the USA was this amazing dream of a free country, while the image it has now is indeed quite an ugly one unfortunately. BUt enough with the politics...
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    I got a personal response to the above comment, didn't think people with that kind of intelligence are able to read this forum...
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    bluetooth sound box

    JBL Go
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    50% EU import duties on US recording equipment !!

    That's so... uncool. Remember not too long ago we were about to get rid of all import duties via the EU/USA trade agreement, and now this is where Trump has taken it.
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    Oscar Sound Tech-lavs Re-visited.

    If you're looking for Tram-style then 80x are a great value. I have used TL40s a lot, and generally I find them to be more sibilant than 801s. They also have less low-end. Best use I got out of them was in tie-knots on male voices. They don't mix well with DPAs on the chest for example.
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    Advice for a novice

    Speaking about the sound of the 416, it‘s bad side is also its good side: off axis sound gets coloured strongly. Newer shotguns sound way more neutral for sound coming from the side or rear. To my ears the 416 loses more presence off axis than other shotguns. This may result in more problems in rooms that already have problematic lo-mid range nodes, and also makes the mic less forgiving for the boom op, but it can also help the focus in distracting exteriors (hence sports?) I recall a rare windy shoot among trees with lots of small leaves making hissy sounds off axis, and there the 416 worked better than the CMIT.
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    Advice for a novice

    Recently I got an emergency call for a reality shoot the same day. No problem, I thought, prepared my gear and then had to realize that my CMIT was making a constant noise. Probably moisture (or sadness, since I hadn't used it for a few weeks?). I then used my 416. That was maybe the only time in the last 5 years I used it, but had I not had it I would've been royally f----d. THAT is why I believe everyone should have one, because I trust this mic more than any other. Of course no reason to buy a new one, as you'll never need to service a 416 and it's pretty unbreakable, as tried by probably thousands of noob ENG assistants in any corner of the world. By the way a day later the CMIT worked fine again without any further ado.
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    Advice for a novice

    A 416 is ALWAYS worth getting.
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    The "Best client/producer/agency quotes" thread

    Maybe the people they usually work with for sound are not pros (hence cheaper) and thus need to be told how to hold a boom?