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  1. "I'll use cardioid or omni mics for the Blumlein pairs — omnis work great — but bi-directional mics make it a little difficult." Slightly odd that he refers to a Blumlein pair and then says he uses mostly omnis or cardioids, rather than figure-of-eights. To me, a Blumlein pair is crossed figure-of-eights. Does it mean something different in the US? Regards, John
  2. There's a slip-on version of the Rycote Cyclone in development for the MKH50 in the works, I believe. I saw a demo version at their London event earlier in the year and it's going to be a very useful piece of kit, I suspect. John
  3. Found this company in Australia who are an outlet for most of the Deltron boxes, although they appear to ship from the UK: here's a link to the grey version of the blue one I have, which it seems isn't available from this stockist: http://au.element14.com/deltron-enclosures/461-0010/box-diecast-p-c-grey-a/dp/9165649 Hope that helps. John
  4. I've been using the BlueSky MediaDesk 5.1 system for quite a while now and like it a lot. Mixes translate well to bigger systems, bass management is nicely implemented and the system is well designed for small studio surround work. Not too expensive, either. John
  5. Thanks for the kind words, folks. Hugh, the die-cast box is by a company called Deltron and is from their 462 series. In the UK they're distributed by RS Components and Farnell, and I would suspect that you have an equivalent in Australia. If not, or if you can't find one, drop me a line and a few bucks in PayPal to cover postage and I'll send you one over. I have a USB attachment in the pipeline, but I cheated and just bought a motorcycle-mount weatherproof unit with a flying lead that I'm just going to solder a Hirose connector to. I'm hopeless at cutting square holes, so it seemed the simplest solution. All the best, John
  6. Tuesday was the 75th anniversary of what was known as The Hardest Day of the Battle Of Britain. when the RAF and the Luftwaffe lost many planes and pilots. To mark the anniversary, eighteen Spitfires, four Hurricanes and a Mustang assembled at Biggin Hill Airfield, south of London and flew formations over the south-east coastal areas. Here are a few of them and the link will take you to SoundCloud, where you can hear them all start up and taxy to the dispersal point. I've added some sounds of Spitfires and Hurricanes in flight as well: sorry about the hideous SoundCloud picture: that's me in a Tiger Moth (passenger, not flying) a couple of years ago. Play them loud!
  7. It's also usual in some theatre shows, especially for the lead performers who can't necessarily get off stage for a mic change in the event of a failure, usually caused by ingress of sweat or a cable fault. I've just done a show with Jim Dale, who's worn two complete wireless systems for musicals ever since he was in Barnum, where it was impossible for him to get off stage and mic failure was pretty common because of the acrobatic nature of his performance. I can confirm that even at 80, he's still a very athletic performer. We used two DPA4061s in a double mic mount, but never had a failure, as far as I know. Regards, John
  8. First outing yesterday for my little remote switch and battery distribution system that I cobbled together from bits I've had lying around for a year or two. The remote switch and voltage display clips neatly into a Petrol pouch and the wiring runs into the bag to my Tracer LiPo 10Ah battery and a simple, fused four-way Hirose distribution box. (I found the blue Deltron box on Ebay as part of a set of five for £10 - I'm keeping a couple of the others, but in anyone in the UK wants one or both of the remaining two for a couple of quid, let me know.) Battery input to the remote switch is via a 4 pin XLR and from the switch to the distribution box, a locking DC barrel connector. The main switch is on the side of the box and is recessed when in the on position, so it can't be accidentally knocked, and the voltage display is checked via a momentary switch. I'm going to add a strip of ND to the side of the box with voltage display, just to make it look a bit neater as the box got a bit beaten up when I was making the rectangular cut-out, which was the most difficult part, even with a Dremel. The whole thing works very nicely and the battery gives me over six hours powering a 744T and my Soundfield ST450. A very satisfying little project that kept me occupied during a week of theatre producer nonsense. All the best, John
  9. Persevered and succeeded; however, I'd add one - probably blindingly obvious - extra step, which is to remove the ear-cups first, so that you're not trying to overcome the pressure of the headband along with everything else! Thanks, John
  10. Thanks to all for this: I did seriously consider a tea-spoon, a throwback to the days of fitting a new tyre to my bike and not having tyre levers. My mother soon put a stop to that one. I shall persevere with the detailed instructions and let you know how I get on. Regards, John
  11. OK, having now received my HN7506 headphones (thanks to Jeff Cannon for getting these to me) I need to fit the new gel-filled earpads. So, before I burst them in frustration, I suspect that there has to be a trick to it. Anyone care to share? Thanks, John
  12. Regardless of what Honda's doing, researchers at Cardiff University have also proved that it's possible to build a carbon-positive house at an affordable price: they proved it by building it. This is not some PR stunt, but a genuine attempt to move forward in reducing the amount of power we consume. And it's in Wales, not noted for the huge amounts of sunshine it enjoys during the year. http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/jul/carbon-positive-house-story.cfm You could also look at two projects developed by a friend of mine, Jürgen Huber. http://passivehouseplus.ie/blogs/the-bauhaus-barge-an-energy-efficient-canal-boat.html and http://www.superhomes.org.uk/superhomes/london-du-cane-road/ Again, please note, not in sunny California, or Arizona, but in London, where we're in the middle of a grey and rainy summer. Regards, John
  13. And very interesting it was, too. The new smaller Cyclones are neat and effective ( easily tested as the room was upstairs in a pub next to the River Thames with a strong wind blowing in through the balcony windows) and there are new smaller softie models coming for SDCs like Schoeps and Neumann mics with a very secure rubber seal to the mic body. Also on show was a prototype of a version for the Sennheiser MKH 40/50 and similar mics, with a quickly detachable basket using magnetic clips. I spent a fair amount of time with both Simon and Helmut discussing surround systems, got a very nice Rycote baseball hat that also fits my wife who immediately appropriated it (I'll need another one, Simon...) and a smart Schoeps Nextel Grey polo shirt, along with some excellent snacks and a refreshing drink or two. A great bunch of people, keen to demonstrate their products and just to chat generally. I wish more trade events were organised on such a relaxed social basis. Thanks to Simon and Helmut and the rest of the crew for a very pleasant couple of hours. Regards, John
  14. Some significant differences in display: I'm going to have to RTFM... John
  15. Nuendo 7 available for download today: reasonable upgrade price (£109 from 6.5 here in the UK) and big - 10 GB download. I'll be interested to see how well it performs. Regards, John
  16. And finally, I hooked up the cable and all AES42 inputs work fine. So, for those who might have wanted to buy a pair of mine, I'm hanging on to them until after I've done some testing in the real world later in the year. After that I'll make a decision and if I decide to sell a pair, you'll hear about it here first. Thanks to all for the help and encouragement and to Nelson and all at Sound Devices for astonishingly good service. All the best, John
  17. Just to add that the cable arrived first thing this morning, via a UPS courier. Given that I confirmed my address last Friday and I'm in the UK, this is really excellent service. Many thanks to all at SD. John
  18. That's what I call service. I'll be in touch later today when I'm back in the studio. Thanks, John
  19. Hold your horses - not made up my mind yet... John
  20. Call Spike Shaw at Stage Electrics in Bristol. As far as I can tell, they bought a bunch for an install by mistake and they may have a pair left. Simon Bishop was after a pair and he may well have had the last ones. Direct line number is +44 117 937 9564. If you don't have any luck, call me: I may part with a pair to help fund a DMI-2P John
  21. Just did a very quick check and that was indeed the problem. Link pin 1 to the screen in all AES connectors on the XL-88 and all is good. Have notified Sound Devices, but no response as yet. Thanks to Constantin for confirming that it's possible and especially to Rich for the suggestion that pointed me in the right direction: now I can enjoy my bargain mics. (Four for £1k - not bad, eh?) John
  22. Aha, now we are getting to the root of the problem, I suspect: making a quick check with a meter, I got 10v between pin 2 and the Neutrik shell and pin 3 and the shell, but not between pins 1 & 2, or pins 1 & 3. On opening up the XLR, I see that the screen is connected to the shell, but Pin 1 is n/c. It's a genuine SD XL-88, but I guess that it predates the arrival of AES42 and will therefore need to be modified. If anyone has an XL-88 working with digital mics, could they do a quick check to see that pin 1 is connected to the screen on the AES inputs? I'll contact SD support as well and see if this rings a bell with them. Thanks for the help, folks. Much appreciated. John
  23. Thanks, Constantin: simply, I get no signal. It looks as though the mics are not getting power. The LEDs on the body don't illuminate and nothing shows up on the meters. I have the input channels selected to digital, AES power turned on, but nothing. I'll try and get hold of a duplicate set-up and see if that works. John
  24. I've asked this question elsewhere, including (hat) to Sound Devices, both via email and in a short, but confusing phone conversation, so I'm posting here to see if anyone has real world experience, and if so, how they achieved what they achieved. (I'm also waiting on a call from someone in the UK who also might be able to help, so this may be moot, but I'll ask anyway.) I managed to score a set of Neumann KM184D microphones on Ebay for a very small amount of money: I know they work, because Simon Bishop very kindly tested them for me on his rig (did you buy a set yourself, Simon?) and I know that for full use, I need to buy the Neumann DRM-2p interface, but I want to know if I can connect them directly to the SD788T via the 15 pin D-Sub, using the XL-88 loom, or if I have to have something made up specially, or if it's just not possible and I should give up. The Neumann Digital mics are AES42 Mode 2 and the published info from Sound Devices says "Mode 2 microphones will automatically operate in Mode 1 when connected to the 788T" The SD tech I spoke to stated simply "if it's Mode 2, it's never going to work" leaving me rather in the dark. My question is very simple: has anyone successfully connected a Neumann Solution D microphone (or any other AES42 Mode 2 digital mic) to a Sound Devices 788T (and yes, I have turned AES 42 powering on in the menu) and if so, can you detail the precise method by which you achieved success? Thanks, John
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