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Rachel Cameron

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About Rachel Cameron

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  • Birthday December 28

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    West Central Florida, USA
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    Synthesizers, interesting musical instrument mods, new wave music, guitars, Florida history, maritime history, politics, writing/making up words, citrus/avocado/olive gardening, yardening, silly humor, documentaries, DIY anything, writing songs and music, recording sound, current state of the culture, fine arts.
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    Sound person, in Tampa Bay, working to learn more and become as good as many of my mentors have been.

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  1. Rachel Cameron

    What is your spare recorder

    Same here. Love my 744T. And I always keep a patch of gaffers tape with a pull tab, as a CF port cover, when working or not.
  2. Rachel Cameron

    Audio Root Distro to DNS-2: DC cable gauge

    Doubling back for a report that my burly RA DC cable is doing fine, and It's been in and out of three bags several times since. But above all: I also wanted to qualify something I suspected for a while. I pulled the unused pins (2,3) on the XLR, and the corresponding pins on the Hirose for a good reason - so there was nothing to cross to in the case of a bad joint (except of course, pin 1). This happened one day, and it made the DNS-2 go dark for a while. When it came back I was pretty relieved. It happened again before I began to suspect this: I couldn't tell if it was crossing to pin 1 or 2 or 3 in the Hirose, really. Also compounding the problem, was that the chuck on the Hirose would not clamp down on the tiny 24AWG (hence the 18 ga.). I cleaned up the solder joint, and added a tiny dab of hot melt glue at the Hirose end, and filled the XLR at the other end. It hasn't happened again since, so I figure that was what it was... Any similar power experiences with this item?
  3. Rachel Cameron

    "Sound Speeds" vlog

    It's like hanging out on location with Ironfilm. Thanks David.
  4. Rachel Cameron

    The "Less Suck" Fader

    In one of the venues I used to work, to quiet an insistent and nosey producer, they always had to wire mics/stands to a horn section that needed no sound reinforcement whatsoever. The six XLR's just ran under the bleachers to nowhere, and the guy was happy for many seasons.
  5. Rachel Cameron

    It's the Little Things...

    I was upset to find that a number of the elastic bands on my Sennheiser MZS-40 shock mount were cracked, after one of them broke. I feared a frustrating search at the Home Depot, or worse, sending Eric around the Cape of Good Hope to locate some for me. But I scaled the search back a bit, and found the most wonderful answer. Look no further than your junk XLR bin. That's right. The little gasket on a Neutrik is the perfect size to solve this issue. Not being round, they slip in the mounting groove a little better (if you orient them correctly). And they even seem to be a bit burlier. Can't wait to hear how they (don't) sound. It's the little things. Thanks Jan!
  6. Rachel Cameron

    Please Post SIlly Things

    Not that silly, just brilliantly creative. Had to post.
  7. Rachel Cameron

    Playback speaker tip

    A live sound mixer friend of mine said they were well known in France (?), with the busking crowd over there. Said he loved his MaxiMouse, and saw quite a few others in Paris when he was living there. How far and wide were they shipped? And megathanks to Wes and Larry, for the continuing gems on design decisions you guys made. It's likely the only place this information exists. Much respect.
  8. Rachel Cameron

    Playback speaker tip

    Perhaps the heat was from just normal operation, then. It was just an assumption I made. Either way, I just ordered another CH-40 wall wart for it, as a back up. Thanks WesH. And yes, the Power Sonic batteries were absolutely worth it.
  9. Rachel Cameron

    Video Chat with Jan

    These are going to be great. Thanks Dave. What a great first installment. Keep this up.
  10. Rachel Cameron

    Playback speaker tip

    That's a lot of great information! Many thanks. It's a pretty special amp. I noticed the 2 ohm speaker and thought that was unusual. I felt the wall wart getting warmer than I thought it should be, and making a little hum. It explains why the amp sounded a little rough after a while. Good thing it still works. It charged the new cells out just fine, so I got lucky. Thanks Wes, that's the battery that arrived, give or take .1Ah. I love this little amp. I've been testing it around the house with my iPhone driving it, and also with my Nebulophone as an unbalanced line instrument. And I'll likely search for a new wall wart, for a back up DC power supply. Is there a wall wart replacement you would suggest? I'm worried about getting/matching the proper 2.X mm DC connector, and the proper milliamperage.
  11. Rachel Cameron

    Playback speaker tip

    +1, and I was pleased to find it worked on the wall wart, even when the cells wouldn't hold a charge. Of course mine (two Werker 5Ah) were dead, but a quick look, and the Werker batteries were only $10 bucks each, so I bought two batteries. The problem is...they arrived as 4.5Ah, not 5Ah, which was annoying, and made me want to return them. Maybe this doesn't even matter? Or perhaps..I can put a battery in that performs even better than the original 5Ah Werkers? I'd love some ideas on a good updated cell... And that's a great idea with the baby receiver plate/playback mod.
  12. Rachel Cameron

    Playback speaker tip

    Dredging up an old post I know, but since this item isn't referenced much elsewhere, I thought I would post a few pics of one here. And Phil is right. It gets loud.
  13. Rachel Cameron

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    So true. But I actually hope to use it from time to time. I want to protect it in the van and the field. Incidentally, I was just putting it away, but was stopped by a girlfriend of mine, who noted that beauty, and wanted to know all about it. Though I was pleasantly surprised, I wondered where to start.
  14. Rachel Cameron

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    It's 8.5 x 11 x 3.5 inches. Strangely, it's roughly the size of a sheet of printer paper. Maybe not so strange if you think about it. But this is not counting the ears, which take up another 1.5 x 2 x 2 inches, and pass through a partition on the classic leather case, where I'd input the XLR's - and the output cable on the other side. I'm sure there's a bag out there which would work for it. If not, I'm perfectly happy to have these zippers repaired on the cowhide bag, and maybe have them update it with some internal padding, as well. The slight bit that it had, has turned to powder long ago, but fortunately, the recorder wasn't kept in it.
  15. Rachel Cameron

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Thanks dela, for the helpful information on the IS. I didn't know it came in a non-pilot version. Interesting, and I can see how it would have been a fav of the radio crowd. I wonder if that was the case here in the states?..I mean, radio stations using these? The 4.2's are heavy by comparison. And yes, thanks so much! I would love to get a copy of the IS manual. I'll send an email address by PM here at JWS. I'm also looking for a bag for it, as the cowhide one is coming apart at the zipper seams. I might just take it to the local luggage repair, as this classic leather carry bag is in fine shape for repair. But it seems to lack padding. Perhaps a used (discontinued) Porta-brace bag for it to live in? That is, if I can find what model number they used for the IS, since it's a bit of a lower profile recorder...