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Rachel Cameron

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About Rachel Cameron

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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

    416 Windscreen/Basket to CMIT conversion

    The final mod. I rotated and re-glued the mic cuffs. They just seemed safer, off to the side. Formerly on the top, they were more prone to be knocked, which is what happened to the original nylon grub screws. They were so extremely fragile, and they'd shear off at the slightest bump. So I found these online. They were too long. When I shortened them, I realized that these were formed of a much stronger compound, so I'll likely never have them shear off again. They were so difficult to shorten and dress. Thanks to vin and mark kirchner for the impetus on the nylon versions. I was just being lazy.
  2. Rachel Cameron

    416 Windscreen/Basket to CMIT conversion

    Sucks that the rubber kept coming apart. Mine never did. I'd heard others that did too. I bet I got mine at the end, when the company must have been on the way out, but that particular adhesive issue had been solved. I've surely been hard on this mount over the years. It should have come to pieces already. I never knew why it didn't. I kept watching for it on mine, while everyone else had gone to using Rycote. Incidentally, I love the DIY route, because I can attempt to improve the flaws that might have been the fatal flaws in the original design. That's the challenge, anyway. The machine shop saved the drawing of this particular mount. These guys are happy to make just one. I'm sure you have someone out there that could work with you, but if your needs are anything like mine, making another would be really inexpensive. I also doubt you need one of these exact mounts...but if you (or anyone here does), I'd gladly help.
  3. Rachel Cameron

    416 Windscreen/Basket to CMIT conversion

    Good call, Vin. You can't see it in the pic, but I've a little square of electrical tape on the mic. I carefully snugged the screw into the tape, but not so much as to even distort it. I worked with the anodized blue one before, and it scratches pretty easily, but it doesn't chip. Conversely, this new lime green one is difficult to scratch, but chips pretty easily, so the screw would have surely screwed up the finish. Oh. It also glows under a blacklight. That might be a first. The original grub screws were plastic, so they would break easily if you bumped them. I broke one a few years ago, and the other survives. (I've just located a bag of twenty, and they're on the way. Thanks for the impetus.)
  4. Rachel Cameron

    416 Windscreen/Basket to CMIT conversion

    Thanks Philip, I had the pistol grip milled off a few years back, and a helicoil inserted for the boom. That made it lighter, and I never used that grip anyway. And I'm glad I made this new mount, as I know the windscreen, I can move fast with it, and it's really solid. It all came in around 80 dollars. There's almost no Lightwave stuff left anywhere. I think I got [the windscreen] just as the company was going away..1998 or 97. Jeff mentioned a little bit of history on the video chat, but what happened to Lightwave in general? One previous Lightwave user I know didn't like his, as the rubber bars broke off. But it appears that was worked out. I was able to. Was that it for Lightwave?
  5. Rachel Cameron

    Unidentified Antennas

    Late vote for UCR 195. Looks like my old 195's, complete with that silver ring. Block 20 like Jason says.
  6. Rachel Cameron

    416 Windscreen/Basket to CMIT conversion

    Yes, I can see why, especially back then. But on this attempt, I can actually lift the whole boom pole by the aluminum hoops. I think they're going to hold. ..at 170g, the 416 moves a bit more than the CMIT (95g) does. I matched the 40 durometer of the original, but I wonder if this means I could have gone with less, like 30 or even 20. I also wonder how that relates to any handling noise - less or more.
  7. ..a few pics of a recent little DIY project... Got a CMIT. I didn't feel like buying a new basket/windjammer, and hauling two around, so I DIY'd the parts I needed. The old black one on the left held the 416. The newly minted one next to it holds the new lime flavored CMIT. The durometer of the rubber bars was a trick to match, and I broke it three times in search of an adhesive that would bond the rubber bars securely to the nylon and aluminum (I'll skip the aluminum on the next one). The two rails are made of thick walled stainless steel tubing, and are seriously strong. All of my mismatched 1/4"-20 set screws bug me. The wind's howling here in Tampa right now. 15 feet up, no windrush at all. Just for fun, I had to swing the boom around rather wildly to hear any windrush at all, something that's very unlikely to happen when it matters. It sounds great. I expected more handling noise, but it's the about the same as with the 416. So I'm very pleased. One basket and black cat does both mics now. Travel light. My new motto.
  8. Rachel Cameron

    View From The Office:

    They sure look all cute and snuggly in their little crate. And here's hoping everyone out there stays safe.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. Rachel Cameron

    "Sound Speeds" vlog

    It's like hanging out on location with Ironfilm. Thanks David.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. Rachel Cameron

    Please Post SIlly Things

    Not that silly, just brilliantly creative. Had to post.
  15. 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.
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