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Jim Feeley

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    sound, journalism, producing

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  1. Someone mentioned that they're now compatible (or something) with Tentacle Sync. Here's a three-minute video (best google result I quickly found). Cool for them: I followed Jacob's link. By "dual mic" I think they mean that two transmitters/mics can be picked up by a single receiver. And 2tx + 1rx costs US$449. So that is kinda interesting for someone...
  2. Blade in a soldering iron was what I was going to suggest; I learned from modifying stuff packs and harnesses back in my mountaineering days... If it makes sense, maybe rub the fabric a bit more with the blade (or any tip really, but why mess up a good one?) to give the fabric a little extra melt-seal. Looks good!
  3. Any tips for those of us getting ready to dive in?
  4. What did they use as the plant mic? πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Sorry corny joke. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
  5. I suggest reading online reviews of location-sound equipment with care. Does the reviewer have enough experience to know what he or she is talking about? Do they get to keep the equipment reviewed, or do they return it to the manufacturer afterwards? If they keep it, might they be swayed to stay positive to keep the delivery trucks running? Seriously, I'm more swayed by the opinions of many people here than I am of many on YouTube and blogs. Even Newsshooter, which seems to do a decent job with camera and lens evaluations, runs some pretty questionable and/or uninformed reviews of audio equipment.
  6. RRS might have some cred in the still-photography biz, but seems like they're still trying to figure out the video/cine world. Maybe their pole will be great, maybe it'll be meh, but I don't see any reason to hold off buying a pole until theirs comes out. Different mixers have different brand preferences for boom poles, but most choose from the save five (or so) brands that have been building and improving poles for years. If you choose between Ambient, K-Tek, Panamic, PSC, and VdB, you'll have LOTS of options in every size and will probably find something that'll work great for you.
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    Schoeps MiniCMIT

    Nah, I can feel what Rado is saying. I like Rycote's stuff in general (and my Cyclone a lot), but the basic Softies aren't super transparent (or fully protective); they're moderately priced and fine for ENG and lots of stuff. But the MiniCMIT sounds good enough --and is expensive enough-- to warrant better/clearer wind protection. But note that I write this without having tried Rycote's latest Softies (ie- I'm basing it on my older couple) or the one they make for the MiniCMIT. Or am I misunderstanding your comment, Mike?
  8. If placing a mic on the instrument or player won't work (or the player objects), maybe: -Mount the mic to a music stand in front of the player. If there will be a music stand and if the sheet music leaves room (perhaps on the lower lip if pages will only be turned between pieces). -Place the phone on the floor about four-to-six feet in front of the player. -Sit in the front row with your phone. Just some quick ideas working off the assumption this is a fairly informal recital. If I'm wrong, let us know a bit more about what you want to do with the recording (momento, part of audition for a school, etc), and how complex you want to make this...
  9. I wouldn't consider a pole from Really Right Stuff until they've been out and used by others for a couple years. Maybe it's fine, but they have no record in this area and boompoles are deceptively difficult to build well... https://www.reallyrightstuff.com/vmb-mic-booms And me, I'm still happy with my K-Tek poles (also have a couple very old LTMs that I'll use on stands, but those things are prehistoric). https://ktekpro.com/product-category/audio/boom-poles/ Think about what length you want. A 9-foot (or so) pole can be fairly compact and useful, imo, for ENG and doc use. A longer pole can be great, but requires more technique and experience to wield well. The short "traveler" poles I find too short for many situations, but easy to carry as a spare (which I do). That said, I'm not a fulltime (or great) boomop...
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    What bag are you going to use for the SQ7? Cool! Keep us up to date Peter!
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    Yow! And cool! Willing to tell us more about how you plan to use the Scorpio and SQ7 together? Or more for fun (at this point)?
  12. Rode's target market won't care, and may even like, Freedman's hubris. And I'd guess some more critical users will be tempted to at least give the mics a listen.
  13. "β€œThe TF-5 is the best small diaphragm condenser in the world, plain and simple,” says RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM." Huh. That's from the press release. More such statements here: http://www.rode.com/blog/all/introducing-the-rode-tf5-premium-condenser-cardioids And hera's a two-minute promo video with Tony Faulkner (the TF in TF-5):
  14. That's totally worth considering. But if you buy a used MKH50 you can probably sell it for 95-percent to 105-percent of what you paid. For me, an advantage of my Schoeps mics is they cover up my quite-good-but-less-than-perfect booming. The reach, off-axis response and such smooth things out; especially helpful when talent goes rogue or on a hard documentary when you don't know exactly what will happen next. So when you try some of these mics, think if your technique can make up for the inexpensive mics' shortcomings.
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