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  1. Damn autocorrect. Where David wrote "goofy" he clearly meant "elegant" 🙂
  2. Don't forget the TA3M tape out. Working from memory, but 15+ years ago, I would sometimes send the tape out to a little Marantz PDM620 set to MP3 for transcription or 24/48 WAV for backup (the master outs were either cabled to the camera or Lectro TX for a hop). Sounded pretty good and I'm =pretty sure= that I was bypassing the 620's preamps. However, I was using Sennheiser 416, Schoeps 541, and Sanken CS3e mics and Lectro wireless. Rick, is there no way to bypass the preamps on the Zoom H recorders? But that's all mists-of-time trivia and today if I were looking to record the sorts of stuff as Samuel is, I'd buy a MixPre II 3 or 6 or Zoom F4 (or bigger as Dave/IronFilm suggests) before buying a used 302. And Samuel, that 416P12 must be pretty old. As much as I like to save money, I'd probably not buy it (that said, my 416T still works, though I need to send it to Pete Verrando in Texas USA to get it modified to 48V phantom http://www.416tupgrade.com/416Tupgrade.com.html).
  3. So if you just get a mixer, such as a 302 (I still use mine), how will you record your sounds? Into your H4N? That can work, but if you go for a Zoom F4 or MixPre 3 or 6 (you could look for used ones of those), you'll have a recorder built in. That's handy. Are you planning on mainly recording voice for podcasts or other stuff? Do you want to be able to use the mixer/recorder in a bag over your shoulder, or have a transportable setup that you'd carry in a case and set up on location, or will it always or almost always be in your studio? And what mics are you planning on using? Mainly your Rode Procaster or others?
  4. Related, I think I see some wheels/casters under this, so it counts as a cart, right? #itsjustsocool
  5. Wow. I just googled up this article from July, 2020: Sennheiser Announces Layoffs Amidst Slowing Market With consumer and live sound sales heavily impacted by COVID-19, Sennheiser will cut 650 jobs worldwide by the end of 2022. Wedemark, Germany (July 14, 2020)—Having closed its fiscal year in June, the family-owned Sennheiser Group has announced its financial results for 2019, and while sales were only slightly down overall for the year, the company is preparing for the worst. Citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its consumer and professional businesses, as well as a slowdown in the headphone market, Sennheiser will cut roughly 650 employees by the end of 2022, with about 300 of those jobs in Germany. Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, noted in a statement, “In order to position the company for a successful future, we will adapt our organizational structure to the changing conditions and align it with the new requirements.” As a result, the company will be looking to make cuts in corporate functions such as Supply Chain and Operations. Aiming to enact the reduction in what it termed a “socially responsible manner,” Sennheiser will consider measures such as not filling open positions, a voluntary redundancy scheme and severance options in addition to offering partial and early retirement. Rest of the article: https://www.prosoundnetwork.com/business/sennheiser-announces-layoffs-amidst-slowing-market
  6. They used 1950s wireless technology, as shown in the picture: Wife-Eye.
  7. I was tempted to add this to the Gallery of Sound Carts. But I bet someone else already has. (ht to Jason DeGraw who posted this on Facebook). Everything old is new again.
  8. So I guess there are two issues here: 1) Did the producers have both the needed permits and their act together? Maybe not, but haven't we all been on jobs with permits (and with permits in hand) and/or legal right to record but still gotten hassled? I sure have. Getting that stuff resolved with a mix of schmooze, obstinance, basic journalist-level knowledge of the laws, quick calls to lawyers, etc is a key producer skill. But you need to choose your battles (and sometimes go across the street). 2) What's a good small bag for a MixPre 3 and a couple Sennheiser G3/G4 RX? I'm trying to figure out something like that too. For mostly the same reason: to keep a really low profile. In addition to the fishing/hunting stores, a backpacking/outdoor store such as REI will have a bunch of options (uh, should I disclose that I worked at REI back when I was in college? 😉). Looks like there are several locations out by you. I'd guess they'd be fine with you hauling in your kit and messing around with their stock. And then when you find a pack, if it's nylon, maybe cut/punch the cable holes you need and melt-seal the fabric with a lighter or old soldering iron tip. Maybe go for a design and boring color that a dopey middle-aged guy would wear. Maybe a water bottle pocket or mesh front pocket can hold your TX without too much antenna showing... https://www.rei.com/search?q=fanny+packs Good luck Tom and please posts pix of what you end up doing.
  9. Yow. You going to order one?
  10. Thanks 'trane! Hope to see you and everyone again at a future NAB. Speaking of the holidays, here's a sweet six-minute video I just found out about. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. A slight touch of NSFW language and ideas, but I like it:
  11. I haven't watched the the full preso yet. But if they made activating the IFB's speaker a two or three-step process, with the last alert something like: "Are you sure you want to have the IFB make noise? Have you wrapped all your cables yet?" then they can probably keep down the number of mistakes. It's a really cool idea. But what I need are motorized bits of kit that return to home base (my bag and cases) if they go missing. Here's a quick demo sketch where an earwig wakes up a young agency client as it starts its journey back to the PSM: Anyway, cool to see some innovation in IFBs...
  12. Sadly, you're probably right. Though someone like Dave Cobb would be a good steward of that board. I kind of think of him as a younger T Bone. But then, he already has a big old API board... https://www.soundonsound.com/people/dave-cobb OTOH, that board is a bargain compared to: Abbey Road Recording Console Used for Dark Side of the Moon Sells for $1.8 Million "The console is being sold by producer Mike Hedges, who bought it off of Abbey Road when the studio was revamping its equipment in 1983. No information about the buyer has been disclosed." Maybe the guy who bought the Black Strat bought it? 🙂 Why Colts Owner Jim Irsay Paid $4 Million for David Gilmour’s ‘Black Strat’ “I love Strats, and this is the Strat,” Irsay says. “This is the one that was the signature guitar for those incredible Floyd leads” Money went to a charity, so OK I guess. And I like that he wants to play the thing: Better than just sticking it on a wall. That's been an issue for my son, who's a musician. He plays sax, and while great saxophones (e.g.,- Selmer Mark VI) for a long time were much less expensive compared to classic guitars (a local sax tech says the prices are lower because, "jazz musicians are broke, and doctors and lawyers don't play sax"), prices have been increasing over the last 10 years. The story is people are buying great instruments, treating them as objets d' art, and not playing them. So while he's set for now, if he needs/wants another instrument to tour (when that hopefully becomes a thing again), it's gonna cost him a lot.
  13. Good point. But it was more interesting than most re-election campaign ads for used politicians. Reverb also tossed up a text article to go with the video: https://reverb.com/news/video-t-bone-burnetts-historic-bushnell-console-is-coming-to-reverb And the asking price was $595,000 USD. It's listed as sold, but don't know the selling price. Jim "didn't have room for it anyway" Feeley
  14. Water bottle with no top on the faders? Yow! (Also: That looks fun. I'll watch the rest later. Thanks!)
  15. Are you the second owner? As in: Did you buy it used? Can you get it fixed locally for less money? Here is their Beijing-based distributor, http://www.dingrun.com , who might be able to fix, or suggest someone to fix, your recorder. Good luck!
  16. $549, but that includes free engraving. https://www.apple.com/airpods-max/ The advert is pretty cool, though.
  17. No worries, and the trade-in explains it. Yes, it is expensive. Maybe SD's licensing some NR tech and they need to pay a royalty on a per-instance basis, so perhaps the eight-channel/instance version really does cost them more than the two-channel/instance version. I really have no idea, though....
  18. When I re-read your note, I see what you're saying, but when I read it too fast, I thought you were saying the only way to get NoiseAssist for an 833 was to lay down $2000 USD. So I check SD's site. The NoiseAssist plugin is priced by how many simultaneous instances you want to use (perhaps everyone but me already knew that): $600 2 Instances $1100 4 Instances $2000 8 Instances More details here: https://store.sounddevices.com/product/noiseassist/ Also, if you bought an 833 for anywhere near $2000, you got a great deal! 😀
  19. Also, some pretty great music. Just posted from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the fantastic free music festival (most) every Oct in San Francisco. https://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com Some details. From a video apparently for a general audience. But great gear, instruments, and vibe:
  20. Thanks for the update Madno. Please keep us informed!
  21. Ya, but this is for stuff I'm producing. My fairly limited experience in sending a box of parts to someone and expecting them to configure everything correctly is really time consuming and not consistently wonderful. A couple people have gotten into it, and gave us a FaceTime/Zoom tour of their location (a house, and an office) to help us find a decent background etc. But others stressed at having to mess with a small camera and all that. So as much preconfiguration as possible seems really good. My current idea is ship them a laptop and an iPhone. Just about everyone knows their way around smartphones and smartphone software. So potentially the whole "how does this video camera work? what do you mean, 'whitebalance'?" freakout gets lowered. Maybe run Camo which lets you use an iPhone as a webcam. A friend just used Camo to demo his NLE software to a virtual conference; he's picky and was happy with Camo. https://reincubate.com/camo/ And imo, the iPhone 11 Pro and 12 Pro can produce pretty decent images on auto mode. We'd also ship a small smartphone desktop tripod to them, perhaps a tiny battery-powered light (but that's more complexity), along with instructions. Probably stream/connect via Ecamm Live to Zoom or Skype or something. Ecamm can record a local h.264 file as it streams. And the interface is fairly simple. The interviewees (or someone in their pod) would mainly have to connect the iPhone to the computer, launch Ecamm Live (which can be preconfigured to connect to a specific stream/call), and allow the laptop to access their WiFi network (or plug in an ethernet cable). Seems like having them just need to allow our laptop to access their network presents a lower barrier than asking them to install software and hardware on their own machines and then configure everything. SO ANYWAY... I'm wondering about audio. Lavs seem like an extra layer of complexity for the interviewees. Some of the other iPhone/lightning mics (ie- from Shure and Rode) appear to be low-end and want to be plugged directly into the lighting connector, but we need to that to connect to the computer. And the DPA mic probably sounds great, and could perhaps be preattached to the phone so the person would mainly need to attach the phone to the tripod, plug it in, and use Ecamm Live's monitor to help with framing. But the DPA mic plus interface is $1200...Hmm... I hope to test something like this within a couple of weeks, though perhaps just using the iPhone's mic for the tests. Drop off the laptop, phone, etc at a couple friend's houses, see if they can configure everything (with help from me at my home). Maybe it won't work, and there's always a risk of things going pear shaped... But if we can significantly lower the risk, that's good. Any responses welcome. Well, any helpful even if critical responses welcome. 🙂
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