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Olle Sjostrom

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  1. There were messages sent out via retailers, at least here in Sweden, but I'm guessing that's the way SD did it internationally as well.
  2. Honestly, I have no idea about minimum distance, I’ve only ever used my ears to determine those things. I think it varies with the rooms and reflections and also the size of the mics and diaphragm. I’ve used the formula “at least a mic length apart” for both configurations. But again, it varies. You could also put something in between the mics, like a piece of padding, like a disc, to elleviate some issues. with the lavs, I have only ever used them mounted on a backpack with maybe 20-30cm between the mics, and the backpack serves as that disc I mentioned earlier
  3. Well there’s really only one way you can mount them, and that’s the AB way, ie one capsule at each end of the rycot. Pointing away from each other.. might still be a bit tight, but could work. i’ve used two Røde NT5s in a a røde blimp a few times, but in the ORTF config, since the nt5s are cardioid. Worked, no cancellation but also not very small. Line Audio has the CM4 which are super tiny and dirt cheap, I think they have an Omni mic as well, not sure… the smallest form factor is obviously using high grade lavs, like the dpa 4060. With xlr connectors they sound good enough, I’ve recorded tons of ambiances with lavs just mounted on a backpack.
  4. Post audio is better discussed in other groups. Once again, this group is a fine group of seasoned veterans in the dialog for movies sound recording and mixing area. In short : if you want to record dialog in movies there is no one microphone or recorder that will make your sound sound like ASMR. You will have to have access to lots of different microphones for different occasions, Lavaliers, plant mics, omni mics, cardioid mics, different lengths and sizes, wind protection, cases to carry them in, a cart to put the mixer and equipment on, a car to carry the cart.. You name it. You seem to have an idea of where you want to go, so just go and play around with your ideas and then try to learn more, get to know people in the business in you local area or reach out to people in here, there are plenty of German mixers in this group. There does not seem to be any advice from here that you will be able to fully understand yet, this group is above your pay grade so to speak, as if now at least. So do come back when you have more under your belt. Until then I suggest you read up, video up, and practice practice practice.
  5. Ok, so.. What you're saying now makes me think you're mainly interested in recording sound effects, and not synced dialog for film? The latter is what most of us are doing for a living (well, not so much me any more unfortunately, but I refuse to accept defeat and will linger here and curmudge (!?) until they pry the boom pole from my dead cold hands). If you want to record effects only, you would still be wise to check out other mixers and inspiring sites or reddit groupd, freesound etc, but you could also do a lot of great things and recordings with a used Zoom H4n. It's not so much the tool, it's the carpenter.
  6. Hi and welcome. Paul beat me to the punch, but hey, the more the merrier! If you think the price of a H8 is expensive, you're in for a few surprises. I don't think anyone in this group would advise you to buy an H8. Not because it's not potentially a good recorder, but because it's not suited for the needs of this particular group of professional sound mixers. No you don't, is the short answer. But if you need to ask that question you need to know more. Try to find a mixer who can take you under his/her wing and learn from them, or go to school. Yes, everyone knows. This, too, is a question that if you need to ask it you know too little. But, yes, any microphone can be plugged in to any device that is designed to have microphones plugged into them. The first thing would be to learn more. And if you're wondering what other pieces of equipment you need, just watch videos and read on here, it's a great resource. You will need a lot more than just a recorder and a microphone. I would recommend that you get in touch with local mixers and have them show you equipment. Or rent equipment before you decide on buying. ...and yeah, tough room. But... If you'd pop your head in a well established car repair shop to ask if a Dacia Duster is a good buy, considering the price, and if you can put fuel in the tank, then you'd get some weird looks as well.
  7. Did you open it up? You’ll have to do a lot more troubleshooting than just spraying it then. Again I’ve never used one, but something tells me that something in that wheel is weird, and you should try to see if you can somehow disconnect it or remove it and see if it helps.
  8. Never having used one, I would bet that that wheel is the culprit. There's some junk back there tricking the wheel into thinking you're pressing it to make it scroll. It looks like an easy enough fix if you can open it up and clean it. You could use electronic cleaner if regular "Topz" or the likes wont do it
  9. Just saw this video. The part work the focus is interesting. It made me wonder how this would react to booms. But in the other hand om guessing this camera is intended for visual fx shots or other really tricky shots where audio isn't going to work anyway.. I'm thinking maybe its intended use is video where presenters have Lavaliers. But then again I'm guessing it will take like two minutes before someone decides to shoot a feature film on this camera. https://youtu.be/V7DnNoAnbDc
  10. I liked your review Roland. Thanks for that! Very thorough. Nice to see that Rycote are taking the fight on Rode in making affordable mics!
  11. My god that guy must be hearing very poorly. At least I am now having listened to him blaring out monotonously for 18 minutes straight without breathing. I fear for him.
  12. This. Lectrosonics have never failed me in the field due to malfunctioning units; whenever there's been a problem it was operator error. I remember there was a video where they shot an SMV out of a potato cannon into a wall (?) and it held up. I've repaired an SQMV in the field in less than 15 minutes (a broken display that time), and countless times been impressed with how much abuse they can take. Once every year, except these last two years because of covid of course, I've used SMQV and 411 to make a radio show where the show hosts go on a wonky self made raft into a stream. They wear wet suits with the transmitters on their arms (using one of those arm bands you put your phone in when running) inside a loksak. The receivers go in a waterproof bag inside a pelicase, just next to the broadcast transciever (basically a huge cell phone with 5 individual 4G transceivers). The pelicase goes in the raft. So they're pretty close to the receivers, but we've had the case go in the water more than once, and still not a single drop out of any kind. So you can't go wrong with Lectro. That said, I have very limited experience with the L series. But you get what you pay for, I guess. A used lectro will be great for a LONG time.
  13. Ah and I was looking only at the central numbers. In Sweden we are very thrilled about this.
  14. I'm sorry to be a party pooper, but actually 89% voter turnout. Fantastic nonetheless. It's just my OCD
  15. You could try Reaper. It's a free download, and for these purposes it's easy enough to use. Sometimes it's a pure problem solver
  16. Tried importing into reaper? Tried importing normally into audacity? I too find vlc a bit tedious to use, a lot of trial and error and just by chance it'll work.
  17. In audacity, you can open the sound as .raw audio data, which means that it will only read the audio of the file, then you can export it to a new wav file but the timecode will be stripped, of course. I'm guessing what's happened is that the bptrx hasn't successfully written the Metadata correctly into the file. If you decide to give audacity a try, know that in order for the raw audio to sound correctly you need to know the exact bit and sample rate, otherwise it'll just produce noise. Also, if you can somehow resolve the first frame timecode, you can amend the missing timecode in wave agent after recovering the audio, iirc If you feel burned, I'd be happy to help. Send me a DM if so
  18. This guy made a video, but only first impressions and the sound tests are just him in a treated room. https://youtu.be/SBxHKwFz1_w
  19. Well, if schoeps doesn't know.. I guess the field is open to throw in guesses. But all the usual ways of getting rid of tobacco smells are probably going to kill your mics faster : Vinegar, as in gently brushing the items with vinegar, and freezing for several days. I also guess just letting them air for a few days will probably lessen the amount of stink, too.
  20. Looking good! Just guessing wildly, I think the waveform in your logo is the word "sound".. :S
  21. Record trigger and timecode are separate things, right? I mean if you could set the tc to free run, that would (probably) make the timecode more usable. But then again i don't know if it's the timecode starting that's triggering the recording on the mixpre, or if it's a recording flag... Edit: just read the manual. You can record trigger with HDMI, or timecode. So unless there's a way for you to mute timecode when camera is stopped, you'd have to stick with rec run, and the duplicate frames. If you could go hdmi from camera to the mixpre, that would allow you to trigger the recorder separate from timecode. You'd still have to sync the camera and mixpre with Tc somehow.
  22. I know it's not really comparable in terms of size of production or budgets, but in Sweden we've managed to have 40 hour weeks (either 8 hour days, five days a week, or 10 hour days, four days a week) for dozens of years. Productions just keep increasing in size and difficulty, but the working hours and conditions have remained the same through those years. This is true for maybe high tier Productions, long running TV shows or feature length movies. Again, not really comparable (Swedish teams are maybe half the size of an American crew, if even), but you really can make a movie or show with humane working hours and proper turnaround, only longer production time obviously. If you need international support...
  23. From the start i didn't really like the Tesa 4965, but now I really do. It just works. Easy to remove. Attaches to skin, however I like to put it a piece of skin tape on the actor first and then the concealer . Pretty easy to remove the red plastic too.
  24. Ambitions are great! A challenge is always fun I'd say that if you strive for a natural sound, the choice of mics is far less important than the choice of location and its acoustics. If you allow for proper time and care before and during production you might achieve what you want in a beautiful friendship with set design and props dept, or the people/person who will be working with that. And then there's workflow: sound check and so forth. Sound dept, or the sound person would have to have a lot of time to get it right. Any artistic choice that would affect location sound is not just simply choosing the right microphone. I encourage the effort! That said, I really think the more traditional way of recording dialog would make for post to be able to recreate "natural acoustics". And also, I would go with schoeps mics
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