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  1. Ed Denton

    Taping mics to chest

    I just wanted to see what opinions people had on best practice regarding taping or attaching lav mics to actors' chests. Obviously it wouldn't be the first choice but if there is no better option like if an actor is wearing only a thin t-shirt with a high neckline is it an acceptable practice to attach the mic to their chest directly on the skin? What about if they have a hairy chest? And what about high profile actors/actresses? I've heard of soundo's saying "absolutely not" especially with hairy guys but then I've a lot of success miking directly on the skin. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Cloud-based mixing

    I there any good options for cloud-based mixing/audio post like what Frame.io is for video post production? I have some collaborative projects and it would be good to be able to work with other mixers online.
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    Audix SCX1 HC and Sennheiser MKH 416 Audio Sample.

    I would agree that the 416 has a little more bite and a little more natural sounding. For a voice over I might choose the Audix out of these two samples. It seems warmer and more pleasant with the highs rolled off a little. On-location performance for normal dialogue and in a more testing environment may yield a different opinion from me however.
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    Countryman B2D cardioid Lav Review

    Has anyone experimented with these as a car mic. I’m looking at getting some cardioid lavs as car mics and interested to know how the B2D stacks up against the 4080 and the CUB.
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    LW-216 whip for Comtek M-216

    I recently bought a Comtek M-216 transmitter (not option 7 version) and it didn't come with a LW-216 1/4 whip antenna. I naively thought it would be easy enough to pick one up online...but think again. It is exceptionally hard to track one down. The Comtek distributor here in Montreal, Studio Economik, can put it on order but they only do orders for Comtek stuff when they need a few things so it could be weeks before they even put in the order. Trew in Toronto same deal plus the extra postage and wait time for it to bunny hop through Toronto before it gets to me. Sadly Remote Audio do not make an antenna with the 2.5mm jack. Nothing on ebay. Exasperated I think I'll try to make one myself. Anyone have an idea where to get the the 2.5mm locking jack connector? What wire would be suitable for the antenna and where would one buy such a thing? What do I have... a soldering station, and time on my hands. Any help from those of you who know your wireless tech would be great! Alternatively if anyone else here makes them, let me know.
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    Zoom F8n.

    Was really hoping they'd change the buttons where the writing rubs off/fades and the painted blue strap bars that chip and flake (why not use that lovely anodised blue metal you have on top and bottom?). Only cosmetic issues but I experienced both after only a few weeks of use.
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    Phase alignment drifting

    I have some multitrack WAV audio delivered to me and I'm experiencing a weird issue regarding phase alignment. In Pro Tools I'm going through the audio and matching up the phase on the boom and lav tracks. I'm using the boom as the primary and matching the lavs to the boom. I'll sync up the phase on a clip at the start but then I'll move further down the clip and the phase will be out again! Its not consistent, sometimes its just a few sample forward, sometimes a few samples back, sometimes up to 1 or 2 milliseconds forward or back, all within the same clip recorded together in real-time. I know there is a delay involved with the wireless, but once synced I would expect the phase to remain in sync for the entire clip. Can anyone offer an explanation? Below is the recording setup: Ch 1: Boom, Audix SCX1-HC, Ch 2: Sanken Cos11 -> SMDa -> UCR411a, Ch 3: Sanken Cos11 -> SMDa -> UCR411a. Recorded on Zoom F8 at 24bit/48 kHz polyphonic WAV. No record delays. See below example of the drift after only 2 seconds.
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    Phase alignment drifting

    Ok this makes sense, it is probably to do with the movement of the boom. I wouldn't have expected the effect to be quite so pronounced over such a small distance but I guess physic has other ideas. It's a real PITA to line up everything sentence by sentence to avoid phase issues. How to you post guys usually do it when mixing lav and boom tracks together when there are slight changes in phase. Sentence by sentence?
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    633 PFL

    Ahh that explains it. Pity that you can’t have post-fade ISO’s and pre-fade monitor on $3000 piece of gear. Would love to see this remedied in an firmware update. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    633 PFL

    Apologies in advance if this has been covered but I can’t find any reference to this in the manual or online. My PFL switches are operating as “post-fade listen” rather than pre-fade. I have my Input to ISO routing as post-fade which is how I prefer it (in case I need to mute actors who walk off to the toilet without notice or something). But I would like to be able to have my PFL as Pre-fade listen so I can audition mics before bringing them into the mix. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hirose-powered Mac Mini.

    Running a computer based workflow on a cart with all the challenges of on set conditions? No thanks. Extremes in temperature, portable battery setups, rain, humidity, running your cart over rough terrain. There’s no chance in hell that I would trust a Mac computer to operate reliably in those conditions.
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    633 firmware improvements

    Here is a copy of an email I sent to Sound Devices regarding my experience with the 633 and firmware improvements that would be useful. Please feel free to add any more that I missed: I recently bought a 633 and I just wanted to say congratulations on making a great device and also give some feedback as a user. I am a location sound mixer, I do primarily run-and-gun, one man operation where I am mixing and booming. I believe the 633 is an excellent machine for this style shooting but there are some improvements that could make the 633 better. Firstly, while there are many visual metering options one that I find lacking is the ability to remove the Left/Right meters from the screen. Most of the productions I work on these days require minimum of a boom and two wireless, which they want on iso tracks. There is less and less want or need for a LR mix track, basically it is just unwanted data that goes straight in the trash. I rarely record it any more and if they do want a mix track at all it is usually just on camera for playback. I would love to be able to have a monitor screen that only shows the iso tracks, both 3-channel view and 6-channel view. Secondly, everyone knows that typing with an encoder knob is annoying as hell. But there is a few things that would make the task easier (some of these taken from the Zoom F8 that, for all its flaws, has excellent keyboard navigation). One particular feature is to be able to scroll vertically by press-turning the headphone knob (turning the knob while it is depressed). Another would be to create a space by moving the mic/tone switch to the right. At the moment the mic/tone switch toggles Caps either way it is pushed. Personally I would love to quickly put in spaces when writing notes. I would also l would love to be able to move the cursor through the text without deleting the text. For example by holding the menu and moving the mic/tone switch. Sometimes in the heat of the moment on set I need to quickly write notes but make mistakes due to the difficulties of writing characters with a knob. It would be great to be able to quickly correct these mistakes without having to delete everything after the mistake. Lastly, it would be great if the take counter was able to display characters after instead of only 1, 2, 3 etc. Sometimes pickup shoots are slated like “scene 1, shot 1, take 14PU”. At the moment there is no way to represent this other than to change the file name. I hope this feedback leads to improved firmware in the future.
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    Comtek “compand” switch missing

    I just recently bought these Comtek units from some sound recordist and I noticed that they are missing the little “compand” and “mic” switches are missing. Is this normal or are these fake units? They seem to work fine but not sure what to make of this.
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    Comtek “compand” switch missing

    Oh right yes! I saw that in the M-216 manual but when it said “optional compand auto/off switch” I took it to mean that it was optional whether the device was “off” or “auto”, not optional whether the device had the switch or not. But that clarified things.
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    633 loose object inside machine

    I was just playing with my Sound Devices 633 and I noticed there seems to be something loose moving inside the chassis of the machine. At first I thought it was the AA batteries but I removed them and noticed it still happens. It seems to be coming from the underside of the machine and when I hold it and rotate it I can feel the slight vibration of the moving object inside. Can anyone give suggestions about the cause of this? The 663 seems to be working well otherwise but I just got it so I haven’t used it extensively yet. On the video below you can clearly hear the sound as I rotate it.
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    Comtek Questions - 72 vs 216 - Old vs New

    On the topic of Comtek Option P7 vs Comtek jack version, has anyone got opinions on performance of either? Is the jack version considerably less durable than the BNC, so much so that it affects performance? There’s an M-216 up for sale but it is not Option P7 and I’m wondering whether it will cut it as a bag IFB transmitter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    The Rode NTG-3 failing in cold weather...

    I can confirm that this indeed is a problem that I have experienced. In -5°C today the NTG-3 started sputtering and fizzing and popping and then totally stopped working. Brought it back inside and in 15 mins it was working again. Gonna post an audio sample when I get home. Sending the mic in to get looked at, Rode has great warranties on their mics which shows they really stand by their products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    BDS connectors

    Does anyone know of any low profile or right angle connectors that fit the Remote Audio BSD? The only ones I can find are these ones which are very long and not great in a bag. Extra point if you can give me a link or part number [emoji6]. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    T-Mobile to begin rollout of 600 MHz spectrum this summer.

    Thanks Gordon very eloquently and succinct explanation! Answered all my questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Taping mics to chest

    Great thanks John, definitely adding that to the kit! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Apologies in advance, I'm sure this is covered here on this group but I can't find it anywhere (yes I've tried various searches). I'm trying to import a polyphonic BWF file (8 tracks, recorded on Zoom F8) into Logic Pro X while preserving the track names that I have saved in the metadata. Is that possible? Seems like it should be a no-brainer but I can't make it work. I can do it by splitting the tracks into separate mono tracks via Wave Agent and then importing them separately into the DAW but then I lose my track name information, not to mention the annoyance of having to import each track separately. If you could help point me to some info on how to do this it would be most appreciated!
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    BDS power plugs

    Can these moulded cables be found on mouser or digi-key do you think? How would you search for such a thing? I've tried various searches such as "right angle coaxial connector moulded cable" but can't seem to find the part.
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    BDS power plugs

    The link isn't working, could you add the correct one to the product you were suggesting? It seem oddly difficult to find these right angle plug for the BDS. The Switchcraft 761K are very long and stick out quite wide taking a big chunk of precious bag space.
  24. Apologies in advance, I'm sure this is covered here on this group but I can't find it anywhere (yes I've tried various searches). I'm trying to import a polyphonic BWF file (8 tracks, recorded on Zoom F8) into Logic Pro X while preserving the track names that I have saved in the metadata. Is that possible? Seems like it should be a no-brainer but I can't make it work. I can do it by splitting the tracks into separate mono tracks via Wave Agent and then importing them separately into the DAW but then I lose my track name information, not to mention the annoyance of having to import each track separately. If you could help point me to some info on how to do this it would be most appreciated!
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    Wireless guitar setup

    Apologies in advance if this has been covered, but searches yielded no appropriate info. When I'm not recording on productions I moonlight as a musician playing guitar and I was wondering whether it would be easy to use my Lectro wireless to transmit the guitar signal to the amp? What kind of cable convert would you need to plug a guitar into say a UM400a or UM200c? Would the impedance of the guitar signal be a problem running into the mic pack transmitter? And also at the other end if I used say a UCR411a or UCR210D before the amp. What could I use to turn the the wireless signal into a usable signal for the amp? I realise that there are dedicated wireless guitar systems but just in the interest of putting my existing gear to another use I was wondering if it was possible. Cheers
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