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Fred Salles

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  1. I plugged only pro mikes in the inputs (why da hell would someone plug an unbalanced source in that superb preamp 🤣). Anyway, plug in plug out mikes frequently with +48v on could have been a cause yes.
  2. Not sure I follow you. Are you talking about the analogue unbalanced outputs ? I do not use these. I use AES out and always make sure I set the recorder's input on the correct setting before plugging. But anyway the problem appears even when tested stand alone (earphones output only).
  3. If it is who I think about and if he used it on his last film from 2018 then I disagree with you cause the sound of his voices was the worse he ever did in his entire career 😆 (but seriously I think it was recorded on a phone or a cheap recorder of some sort, it really put me out of the entire film) As much as I like working on my gear, fixing and building electronic stuff, that is the one thing I would not venture. The mikes will be sent to Schoeps for a check up and cleaning anyway because of the excessive hiss on one of the capsule. They are 15 years old now, and one is even more so it is a fair time for a first check up 😉
  4. I contacted Sonosax and they said it should be serviced. Some phantom power issues.
  5. Yes no complain. Although I never had to be too close to the mikes and never tried in a soundproof studio. There is always enough noises around in real life on a real set to mask a distant and quiet fan.
  6. The fact that this Audiotonix group has no (apparent) experience in the Film industry makes it even more worrying. I really do not understand these kind of move, but I guess SD has good reasons because they were not having business issue asaik ? Along with PMC, wishing the best to SD employees!
  7. I wonder how production would react if I ask them to consider renting/buying one for my gear ! 😄 Yes time outside reduced the smell. Although one of the MK4 capsule is now producing a much higher hiss than before. Difficult to know if it is related but it might...
  8. Very happy with the Blackmagic video assist 7inch (previous version). Bought it second hand when the new version came out. SDI or Hdmi inputs and ouputs. In its smallrig cage it is pretty rugged, shoot in any location safe. on a cart only obviously as it is not a light model. It also has 2 TA3 analog audio inputs. I have put a SD card in but I actually never had to press record yet 😅
  9. it is the SN00056 I have noticed that the internal battery needs to be inside even when powering from the hirose DC in socket: Strangely if you take it out it does start and work with one mike but as soon as you plug 2 the machine goes off... Definitely will look at getting a new battery.
  10. Hi, I am having trouble with the M2D2 I am working with this month. It started giving me a weird high med buzz whenever I plug two CMC6 Schoeps mikes (+MK4 or MK41 same behaviour). When unplugging one of them buzz gone, either of them. When plugging the mikes directly in 688 no buzz at all. When plugging a MKH50 + a Schoeps the buzz appears but goes away pretty fast. I was outdoor in pretty cold and humid environment when it started but it remained when back indoor. We did extensive testing (M2D2 stand alone on internal batteries) and ruled out anything but the phantom power system from the M2D2. The CMC6 requires slightly more power than MKH50, even though still very low (4mA against 2mA) could that be one explanation? We tried 4 different CMC6, the younger ones retained the buzz but it goes after some minutes, with the older ones the buzz remains much longer (more than 5 minutes+). Again no pb with all of them plugged in the 688. I also did a thorough cleaning of the connectors. It seems to me that one of the 48v blocking capacitors could be faulty but not sure, especially it does not really explain why it works fine with just one mike plugged in. Any thought welcome Thanks
  11. Fred Salles


    I found the only physical weakness of the R1a to be the minijack connectors (I had quite a few being seriously damaged when using strong neutrick male connectors and careless directors). How does it seem on the IFBlue?
  12. I am using this system for the first time and it was working ok with CMC6 +mk4 or mk41 up until today when one tx gave me a loud hiss. Changing the XLR fem to lemo3 filtered cable solved the problem. We did not had any mishandling of the cable, how can it be damaged suddenly and obviously a component issue? My colleagues told me this issue is frequent and wisely advised to get many spares. If the issue is known and this post is already 2 years old how comes no improvement been made by audio limited? can we secure the online electronic in some way in the connector?
  13. Some solidarity from France. As you might know our fathers fought and obtained the law for a week of a maximum of 40 hours work in 1936 (Front populaire). The reference is now 35hours since 2000, 8 hours per day, overtime paid above that, maximum allowed 13 hours a day. Yet we still have to fight to maintain the law, and again we lost 3 persons from the grip dpt and a 4th injured for life due to a car accident on the way back home at the beginning of a feature shoot early this year. Productions often refer to the « american model » to bargain for more time on set... We should be fighting for you guys and the rest of the world to get to aligned to a decent and safe work environment law. Instead we have to keep on fighting for at least the application and respect of a law voted 85 years ago...
  14. Only on documentary one man job do I use my head to rest the boom. (I have the curly hair that makes it not to slip). But as most comments here, it is only when the mike can or have to stand still, not for voice or not for long, and it is in between two both hands positions. I cannot stay for too long in that position though, it also hurt my neck nowadays.
  15. I would avoid the rec run system, the two machines cannot record the exact amount of frames I suppose. That is probably why you have this frame delay. Also running the sound rec longer than picture is highly recommended as you might know. If you worry about missing a rec on the audio why not just record it continuously while in the middle of the action (and stick to free run or TOD TC for all units)?
  16. Hello, for a feature I am currently working on in Lithuania, we have been shooting several days (nights actually) an interior party scene, where every actors for the scene, and, well, almost everyone on set was smoking cigarettes (except myself pretty much, as I am the only non smoker in the team!). As you can imagine everything including every piece of gear now stinks cigarette smoke. I am posting here today because I am concerned about my Schoeps mikes (mostly CMC6+MK41 and MK4. we had up to 3 booms as there was 3 often cameras, plus planted CCM41). They strongly stink cigarettes now and I do not know how to get rid of the smell. Furthermore I fear that it would affect them in the long term. Any suggestion? Am I being paranoid about it (again as I don’t smoke it tends to disturb me being immersed in cigarette smoke for hours)? Thanks 🚬 (Gone coughing...)
  17. Sorry I am french from Marseille, we are hyperbolic at birth I am told! 😅 Honestly you are right but I am so frustrated with the preamps of this otherwise great machine, they were such a drop down from the 7 series, I tend to overreact when mentioning them. Also, in comparison to the Sonosax, hm well... what would you say?
  18. I pull this thread back to say that all of the above issues could be the pins of usb connector on the 664 (or 688 in my case but same issues) being too oxidated. SD probably did not use gold plated usb connectors. The pins tend to get dirty and oxidated out of control which affect the usb connection and data flow. Sometimes changing a cable would work because of a tighter contact would push the oxides away, but the best thing to do is to clean the plug with deoxit or any desoxyding product. It also happen for laptop computers used on the field (dirt, change in hygrometry, etc...) connected to sound card, you blame the machine or cable but cleaning the pins often solve the issues. Having these issues regularly on my current shoot, I was actually looking for infos about the usb port on the 6 series, I did not find any actual components failure reports. Then I started cleaning the pins and they were pretty dirty from oxides. It is now working fine. 🤞
  19. Thank you Jim for the Google trick to narrow the results, I did not know about it!
  20. Only using one this year and I am very happy with it. I use it to override the crappy preamps of the 688 (in AES) and it feels and sounds like it is a new machine! 🤪 I use it for boom on 1&2 input set to AES3 so I can also switch to the Audio ltd A10 aes outputs for flying booms. No need to change anything in the 688. The only difference is that the M2D2 aes outputs the 2 channels are on 1 XLR (recognised for 1&2 on the 688 when plugged in input 1) and the A10 need the 2 XLR plugged in. Beautiful piece of gear!
  21. Hello Jeff, I am trying to search for old posts regarding the Sound Devices 688 recorder and some USB connexion failure. It does give me a "0 result" even for "688" on its own, which looks like is a database issue. I guess that might be following the update few months ago? (Or all post regarding the 688 have been automatically deleted since the release of the 8 series ?🤣 -joking-). Shall I create a new post for my question although I am sure the topic has been discussed before? Thanks for your help
  22. I like the positive AND negative TC&audio offsets feature!
  23. Wow guys, it looks like you’ve been through Dante’s Inferno and made it back 🤣 Totally new to it appart from connecting a laptop to a Yam mixer. I am gonna do my google homework but just allow me to ask again so I can wake up, and in the right century: you are indeed routing Dante audio signals 32ins and outs, 2x NDI video feeds, 2x USB feeds from the Lectrosonics receivers through network switches via one single CAT5 network cable and it works!!??
  24. That definitely means bad communication with the director beforehand. In my experience communication and mutual understanding is crucial in documentary. Much more than gear. I am not saying it cannot happen but if it does and you did not anticipated it, then that's on you.
  25. I would also recommend to stick to a mono boom but make good use of your MKH30 for ambiences and music. Why dont you get yourself an MKH40 to pair with it in set once and for all MS rig? Of course you won't boom with it (although I do it sometimes for music and wallas but not for dialog) but you will be able to get nice ambiances and the folk music on a stand or magic harm. Depending on the situation it can happen that you have time to set it up in a room you shooting in with the camera on stick, plug it in your mixer where you already plugged your boom or keep the plug not too far, then you can have it ready to roll whenever you have time or even during room tone (make it longer than 2 min 😉 ) I would keep the MkH50 for boom inside and the mkh416 for boom outside. Also keep in mind that you boom for much longer takes than on fiction and there is no rehearsal. You might have to follow the camera in an unknown set so I would say the complicity why the camera guy/director in your case is crucial. Make sure you communicate well, are on the same page and that you understand each other's work. (eg: don't position yourself in a spot where he might pan towards during the shot) but that all come with experience.
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