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  1. Dave

    Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Hi All, Regarding fader panels for MixPre series - these would be nice. Not sure if they can be powered by battery or USB. Maybe pricey as compared to Korg, but nice though. http://www.jlcooper.com/_php/product.php?prod=eclipsemxl2m https://www.jlcooper.com/_php/product.php?prod=fmp Yes, also awaiting new MixPre 3.0 firmware - should be cool :-) Keep well! Cheers, Dave
  2. Hi All, Hope everyone is well :-) Just a quick check in to see if anyone has experienced this on your Sound Devices units, whether MixPre series or other. I recently updated my MixPre 10T's firmware to the current 2.21 version. I used the standard method of downloading the firmware update file to my MixPre SD card, using a card reader. I then inserted the SD card back into the MixPre and ran the firmware update - it completed and machine booted up in new 2.21 firmware. I then reformatted the SD card and backup USB card in the MixPre in order to erase/remove the firmware update file and generally reset and refresh the card. So far, so good. Soon thereafter, every time I would boot up the 10T, usually after a time of being powered down for a few hours or overnight, I would get the immediate pre-boot-up message "new firmware detected - updating now". The machine would then run through a "false" firmware update routine and after supposed completion would reboot itself and start up normally, though with the more frequent additional "timecode was reset" message. Thinking that this is weird because there was no firmware update file present on either of the MixPre's media cards - I had just erased and reformatted them. Next, I removed both media cards from the MixPre (main SD card and secondary USB backup card). After a period of time, (hours or even overnight) the unit sat in powered off mode with one or both hirose wall power adapter or charged L-mount battery in sled present. Upon booting the machine for the first time of the day, I still was receiving the message "new firmware detected - updating now" message. Once again, it would run the un-instigated update routine, reboot, briefly display the "timecode was reset" message and then appear to be back to normal. I wonder why the unit is thinking it detects new firmware when there is no firmware file available to it without any cards being present. Yesterday, I removed the L-mount battery/sled and connected only hirose wall power but this time left it connected (but powered off) much longer, overnight. Upon booting today from the same wall power connection, I haven't yet received the false firmware update message. I have turned the machine off and on quite a few times today at random intervals and have not seen the message reappear, which I believe is good news so far. I must also mention that early in this testing, I executed a factory "reset" of the unit, as suggested by Sound Devices - no luck - issue persisted. Tomorrow, I plan on disconnecting hirose wall power and mounting L-mount battery sled with a single freshly charged battery. I will then power on and off at random intervals to see if the anomaly reappears and if there is a pattern of behavior. I am wondering if there is an internal software glitch in the machine's built-in hardware memory, current firmweare file or an internal system battery issue that may be brought on by not having hirose power applied at regular intervals? I believe that this was a known concern with the timecode selection being grayed out and unavailable. The underlying thing is, that in addition to a concern of general operating instability, the delay in being quickly "record ready", due to the extended Firmware update - boot-up routine" is worrisome. Sound Devices has offered to examine the machine, which is great. After fiddling with my own different tests, I'll probably send it in. I welcome hearing if anyone has any thoughts or has experienced anything similar. Thanks kindly everyone - keep well:-) Cheers, Dave
  3. Dave

    New Rode Stereo VideoMic X

    New, interesting stereo mic coming from Rode : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RscPsKiFXI http://www.rodemic.com/svmx Curious about the sound sample in the video clip - recorded on the DSLR shown or another device??? No mention. The flamenco guitar clip doesn't seem Kosher - overdubbed solo, maybe flown in from another clip? Apparently made of aluminum rather than plastic which is nice. Cheers, Dave
  4. Hi All, Another MixPre 10T question : Can't seem to find the answer - when a USB backup-mirroring card is in the MixPre, is it possible to view the contents of this USB stick from the menu? There has been a couple times when I had the feeling that I should check the USB card to make sure that it was indeed functioning as expected and mirroring the main SD card. Do you have to check files from a computer only? I'd be pleased if there was some way to confirm the file backup process manually by inspecting the contents of the USB backup card in the MixPre menu. And another question I saw asked on the MixPre Facebook forum : with the upcoming ability to hook up an external fader panel (Korg nano Kontrol Studio, for example) to the MixPre, do you have to forfeit the USB backup card port? Are there plans to engage the bluetooth capabilities of the Korg to the MixPre and still be able to use the USB port for a backup card as normal? Thanks again. Regards, Dave
  5. Hi Everyone, Thanks kindly for sharing your experiences re: the MixPre 10T on firmware 2.21. Here's my latest situation : Re: the following message occurring on 10T bootup (even without firmware update file present - removed SD card) : " New Firmware Detected - Updating" after which unit restarts automatically : After experiencing this false firmware update routine with L mount batteries and even with being plugged in via hirose wall power, I tried removing all battery power (took the sled right out). I then connected the SD hirose wall power adapter and left it plugged into the wall for just over 24 hours, with the MixPre shut down. After the lengthy charge, I then booted the unit, still on wall power and I did not get the false firmware update message/routine. I first tried booting with no SD card or USB stick in the machine - booted fine. Inserted SD card and again - all normal. Added USB stick and all ok. Went on L mount battery power only and again - all ok. I have had the MixPre stored for approx 3 weeks with 1 fully charged L mount battery and sled in place and have booted it randomly a few times every other day or so. Still ok - no firmware update message. So from what I gather, ever since I gave the unit a deep and full wall power charge, it has been acting normally. Is there a small internal battery inside the MixPre that hold a small charge to preserve settings? Perhaps an issue with this?? Regarding the "timecode was reset" message upon boot up - if I'm not mistaken I believe I finally read in the manual that this is expected if you are set to "time of day" timecode setting - correct? I'm going to record some lengthy material this week and run down the L-mount battery and then see what happens. Will let you know. Thanks Danny for your offer that I send in my unit. I may take you up on that soon but for the moment can't be without my machine right now. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the new 3.0 firmware - sounds very cool :-) Thanks guys. Will chat again soon... keep well. Cheers, Dave
  6. Good Afternoon All, I hope everyone is well :-) I have an upcoming location session with a solo harmonica player - quite a virtuoso player. I wonder if anyone has any experience or tips that you may be kind enough to share? This player is not a "blues harp" player, but a very clean, melodic player who does the classic melodies as a solo artist. His sound is not the raunchier "harp sound", but more of a vocal like, pure tone delivery. He uses an interesting array of approx. 6 mounted harmonicas in various keys, in addition to the chromatic style harmonica with the "plunger" type device on the side. He doesn't use the typical close hand-held mic/amp combo like a blues player would - strictly an acoustic player. His style is similar to this Toots Thielemans video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKnG_9q4crA I'm using my MixPre 10T and thought I'd use a large diaphragm condenser as the main close mic and record wider stereo tracks with pencil condensers to capture the ambience of the room (a church). There won't be an audience. Thanks kindly everyone. Have a good evening :-) Cheers, Dave
  7. Dave

    Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    Hi All, Happy to hear about being able to add an off the shelf fader panel with the new MixPre Firmware Update. This Korg nanoKONTROL Studio https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/nanoKONTStu--korg-nanokontrol-studio seems like it might be good, as far as connectivity goes. I hope it would connect to a MixPre 10T via Bluetooth which would leave the MixPre's USB port available as usual for the USB backup flash memory. Looks like the nanoKontrol can be powered by 2 AA batteries - hope Sound Devices allows a direct Bluetooth connection similar to Wingman. Regarding the new Sennheiser Ambeo features/support, Sweetwater has an interesting series of Ambeo workflow videos here : https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AMBEO--sennheiser-ambeo-vr-microphone The 2 gentlemen in the videos did a very thorough job of showing the Ambeo process from beginning to end - love it when a manufacturer presents workflow so cohesively.... great job on this. When you watch the clip called "A Proximal Visit - TRANSIENCE", click, hold and drag your mouse cursor around to hear the sound perspective change with the video perspective.... kind of cool intro into the possibilities of VR audio. :-) Thanks all---- keep well. Cheers, Dave
  8. Hi All, Hope all is well. I've been trying different ways to gain stage a Sennheiser G3 (with DPA 4061 lav) into a MixPre 10T. I tried "line in" - sounded good but felt level hitting MP-10T was a little low - had to crank the 10T input gain a little bit high. I tried Mic level in and that seemed good as well, after bring the input level down a bit. Either way seemed to sound good but just wondering if you've discovered an optimum gain staging combination of lav into transmitter, receiver out into 10T, and 10T input level. Thanks kindly and cheers, Dave
  9. Hi All, Hope this hasn't been posted before. - didn't see it with a search...... camera friend thought we might enjoy this..... Maybe needs a Production Sound version? Could come in handy on a lot of gigs when all else fails : Cheers, Dave
  10. Hi All, Just wondering what your thoughts are about the role of audio mixers/sound recordists in the burgeoning area of video "Live Streaming". I'm beginning to encounter more need for sound people who can deal with audio gathering for multi-cam live-streaming. There are the higher end pro streaming hardware solutions and camera systems which presumably might be easier for interfacing traditional audio devices into. I am seeing the prosumer solutions such as Mevo, Sling Studio, V-Mix, etc which don't have "pro" audio interfaces but nonetheless would benefit from quality audio. Whichever live streaming hardware or software is used, audio has to be dealt with with - do you have any insight about sound capture for this type of production? I was looking at Sling Studio, for example : https://www.myslingstudio.com/features I see that the suggested camera feeds are WiFi wireless capable, whether pro-cameras or iPhones, etc. Do you see any merit to having audio mixers/recorders that could supply a wireless WiFi feed? As all this video technology moves forward, I'm curious about how you foresee audio moving along with it. Thanks for your input. Cheers, Dave
  11. Hi All, Did a live to "tape" sports shoot gig the other day feeding mono mix audio from MixPre-10T into a PC laptop running "V-Mix" video studio software. Just wondering if anyone else has used V-Mix and has any experience about optimizing the audio workflow. We sent an analog mono mix out of the MixPre 10T via single TA3/XLR output into a basic Roland USB interface into laptop and on into V-Mix software. The results were clean but final levels in the laptop seemed a little low for my liking. Need to get more familiar with gain staging into and inside V-Mix, I think. I was impressed with V-Mix generally for it's capabilities and features - too bad it's not Mac based :-) FYI : https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1103266-REG/vmix_scsi_vmixhd_hd_software_download.html/pcur/CAD?c3api=6329%2C109213537993&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk4Sohbj02wIVQtbACh3pTQnBEAAYASAAEgIxTfD_BwE https://www.vmix.com/ https://www.vmix.com/help21/ I can see the MixPre-10T being useful in that it should be able to stream multi-channel audio via USB into V-Mix - have yet to try this but hope to experiment. Thanks for any tips you'd care to share. Wishing you all a great day! Cheers, Dave
  12. Hi All, FYI - Link to Sound Devices MixPre Series ver. 2.10 firware update : April 12, 2018 https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware Last update Apr 12, 2018 Changes introduced in 2.10 include: New Remix (-3, -6, -10T only). Ability to playback any existing file and create a new LR mix by adjusting its ISO tracks' fader levels and pans. Remix is enabled in the Record menu and is only available in Advanced Mode or Custom Mode with Gain set to Advanced. Remixing requires that the source file include at least one ISO track. Re-record LR (-3, -6, -10T only). Ability to record the LR mix during remixing. All metadata from the source file is transferred to the re-recorded 2-ch LR mix poly wav file. A re-recorded file's name is the same as the original source file name but prefixed with the characters 'R_'. Re-recording requires Remix to be enabled and the source file to have at least one ISO track. Cue Marks. Support for cue marks to allow jumping directly to points of interest within a wav file. Cue marks can be added during recording or playback and can be deleted, named and moved. Jump directly to a cue mark by selecting it from a file's Cue List and then pressing play. On the 10T, skip from cue to cue using FFWD and REW joystick. Cue marks are embedded in the wav file's metadata and can be read and displayed by compatible computer applications (e.g. Adobe Audition, Reaper.) Option to set the USB Audio interface to output only 2 channels in order to increase compatibility with applications that do not support multichannel USB audio. Go to Menu>System>USB Audio and select Stereo Out. Additional channel linking options (-6, -10T only). For the MixPre-10T, additional options include 1-3, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, 1-8, 5-7 and for the MixPre-6, option 1-3 is added. Link Type menu (-6, -10T only) providing the ability to choose which parameters are linked when linking three or more channels. Selecting the 'All' option links input type, trim gains, faders, limiters, low cuts, record arms, and delays. Selecting the 'Faders Only' option only links the faders. Changed Four button layout is now changed to six button layout in the Channel screens. Rendering start and stop points are now determined by the Play In and Stop cues if set. This is ideal for rendering out only a part of a project. (10M only) Cue markers are now embedded into rendered WAV files. (10M only) Mute now deactivates the input. Previously mute would only mute the input in the headphone monitor. Mute is now accessible via the Channel screen. 10T factory default mode is now set to Advanced instead of Basic. Monitor button is now grayed out when Input is set to Off. (10M only) The track that is using 'Air' is now displayed in the greyed out button of other tracks. (10M only) Fixed Headphone clip indicator was only being displayed when adjusting headphone level Some USB keyboard shortcuts were not working (10M only) Brief audio burst when soloing a channel (10M only) Enabling a track's input monitor would incorrectly enable other tracks' input monitors during record (10M only) Transport stability, media performance and UI navigation have been improved Timecode Menu and USB Drive Status Error Handling have been improved (10T only) Fast Forward and Rewind were not responsive in the Channel screens. (10T and 10M only)
  13. Hi All, Just a quick question about updating firmware on Sound Devices recorders : After downloading a firmware update file to an SD card and completing the firmware update in the machine, do you leave this update file on your SD card or do you delete it from the card? I assume that the file from the SD card updates the internal system in the machine itself? I have been leaving the firmware update file on the SD card but when I next boot up the machine, it senses that an update file is present and a message indicates that an update will begin - it appears to run an update but nothing actually changes because the update had already been done previously. Anyhow, would you recommend removing the update file from the SD card after installing it? Thanks kindly for your tips. Wishing everyone a great day :-) Cheers, Dave
  14. MixPre Series Firmware v2.20 May 24, 2018 https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware Last update May 24, 2018 Changes introduced in 2.20 include: New For all models: Output gain range increased by 20dB. Added Output Mute option. Added Output Mute * shortcut option. For MixPre-10M Import of WAV audio files (native and non-native) when creating a Music Project. For MixPre-10T Displays a timecode reset notification in Free Run and Time of Day modes when timecode is reset after the timecode hold time of 4 hrs is exceeded. For MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 only Jump to cue marks by holding Play and rotating the headphone encoder. For MixPre-3, -6, and -10T only Plugin support: A new System > Plugins submenu for installing future licensed plugins. New Record > Record Bells menu option to disable record bell notifications. Added Inputs MS Decode submenu to select MS decoding to both ISOs and Mix or Mix Only. Recordings that are split across multiple files now playback seamlessly. Playback of non-native WAV files in Audio Projects. Changed For MixPre-3, -6, and -10T only In Remix mode, re-recorded files are now placed in the same project folder as the source file. A file's 'Name' has been increased to a maximum of 20 characters. For all models: Channel Screen meter remains visible and active when adjusting channel gain. Headphone Clip Indicator is now displayed in power/battery level indicator in the top right of the screen. Post fade channel clipping is now indicated by a channel's ring LED illuminating red. Projects are now sorted by creation date/time in the Project > Open menu. Menu screens now allow the user to switch from one parameter to another with a single touch. Fixed For MixPre-10T only: USB Thumbdrive was prematurely shown as full. Time of Day timecode was incorrect after power cycling within the timecode hold time (4 hours). For MixPre-10M only: Mute was not muting tracks with Input source set to Click. Metronome Volume and Click track level were inconsistent. Rendered audio files were not automatically copied to the USB Drive. Cue marks that fell outside of the Play In / Stop region were still embedded in the rendered wav file. Cue marks set as Play In, Record In, Record Out, Stop were not being moved correctly. Rendered isolated wav files would occasionally contain discontinuities at crossfades. Phantom Power setting was not carrying over to the linked input in a linked pair. Playback would not always work after recording the first take in a music project. 44.1kHz sample rate would not carry over to new projects. For MixPre-6 and -10T only: MixPre-6 channels 5 & 6 and MixPre-10T channels 9 & 10 were displaying 6dB too high. Solo and Mutes were not linked when Link Type was set to 'All'. For MixPre-3, -6, and -10T only: Audio bleed-through into the record start/stop bells. MS balance control was occasionally resetting to center. Cue marks were not copied from the original file to the re-recorded file. Track Arm indicators would flash after playing back. Phantom Power setting could be displayed incorrectly in the Channel screen after playback. Re-recording was only possible when the source file contained three or more tracks. Headphone monitoring source would change after playback. Previous project was not loading when reinserting the SD card. Recording would stop when recording automatic file splits to daily folders over midnight. For all models: Jumping between cue marks has been improved. Media I/O Error message was incorrectly displayed for a full SD card. In some DAWs, MixPre audio file signal clipping was occurring at -0.1dBFS. Zero byte split files were created on some SD cards. Pop-up dialog windows could appear one on top of the other. Improved handling of pop up dialog boxes. Improved audio scrubbing. Improved transport handling. Improved media performance.
  15. Hi Curtis, Very kind of you to respond and share your experience :-) "Re-Record" seems like it will be very useful feature when an alternate or corrective mix file is required quickly - without needing a DAW/Computer. I gather "Remix" would be useful mainly when outputting to a separate recorder or for DAW capture? Thanks again Curtis. I appreciate your videos and sharing of knowledge. Cheers, Dave
  16. Hi fellow MixPre 10T users, Is anyone using their MixPre 10T as an interface into Logic, in full advanced mode? Have you found a fluid workflow? I'm finding the manual lacking when it comes to using the 10T in a multitrack music recording session with a typical DAW. I'm quite used to using the Apogee Maestro control software that controls my Duet, though only 2 channels. I gather that all the control of the MixPre 10T in USB interface mode is done strictly within the MixPre 10T machine itself? As someone already suggested, hopefully Sound Devices might come up with a software control panel. Just trying to wrap my head around the signal flow when using the 10T as a multi-channel audio interface. If you have any workflow, settings tips or resources to share that would be most appreciated. In the meantime, back to the manual and trial and error :-)) Thanks kindly. Cheers, Dave
  17. Hi All and fellow Canadian Sound Mixers, Just wondering if there are any sound mixer (or filmaker) networking groups anywhere in the Toronto-Hamilton, ON GTA region? As great as the internet is, I would love to join a networking group or similar, where real live people meet regularly to share knowledge, further the trade, encourage apprenticeships, talk business and marketing as well as technical stuff. Mic shootouts, new equipment testing, listening sessions, tips and tricks sharing - love it all :-) Kind of old fashioned perhaps, but I for one miss attending regular seminars, industry events, technical societies' meetings, etc. Coming from a musician background, it is all about hanging and "jamming" with like-minded "players". Hoping I can find an outlet for this in the sound recording field. If nothing like this yet exists in the GTA and anyone else would enjoy creating something, even informally, that might build local sound community spirit and facilitate meeting new people, I'm in - would love to meet up and chat :-)) Perhaps somewhere in Etobicoke, near Audio Services? Anyhow, thanks for your indulgence. Keep well, Dave
  18. Hi All, I own various products from different manufacturers and like most of you, I want to keep abreast of updates, utilization techniques, new products, product specific technical discussions, etc. I usually go straight to the manufacturers' website and if all goes well they have great info pages, update pages, discussion forums, extensive FAQ sections, video libraries, contact links - essentially an easily accessible resource without any "hoop jumping". I now find that certain manufacturers are relying more and more on Facebook to be their primary outreach hub. This is all well and good "if" the Facebook page is truly "public" access, as it should be if after sales support and service are truly important. For example, I am trying to generally peruse this link from the Sound Devices website : https://www.facebook.com/groups/sounddevices/ I keep getting the popup message : "Not Logged In - Please Log In To Continue". I was under the presumption that this was a "public access" site - how come one must "sign up" to a 3rd party organization (Facebook) in order to receive manufacturers' information that should be readily accessible without having to jump through hoops. On the occasions that I didn't receive the "Not Logged In" popup, I am met with another very rude popup that again tries to get me to "sign up with Facebook" - when I decline, I am given the privilege of viewing the page with the lower third of my screen blocked by the solicitation. Just voicing my 2 cents worth to manufacturers - please go back to running your own user forums on your own centrally accessible customer focused website. At least then information and discussions can be decently categorized and CURATED, ultimately being more useful and respectful of your customers. JW Sound Group would be a role model for what I mean - well categorized, monitored, information is free flowing and refined, all with an eye to improving the trade and customer-manufacturer relations. I don't believe that the Facebook delivery system engenders this. Thank you for your consideration. Cheers, Dave
  19. Hi Curtis, Thanks for posting your recent video regarding the MixPre 10T's new Remix - Re-Record features. I watched your video with great interest. Just reading through the MixPre Firmware 2.10 manual addendum outlining these new features and I'm trying to discern the difference between "Remix" and "Re-Record". Am I understanding this correctly : selecting "Remix" simply prepares a file or files for "Re-Recording" - i.e one facilitates the other? Would strictly employing "Remix" (without engaging re-recording) just send a new current adjusted mix to the outputs? As far as "Re-Recording" goes, did you find that a newly "Re-recorded" mix does not actually alter or over-write the original mix, it just creates a new version mix and pre-fixes the new file with an "R"? Thanks for shedding some light Curtis. Much appreciated and thanks for all your great and generous sharing of tips :-) Cheers, Dave Here's the operation manual addendum (seems a little vague to me) : Remix (MixPre-3, -6, -10T only) This firmware release adds the ability to playback any existing file and create a new LR mix by adjusting its ISO tracks' fader levels and pans. Remix is enabled in the Record menu and is only available in Advanced mode or Custom mode with Gain set to Advanced. Remixing requires that the source file include at least one ISO track. Remix is turned off by default. To turn remix on/off: 1.Tap . 2. TapRecord>Remix. Re-record LR Mix (MixPre-3, -6, -10T only) This firmware release adds the ability to record the LR mix during remixing. All metadata from the source file is transferred to the re-recorded 2-ch LR mix poly wav file. A re-recorded file's name is the same as the original source file name but prefixed with the characters R_. Re-recording requires Remix to be enabled and the source file to have at least one ISO track. To set re-record: 1. FromtheFilelist,selectthefilewithisolatedtracks. 2. TaptheDotsicon. 3. SelectRe-recordLR. Note: If you do not see Re-record LR as a menu item, ensure Remix is turned on.
  20. Hi All, Have been searching the forums to find mention of the cheap DIY S shaped fishing rod holder, for doubling as a boompole cradle/holder. I'm pretty sure I saw it mentioned previously - anyone remember what it was called? Trying to find one locally in Canada if I can. Thanks very kindly. Cheers, Dave
  21. Hi All, Thanks to everyone who made suggestions re:the pros and cons of the fishing rod holder DIY boom pole cradle. Glad to know Walmart in the U.S. has them. Unfortunately, I'm in Canada and I don't seem to see the same stock up here - any Canadian "fishermen" here who can tip me off to a Canadian source ? Maybe Amazon is the way to go, anyhow. Thanks again. Have a great day! Cheers, Dave
  22. Hi All, Reading this subject with interest as I quite often do one-man-band camera and audio for corporations, not-for-profits, etc. I'm also very interested in learning more about how to deal with clients when something bad happens and how to creatively repair the customer relations, if not just the bad audio. Quick question : I am seeing 2 camera angles in your clip - did you feed audio to both cameras? If so, was the audio on both cameras coming from the same source? Board feed or on-board camera mic on one or both cameras? Was the audio distorted on both cameras? Were the cameras DSLRs? Since I find myself shooting these kind of events more and more, I'm ditching the DSLRs and going back to dedicated camcorders that can handle live event shooting more readily. These 1 or 2 camera live podium shoots, especially in front of a live audience (and unrepeatable live events in general) can be challenging for a lone camera operator who is trying to attend to video and audio on the fly. The fact of just having just a single audio recording device, if strictly on the camera itself, is nerve wracking for capturing live events. I get twitchy even just having a single camera from a video capture perspective too - a second camera with operator rolling for safety helps to take some of the worry away, as anything can go wrong with the video, audio or both. DSLRs without headphone jacks are scary as you have no idea what's being recorded audio-wise. Having a pro mixer/recorder running in parallel with an operator is the best solution though. As an alternative to investing in the high end versions of wireless/recording units right now, I've been thinking of at least adding these super affordable life saver tools to my kit to have an additional level of emergency backups in case something goes wrong with camera audio, wireless, recorder etc. : http://www.tascam.com/product/dr-10l/ http://www.tascam.com/product/dr-10c/ At some live events, with everyone in the audience packing cellphones, the interference is very bad and can happen at random, so even a wireless mic on the presenter could be dicey. These Tascam units might do the trick of being a decent backup if you don't have a dedicated mixer/recorder. I guess you could also put a small handheld recorder rig on the podium, independent of the camera too. The problem is that the presenter will often wander away from the podium to click on a Powerpoint remote or engage the audience, so a body mounted device travels with them. One last thought on a business level, in order to make it up to your client, perhaps after humbly apologizing for what went wrong, offer to re-shoot the whole presentation as a studio shoot. If you're not seeing or hearing the live audience response anyway, it may not be a disservice to her content to re-shoot in a studio or more interesting location. On the contrary, I think you could make this lady's speech look and sound 100% better and be more dynamic. With your help she could relax and feel more at ease. She seemed a little nervous in her delivery. Another idea might be to re-shoot it as a sitdown interview with a personable host asking the lady questions about her experience, cutting away to related video/photos. Maybe less corporate and more talk show style? The lady presenter could then deliver her content in a controlled environment. You could do 2 or 3 pre-planned improved camera angles, light it in a flattering way, get only the best audio, edit in her Powerpoint properly, adding B-roll, music, titles, graphics, etc. You could offer to prepare the finished program for upload to their website, YouTube, etc. Most decent people will respond favourably if you ask to make it up to them. I'd offer to do it for free if you want to generate good will and keep them as a client. Yes, you will absorb the re-shoot time/costs but the upside is you will have improved client relations by exceeding their original expectations. You would also end up with something good for your demo reel which can then be used to get more gigs. Aside from just examining the audio issue, I think there are other equally important lessons with regard to creatively repairing client relations. Anyhow, I feel your pain on this one. Thanks for sharing, as it helps to learn. I have a feeling that you can still turn this into a win-win scenario :-) Please let us know how you handled the client. Wishing you the best. Cheers, Dave
  23. Dave

    Ty Ford's audiocentric NAB 2018 Report

    Hi Ty, Thanks for bringing NAB to those who couldn't make it :-) Q5X is in my town - London, ON, Canada. Gave them a call to inquire about their systems a while back after discovering that they are close by. Their products look great and I'd love to check them out. The sad part is that they told me that even though they're a Canadian company, they price their products in US dollars and after converting prices to Canadian dollars, they aren't particularly competitive in Canada, their country of origin. Bummer because they seem like they have some interesting features . US made Lectros are more cost competitive here, it appears. Maybe other Canadian sound guys know more? Thanks again Ty. Like the way you dig a little more out of your interview subjects.... cool. Cheers, Dave
  24. I enjoyed this "short" :-)) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NltCxxyqFUU Waiting for the next installment. I think this has the potential to become a dark, heavy, action drama with car chase scenes and international intrigue... Episode One: These 2 poolside heavies plant Audio Ltd. wireless mics into Zaxcom headquarters in order to unlock the secret code ..... on second thought, maybe a comedy series would be the way to go....ha ha! The MixPre 6 sounds good to my ear. Anyone know which wireless models, lavs and camera were used? Cheers, Dave
  25. Hi Dalton, Excellent suggestions :-) Cool... hole plugs... haven't seen them - will look forward to seeing your pics. Yes, my concern is always clean gear, free from moisture, corrosion, grit, sand and grime in order that it remains as new and reliable as can be possible :-) I did see a few similar things earlier today but I think these are more for capping the inputs in a mixer, rather than the end of an XLR cable, and coloured rings. interesting nonetheless: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/888512-REG/Neutrik_xcr_2_XCR_Colored_Ring_Red.html https://ca.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Neutrik/NDF/?qs=5SHnDjjXjwZAjdckD8i9SA%3D%3D&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI64Ke4Z7W2gIVE77ACh2RFwkoEAQYASABEgJQIPD_BwE https://www.ebay.com/itm/JACK-CAP-6-3mm-1-4in-XLR-Dust-Plug-Protection-Cover-Audio-Keyboard-Mixer-JACKCAP-/201372437912 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Neutrik-xlr-m-ndf-socket-dust-cap-waterproof-cover-soft-canon-in-dust-cover/1041214197.html Thanks for the detailed labeling tips - really great stuff :-)) Cheers, Dave