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  1. A producer that I hired me on 10+ commercial shoots called me today, and told me that they was told that they had some issues with the audio on the last shoot. So, first of all, let me tell you a little about the shoot. I was alone as a sound recordist as I always am and is usually expected here in the small country Im from. It was two talents and 8 clients that needed headphones. It was 4-5 different locations, and between the locations I had to gather all the headphones/HX-3 and the rest of te equipment. I was always last out and the last one to be ready as the camera dept was 3 people, and the lightcrew was several persons so they had the opertunity to travel ahead and rig the lights in the two indoor locations. In a couple of location I was not too happy with how the lavs sounded, and I was invited to the locations beforehand so some of the locations had some background noise. When I was ready with the sound for the clients and the talents miced after costume change, everyone was ready. What would you do in these circumstances? In a lot of these situations where I feel like Im delaying the shoot and piss people off, Im always a little more inclined to just live with not perfect lav audio. The issues usually becomes clear when we are ready to go, everyone is finally quiet and the actors start to move around. Another big challenge is ofcourse the clothes. If the talents dont wear synthetic clothes its usually always all good. The crappy situation is that I dont know what to do with it, because these are the circumstances I have to deal with. Would you just tell the producer that you get bad sound and theres nothing you can do? After this day I got hearth arrhytmia for several weeks and decided that Im finally done with location sound. Having another soundperson on the set would be great, but the sad trouth here is that they would probabily just find someone else that is willing to do it alone as that how the norm is here. I have come to the conclution that Im to tired of beeing in this situation as it is a small industry here, and its too stressfull so I have finally started studying again and will quit this industry in a couple of years. Thanks for letting me vent, and Im very interested in your takes on this kind of situations as I will have to deal with this for a couple more years. Just a final note: I have some really awsome and great experiences beeing a location sound-guy for TV production wich I love, unfortunatily I dont think I could survive economically without the commercial jobs.
  2. Thank you very much for the input. Its a interview setting and the guys in the sauna will actually be wearing a shirt, so I will be able to mic the shirt. The reason they are doing it in a sauna is because its about global heating, so it has to be a real sauna.
  3. Hello! I have an upcoming shoot taking place in a sauna. I have a Sennheiser mkh 6080 and Wisycom MTP40 and Sennheiser 2000 transmitters. I will be placed outside, so no problem with the recorder. Im worryed about the transmitters because the temperature operating range is from -10 to 55C. The sauna is probably going to be between 60 and 80C. Have anyone tried operating wireless in these temperatures?
  4. The F8 failed when it got cold. I dont remember how cold it was, but maybe around -5c? I would not turn on again before it was warm enough.
  5. I would love to, but I have to save up some cash first. It seems strange to me that they haven't made a improved mic in respect to humidity and RF resistance 40 years later with updated technology and alot more experience..?
  6. Thanks for your input! I decided to buy the 8060. Can't wait to try it out Axel, do you think the Rycote AV softie windshield kit, would be an allright alternative for indoor use? http://www.pinknoise-systems.co.uk/rycote-av-softie-windshield-kit-for-sennheiser-mke-600-mic.html
  7. Hello! I currently use a 416, but thinking about selling it and buying an 8060 instead. I like how the off axis response doesen't sound so filtered. I do alot of unscripted work, so it would great to not have such a noticable off axis respose. Anyways, how well does this mic do indoors compared to the 416? Most of the work I do is indoors, so it would great to have an all around mic. I guess the reflections would sound better on a 8060 because of the more natural sounding off-axis response?
  8. Hello fellow soundpeeps! Today I was on å shoot the 664 I used turned itself off a couple of times in the morning. The menu lagged when I used the Rotary fader to select values in the menu, and sometimes the selector on the screen jumped up a value when i scrolled down. Luckely it dident turn of for the rest of the day, but the menu was still wierd. I tried to remove the media, and chnge the BDS, but it dident seem to help. Does anyone have a clue about what could be wrong?
  9. Hello! Does anyone know how to adjust the level from the 5 pin audio output on sony xdcams? I searched the manual and found nothing. The camera op couldent help me either. The level is way to high and overloads the headphone amp on my 664 :S
  10. He couldent help me. Seem like he dident know anything about TC. What is timebase?
  11. Hello! Yesterday I did a shoot with Red Scarlet. I tried to jam the scarlet with my 633, but it would not jam. I set the 633 to free run, and went into setting->TC and set it to "brain", but it would not jam. I dident find the different TC setting rec run, free run etc. Can anyone tell me what I did wrong? Thanks.
  12. But is the audio quality very noticable? Im doing mostly TV-programmes. I would ofcourse use better wireless if Im doing a movie.. Is it possible to use the RF output with headphones?
  13. Hello! So I have a couple of noobish questions. Im thinking about investing in G3's because of its price. The ME2 lavalier is going to be used as a backup lav, and Im investing in cos-11 or maybe DPA. The other alternative is the Sennheiser 2000, but they are ofc more pricey. The main difference seems to be the frequency bandwith. 2000 have a 75 mhz bandwith, and g3 45 mhz. So, what Im asking, is how much problem a limited bandwith is going to be? I "always" find alot of free frequencies when I scan the various locations here in Norway. How far apart do the frequencies usually have to be, to prevent intermodulation? It doesent seems to bother me much, but on the other hand, I have not been limited to a small bandwith when I used the 2000 before. I guess it also depends on the transmitter power and how far apart the transmitters are? Thanks for your input.
  14. Hello! Does annyone know of a plug in I can use with non-HD pro tools that does the same thing as the field recorder workflow function in HD? What about syncing recorder audio to an camera scratch track? Can I align audio with timecode in non-HD PT? Thanks:)
  15. Hello JWsoundgroup! My 633 died, and resurrected a couple of days later. Then it worked fine for a long time, until it died again. Turns out it was a bad connection in the DC-plug. Is this a general problem with the 633? Have anyone experience the same?
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