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  1. I own an old version Sixpack whose RF-design is far from perfect. The internal connections to the antenna jack's are just unshielded pcb traces  which therefore act as antennas themselves. Also the BPF filtering happens after the signal amplification. Nearby TV or LTE transmitters will easily overload the amplifier before they can be filtered out by the BPF.

    I don't know if they fixed these design flaws in the new version Sixpack or the 4 or 12 pack.

    I would be very interested in pictures of these products with the top lid removed.

  2. 1 hour ago, LarryF said:

    That's pretty large (0.1uFd) . It may have a low voltage rating and might not be a ceramic. Call or email Lectro service (800 821 1121, service@lectrosonics.com) with your request and an address and they can mail you a couple of the original capacitors at no charge in a plain unmarked envelope.

    Best Regards,

    Larry Fisher



    for now it seems to work just fine with a ceramic 100nF/X7R type capacitor.

    The next time I order some electronic parts I will also order the right NP0 type capacitor. No need to send a 0.02€ part across the big pond. Thanks again for your help, though! 🥰


  3. 9 hours ago, Wandering Ear said:

    I like to snip off pin 3 since it's not needed on a lav.


    I don't know about SSM or ZMT but Sennheiser and also Wisycom has the bias voltage and audio input on pin 3. Snip off pin 2 instead.


    Voice Technologies uses a screw type Lemo connector without the crimp part which is much more easy to assemble. I don't know if it's an original Lemo or some kind of knockoff.

    Ambient has them in stock.

  4. On 11/7/2018 at 7:35 PM, Matthias Richter said:


    I just ordered a few blankets at this shop. I asked if they could provide black and white blankets and Mr. Maafi of C&M Umzugslogistik promised to import a batch of b/w blankets. In about three months time they will be available!


    So, tell everyone! 


  5. Before I ordered my X3, I asked Aaton a question regarding the minimal external power supply voltage. They answered that they changed something on the power board so the X3 accepts lower voltage than the stated 13V.

    Recently I sent in my #266 for some minor mechanical adjustments and when it came back the service documentation said they, although I had no problems in that regard, changed out the power board to a new version.

    So my conclusion is that since the X3 first was released the power board was changed at least two times.


    It's both right and wrong. It needs to be qualified. 

    In Germany (don't know how it works in other countries), you can either work as temporary employed or as a freelancer who invoices (you cannot chose entirely freely, certain criteria need to be fulfilled). 

    If you chose the employed route, the daily rate is a bit more than 300€. Please bear in mind that this is the union rate, which is minimum rate for beginners. 

    Inlcuded in this rate are various benefits, which I don't all want to list, but one of them, as an example, is part health insurance.  All these benefits the employer has to pay on top. 

    For freelancers the argument is that they don't get any of these benefits, so the employers actually save money by hiring freelancers (which is why there are restrictions for doing so). As a freelancer you are expected to ask for some of those benefits reflected in your rate. That means you won't get health insurance, but you can ask for a 25-30% higher rate. Virtually all producers know and expect this, it's just a question of how high the percentage is. 

    So if you invoice your rate should be at least  around 390€. The before-mentioned BVFT recommended rate reflect these differences between employed and freelance. 

    And I think to compare rates between various countries it's more appropriate to use freelancer rates


    You have to add that as an EB assistant the normal price here in cologne is 160,-€ to 180,-€ as a freelancer. No social insurance included. So if you want to compare the union wage of 307,-€/10h to the 160,-€ an EB assistant gets you also have to reduce the 160,- by 30%. That would be something like around 125,-€/10h. It's modern slavery. 🤢



  7. you don't need to mod the Alexa Mini's SDI 2 connector to be a separate Tri Level Sync input to achieve this - like the other Arris, you can choose the TC Input as the Sync source in the Sensor menu...

    Well, that's the theory.

    We tried that with a tentacle and a tiny lockit with no success. Only after we got the modification done and permanently attached a tri level lockit the inconsitant tc changed to a consistent one frame offset.
  8. Here you go:
    folgende URSA-Produkte sind am Lager. Die Waist Straps sind voerst nur als Big Pouch am Lager.
    VK 1 
    Ursa Soft Circles (Pack of 18) MIXED COL 


    Ursa Chest Strap BEIGE 


    Ursa Ankle Strap BLACK 


    Ursa Ankle Strap BEIGE 


    Ursa Waist Strap Medium / BP BLACK 


    Ursa Waist Strap Small / BP BLACK 


    Ursa Waist Strap Medium / BP BEIGE 


    Ursa Waist Strap Small / BP BEIGE 


    Ursa Thigh Strap BEIGE 


    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
    Dana Kurenz


    I'm wondering how long it will take them to copy these...
  9. The Alexa mini can generate Genlock from the incoming timecode signal or from a Genlock signal. To connect a Genlock signal one of the sdi outs can be modified to a Genlock in. This however has to be done inside the camera and is a job for service.

    I had a project last year where we couldn't get the camera to sync properly with a tentacle or a tiny lockit. There always were one or two frames offset in an inconsistent way. Finally we had the camera modified to accept a Genlock signal and used a lockit box with Genlock out. This solved the problem.
    I still don't know what went wrong this time. I had other Alexa mini projects where there were no problems at all.

  10. Thanks, astro. Where do you place the pedal? One of the biggest things that caused me to abandon this project was pedal on the snow-covered / rain-washed ground. Learned from a FB post that a colleague of ours installed a temp-push button on his mixer near the faders integrated into a page turning device that made a lot of sense to me and could bring me back to this pursuit.   



    Hi Jan,

    I place the pedal on the framing of my cart.


    The pedal is made of a base plate, the two pedals and the controller part. You can disassemble the three parts and only use the small controller. It offers two mini trs sockets to connect to any push buttons you like.





    Edit: just found this on eBay. It's the same device without the baseplate:












  11. Has anyone found digital sides nirvana yet?

    I recently bought a surface pro 4 tablet. It came with a pre installed program named "drawboard pdf". It lets you highlight text and take notes with the stylus. It's also very easy to change all parameters like colour and opacity. Also you can save your favourite pens to a quick access bar. If you're on Windows this is perfect. Quite expensive though if it's not pre installed. I use a Strich Music BT-FP2 pedal to turn pages.

  12. 9 hours ago, TJW said:

    It will always be more of a challenge to bag a Cantar that a regular box shaped recorder. It calls for imagination but you can do it. With the X3, I was always aware that the 'unibody' structure of the recorder was totally solid. At the design stage, I had them beef up the connection assembly on the front and fit 2 x 3/8" fixings. As the X3 has strap posts on the back that you can use to either fit a strap or attach to a harness, you can then attach accessories such as a radio mic rack to the front fixings so the bag itself is not holding the weight. The weight is on the strap and the accessories are attached directly to the X3. I started with my X3 in my old X2 bag - a conventional bag - but as it was not designed for the X3 it did not have all the access I needed. I now use the Aaton bag with a slight modification so that it fits around a 6-Pack which is mounted on a friction hinge on the front of the X3. The bag is protection and provides padding between me and the recorder. It is not as structural as a conventional bag as it only takes the weight of a few accessories such as a keyboard and IEM transmitters. A bag for the X3 Mini can be approached in the same way as it is also an X3 but smaller. It has the same strap posts and it has (4mm) fixings on the sides that accessories can be secured to. I have seen the Aaton bag ideas for the X3 Mini and when it comes out I will be integrating Mini with receivers and bag. 


    Very clever idea with the friction hinge. Could you provide more information about the hardware? Maybe a link to the hinge you used?

  13. I recently bought a similar wireless drone setup - maybe you can help me.  How the heck do you get the video signal from the downconverter into the Tx?  I need some sort of adapter for BNC to the drone cable, but I can't find one after hours of research.

    In my case I mounted the transmitters directly on the converters. I drilled a hole into the converter box and soldered the transmitter wires directly to the pcb of the converter. If you want to use the bnc out of a professional converter you have to somehow connect the inner core to the video input and the shell to the ground of the transmitter.
  14. We had big problems with the mini on my latest project. There was no way to keep the mini in sync with a tentacle box or a tiny lockit. The picture was always one or two frames off. The only cure was to modify the camera to allow genlock input on the 2nd video out and use a lockit with tc and genlock connected to the camera. Took us two weeks to figure this out.
    The manual states that genlock can be generated from the timecode but this didn't work...

  15. Here's my new 5.8GHz Video setup.



    I used the cheap Chinese down converters from eBay which were discussed earlier in this thread.

    I used two different video transmitters but for rigidity I recommend the boxed version:


    The blue device is a DC/DC converter to get clean 12VDC from what ever battery voltage the video combo is running on. Alternatively I can plug in a standard 12VDC wall power supply.

    The monitors I used are Feelworld FPV-718B. They have inbuilt diversity receivers and a rechargeable battery.

    Outdoors it works great with crystal clear picture quality. Indoors there are a few problems with reflections if people are moving between the antennas. Though when shooting its better because usually everyone stands still...

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