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Mobilemike

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    Mobile ADR recording, location sound, foley, sound editing and mixing.
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  1. My worst investment(s) we’re all of the pro-sumer recorder/mixers that I bought to try to avoid shelling out the big bucks for a professional recorder. I had a Tascam HDP2, a DR680, and a couple of others I’ve forgotten about or blocked from my memory. Every gig was a struggle with those. Trying to make them work and do what I wanted consumed way more mental energy than actually recording. Conversely, I think my best investment was when I broke down and ordered a Sound Devices 633. I remember the moment well - I was actually on lunch break at a gig that I had been “using” (read: sweating and struggling with) the HD-P2 on and I got so frustrated that I sat there at lunch and called Trew Audio. I’m not saying that that the 633 solved all of my problems forever but once I got it I could finally trust my recorder to do its work and focus my brainpower on other aspects of the job. -Mike
  2. You can move the Lyres closer together so they don’t cover up the interference tube and allow the foam to be used. -Mike
  3. Your audio files are not playing for me, but I’m on my phone at the moment. The 416 is a fairly bright microphone so it makes sense that the hiss you hear would be concentrated more in the high frequencies than for a flatter mic.
  4. Is handling noise really a concern for ambiance recording? Normally I would set the mics up on a stationary stand somewhere and let them roll for awhile, if possible after walking away (so you don’t get human breaths or movement in the recordings). For recording ambiance’s I’d also recommend spaced Omni’s instead of a cardioid-based stereo technique. Techniques like ORTF, MS, and NOS are fantastic if you are focusing on a source that is in front of the mic, like recording a musical ensemble, or recording sound effects. However for ambiances your source is 360° around you, so omnis will give you a more spacious, enveloping sound IMO. MKH8020’s are fantastic, and I also really like the Sony ECM100N at a lower price point. Both have extended high frequency responses up to (I believe) 50kHz. You’ll definitely need to invest in good wind protection too, so figure that into the budget. Omnis are a little more forgiving than cardioids in that respect but still need good protection. -Mike
  5. That’s awesome! Can’t wait for the “sounds of Mars” museum exhibit.
  6. IMHO the MKH50 sounds “better” than the CSM1 in ideal conditions. however the CSM1 has better rejection than the 50 and still sounds great. For me when I don’t know what kind of environment I’m going to be in, the CSM1 has been my default. -Mike
  7. Yes absolutely if at all possible. Just label accordingly.
  8. This is my favorite I’ve seen recently, from Apple TV’s Mr. Corman. The classic mic technique of an SM7 aimed at the ceiling while you play a recorder in its general direction…
  9. Thanks for that write up @James Louis I’m definitely interested in that mic now! -Mike
  10. IM(not so)HO, if there’s a production which hires a sound mixer who is so inexperienced that they need to use the MixPre’s basic mode, and they also expect the audio to be delivered “finished”, then they deserve whatever they get. -Mike
  11. If this is a consideration I would definitely recommend the MixPre 6-II. It even has a basic mode that makes operation incredibly simple, and with 32-bit float recording there is very little that can go wrong. It’s about as dummy proof as I think a professional sounding recorder can get. -Mike
  12. Sucks this is happening to you but thank you for bringing it up here so that other people can avoid dealing with him in the future.
  13. If I had a quarter for the amount of times I thought disassembling something was going to be really complicated when “just pull it apart” was the answer… -Mike
  14. Ok this is my new favorite thread.
  15. These are by far the most comfortable (non-KN95) masks I've found: https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=100364062&cid=1162979&pcid=1162979&vid=1&grid=pds_7_44_1#pdp-page-content They are large enough (on me) to get the top of the mask all the way up on the bridge of my nose, so then I can get my glasses farther down on my nose so that they don't fog up. Definitely a balancing act sometimes but it works for the most part. -Mike
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