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    Mobile ADR recording, location sound, foley, sound editing and mixing.

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  1. I have a CMS-50 on preorder. New estimate for arrival is end of July. -Mike
  2. Thanks guys - I appreciate all the thoughts and input. Updating here for posterity... I am running the latest firmware on all devices, that was definitely something I checked too. I spoke with both Zaxcom and Sound Devices about this and neither one could offer much insight. Matt at Sound Devices said that jitter or auto frame rate detect shouldn't affect anything on the MixPre - it simply picks up whatever timecode is put into it and isn't too fussy about changes. He said it will pretty much follow along with anything. He did suggest that I record the incoming timecode onto an audio track to check and see if the timecode stream was dropping out completely at those moments where it loses connection. I did that and recorded quite a few hours of timecode and did not see any physical drops of the TC stream. Glenn at Zax simply said that it definitely couldn't be the IFB200, but didn't elaborate. He did offhandedly mention that he didn't even remember that teh IFB200 had a timecode generator though, which was a little disconcerting. I also have an older Denecke TS-2 slate (with the 23.98 mod) that I have been using with this rig. I've noticed however, that when I jam the Denecke from the IFB200 that I have to rejam it every 20-30 minutes because it starts drifting. I assumed that was because of an old crystal so I sent the slate back to Denecke for service. They checked it out and said the crystal was totally fine and not experiencing any drift. So... at this point I'm forced to conclude that the timecode generator in the IFB200 is just no good; that it is just not very reliable. Like several people suggested above I am going to try clocking everything (including the IFB200) from another TC generator and see how that works out. I have a couple UltraSync One's which have dual LTC outputs, so I can send one into the MixPre and the other into the IFB200. I was hoping to avoid this solution just to keep the rig simple - this just adds one more thing in the bag and one more battery to keep track of - but if its the only way for reliable TC then I guess its worth it. I'll update after I've run with this configuration a few times. -Mike
  3. Hey all - Has anyone discovered a way to mount a 5/8 baby pin on a standard 19" rack (which uses 10-32 screws)? I'd love to add a monitor arm to my Yamaha 01V96i mixer rack, but I can't seem to find a way to mount one on the rack rails. Thanks! -Mike
  4. Most people here in the USA use Pro Tools. If you ever want to collaborate on sessions with other studios, you have to know Pro Tools. You can buy PT upfront, it doesn't have to just be a monthly subscription. -Mike
  5. I believe Plus24 (The US Sanken distributor) will listen to and check out a mic before sending it to Japan if you'd like. They did that for mine when I sent it over a couple of years ago anyway. -Mike
  6. Surprisingly decent audio quality on those samples. May be worth picking up to try. -Mike
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    Np50 chargers

    +1 One of my SGS NP-50 chargers stopped working last week. I shot them an email at about 11pm after I got back from set, and had a reply in my inbox by 1:30 am (!) saying that a new charger would be on its way to me ASAP. That alone makes the SGS chargers worth it over the generic IMO. -Mike
  8. Interesting! I vaguely remember hearing about that - was there a solution to that that you remember? I have used a tentacle as a TC generator for the MixPre before I had the Zaxcom and had zero issues. -Mike
  9. I know that’s not usually the case here but in a lot of remote ADR sessions I do, the level of LTC does matter. Over Source Connect or ISDN, if the LTC is too soft or too loud the receiving end experiences lots of dropouts just like I’m experiencing here. Those are Pro Tools based computer systems though, so a little different from this world, but I couldn’t think of anything else that might be the issue. The issue seems worse later in the day too, despite a fresh battery change on all machines and a rest over lunch. -Mike
  10. I’ve tried with several different cables, all do the same thing. New update for today: it’s doing the same thing with timecode from the ERX as well (new cable there too). Everything is is set to 23.98. The MP6 has not come out of record yet (fingers crossed, knocking on wood), so it’s only really an issue if it happens right as I am pressing record, because then the file does not get stamped with timecode. That happened to one file yesterday, and a few files a few days ago. Those files just have a timecode of 00:00:00:00 and no frame rate when viewed in WaveAgent. The dropouts are are very short, less than a second long. Still definitely something id love to solve though. I was wondering if it might be somehow related to the timecode level, but I don’t see a way to adjust the level in the IFB-200? -Mike
  11. I have a TL46 borrowed from Gotham on set with me today and tomorrow. Corporate interviews so lots of different voices to try it out on. I’ll give a better report after tomorrow’s shoot but first impressesions from today are pretty good. It’s a very full sounding lav, not super bright and a little on the nasally side, and seemed to work a little better for female voices than male. Matched well with the CS3e boom. Slightly larger than most other lavs but I didn’t find it too difficult to hide. Interviews though so I wasn’t dealing with tricky costumes. More later! -Mike
  12. Hey all, I was on a shoot today using a Zaxcom IFB-200 as timecode generator, feeding a Sound Devices MixPre-6. Timecode seemed stable on the IFB200, and was fine on a couple of ERX’s feeding cameras. However the MixPre kept losing timecode sync for brief moments. It would be receiving timecode fine and then all of a sudden seem to lose signal and flash “- - - - - -“ briefly before resuming timecode as if nothing happened. This would happen at random intervals but on a pretty regular basis. Tried several different cable configurations from the IFB200 to the MixPre, and tried both Aux 1 and Aux 2 on the MixPre and nothing helped. Eventually I fed the MixPre from a spare ERX instead of directly from the BNC jack of the IFB200 and that seemed to work fine. Of course that’s another thing in the bag and another set of batteries to monitor though, so that’s not an ideal long term solution. Has anyone had this issue before, or can offer any tips? Thanks! -Mike
  13. I have a couple of the Sony ECM-100N mics for ambiance recording, which are also 19mm diameter. Ive just put a couple of wraps of silicone tape on the body of the mic to get it to fit into the 20mm Cinela Leo. The silicone tape doesn’t mess with the finish and it seems to work fine that way. I’d be interested in another 19mm solution if one comes up tho. The 8020’s might be a little short for the Leo and a shockmount. -Mike
  14. I had one here for a little while and eventually sold it just because it didn’t have quite the routing flexibility I needed. It’s a pretty simple mixer but if you’re ok with limited routing I think it’s a great choice. It’s very well made and sounds great. -Mike
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