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  1. Normally I would not recommend the 8040‘s based purely on my personal taste. But for ambiances, especially really quiet ones, the 8040 or 8020 would be you quietest and most suitable choice. Regarding your wind protection question: without a doubt, out of those two, pick the Cinela. It is worth every penny of the difference between those two. Even in a stationary situation
  2. I am pretty sure this is not humidity. It sounds different, and the whole issue is over-hyped anyway. I‘m guessing it’s something else, but I couldn’t tell you what.
  3. Just FYI if you do consider the Ebay route you might as well consider BBList. Basically you pay them and once they have received your full payment, they’ll tell the seller to ship your purchases. Once received you have a couple if days to check everything out and only then will they release the payment. they take 10%, I believe, plus sometimes a currency conversion fee. It’s similar to what Ebay takes, but much safer
  4. No, I never have, although I have been tempted to on a few occasions. So far I‘ve been lucky. However, I only buy expensive gear from someone who is well-known either here or on Facebook in the relevant groups. If possible, I check any past sales and try to contact a previous buyer and I have also tried to ask other sound mixers in the area of the seller if they know the person. Oh, and real names only. If they go by „Tape2000“ around here, I won’t buy anything expensive from them.
  5. I don’t I‘d interpret that differently. Most higher end audio manufacturers have started selling incorporating two or more A/D converters each weighed towards a specific dynamic range. Combined those systems are well capable of producing dynamic ranges well above 144dB of dynamic range. Preamps are a different story, but there are some input stages with such enormous dynamic ranges that they simply don’t employ a preamp at all, thereby circumventing that bottleneck. There are some mics that can deliver way more than 144dB of dynamic range, but that’s not the norm, I guess. 32-bit float is another story entirely, and it’s not just about extended dynamic range
  6. I hate foot foam, because my experience seems to be the opposite: it sticks like hell and never comes off again, especially the non-foam part. And I also find that it only lasts for a couple of takes at the most. but that gaff tape idea is great, I may try that next time.
  7. I have never worked with a specific GPS tracker, but I have other devices in close proximity to my audio gear, with no apparent effect, such as my phone or my ipad. Those things also work in various RF ranges. However, if you want to make sure you could find out the exact frequency and incorporate it in your frequency coordination. That won’t help with any spill and/or desensitisation of the receivers, but it will help with any possible intermodulation.
  8. No, I did not try that. My SL-2 sits in my bag, but the BFA are on my cart.
  9. Yes, you can do that, no problem. I have two SRB in there and the aux out is feeding a DSQD which in turn feeds an 822, so I get 10 channels of wireless without a separate rf or power distro. In your case it‘d be even more. In my case I can’t use all of the AES inputs, because the SRBs are analog, but with you rig it should be different. If the Wisys output digital
  10. That’s the thing with Cinela that I was kind of trying to get at (but didn’t). Their not-really-modularity makes it difficult to adapt them in the field.
  11. Yes, I agree with Chris Baker, even though I chose the third option, DPA 4018cC, but they are all great. This comes down to personal taste.
  12. Rycote has the advantage of being fairly modular and universal, so each rig can easily be adapted to new situations. This comes at the expense of better mic isolation and possibly wind protection. Cinela has the advantage of making each mount specifically for every microphone which comes at the expense of adaptibility. However, you can get the suspension needed for the MS rig and swap that out for the mono suspension - as I understand it. Not sure how it works with the cabling and all, but it is possible. Send Cinela an email. They are very responsive and helpful
  13. In my opinion, you never know when RF issues are going to hit you. So having the filter on at all times should be SOP. There’s no downside to that, afaik
  14. Zaxcom have a transmitter that accepts AES. I wouldn’t call it lossless, but Glenn at Zaxcom disagrees.
  15. Yes, you do need two, one for each receiver antenna. I have them always in my signal chain and they are always on and set to a fairly broadband filter, I think it’s 530-698, but I can verfiy later. That covers all my receivers and keeps Walkie interference out, which was my main issue. Since there are always walkies on sets and I never suffer interference from them anymore, this was a great improvement. I change the filter settings rarely, like maybe once every 4 to 6 weeks, if there are issues, and will change back on the next location. I change gain/attenuation more often, but I‘m mostly happy with a 0dB setting, or a -3 when I‘m close to the set.
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