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    mostly cart-based, but also bag-based commercials, corporate, documentaries, etc.<br />
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  1. Gruppe 3 is the Sanken distributor in Germany. They have offices in Munich and Berlin. Talk to them if you want your mic checked. The Sanken is a bit noisier, but it also has a much higher sensitivity, so at least you can turn down your preamp gain a bit
  2. Presumably you already re-started the receiver? Scan info stays in the memory I believe until you restart the device. Does it also happen in other compat modes? You’re sma connections are all set well and clean? Sorry, basically just thinking out loud, I‘ve got no real idea what this could be, but basically double checking everything can’t hurt, including any hardware connections
  3. I have added a little o-ring to the XLR tip - such as the one found on a regular female XLR plug. Now it fits very tightly. If you’re problem is further down you may have to replace the XLR section which is not that expensive
  4. I tried various models of Rycote and Cinela over the years. For really really extreme wind I think a large basket (like a long stereo basket) with a fairly small mic inside, such as the 4017B, combined with the windsock and a fur, is a pretty wind resistant rig. It also sounds somehwat muffled compared to other systems. You will also need to spend some time to close off absolutely every single opening, but then it’ll work very well. Had this rig mounted outside on a car doing about 60 mph and it was no problem. The best compromise of wind resistance, sound quality, and handling, is in my mind without a doubt a Cinela Piano.
  5. That‘s probably very true. OTOH governmental agencies make sure my drinking water is clean, so I call it even.
  6. Yes of course. I was not saying that microwave ovens actually were comparable to phones, just pointing out that non-ionizing radiation is not per se harmless. Yes it is a hint. The WHO said: „IARC has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), a category used when a causal association is considered credible, but when chance, bias or confounding cannot be ruled out with reasonable confidence.“ Pretty much none of that is true. From the NTP website: The NTP studies found that high exposure to RFR used by cell phones was associated with: Clear evidence of tumors in the hearts of male rats. The tumors were malignant schwannomas. Some evidence of tumors in the brains of male rats. The tumors were malignant gliomas. Some evidence of tumors in the adrenal glands of male rats. The tumors were benign, malignant, or complex combined pheochromocytoma. the rats were standard lab rats. Read all about it here: https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/areas/cellphones/index.html That may well be true. But would it be statistically relevant enough for us to hear about it? Well, that’s a bit of a cheap argument. You simply discount all studies which don’t support your narrative? By comparison, your „we would have known by now“ was much better. The NTP study linked to above is a peer-reviewed thorough study. There is also the Interphone study, carried out by the IARC, an agency if the WHO: „An analysis of data from all 13 countries participating in the Interphone study reported a statistically significant association between intracranial distribution of tumors within the brain and self-reported location of the phone. However, the authors of this study noted that it is not possible to draw firm conclusions about cause and effect based on their findings.“ Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC said: "An increased risk of brain cancer is not established from the data from Interphone. However, observations at the highest level of cumulative call time and the changing patterns of mobile phone use since the period studied by Interphone, particularly in young people, mean that further investigation of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk is merited." by „highest level“ they mean half an hour per day. Nowadays the levels would be much higher, but also offset by more efficient technology and the increased use of handsfree technology. There is much more. Check out https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet for much more information. Of course, there are many more studies there, which didn’t find any adverse health effects, but they don’t support my narrative And you shouldn’t. And I don’t think there is any uncivility in this, it’s simply a discussion. I don’t stop using wireless devices, either, and I‘m not even worried. That said, what’s wrong with acknowledging that this may not have been fully researched yet, and further investigations are warranted. Just like so many reputable scientists are doing. That has absolutely nothing to do with the evolution „controversy“, or chemtrails or whatever else. You can agree with many many scientists and think that there is no negative effect, and that’s fine. But it’s not fine to insinuate that everyone who doesn’t agree with you, and may have further questions, is basically a whacko.
  7. It is indeed non-ionizing radiation. That in itself does not mean that it has no effect on humans. Microwave ovens use non-ionizing radiation and I would not like to be in one (I know, I know, that’s not the same as mobile phones) But the heating of tissue and the effect of that on the brain, for example, are not 100% clear to scientists, though currently the general opinion is that it’s probably harmless. The difference to your radio since the 50‘s, but also between 2/3/4/5G is, among other things, the frequency. It makes a big difference. Even those multi KW radio transmitters were not and are not held to someone‘s face for up to several hours. Even using a hand-free device is going to make a big difference. There is also a combination of all the various devices that emit EMR which we didn’t have just a few years ago. And 4G didn’t replace 3G it added to it. We coordinate our frequencies, because we know that they can interact unfavorably with each other. Could that have an effect on humans, if various mobile phones or wifi routers or whatever interact? The WHO has classified EMR from mobile phones as „possibly carcinogenic“. This means that there are enough indicators that EMR could actually cause cancer, but they could also be occurring due to other factors (such as chance), and that further research is needed. The NTP study you alluded to (I assume) above did indeed not find any link in mice, but it did in male rats. They could be shown to be affected by EMR from mobile phones. Some forms of cancer need 20-30 or even 40 years before they even break out. So you think 20 years of mobile phone use is enough? Hundreds of studies have already been conducted and most did not find any conclusive evidence that EMR caused any illnesses. But they also didn’t show that it didn’t and many had some indicators that there was a negative effect and almost all concluded that more research was needed. And more research is underway all over the world, e.g. in Europe a study with 290.000 participants that‘s to run 20-30 years. None of this would be needed if it were as clear-cut as you make it seem.
  8. The „we would have known by now“ argument is so incredibly lame, I can’t believe you would actually use it. It’s similar to what the cigarette manufacturers used to say, whereas nowadays everyone is pretty sure that cigarettes are unhealthy. How long have mobile phones really been around? For how long have people been using them as extensively as they are today? There is no „years ago“. We are not talking about using a phone once and dying immediately. This is about years and years of many hours of use everyday. We simply don’t know yet of longterm effects. Also, during the years we‘ve had mobile phones the network types changed. Gsm is quite different from 4G, 5G is going to be very different again. Please note, I‘m not saying there actually is a negative effect, I‘m just saying we don’t know yet.
  9. Maybe then it’s not such a great idea to put both of them in the same unit?
  10. I definitely don’t mind a new sync method if someone comes up with one. I don’t see it being gps sourced tc, though, unless they somehow address the indoors no service available situation. I also don’t mind the current system, as it has progressed quite a bit in the recent years. But really, gps tc, or little boxes, or Bluetooth, or Wifi, or whatever, all of that only concerns the mode of delivery. What might be due for an update is tc itself...
  11. I used to access this site via Tapatalk in the beginning and really liked it. But then gradually Tapatalk became more and more annoying and kept changing its interface. So when Jeff once deactivated the plugin for a while here some time ago, I switched to the mobile site and it works much much better and I just stayed there. Even though Tapatalk came back temporarily. I don’t miss it at all now. The only thing that I don’t like in the mobile site is the little circle that takes me to the latest unread post. It’s very small and can be missed easily. Other than that the transition was pretty simple
  12. The forcing part happens all on its own when I approach camera and ask for my tc box to be mounted on the camera and they’ll reply „no worry, the camera‘s got an internal gps box. But oh wait, it’s a Sony so it won’t be compatible to your non-Sony gps“ but I grant you it might be cool if all cameras and recorders had a generic gps tc device built in and were cross-compatible. Although I still worry what happens in the many possible situations where there is no gps reception. Yes, they may work like regular tc devices (although that hasn’t happened in like 20 years), but then I need a way again to sync them and check for sync. So I need additional hardware again. There‘s no need to hope. Either they (or the AE) can do their job or they can’t. If I can‘t press record, I shouldn’t be a recordist. But it’s not always your choice, but it’s always good to have a choice.
  13. Well, I hope it’s not going to be a while, I want it be eternity. I don’t want the camera company to force me or the maker of my recorder to use a certain piece of tc equipment. I‘d like to choose my own. And I want to have some control over the tc settings at all. Such as when I want tc to start at 0:00 each day
  14. No, the boom is not 40 ft away, the camera is. The boom is right on top of the speaker. The quote above doesn’t mention PluralEyes and it’s not the only way to sync sound and video. Off the top of my head I can come up with 4-5 TC systems that can already do this. There’s no babysitting involved at all. Some you just have to switch on all devices involved and that’s it. Some others you just have to switch everything on and then hit a button an an app and you‘re done. I‘d like to know what sets your system apart from all the others? Especially considering that there are circumstances where there’s no gps reception and one would need to go outside to get sync
  15. So, I‘m curious: what do you think are the advantages of gps sync? also: How many feet does light travel during one frame? Because, you know, the boom is not 40 feet away, the camera is.
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