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    mostly cart-based, but also bag-based commercials, corporate, documentaries, etc.<br />
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  1. Yes, the antenna sma mod is one way, but I‘ve never actually done that. The best, easiest, and cheapest way to improve range is to move the receiver and/or transmitter higher up, above people‘s heads. Also, if you’re getting occasional dropouts, just move your own position slightly. If you’re working out of the bag, try to change the arrangement in your bag and see if that helps any. Keep transmitters away from receivers, check for interference from your recorder and other devices, do a proper scan beforehand, coordinate your frequencies, and so on. I didn’t say that the 112p will be on par with the 2000 or 500, but the sound of the DPA will beat everything else. So if it is an either/or situation for you, my recommendation is clear. No point in having great reception if what you receive sounds like crap. And yes, you can turn that around and argue that there is no point in having a great mic if you won’t receive it. But that’s not going to be the case with the 112p. You‘ll get by just fine with it as so many others have done before. Here it‘s very common on many many TV formats (none of them of any discernible quality, I ahould add).
  2. You have to listen to the mics yourself and base you purchase choice on the result. For me personally, if I don’t like the sound of what I‘m hearing, I won’t care about range anymore, so my preference would always be the 112p transmitter with the DPA (or your personal favorite) mic. There is more to improving range than just boosting the rf power. I use the 112p as an IEM transmitter frequently and am often surprised at how great the range actually is.
  3. Thanks! So far it’s working just fine. Well, in my case there was a degree of user error in there, like I said. It happened on a few occasions, a few years apart. The first time, working out of the bag the recorder dies without any warning. I‘m pretty sure I could trace it down to a weak external battery, in a case where I was charging the 788T‘s clip on battery at the same time as actually running it. I also had a few mic pres going and the NP-1 couldn’t handle it. Second occasion the recorder suddenly starts switching between external and internal power source rapidly with external being too low. Eventually the recorder shuts down. My conclusion: the output from the power supply was lower than usual (new distro) and the voltage warning/switch setting in the 788 too high. So the recorder warns and tries to switch to the int battery which was faulty and I hadn’t noticed as it was quite new. It seems like a fairly unusual set of circumstances, but not really all that unlikely. Replacing the battery and lowering the voltage setting appears to have cured these issues. By the way, I didn’t loose a file either. But initial troubleshooting on set and getting a second recorder going did take about 15 minutes which was causing some annoyance with others on the set, but the AD and others kept stressing how great it was that I did have the backup in the car and in the end I think everyone agreed. And the second 788 now is as much a backup as it is my way of having more inputs and tracks without spending a small fortune on one of those new larger recorders - non of which appear to be made for me - except maybe the X3...
  4. I bought 4 these. I think it’s a brilliant concept, most importantly because it saves valuable minutes in the morning, And I hope that it will also be gentler on the battery wrapper so that it won’t break so easily. I‘ve only had my first day with them today, and it all seems absolutely fine, it does what it is supposed to do. The whole design is pretty cool, as well, the display is useful. I like the kind of minimalistic Apple sort of way to product design. Keep it simple. Here that also applies to the packaging. Great! and the clip to change the orientation of the batteries is awesome. I do want to mention a few things that bug me about this. The fan. It is much louder than I expected it to be, especially when four of them are going simultaneously. Now, I have other chargers with fans, most notably an IDX one for my NP-1. Its fan is probably louder, but it will switch off automatically when charging is done. The RadCad fan just starts as soon as it’s plugged in. And in addition there is no off switch. On/off switches seem to be a thing of the past, which is a shame. Instead now I have to add clunky off switches to the mains outlets, because I don’t want to keep unplugging them. All this may be fine at home, but in a hotel room this can get very annoying. I wasn’t too thrilled about how loosely the batteries feel in the caddy, but I‘m beginning to think that it’s actually a good thing, because they slide in and out easier. That‘s it. The downsides shouldn’t keep anyone from buying this as it saves time, and that’s probably the most valuable aspect. In my case it also saves space and money, because I only need four of them instead of 6 8-bay chargers
  5. For us to discuss the problem here and for the problem itself it is irrelevant if the person experiencing said problem is a cameraman or a dp. And it still was a one-off occurrence, and we can’t know if there wasn’t maybe a different problem.
  6. Yes, I use it primarily on sweaty guys who only wear a t-shirt, so it can’t easily be taped anywhere. For that it works great. It’s invisible. I does reduce hair rustle a bit, but I don’t think that it’s even claiming to do that.
  7. Do they never do this or just on this occasion?
  8. Couldn’t find it either on Ebay, but I did successfully order it on the US Amazon site. No problem at all. So there is some international shipping. Very much looking forward to this, it looks like a very cool product!
  9. You set it to monitor mix rather than 2-track, right? That‘s all I can think of, but I have no personal experience with this mixer
  10. Oh I see. Didn’t realize there was a knob on the side. They had that on the 744 and 788 as well, and it seems like people coped somehow. Maybe just buy a bigger bag. You may find the top panel button more sensible, but I find it quite good on the side. It allows me to change settings without covering the display or other parts of the recorder with my hand and it reduces the danger of inadvertently touching another control.
  11. Oh I see. Didn’t realize there was a knob on the side. They had that on the 744 and 788 as well, and it seems like people coped somehow. Maybe just buy a bigger bag. You may find the top panel button more sensible, but I find it quite good on the side. It allows me to change settings without covering the display or other parts of the recorder with my hand and it reduces the danger of inadvertently touching another control.
  12. I don’t understand, what’s the problem? It looks very accessible to me?
  13. Today they are transmitting, tomorrow they are recording, and the day after that this becomes a group of people who talk about how great it was when they all still had a job
  14. Ah ok, didn‘t know that. It makes sense thozgh, because I always understood them to use the same firmware. So did that situation also improve as per v5.4?
  15. In my experience, this only applies to the Arri Alexa Mini
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