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  1. Hey Guys, Just starting to research the new SMWB transmitters and I'm wondering if I'm missing something in regards to the software on the transmitter itself and updating. Is what is available at this link: https://www.lectrosonics.com/Support/category/98-smwb-smdwb.html the software running on the transmitter (the OS) or is this something more low level than that? If so, are OS updates available to do yourself or do you have to send them in? Thanks
  2. Hey Guys, Got a bunch of COS-11's that didn't get wrapped properly last time I used them and they've been like that for a while. The cables are pretty wavy at this point. Any tips for straightening them back to the way they were? Thanks, Joe
  3. Hey Guys, Had a TS-3 come back from camera and they said something was rattling inside. I opened the battery door and this small black plastic piece pictured here fell out of the slate. It's currently rejammed and functioning normally as far as I can tell. (It was still jammed when I got it back. I had to rejam cause I turned it off.) Anyone have any idea what this piece is? Not sure on a scale of 1-10 how dire of a problem it is if we continue to use the slate or if it should be sent for immediate repair. Thanks! Joe
  4. Hey Guys, Thanks for the replies. The question was regarding running a mini mite with the 1/4 length antenna that's usually on the M-216, instead of using the much longer whip that comes with the mini-mite. I tried it out, and didn't notice much of a difference, though the tests I run in my apartment building rarely ever reflect real world applications. This setup was purely done as an experiment to save space/height on my cart. I'm going to try it out for a while and see how it goes range-wise. I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks, Joe
  5. Will this work? The large antenna for the Mini Mite is too big for my current setup. Being fed by a basestation. Just wanted to know if this would work better than just using the small whip by itself. Thanks, Joe
  6. Thanks for the reply. Good to know about the PCB change. That noise was the only finicky thing I heard about the 8xxx series and I'm glad they fixed it. Just to confirm: does the MZG swivel both ways, or only in one direction?
  7. Hey Guys, Trying to find some info on the Sennheiser MZG 8000 swivel module for the 8xxx series of microphones. Anyone have/used one before? I've been looking for a Schoeps gvc/41 replacement for a while and was thinking the 8050 with this swivel might be a good option. I was mainly wondering about it's range of swivel compared to a GVC, as well as the overall reliability of the 8xxx series. Thanks, Joe
  8. Local 52 is accepting applications this week starting September 14th for 5 days. I highly encourage any non-union boom operators to put an application in. There is currently a big shortage in available competent boom operators in the NY area.
  9. Yeah, I can see how the importance of the actual dialogue is almost impossible to quantify and needs to be taken into account on a case by case basis. This poll was more about the person's usual plan for micing any scene going into it, regrdless of how the scene would have to be mic'd after seeing a blocking rehearsal. It was to refer to the way people work rather than the micing of particular scenes. A better way to phrase my question is probably: do you always assume you will be micing the off camera, regardless of the timing/blocking of an actual scene?
  10. I've worked for many mixers. Most (myself included) focus on on-camera dialogue and do not concern themselves with the off camera. This has always made more sense to me because the off camera actors are generally not acting at 100%, and 2 booms out means twice as many possibilities for boom shadows/reflections/unnecessary set clutter. There is also no weirder look to get than the one given by someone staring at you, wondering why you're booming someone who's not in the close up their currently shooting. I have worked for some mixers who swear by always double booming for off camera dialogue. The most common excuse for this that I've heard from them is "It's so they can cut it in case there are overlaps." This has never made sense to me. It doesn't remove the overlap problem from the on-camera mic, and limits the choice of which take editors can use for the off camera. I would rather just tell them not to over lap. Obviously, this is not going to be the same situation job to job. There may be reasons to boom the off-camera like the director liking the performance better when they do overlap, editors requesting you get everything whenever possible, an actor you can't tell not to overlap cause they'll flip out, etc. I was wondering today how many people get off-camera regularly, and how many people don't. That's why I made this poll.
  11. Quick update: I had initially changed the frequency, but it didn't get rid of the whining sound I was getting. In a final act of desperation this evening, I set the frequency to one of the highest possible on the transmitter, in this case 690.000, and the sound went away. This is by no means a permanent fix, and I'm still going to send it in, but I'm glad I have something I can work with tomorrow. If it fails, I have my audio ltd as a backup. So to anyone experiencing this problem on set and needs a quick fix, this might work temporarily. I'll keep you guys posted, Joe
  12. Hey Guys, Was going through my gear today for an upcoming job, and plugged my p48 416 into my Lectro butt plug. It started emitting a high pitched whining noise in addition to the sound coming from the mic. I disconnected the mic and noticed the sound was still there with nothing plugged into it. When the transmitter moves or I touch it in a different spot the pitch of the sound changes. Changed the batteries, but that didn't change anything. I've never had any issues with it before today. Anyone know what could be going on? Thanks, Joe
  13. Getting unjammed halfway through the day is usually the AC dropping it and the battery sled getting jostled so it loses contact, powers down, and unjams. If the AC didn't drop it, someone most likely knocked it over onto its face and the same thing happened.
  14. Hey Everyone, I've been powering my Cooper CS-106 from my Remote Audio Meon, which only gives out 12 volts. It's been working fine with no issues. I heard that the noise floor of the mixer is greatly reduced when you power it with 18 volts instead of 12 volts. I guess I have 2 questions: Is this true? If so, does anyone know of any reliable product that can convert the voltage from my Meon? All i've been able to find are things made for car batteries like this: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-2171.htm I wasn't sure if the conversion that a unit like this would do would introduce anything nasty power-wise into the mixer or not. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Joe
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