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Everything posted by Nordynord

  1. I had essentially the exact same issue; it's happened a few times, and for me it was always the left return channel, usually present but about 20 dB lower than the right. Customer support suggested re-installing the firmware, and that seemed to fix it the first time, however the issue came back and firmware didn't help. Then on one of the attempts I was feeding tone into the return as I put the SD card back in for a firmware update, and when I flipped the protective door shut the left channel magically came back to full level (from the physical jostling of the door shutting). This happened a c
  2. Update: I’m now also experiencing the “Updating Firmware” snag, as well as a few other errors like TC/Wordclock being disabled and “Media Too Slow.” I haven’t plugged into external power for very long, but the machine currently does it each time with no SD card present and no AA battery tray connected, just external power. Definitely making me extremely nervous about using the unit in the field....
  3. What battery chemistry were the AAs you were using? I’ve had a MixPre 10T since December (primarily as a backup recorder), and loaded the tray with lithiums. I’ve only used it for about an hour off those batteries, but the unit is still showing full battery. I haven’t found an actual percentage readout, nor have I checked the voltage with a multimeter, but I sort of assumed alkaline batteries wouldn’t be up to snuff.
  4. I was told by the Sound Devices support staff that the timecode and PowerSafe batteries are deeper in the machines and require removing circuit boards. I'm relatively handy with simple solder jobs and whatnot, but it sounded daunting. I'm eager to hear if anyone has tried it!
  5. I had to send my 633 back to Sound Devices to have internal batteries replaced recently. I noticed that the PowerSafe feature was no longer counting down for 10 seconds when external power was lost, the unit did a full reboot each power cycle instead of QuickBoot, and I also lost timecode on each power cycle. My situation might have been a little odd in that there was a blown capacitor that was causing the front of the unit to get hot, but the batteries apparently do have a finite lifespan. I rented a 633 from a friend while mine was being serviced and noticed that one also wouldn't hold timec
  6. My Myanmar experience was truly wonderful; absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were all quite nervous about entry into the country, given the equipment that we had, but flying into Mandalay we had no issues at all, and were through Customs/Immigration as fast as I've ever experienced. We were documenting humanitarian work at a hospital that is run by Buddhists, and given the large influence that Buddhism plays there, I believe that the process may have been expedited because of that. No one ever questioned us about the equipment, even though we were traveling on tourist visas as opp
  7. Just another thought (I didn't see this mentioned in a very quick skim of this post): I've experienced clicking sounds using my SMQVs and fixed the problem with a quick scrubbing of the battery door screw. Lectro now includes a bit of silver paste to apply to the screw, but out in the field I haven't had that with me. As far as I can tell, corrosion and residue on the threads of the battery compartment screw can cause the clicking, and while the paste might give the best continuity for the circuit, clean metal on metal is certainly better than mystery muck. Just something to try...
  8. I'm going to be travelling to Myanmar in February for a documentary, and I was wondering if anyone on the board has any recent experience there or knowledge of regulations. Over the last 5 years a lot of the restrictions to journalists have been lifted, and I was specifically wondering if anyone has insight as to legal wireless frequencies there. I did a search of the board and the info was not up to date regarding the current situation there. Thanks!
  9. I have a question related to this thread for folks who have used multiple brands of hardwired lavalier adapters; have you noticed differences in the noise floor between different brands? I tried out the Remote Audio adapter on several lavs (COS-11, TR-50, B6), but the noise I heard was unacceptable. The adapters mention use with universally wired lavs, whereas my Sankens are wired servo, so I'm assuming this was the issue. However, the Remote Audio adapters were only half the price of an Ambient Eumel, and I wasn't sure if it was just lower quality circuitry. I didn't get any clear answer from
  10. I can't comment on the MKH 30 specifically, but I have used an MKH 416 paired with a Schoeps MK 8. I would say the narrow pickup pattern of the shotgun limits the usefulness of the M/S scenario to situations where you don't have much sound coming from anywhere but primarily the front. I used it at a few football games for wild crowd noise, and ultimately a simple AT 825 XY mic sounded better. A match between the mid and side mics is ideal, but great results can definitely be had with different brands, and I think the choice of pickup patterns for the mid channel relevant to what you're capturi
  11. I'd like to quickly share the experience that I had when I upgraded my FR2 with the timecode option. I did send mine in to have it done, but still had an unforeseen problem. The timecode card ended up drawing more power than the built-in power supply could provide, and the whole unit went into a coma about a week after I got it back. My FR2 was purchased within a few months of release, so perhaps Fostex puts better power supplies in by default now, but I had to send mine back in to have the power circuitry repaired/upgraded. I'd suggest sending it in to have the work done, and maybe inquir
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