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  1. I think a major factor is: How often will you be relying on the camera mic as your primary for an interview/distant subject? If often then go with the MKH418s. I suspect the Sennheiser will have better rejection than the Sanken. The downside is the size. You'll probably be MUCH happier with the small, unobtrusive Sanken -(especially when wind diffusion in factored in). Going with a M/S mic for a camera mic is a great practice, provided that: 1) The editor knows what to do with m/s recordings. 2) The camera operator is not chewing gum while rolling. The MKH418S side channel has a noticeable noise floor (hiss), but once decoded to a stereo image it is not an issue unless the recording is of a very quiet environment. As the owner of a 418S who has recorded sound for picture for 30 years and also did a couple years as sound editor for picture (and also an owner of an FS7 provisioned for 418S) I can say that a M/S mic is very appealing considering amount of dimension it can lend to a sound design, while extorting minimal additional burden on production.
  2. My old Nokia 232 (circa 1996) would give me a bad headache (dull ache, but a strong dull ache) if I used it for more than 5 minutes, and I never got headaches except when using that phone next to my head. I think back then phones were in the 800 Mhz-900 Mhz range and output 0.6 watts. A few years later I worked on a EM radiation conference/convention in Maui. The conclusions from all the studies were that cellphone radiation has no measurable negative affect on people, only a slight warming of human tissue. Despite their conclusions I continued to avoid using a phone next to my head.
  3. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD UPDATE THE SCREEN pleeeeze My nightmare realized: It looks like exactly the same low res, dark in sunlight, tiny, scratch prone, crap screen that I've been using on the Nomad for the last 7 years. It SUCKS. (The rest of the Nomad is brilliant imo)How hell are you going to monitor 8 wireless RX and as many tracks on this microscopic Tandy era technology? ...and don't get me started on the Windows based Touch. It needs to be bigger, ultrabright (like SmallHD monitors) higher res, bigger(oh, did I say that already?), scratch resistant, bigger, maybe OLED, and bigger. Glenn, +50% of your Nova customers are old and getting older and slowly going blind. Also, 6 pots should be minimum. -With love,
  4. Finally solved! Talent can't drop the belt pack (backpack??) transmitter into the toilet...won't fit!
  5. I normally would agree with you, however due to my preexisting condition (chronic procrastinitus) I did not follow up with DPA regarding the lemony situation. Early adoption means early admission pricing, = extra sting! ...this was...*mind clouds up* 3 years back?? Haha, live and hopefully learn...or learn from others!
  6. I recall having a similar issue a few firmware versions back...maybe 3-4 years ago? I would have to toggle between mic and line for signal to "pass". It did not happen often and has not done this again in a long time.
  7. My first and last 4061 slim lasted exactly one half day of shooting, gingerly placed and removed from one talent. Cable failed close to capsule....won't be buying DPA again.
  8. Really?? http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/crystalcon/nc3fxx-b-crystal Give your sound some sparkle...I'll hold out for the gold plated, zirconia encrusted version.
  9. The first freelance gig that required a gear purchase was to record stereo nat sound for a documentary...it was low budget but high quality was paramount (seems nothing has changed!) Fostex M22RP: Rented- The editor(and former sound guy) recommended that I utilize a Fostex M22RP (a mid-side printed ribbon mic), so I rented that. It was big and heavy and really needed a stand to prevent handling noise. I had to slap together a wind noise solution for exteriors, ...I think I draped a Rycote Windjammer over it. FP32A: Borrowed-from a production company that I was formerly a staffer of. 32A was great because it had M-S decode in the monitor matrix. Sony MZ-R55 Mini-disc recorder circa 1998: Bought- Nobody else that I knew of had tried using Mini-disc for production recording(pre-internet forums!). I thought that Mini-disc was the ideal solution for low budget recording. DAT was too expensive for me and too finicky. I bought a Sony MZ-R55 stereo Mini-disc recorder (Sony was still at it's peak of engineering prowess, and it shows in this unit because it does so many things right... and still functions 17 years later). That Mini-disc recorder was a perfect budget solution for 2 tracks of digital recording. The caveat was that it needed to go through A-D conversion to get files out of the Mini-Disc and onto a CD to hand off to the editor, but it worked.
  10. sonyslave

    Lectro Nano

    Holding out for the DAT version -just around the corner.
  11. Did the camera stop recording audio in the middle of a take? If yes a playback analysis of the moment audio recording ceases may offer answers.
  12. Alexa Mini @ 25fps for Euro doco shoot. Not sure what firmware was on cam. Mini needed 2 volts to see TC Note the "LTC IN" is displayed despite "LTC in signal missing" also being displayed.
  13. ​After a drop that damaged the pot I removed it completely and jumped the pot terminals on the board so full signal is always being passed. I never used the pot in my applications anyway, I like the ERX2 better without the pot, it is too weak and susceptible to damage imo. The action on the pot always felt cheap as well. I don't use ERX for ifb or handing off to scripty so no pot needed, the menu based controls work fine.
  14. 416 going through an FP33 recorded to a Minidisc recorder was a compact rig ideal for lowbudget movies. Lectrosonics 185 worked well for the time period. A small DAT recorder would be sonically better but much more expensive!
  15. Amazon sells "AmazonBasics" branded high capacity nimh AAs spec'd at 2400mah. Battery nerds review tested and believe these are 2500 mah XX Eneloops in an Amazon wrapper. At $19.49 for 8 including prime shipping I think they are the best bang for the buck now. The cells are labeled as "made in Japan".
  16. You've probably already changed out your boards, but for anyone else... Lots of high res snapshots at each step can't hurt, and can prevent reassembly headaches. The case screws are kind of soft, using a correctly size phillips will prevent chewing up the screw heads. In general using the proper tools for any complex job is a good step towards preventing frustration.
  17. Well, you could mod the sled into a battery eliminator, feed a 9V source to the sled by drilling a hole through the battery door for a power cable to pass through. However, not sure if it is safe to add resistance on one of your BDS leads to drop it to 9V if the BDS is uses Li-ion batts. May upset the cells and cause a shut down or worse, fire.
  18. Earliest cos 11 mics had a big boost on the top end on their freq response. Shortly after that they were revised to reduce their over boosted sharpness. Perhaps that is what you are hearing.
  19. I bought a HPRC 2700WIC case about 5 years ago. The steel hinge pins that hold he handles and latches together tend to back out of the joints they hold together, about once or twice a month i have to shove them back in with a drift. I contacted HPRC through thier website since thier cases have a lifetime warranty. No one from the company ever bothered to write back. The HPRC latches on the 2700W are not as good as the new Pelicans since they are more difficult to open and close compared the the Pelican design. The opened HPRC latch does not use a spring to hold the catch in a 'ready to close position'. You have to lift the lever up, manually swing over the 'catch' and then push the lever closed into the locked position. When closed it is a 2 step process to unlatch since the latch does not use a spring to force the catch hook out of the way once pressure on the catch is released. These processes can be done with one hand but it seems like an oversight not to include one spring that could make these latches better. Small detail, but it adds up. The main thing I like about the HPRC is the lightness compared to the Pelican. The 2700 is a few pounds lighter than a comparable Pelican and that makes a BIG difference for me since I'm often flying and loading the case to the airline's weight limit. The HPRC is not a rigid as a Pelican. If you stand on the broadside of a 2700 it will flex. I've stood on mine for extended periods when I needed a riser. My 180 lbs. made it flex, but it still felt very strong and never felt like it was in danger of breaking or getting damaged. My case was not full so there was no danger of my weight crushing the gear in the case. I did buy a 2nd 2700W about a two years ago. HPRC had improved the design of the 2700W. The updated model has a detent to keep the lid open, good at windy locations. It also has a thicker main handle that is more comfortable in your hand. The 2700W is a rolling case with a collapsible handle and it rolls very well. I dragged one around Tokyo for 10 days on a doco loaded with gear as we took rail to get around, it worked great as a rolling case. Wide wheels kept it stable and the handle was comfortable. I'm 6'1" and the handle could have been 3 inches longer so it wouldn't bang into my heels when I took longer strides, but a simple makeshift pull strap(using the Portabrace strap from my sound bag) solved that problem. (FYI I don't think you are supposed to bring cases of this size onto Japan's trains, however we traveled during non-rush hour and were never bothered or stopped by anyone.) Despite the lack of company response, and the 'just ok' latches, and the hinge pins that back out I would still buy again. Btw, the Portabrace hardcases are made by HPRC. (the IC in 2700WIC stands for 'internal case' -this model came with a custom Portabrace rigid softbag, fitted perfectly to the interior dimensions of the hardcase, and it is removable so it can be used without the hardcase like a regular Portabrace bag. It's great, but I don't think Portabrace still supplies the bags for HPRC anymore.) http://www.amazon.com/Portabrace-PB-2750IC-Superlite-Interior-Case/dp/B000RSQ3XS Link to the Portabrace softbag, it's a good system for me. (fyi the bag and case in this picture look to be a smaller model than the 2700 size case and bag. I think they used the wrong image, but overall that is what it looks like) ...
  20. 600mAh Soshine powering a UM400a = 6 hours 27 minutes of total run time, over the course of a 10 hour day. This was on a new battery used on it's 2nd cycle. Finally a good reason to use the timer function on my UCR.
  21. An automated email regarding software updates to the Zaxcom products I've bought would make me feel special...and save me time.
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