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  1. Where I think the 32 bit float feature really shines is on single person shoots, when one must focus on the camera aspects of the shoot and cannot ride, or often even watch the levels. One of the main marketing aspects of the MixPre series has been attaching them to small DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
  2. I'd start here: https://cdn.sounddevices.com/download/guides/MixPreSeries-SonyA7SR.pdf If you went MixPre route I'd imagine you'd feed timecode through HDMI A73---->MixPre3/6, and audio from the MixPre3/6---->A73 via 3.5mm. The question is do you record audio 100% of the time or do you trigger record from the camera? That depends on your project. If it's more verite, I'd record every moment of audio I could (this is the main reason to get an external recorder vs a preamp and recording in camera). If its a sit down interview I might trigger record and I'd work a boom setup if at all possible. Don't settle for leaving your mic on the camera. Soderbergh, when making 'Full Frontal' ,talked about an audience having more patience for poor quality pictures than poor quality sound...or something like that. Learn to operate your camera as quiet as possible so you're not picking up too much of camera operation in your on camera mic set up. Test your IS lenses to see if your mic setup is picking them up. Dial in your kit and cabling so your not fiddling and fighting your kit. A lot of people on DVXUser love those tascam DR10 lav recorders. Yes, you can't monitor it, but when packing and traveling as complete solo production, there are tradeoffs, and if i can lose some weight and kit, therefore streamlining setup and effeciency, it goes a long way. On that note my ideal setup for this exact scenario is 6-8 Audio Ltd. A10's all recording at the transmitter and only 1 A10 receiver with that RX-MON Headphone amplifier on me so I can periodically monitor each recording while I focus on shooting. Give me a Schoeps mini cmit, Sound Devices Mix Pre 6v2 (if i use the 32 bit float 1 time its worth it), Canon 1DX3 (i know its not out yet, but if it has canon log and dpaf, otherwise I'll stick to my 1DC), 100mm macro, 16-35, and a Ronin S. Maybe throw in a Mavic Pro, a Nexto DI NPS-10 and you'd be a doc force to be reckoned with that could all fit into a carry on. Another tip, I always mount my mixpre on the right side of my camera cage (so the mix pre is orientated vertically), then you could use some standard velcro to attach the sony receiver to the bottom of the mix pre, though if you noted my tip before about dialing in your cabling and setup, I'd look into BEC Cases or some other mounting interface for a more rock solid solution than velcro. You do not want to be battling your kit when something important is happening. Last tip, when it comes to cages and mounting, Arri 3/8" with the registration pins is the way to go. Most companies use this pattern these days, Wooden Camera, SmallRig, etc. I abhor a simple 1/4-20 screws from noga arms holding an on camera light etc. as it will inevitably loosen. The one exception to that has been the mixpre, it has a single 1/4-20 but due to the rubber around it, it has never loosened. Thats it for now. Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have. Ugh, one last tip (this is why I’m a lurker and not a poster, too long winded, sheesh, but trying to give a little something back to a great community, thanks again Mr. Jeff Wexler) anyway, with your Sony UWP’s you can go directly into the A73 via a shoe adapter (I’ve read people struggling with levels, etc, I have no experience with this setup, but is something to ponder): https://pro.sony/en_GB/products/uwp-d-accessories/smad-p3 Here’s a few pics of a C500/MixPre/SRa setup (these pics were taken to get some custom cables made, which is why they’re a bit odd angles). All mounted to a cage with my SRa in a BEC case which is screwed onto an adapter that screws into the bottom of the MP6.
  3. I like the Shure VP83F because it has a built in recorder, I haven't compared audio quality to other DSLR type mics, but it works (also, I recently stuck it on an Alexa Mini and was able to boost the gain enough to give the mini a scratch feed): http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/vp/vp83f
  4. I posted this on the Black Friday thread too but just wanted to lend my opinion and experience in this thread as well: I can't address the supply chain but have purchased a handful of betso items over the last 6 years (including a 2nd TCX-2 during this sale, thanks Daniel for the heads up on deals, greatly appreciated). I've always found Jan Zastera to be on point with communication and handled any inquiries I had in a prompt manner. I've found their products to be extremely well built and designed. When I asked about the repair process, it was said that for some repairs parts could be shipped to Gotham Sound (my preferred reseller) and they could handle repairs there and some would need to be handled by Betso. I can recommend Betso and Jan without hesitation.
  5. I can't address the supply chain but have purchased a handful of betso items over the last 6 years (including a 2nd TCX-2 during this sale, thanks Daniel for the heads up on deals, greatly appreciated). I've always found Jan Zastera to be on point with communication and handled any inquiries I had in a prompt manner. I've found their products to be extremely well built and designed. When I asked about the repair process, it was said that parts could be shipped to Gotham Sound (my preferred reseller) and they could handle repairs there and some would need to be shipped back to Betso. I can recommend Betso and Jan without hesitation.
  6. Pelican Air 1615 though not as sturdy, has worked for me for a couple years so far. That being said I do keep my 688 kit in a 1650 and yes, it's heavy. Though I have a tip, the much older 1650's that have the significantly larger horizontal carry handle are better as you can use two hands easily. And there's a generation or two of 1650's (could even be the current one) that don't sit flat when you set it down (if you were carrying it horizontally, like a suitcase). This is annoying to say the least. Deal breaker in my opinion. Look on Craigslist in Chicago. They'll pop up at some point.
  7. Mr. Bamboozled- I often run my mix pre 6 on camera and have a few ideas for you: 1. Get a camera cage and mount the mix pre d on the side of the camera rather than underneath. It'd be sweet if the MP series screen orientated accordingly but it does not. 2. I have most the available powering options and of course it ultimately it depends on your setup but I've found that the Sound Devices L Mount used in combo with Sony NP-F570 (which I believe is discontinued but you can still find some if you look) lends the lowest profile. Another option if you power the camera externally using either V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries is to get the Hawkwoods Hirose power and just get a D-Tap to Hirose cable and power it. The AA's are low profile too but ultimately I end up swapping batteries too much using that powering method.
  8. Looks great. Thanks for the demo. Definitely have my eye on the betso gear.
  9. I haven't personally tested it but I believe the Betso Slate WTCS-1 can display chosen fields of metadata which can be entered via the Movie Slate app.
  10. Mr. IronFilm- If Zoom doesn't hire you in some capacity they're fools. You're the #1 brand ambassador for them and a respected member of several communities. Seriously though, after all you've written in support for Zoom, the absolute least they should do is give you a Zoom F8n, if only cause you'd educate everyone about that product. Zoom, are you paying attention?!? Don't lose Mr. IronFilm to the competition. I bet he's solely responsible for at least 50 sales of your products due to the consistent feedback he gives about the F8.
  11. 664 is completely analog. 633 & 688 are not.
  12. Blackmagic Design Video Assist works fine. I trigger the Mix Pre 6 from a Canon 1DC through the Video Assist and the 1DC won't trigger the MP6 directly. I wish the 10t would hold timecode from an HDMI signal even after it is disconnected. I think I saw somewhere it couldn't. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  13. When the 664 came out there was an approved media list with a San Disk Ultra 64gb SD card on it. After awhile the card was removed from the approved list. I only bring this up because I'm assuming they tested the card rigerously prior to approval but then several months later had to delist it after some issues arose. So even after the testing you've done, I'd still be weary. That being said, I believe Scott Farr (he posted it on JW a few years back) was using unapproved Lexar media without issue, so it can happen. Good luck. Keep us posted. PS. The other part I'm curious about is why not just use the 64gb approved cards? According to SD's audio calculator you'd get over 8 hours 24/48 wav files when recording 16 tracks on a 64.
  14. They already make a plate that does that, it's The BEC Group Under Camera Mount #1. https://www.adorama.com/becbotplt1.html I've also had some custom work done by Mr. Babcock. Always excellent results.
  15. I'm talking about the American market. That's why I said "US A10", US meaning United States but I can understand that not being clear if you're not from here. Too many acronyms to keep up with these days. I'm going to email Audio Ltd. and see if I can get some files to play with and compare a transmitter recorded file to a mixer recorded file. ill report back if I hear anything...poor pun intended.
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