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Patrick Farrell

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  1. Can anyone share details on what specific resistor value and configuration has worked for them in reducing the hiss? I’ve tried several values just in series and as an L pad but it just lowers the overall volume so that when I adjust the level back up it also brings up the hiss and the net noise floor remains the same.
  2. Some reality shows used to use the iCom https://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/receivers/r6/default.aspx It has a wideband FM mode that receives most analog transmissions including Lectro. Doesn't sound great but good enough for an IFB. Programs lots of recallable channels.
  3. I don't know anyone that uses full social security numbers on their timecards. I'm all for being security conscious but I think you're making a mountain out of a molehill.
  4. Hey Wyatt, Just curious- are you saying they don't work together in the stock configuration?
  5. Here's a quote from the lectro HM manual: "An antenna is formed between the housing and the attached microphone, operating much like a dipole type. At UHF frequencies the length of the housing is similar to 1/4 wavelength of the operating frequency, so the antenna is surprisingly efficient, which helps extend the operating range and suppress noise and interference." That doesn't imply that wisycom operates the same way but it's possible they could. However, to say that using an xlr breaks the connection so you only have half a dipole shows that they don't understand how it actually works. There is still a ground connection through the xlr to the microphone which will load the opposing end of the antenna. In theory the length of the cable would affect the RF performance (just like the length of a mic would as well) but in practice you'll have RF trouble with your talent bodypack transmitters long before a plug-on transmitter mounted on a pole, provided the frequencies are clear.
  6. Only way I can think of is to set the 664 to record when receiving timecode. Then you'd feed external TC through a relay switch which is controlled by the remote roll and thus whether or not the 664 is receiving that external TC.
  7. Pretty sure post still uses a 2 pop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-pop
  8. If I remember correctly, that menu is an output gain adjustment so "+4" means it is adding 4dB of gain to the output rather than providing a 4dBu reference level. The mixpre outputs are a nominal -10dBV so adding 4dB gets you to around -3.78dBu. You should make that setting about +12 which will get you pretty close to outputting 4dBu.
  9. I'll provide a different perspective in that I doubt the lav was overloaded. You can test this by providing the same SPL to the mic and then adjust the transmitter gain down to see if the distortion goes away. My experience has been that "neverclip" in a transmitter is a bit misleading and gives a false sense of security. It's different from a recorder in that you don't have a fader to pull down that signal to fit into the 24 bit word. It's still going to clip.
  10. The video guy should feed the monitors live from his switcher so there’s no delay needed. Then when they ask for playback he switches to the Qtake output. Also are you feeding audio to his cart and getting a return?
  11. At this point, I'd consider that the problem isn't with the MKH50 but elsewhere in the signal chain. I've heard that kind of noise before when it was a poor quality phantom power supply. Do you have an external phantom power box you could add in line? Or another mic you could try and see if the noise is still on the recording? You could also try cleaning the hot shoe contacts between the camera and accessory.
  12. Make sure the allen screws on the body of the mic are all snug. They make contact with a grounding strip that helps keep noise out.
  13. I had trouble with one of those dc-dc converter modules before where it worked fine with an alkaline battery but didn’t like an iPower. The best I could come up with was related to the load provided by the internal impedance of the battery. Inserting a 10 ohm resistor in line with the iPower made it work but was obviously wasteful in terms of power efficiency. Maybe experimenting with the load the converter sees could be helpful.
  14. All BNC connectors manufactured to current specs will mate non-destructively. Sound Devices and all cameras I’ve bothered to check use 75 ohms for TC. But to reiterate what everyone else said, at the lengths we typically use it doesn’t matter.
  15. Perfectly fine to use as a transmit antenna. You'll experience more range in the forward direction but less range when off axis. Just got to remember to point it where you want it.
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