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    I just want to be a boom operator.
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  1. I think the stuff in most headphone cables is called litz wire. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  2. A 4 way split should be a 6 dB loss. I'd say "about 5 dB" is within the margin of error with the imprecise method of a receive antenna and transmitter some distance away.
  3. They have entered our market and plan to stick around. The new plug-on was a direct response to our market. They've also heard our requests for a portable receiver... But in the meantime, I know several mixers that are happy with the rackmount receivers on their carts. Gonna be a short decade then. And as mentioned above, the latency is less than Lectro and definitely not a problem.
  4. If you're looking for the best, have a look at Shure Axient with the new AD3 plug-on.
  5. Yes you're right, I was thinking of the other way around. I remember it solved a lot of problems for me being able to clock the 970 over dante. Seems they've botched the dante implementation on the scorpio/8 series. If I remember right, it doesn't do redundant mode and the switch mode doesn't actually work as a switch but just "pass-through."
  6. Has Sound Devices acknowledged this somewhere? I remember it was a problem with the 970 but they eventually put out new firmware that fixed it. I haven't put the Scorpio in many large dante rigs to test it but it seems silly for them to make the same mistake again. My natural instinct would be to set Scorpio as preferred master and "sync to external" within dante controller and then clock everything else (except cameras) over dante from the Scorpio.
  7. https://www.listentech.com/listen-everywhere/ I checked out the system when it was called Audio Everywhere before it was apparently bought by ListenTech. Gotham Sound also does a custom integration between Behringer boards and the TouchOSC app which gives more granular control.
  8. Things are pretty bleak for mac. The only one I found a few years ago was RTLSDR Scanner and it works okay. Theoretically QSpectrumAnalazyer could be made to work and have better performance but I haven't bothered building it. It's just easier to run linux.
  9. The cheap SDR dongles can be made to sweep as well by reducing the window size and performing FFTs on sequential, overlapping samples over the frequency range of interest. The open source rtl_power is part of the rtl_sdr driver package and does this very thing and is also the backend for many of the spectrum analyzer GUI applications. Maybe I'm wrong but I assumed RF Explorer behaves in the same way.
  10. I listened to a demo of the CM170 at Gotham a while back and it was clearly a knockoff of a MiniCMIT. Didn't sound nearly as nice as the real thing but not so bad as to be unusable. I'd class it in the same rank as an Oktava.
  11. As I understand it, Lectro's +5 setting is 5dBu output at full modulation, meaning that's as loud as it will get. In the case of the 833, outputting tone at +5 from your receiver into a line input at unity gain should read -15dBFS. In the US, it's common to align 0dBu with -20dBFS. So in theory, this means you would add 15dB of gain to your line input to get the max output of your receiver to match the max record level of 0dBFS. However in the real world, most people don't set the transmitter gain to utilize the full modulation (to rightly avoid the TX limiter) and you end up needing more inpu
  12. Once Dante AV gains more adoption you could send your mix to Video Assist and bring back the camera feeds over the same cat5.
  13. The 416 also uses the tube with consecutive holes of varying diameter. I boomed for a mixer once that claimed the slots on the 416 mattered which way they pointed but I could never hear a difference. I tried to open up my CMIT to see what it uses but the interference tube is fully enclosed with the capsule. A flashlight didn't reveal any of the holes behind the slots like on a 416 though.
  14. Not necessarily true. It holds true if you perfectly match the gain staging between wireless and recorder. But that doesn't always happen. Imagine a scenario with unpredictable dynamics and the wireless manages to transmit the audio cleanly but the gain of your recorder's input is incorrect. This is where the magic of a floating point comes in and you would be able to recover clean audio that would have otherwise clipped or been too close to the noise floor of a 24 bit fixed point recording.
  15. You'd have to import your scan file from the RF Explorer. If you don't have a Venue, I personally think Shure's Wireless Workbench is more flexible and powerful. If you want real time scanning with your RF Explorer and frequency coordination built in, you could use Clear Waves.
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