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Eric

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  1. The Panamic quick release. An oldie/classic, but goodie. Just check the screw is tight every so often. Easy to remove one handed. I've fallen for them.
  2. A (quick) production meeting beforehand usually clears up all expectations and deliverables (including sound report) and file naming. I simply use the Sound Devices created sound report on my 664 or 633. I usually set up (or the machine does it for me) a daily folder. I usually fill in job, client name, director, etc. the day before when I get the call sheet. I do add notes when I can. If it's a VO or wild line, ambience, room tone, etc. I have some common phrases saved in the recorder for quick access. Or just label the file name VO, room tone, etc. The machine (664/633) saves the sound report with the audio tracks in the daily folder. If anyone asks for it, I direct them to that daily audio folder, or I will e-mail the sound report file from my backup drive or the SD/CF card. I find this pretty easy. I suppose the key is to have a chat with prod co., post, etc. as to what they are looking for (aside from great sound). Sometimes I wonder if anyone even looks at my sound report.
  3. I used Ken's suggestion (WD40) since I had it around the house. Cables seem to be fine. It may make them slippery for a bit, but so far so good.
  4. Little accessory box from Wish. It's bigger than the ones that I've seen people keep individual their mics and their accessories in. This is for little mini accessories only (mounts, windscreens, clips, etc.). It does not come with lures, etc. Shipping can take a while. I use a countryman hard case for my lavs. https://www.wish.com/product/5aed4a21beb8ef716bcc5b43?from_ad=goog_shopping&_display_country_code=CA&_force_currency_code=CAD&pid=googleadwords_int&c=6493229759&ad_cid=5aed4a21beb8ef716bcc5b43&ad_cc=CA&ad_lang=EN&ad_curr=CAD&ad_price=3.00&campaign_id=6493229759&exclude_install=true&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2eebw7W68gIVKz2tBh0eyQbXEAQYASABEgLdZvD_BwE&hide_login_modal=true&share=web
  5. Eric

    headphones!

    Sennheiser HD 280Pro or Sennheiser HD25ii.
  6. I've gone with the beyer dynamic DT250 headphone pads. I have even put them in the (front load) washing machine in a delicates bag. This can also be done by hand. They don't last forever, but I believe it's from trying to get them on and off the headphones for washing rather than the washing itself.
  7. Wow, I just came across this with two lavs I haven't used in a while. All sticky and shiny sitting in a drawer over covid. Weird. I see I'm not the only one. Wasn't used in any crazy type of situations. Hadn't been used at all for 6 months. Thanks for the suggestions.
  8. You can always start with a Zoom H4N or similar, but it sounds like you want more than that. I have heard some half decent recordings out of that online. For stereo ambience it seems like 2 x cardiods are the way to go. You can check these sites for general info (I just did a google search and these came up): https://www.wildmountainechoes.com/equipment/microphones-nature-recording-ii-different-microphones-different-situations/ https://www.wildmountainechoes.com/equipment/choosing-microphones-2/ https://acousticnature.com/journal/lowest-self-noise-microphones-field-recording-comparative-list I also checked this place when doing a bit of research: https://www.creativefieldrecording.com/2020/03/25/field-recording-gear-and-travel-daan-hendriks/ As Rick mentioned, this is primarily a dialogue recording forum. There are a lot of resources online from people who record ambience and record SFX libraries. Search those out. I'll also second his wind protection idea. No sense in recording amazing ambience just to have it ruined by wind. I was able to borrow a Rode NT4 from a friend and used it along with a SD633. I found the NT4 a little noisy for quiet ambience. Maybe I cranked the preamps up a little too much. I was experimenting with ambience recording. I felt the setup worked well for city ambience.
  9. This "feature" is helpful when you are shooting a reality show with 15-20+ mics and have to tune a transmitter backstage. Having the ability to change the freq on a tx without stomping on a frequency being used is a good idea. It's sort of like the UM400a days where you could tune the tx with a tweaker before turning it on. This is sort of the same, but different, as you have to turn these packs on to change freqs. Having the ability to turn this off...never thought about that.
  10. Eric

    NP-1 dummy

    Yes, and this version too: https://www.hawkwoods.co.uk/Sound/P/AD-NP1 Oh sorry, that's the short version. I have friend who gutted a full size NP1 and did it himself. He felt the older ones were "better" to take apart and glue back together vs. a L-ion blue IDX type. His opinion.
  11. I have a FilmTech LSP4 that has been sitting unused since integrated mixer/recorders came into being. If that spikes your interest DM me. It is large-ish and doesn't have a recorder. It's a 4 channel mixer with phantom (even T-power!). Quiet preamps x 4. XLR inputs with phantom power. Low risk of sudden death (e.g. from ancient electronics) -- it's not that ancient -- depends on your age I suppose. Great portability. Line-level out. Shipping costs to Paris alone might kill this "just a preamp" idea if not some of your other criteria.
  12. Yes, I do. I've seen them at the shop. Haven't been there is a while though. I think they still have them.
  13. Eric

    Masks

    I have worn a mask for a long day and had my ears rubbed raw. For me it seems to depend on the material used for the ear loops. Some people I saw wore these types of things: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0874Q4J3Y I know URSA makes this: https://ursastraps.com/product/ursa-maskies/
  14. Alex, Good to hear. It's a quality book. I'm glad you're enjoying it.
  15. Perhaps a good place to start is a good read. Jay Rose's book is an excellent resource. https://www.amazon.ca/Producing-Great-Sound-Film-Video/dp/0415722071 Starts with sound principles, microphones, all the way through to post. If you're on a budget, check your local library. They had it at mine. I'm sure there are many more books that could be helpful to you.
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