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  1. I own a Schoeps CMCMK41 and the Audio Technica 4053B. They both sound great and when I need to double boom i use them side by side. The Schoeps has a slightly warmer tone and never harsh. Under normal circumstances i can eq the mics to sound great and indistinguishable. I purchased the AT new and the Schoeps used. For $550 i recommend the AT. You won't regret it.
  2. Does she look like this?
  3. No problem at all with the number of questions. We are here to help each other and leave rude comments about politicians, lol. The signal from the transducers are more subsonic than sonic. They conduct sound waves/vibrations through your temporal bone. I never use them at full volume. With all the Motorola two-way radios I've used you can turn them up too loud to the point they vibrate on you temporal bone and tickle. I was told these where developed for constrution workes on loud construction sites. You will never use them at full volume. The twin jack is a standard Motorola connector. They are made my Motorola. You will need an adapter to use them with Kenwood radios. Their pins are closer together. The plug does not screw in but fits so tight it won't fall out. Mine never has. Side benefit is you will never get feedback from keying your mic right next to someone else with a radio.
  4. I use Sony 7506 headphones with muffs the same time I am using the temple transducers. They work great for me. Through lunch break I am still wearing them forgetting I have them on. I wear both all day long. If they are too tight on your head just bend them a bit. They have the standard PTT button north of the coily part of the cable. When you first use them you will be freaked out that you can carry on a normal conversation with people around you, with both ears and then hear comms clearly at the same time. I find them liberating while not interfering with my mixing headphones. The wrap around the head bit rests at the lower part of your head so you can still wear hats. The transducers wrap around the top of your ears. They are very lightweight.
  5. Have youse guys ever tried the Temple Transducer com unit from Motorola? $90 bucks.They conduct sound through the bone just in front of your ears leaving both ears free for normal conversation or wearing headphones. I have been using them for years.
  6. Sounds like LA County wants to shut down/limit production activity again. On the FilmLA website, the dept. said productions should make plans for “moving more work outdoors, delaying higher-risk work, and putting some productions completely on pause.” The health department also warned film productions “travel for production purposes is currently not advised.” Officials feel transmission of the virus will be facilitated “by making it more likely that people will end up together in vehicles or indoors in less-controlled settings.” The health authority then expressed worry over hospital capacity. “Hospitals are full virtually everywhere,” the dept. said urging productions to “keep cast and crew close to home.” Early in December, Southern California entered yet another round of lockdowns, though the powers that be deemed film and TV productions to be “essential” work that was excluded from many of the most draconian shutdowns.
  7. If you get one let us know if they have reduced the RF spray interfering with other wireless devices.
  8. I am still using an SD664 as my bag mixer. Three SRb receivers powered from BDS v2 feeding mixer at line level. No problems. When I am working reality shows and need more wireless I use my retired Senn G3 units. As soon as I try to power them off of the same BDS distro with the Senn battery eliminators I hear a low volume whine on the mixer inputs fed from the G3s. The G3s are unbalanced. If i power the G3s from a second battery or just a couple of AAs the signal is clean. It has been this way for the past 8 or 10 years. All SD can say is it must be because of the unbalanced nature of the G3s. I even wrapped the DC feed cables with clamp on chokes. No improvement. Then I tried XLR isolation transformers and experienced some improvement. I reckon mixing balanced and unbalanced signals is like dogs and cats sleeping together. You are going to hear a whine and someone is going to get hurt
  9. I haven't heard of that problem in years. Sounds like you are picking up noise from the ignition system. Namely the spark plugs. A couple of things you can do. Use shielded dc wire and an rf choke near the powered device, install spark suppression spark plugs. They cut the rf spray. But maybe your ignition coil is going bad. Is the noise any different when the engine is hot vs cold? If you are driving a 1965 Spyder Corvair i'd say replace the condenser in the distributor as well.
  10. Breaker 1 9. That looks like a two-way radio or CB radio mic hanger. Dash board mount.
  11. His reply is COMEDY! And hillarious at that. You remember comedy don't you. Even noted liberal John Cleese often laments the dumbing down of humor in the effort of a minority to be overly sensitive to hair triggers. They could never produce Monty Python in this PC age. Laugh or don't. Then move on. Humblely submited.
  12. I bought the 2-pak special earlier this summer and received two licenses. The software must be registered by plugging in a Tentacle unit to a USB port on the computer and registering the serial number.
  13. My Lectro HM never has locked in to the side jack of my K-Tek pole (not side kick but the 90 deg. side jack). I had to make a 4 inch XLR jumper cable. I bongo tie the HM to the pole. Far from ideal.
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    I can't recommend this kind but compliance loved it. Plus it makes my fat cheeks look fatter.
  15. A couple of anecdotes… Long ago when I was appenticing under an engineer at a TV station he asked me to help him adjust the standing wave of a motorola two-way car radio. I think it was a MOTRAC 50 watt. He said grab the wire antenna while I key the mic. Holding the wire I said but wait.. Then he keyed the mic. Lesson learned, don't grab 50w RF antennas and don't trust this engineer. It took about a week for that burn streak to fade from my hand. It was like grabbing a metal kabob skewer right off the barbie. Later, I worked for a Raytheon company were I was told that during WWII it was common for radio men to see if the radar was on by putting their hand in the microwave horn during servicing. If their hand warmed up it was on. Many of them contracted cancer. There is also a company story saying this is how the first Radar Range Microwave Oven was conceived. An engineer noticed the candy bar in his pocket melted when he stood in front of the horn. As we deal with RF in the milliwatt range for sound gear there is no evidence of any hazard that I am aware of.
  16. Thanks Peter and Valentine. I have only tried to loosen two of the six knobs. I used a random 1/16 out of my tool box. Then I used a new quality 1/16 Allen. Same thing. The 1/16 is somewhat loose and slips before lossening the set screw. This is the first time i have tried to take the knobs off so I am not striping the screws. I am going to try to get a different technician on the phone at SD and try to get a definitive answer.
  17. I called twice. At first he said it was 1/16. I said i tried that. It was too loose. I went out and bought a new 1/16. Still too loose. I called back hoping to get someone else. I got the same guy. He went to a repair station and said he found one that worked and thought the unlabelled Allen was 2mm. But my two 2mm wrenches are too big. Very frustraiting.
  18. Today I decided to remove the large knobs of my 664 and put a thin rubber O ring between the face plate and the bottom of the knob in order to have more resistance required to turn them. They have always been too easy to turn with just the brushing of a garment, my coat, my belly, etc. None of my Allen wenches fit. For SAE 1/16 (.063) is too small. 5/64 (.078) is too large. For Metric 1.5mm is too small and 2.0 mm is too large. I spoke with a CS rep in Reedsburg and he said he has an Allen wrench that fits. He thinks it's 2mm but the tool isn't marked with a size. 🤪 Does anyone know for sure what size Allen the dang thing needs? I have tried several sets of wrenches and nothing is working for me. Must be a specialty size. Thanks for any help.
  19. Many of them don't. I am rarely invited to the location scout. A couple DPs i work with don't want me or my gear on set until after they have set camera and lightning and blocked the shot. I am off set micing people at this time but when they are ready to roll and i now get to setup my boom holder, boom mic, sound blankets, etc they call out, "Waiting on sound." I tell them, "Even god waits on sound. That is why thunder comes after lightning."
  20. Nice clean implementation. What's it like being able to unfold your sound blankets to full size without having the DP say, "you're in my shot." Or having the gaffer say,"you're in my light."
  21. Oh, boy. Been there. Mainly on multi-camera scripted reality shows.
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    TC arri mini

    The past several months i have worked with Arri Amira, Mini and LF frequently. I use my SD664 as master TC then jam my Denecke Slate, Denecke SB-2's and/or Tentacle SyncE units, I find myself using the Tenacle SyncE's as my first choice anymore, and set the Arri camera to FREE RUN and REGEN not EXT for timecode. All of these devices play nice with each other. No problems. All of my gear reads 23.98 as the screen shots reveal. You probanly know this but If you set the Arri TC to EXT you have to unplug then replug the tc cable in if the operator shoots high frame rate then switches back to 23.976. This is my experience anyway. Once I plug the TC unit into the camera the camera's tc numbers flash, jam to my TC, flash for another 2 seconds, sometimes the camera picture goes black for 2 seconds (yes it is deriving sync from a Tenacle, lol) then I am good for the whole day. I have received no complaints from the editors. No mismatch and no drift.
  23. Line of sight is good. Is there an audience? If so, how large will the crowd be between you and the performers? People are basically large sacks of water. They attenuate RF. Tests may sound fine without a crowd but add a room of 100 people and your gain on the G2s will suffer. If you don't want to stage your G2 receivers close to the performance and cable them to your bag I recommend placing the G2s high on your shoulders. The Petrol harness is good for this.
  24. We need to know about the environment. Is this a sound stage with clear line of sight or a night club with a thick brick interior wall that you will need to hid behind? There is a big difference in how to rig for each. Plus, you should account for at least two more wireless as hops to the cameras for a dirty mix. Yes, tc lock is a great thing but when i am rough editing i want to edit with the camera sound for quick decision making before I spend the time syncing the sound files. My 2 cents Kent
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