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Myk Farmer

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  1. I like 8050s indoors , I don’t think that the extra directionality would give you any more problems than the 8040s , also the extra reach will be an advantage at times. I think that the 8050 will be a better match to the 8060 as well.
  2. I think that Phillip Perkins is onto something , I’ve had similar issues in the past , all traced back to ground loop problems. Separating power to devices has made those issues go away.
  3. If you can afford the recorder I think you might be able to afford some tape , no price I could find but their integrated amplifier is 27,000 EUR !!!.
  4. Like Axel I have been using the audioroot battery cup. I holds the battery very securely. Myk
  5. My experience with media and batteries is similar to Axel. I have had no issues with the recommended media . I often run 2 SD cards in simultaneous record with the internal SSD. I use the remote audio 98wH batteries as my external ones and like Axel always have internal batteries also , all are hot swap able so no shutting down the recorder , and the remote audio batteries can be charged in the Aaton charger. I haven’t used the AES inputs but as Axel notes there are no limiters however that will be fixed in software updates as well as increased gain control on the AES inputs that some uses have mentioned. Which brings me to another good point with the X3 . With Aaton there has always been excellent after sales backup , issues you may have are responded to quickly and often by the people who designed/built the X3. There is also a very useful Facebook group of uses.
  6. Hi Lurker, I am an X3 owner and I’ve used it on many projects including FX and music. I love the mic preamps , very musical , great headroom , very low noise , I don’t really notice them. The limiters are very good , but remember they aren’t adjustable so just on or off. I’ve used my X3 in many over shoulder situations, shooting a TV drama on a moving train , up mountains, lots of car rigs and staying very portable but with several radio mics and 2 booms . It is a very flexible machine but I have to admit it is heavy. Lighter than an X2 my previous recorder. Also it is power hungry . This isn’t such a big issue but keep it in mind for your budget. The X3 has a steeper learning curve than other machines but IMO once you are comfortable with it , it is faster to reconfigure. You could also look at the Cantar Mini , same pre amps , same machine really just less of it so more portable. Hope this helps.
  7. I have a new one and the Tim White hinge for my X3 , the holes don’t line up . I had to drill new holes and take apart the PSC to mount it, a pain to do but it works fine now.
  8. Specs say 'up to 5 hrs' , is that at low power ,phantom off ? It would be interesting to know how long at full power etc. Is the battery built in ? .
  9. Myk Farmer

    Lectro Nano

    I guess keeping it analogue keeps it away from Zaxcom's territory
  10. Am having 1 frame issues on a series I'm on at the moment using Amiras and Alexa minis. I worked on the same show last season with the same cameras , no problems . I'm finding out what software has changed in the cameras since then as this is the only change we can think of.
  11. Just for info , these Remote Audio MEon HiQ batteries charge in Aaton smbus battery chargers.
  12. AFAIK the "bizarre " wall is a primitive root diffuser. The cross section of the wood columns and their length would make it work over a greater frequency than others I've seen. A lot of wood and a lot of work to make it as well and a lot of calculation if it was not done by guess work. It's purpose is to make that wall appear transparent to sound and help a small room appear much larger acoustically
  13. You need to use the MZF filter module between capsule and power supply for boom work on the 8050
  14. I have fond memories of Chennai from many years ago and even saw a film being shot in a studio there. I think the 8060 is a good choice and maybe an 8050 for indoors or a second microphone. From your post you say that there isn't much equipment support there so I would be worried about the choice of the Zoom f8 , not because I know of reliability issues but it is a fairly new recorder. I would be more inclined to go with a Sound Devices recorder , great build quality and a good reputation. Do you need a Stereo Mic ? , I think the G3 radios would be a more useful addition to your kit , I suspect you would get more use out of them.
  15. Is a possible reshoot because you can't do it all cheaper than a sound mixer with gear ?
  16. There probably isn't a way . This is so that you can't have 2 or more files with the same name, that would be troublesome for post if it happened on the same project.
  17. I have an 8050 and an 8060 both with their own power and filter modules. The 8050 never gave me any problems but the first 8060 did. Sennheiser swapped it and the second one still had issues. However Sennheiser swapped that to a third one and also swapped my 8050 as they thought it would develope problems eventually. This was 2 years ago and since then I have had no problems. The mics have been used outside and in punishing enviroments , heat , snow and seaside . I'm very pleased with them and will be getting a 2nd 8060 soon.
  18. I'm into my second production using a SSM . I haven't noticed any issues with range , I use a Venue Field receiver and SM transmitters. The battery is easily available and not at all expensive , I think it might be commonly used in Fuji cameras. Whilst the size difference between a SSM and a SM might not seem much it makes significant improvements when hiding it in tight costumes and on small people.
  19. but to be honest $20k to me, if I get 10+ years out of the recorder, is really only one week of equipment rental per year for the 10 years. It's the initial cost that makes it seem so steep. I completely agree . I bought my X1 10 years ago , even with upgrading it to the X2 and using Aaton batteries it has only cost me 2 weeks gear hire per year and it is still my current recorder. I'm upgrading to an X3 for the extra tracks etc but the X2 will remain as backup and quick over shoulder recorder. Myk
  20. Could X3 users also report on bags they are using . I'm holding back on a bag until I see some feedback on what works or doesn't with the Aaton one. Currently I use a Ktek bag with my X2. Myk
  21. I've already order one , unless you are buying from somewhere that has them as a stock item be prepared for a long wait. Ordered from Aaton and paid deposit at end of October, the latest news is end of February delivery. Myk.
  22. I have had a problem with USB 3 and Mac running Mavericks , it was cured by using a USB 2 reader and at a later time with an upgrade on the Mac to Yosemite the USB 3 reader was also cured. The odd thing was the corrupted files were still playable but had bad random overloaded audio in them. If they where transferred again using the same card reader and the same Mac sometimes the problem file transferred OK other times with distortion in different places.
  23. I haven't used handwritten notes since 2005. I started out using FileMaker with a custom template for sound notes that others in my country ( New Zealand ) were using. I found it to be easier than handwritten. I went through 3 net books, one got dropped, one was drowned by an assist who moved my cart during heavy rain and one wore out. 2 years ago I changed to Movieslate on an iPad mini. With the right protection I have used it in rain , snow and dusty conditions with no major issues. I have had minor problems with software bugs but Movieslate have responded very quickly when they are pointed out , one time fixed with a new release overnight. The iPad mini fits in my recorder bag for over shoulder use and I find this easier than paper. I don't use the inbuilt systems on my recorders ( Cantar 2X , Zaxcom Fusion ) as the iPad is easier to type on. I mostly do drama projects and to email to multiple people is very useful , on my current TV series I have 15 recipients for my notes , I'm sure they don't all read them but it makes them happy.
  24. In Cantar X and X2 you are limited to only 8 characters plus take number in the slate name . On projects that need series number , episode number , unit name , scene number and shot you can run out of space. Does the Cantar X3 allow more characters ? how many ? Are you limited to capitals and limited symbols ?
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