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  1. Actually, for ref, the main - and quite long and useful - discussion of the Rode WirelessGO ii on DVXuser isn't in the audio sub-forum, but here: https://www.dvxuser.com/forum/announcements-news/industry-news-information/374796-rode-wireless-go-ii Cheers, Roland Rode technical support give the TX pad as -4dB, which is pretty small if achieved: however, I've tested it and, on my units at least, the pad isn't working at all (either with internal or external mics), and I have an outstanding technical query with Rode support about this at the moment. Cheers, Roland
  2. Thanks Olle. Not sure that Rycote's mics are especially targeting Rode's shotgun mics: as I say in the review, price-wise they sit in a relatively unpopulated area. I'll be interested to hear - as they become available - where others, more experienced, think they sit sound-wise. Given Rycote's reputation, I'd have thought more credence would be given to these new kids on the blocks than most, so hope we'll hear some more feedback soon. Cheers, Roland
  3. Well I was also intrigued by well-respected Rycote making their first mics, so I asked the nice folks in Stroud if they could send me the two mics to test. I've just written a blog post about them: https://drbadphil.com/rycotes-first-microphones-review-and-tests-of-the-hc-15-and-hc-22-shotgun-mics I'm nothing but an amateur (albeit a life-long one) so probably no use to most of you (I think you'd want to have one in your hands to judge how it compares to existing mics - such as Schoeps - in your arsenal), but perhaps it'll help the odd person. Cheers, Roland
  4. Over the years I have found the most useful, thoughtful, experienced and non-dogmatic resource for this sort of field recording to be Magnús Bergsson's 'Hljóðmynd – Soundimage': his blog provides extensive details, includes wav files, and, above all, he has a very wide range of equipment (recorders include Sonosax and Sound Devices) and mics (ranging from MKH, Neumann, Nevaton, Rode etc.) and is not afraid to use any of them (including LDCs) in the field in Iceland. There are lots of useful comparisons: https://fieldrecording.net/english/ Like many he also posts on the very active Field Recording Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/field.recording/ Admittedly this is mostly non-urban, and for that the London Sound Survey website might be of interest: it also includes various refs to equipment and technique. https://www.soundsurvey.org.uk/ Cheers, Roland
  5. It is frustrating when products are released without proper field-testing: it reminds me of SD's release of the original MixPre series, although this was much more complex in terms of functions. Yes, I (and some others) picked up on three fairly major bugs, all relating to the broadcast/uncompressed recording mode on the TX units, and have been filing reports. Rode asked me to check the new firmware in this regard today, and this is what I found: 1. Broadcast/uncompressed recording length: these can now be exported beyond the 7'14" length that was only possible previously. Initial test was 14 mins, which was fine, followed by a test of 1hr 3mins: this also recorded fine, but divided the recording into three files - two of 30mins 44secs, and one of the remaining minute or so. The compressed mode (I ran one TX on each mode) produced a single file for the entire 1hr 3mins. Given the slow speed of the Wireless GO ii's USB transfer, the breaking up of long uncompressed recordings into chunks (which equate to 259,356KB) seems OK. 2. Broadcast/uncompressed recording stopping when signal is lost completely and for more than a momentary dropout: this is now fixed and performs like the uncompressed recording did previously. That is, I tested with the signal completely dropped out for 1 minute and the TX unit continued recording unbroken. 3. Some broadcast/uncompressed mode recordings not being made: this intermittent (but fairly frequent) problem, usually affecting one TX unit at random, seems to have been fixed: I have now tested 40 recordings with no failures to record. So good news: a great improvement, and it looks as if we have the three initial bug fixes required. Cheers, Roland
  6. Well I have, and I have done a few tests and have posted the wav files: https://drbadphil.com/testing-the-new-rode-wireless-go-ii As I say, it's obviously not that relevant to professionals doing TV and film sound, but somewhere along the line it might be useful in some way. Anyway, perhaps one or two will find the limited tests (not some effusive unboxing/review) of some use. Cheers, Roland
  7. From a purely wind-noise reduction perspective the further the mic is from the edge of a windshield the better. So if you can live with any handling/mic placement issues of a small mic in a larger windshield, then that's fine. Don't just take my word for it though: Chris Woolf (for so many years at Rycote) says the same (https://microphone-data.com/media/filestore/articles/Wind and vibration-10.pdf)! Cheers, Roland
  8. I used a few powering options to start with (I have had a MixPre-3 from when they first came out), but fairly early on realized that the 4 x AA sled was actually the best option for my purposes, with decent rechargeables of course - I use Eneloop Pros (2500mAh). They give 2-3hrs with 2-3 P48v mics, are easy to swap out (I have 3 sets), avoid the less than robust USB connection or the bulk of external Sony L-type batteries via the MX-L mount (or 3rd party equivalent), and maintain the (wonderfully) diminutive size of the recorder. Cheers, Roland
  9. The obvious solution to me (and just checked with my daughter: a professional horsewoman) is to take advantage of the noseband (the most static part of the tack, going over the nose: if not wearing one then this can be added easily), which can have a sheepskin pad: the lav mic could then be incorporated (with its own fluffy) on the rear side of the nose pad to give it more wind protection. Cheers, Roland
  10. Not so, I'm afraid, in terms of the reason although the resultant advice is correct! The distance from the edge of the blimp needs to be as substantial as possible so that the interface, or boundary, where the noise is generated by the wind attenuation (i.e. the surface of the windshield) is as far from the diaphragm as possible (inverse cube law applying, of course). Don't take my word for it, but that of Chris Woolf (formerly designer at Rycote): some of his technical papers are available on-line. That's why cramming any mic (or MS pair) into too small a windshield is not good news. Indeed, acoustically mics benefit from much larger windshields, although this is impractical for boomed mics due to weight and manoeuvrability (though I do have one huge custom-made blimp - 240mm diam and 700mm long - for a stand-mounted MS LDC pair, which demonstrates the advantage of scale!). But, coming back to shotgun mics with diaphragms away from the tip of the mic, you might think then that the mic could happily project well into the front cap, but, as many on this thread have said, this isn't the case: again, useful to defer to Chris Woolf on this - e.g. in this video at c.40secs in, where he specifically refers to the positioning of the front of the shotgun mic Cheers, Roland
  11. Sounds like me and, for such situations with my Mixpre-3, I use the pinestone-coloured canvas Think Tank Retrospective bags: there's a whole range of sizes and they are very inconspicuous. Cheers, Roland
  12. No, David, the ultrasonic noise issue was fixed long before the second generation Mixpre models: back in firmware v.3.00 (Dec 2018). I agree, though, about the Mixpre-3 being a good fit for the OP's non-professional purposes: it is capable and remarkably diminutive. Cheers, Roland
  13. Don't know about the Kortwich one, but Pinknoise in the UK sell such a 633 add-on preamp (slightly more expensive), made for them by Marenius: https://www.marenius.se/audiodesign/sd633.htm . Haven't heard it, but a very reputable manufacturer and seller. There's a video of John from Pinknoise showing the preamp here: https://www.newsshooter.com/2016/08/14/excellence-in-sound-16-event-pinknoise-sound-devices-633-3-channel-expander/ Cheers, Roland
  14. I second both the choice of headphones (or, indeed, the similar AKG K612 Pro) and Sonarworks. Use both happily for mixing (obviously using monitors too!). Cheers, Roland
  15. I don't think so, and the SD firmware update details don't suggest this: why isn't it simply a case of selecting 'off' under 'inputs' on the second page of the channel view? Or was that option there before 5.00/5.01?! Cheers, Roland
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