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Paul Garafola

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About Paul Garafola

  • Birthday October 6

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    New York, NY
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    Photography. Silence. Nature. Music. French cinema. Hockey. Tennis. MMA.
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    Photographer. DP. Editor.
    Living and working in NYC
  • Interested in Sound for Picture

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  1. Wow. Cool. Thanks so much.
  2. Are they ANY issues at all??? The dial settings still work perfectly? Thanks.
  3. Hi Roderick, Yeah, I cleared and cleaned the threads on the MMP-A and still no progress. I would try the lubricant, but I really think the primary and only issue is a faulty thread. So you've had this exact issue and the lubricant actually worked - and the capsule then attached easily?? (Yeah, if there's not a solid solution that people have succeeded with, then I'll just send it back for a warranty replacement. But obviously, I'd like to not have to do that.) Thanks for your reply. - Paul -
  4. My 4018 cap screws on easily & perfectly to my MMP-B and MMP-C pre-amps - and here's where it's giving me resistance on the MMP-A. (see photos) In this moment, I do not want to take the chance on giving it more force, in order for it to seat as it should. I don't want to make the problem worse. If you've had this occur, is it an actual problem - or will it seat perfectly if I continue turning it past the resistance? Did yours? If you'd had this exact situation occur, what was the solution? Thanks for your help. - Paul
  5. Thank you, Dejan. I appreciate you taking the time to do that. 🍻
  6. THANK YOU, Dejan, for your quick reply. Ooooh, that's good to know. In my case here, I'm cable only. So that would be a non-issue for me. Looking forward to hearing your samples, preferably with some low cut on the mixer if you can. Maybe 100Hz?
  7. Have you ever used the MMP-A preamp with the 4018 cap? 1. Do you have any samples to share, compared with the B or C? 2. If not, what was or is your opinion/impression of the A. The reason I'm asking and what has peaked my curiosity is that there are no dialogue audio samples online anywhere, yet I'm reading about how the MMP-A is "superior" to the others. Hhmmm....while that may be just an opinion of some reviewers, it still intrigues me. Hopefully, I'll be able to get one in my hands soon to try it myself. But in the meantime, any feedback about your direct experience with the MMP-A would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!
  8. Hhmm.. Interesting. KC, do you still have those tests? Would you be willing to share?
  9. Hey Bernie. The MixAssist is what I'm using on the Sound Devices MixPre3 mixer. It's like Duggan's Automix. When using multiple mics, it attenuates the mics not being used. Yes, the wider pattern of the MK4 captures slightly more environmental noise than the MK41 in my small studio here in NYC. (I tape actors' auditions for Films & TV) I've been using the MK41 capsule on the actors; and as the reader I use a DPA 4060 at a lower volume. I've been using these with Sound Devices' MixAssist activated (since it was first released.) It all works perfectly. Then, the MK4 got on my radar recently and I was very curious about that one, since the actors often move about a bit and I thought the wider pattern would be a great. However, when I tried the MK4, the little bit of extra noise the mic was capturing wound up being an issue : Every time the actor spoke, the background noise was very apparent. Every time I spoke, it the background noise was more quiet. It was very noticeable with the MK4, whereas it was barely noticeable with the MK41. NOW....if I was recording doc or corporate interviews on a more regular basis, I would definitely keep that MK4 on hand. The sound is absolutely b e a u t i f u l . It's just that for my specific purposes right now, it would be sitting in the drawer 95% of the time.
  10. Wow. Thanks, Trey! Beautiful and natural. It sounded great. I just bought an MK4 (using with a CMC 1 + Cut 1) and have done a bunch of dialogue tests in my small home studio + a few film audition sessions with it. Here's my assessment, based only on my personal needs. When I was testing it solo, it sounds absolutely AMAZING. But... the improvement of sound (over my MK41, in my opinion) isn't worth the additional noise floor when using MixAssist with my 4060 lav that has to be lower than the actors' Schoeps mic. I was aware of the different polar patterns between the MK4 and MK41, but I didn't anticipate at all that the noise floor difference would be a deal-breaker for me in this particular situation. Unfortunately it is. I'll be returning the MK4 and sticking with my MK41. THANK YOU ALL for your valuable input. I really appreciate it.
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