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Paul Garafola

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  1. Hhmm.. Interesting. KC, do you still have those tests? Would you be willing to share?
  2. Two great mics right there. Nice job! (My personal preference is the Schoeps.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Oh for sure it did. I'm considering the MK4 for the same reasons. I mostly tape actors' auditions for film and tv they're often moving around bit and I thought the MK4's slighter wider pattern may be a good option for me. Your footage really helped me. It sounds fantastic. So, thanks again.
  6. That would be amazing, Trey. If you could hold it or boom from above about 12"-14", that would mimic how I typically place my mic for stationary booming on a C-stand (for actors' film auditions + interviews, etc.) I use a CMC1 with a Cut-1 and an MK41 and LOVE this set-up. But I've still very curious about the MK4, which I haven't tried (obviously). 🙂
  7. Does anyone have any dialogue audio samples that I can hear... of a Schoeps CMC1 or CMC6 with an MK4 (not a 41)? (Preferably at 12"-14" from subject) If you do have anything to share, do you remember if you were using a Cut-1 or Cut-60 or using a low cut on the mixer? Thanks, in advance. Much appreciated. Paul
  8. Dan, so those Anker candy bars have the power specs the Mix Pre series need???
  9. No. They're not too different, in my opinion. I think they'll mix well together in post. I'll try to describe what I heard in my own tests here in my studio. I LOVED the CMC6+MK41. I had ZERO problems. ZERO complaints. So when the CMC1 was released, I was simply curious if there was ANY difference in the sound, despite Schoeps' claim that they were the "same audio quality". The plan was to return it if it sounded AS GOOD or WORSE than the CMC6. Well....the CMC1 was so clear and crisp...and also the S's sounded cleaner and the K's sounded cleaner. It's as if the voice is even more 'real' than before...with no filtering. It's so hard to explain. But my ears heard it immediately and I knew right there and then that I was keeping the CMC1. (My friend who also has trained ears, heard it immediately, too.) But again, are they too different that they won't match two booms? I'd say no. BUT...if you listen carefully, you'll definitely hear the difference.
  10. Yeah, I bought the B5D and returned it. It cut too much of the HF for my taste.
  11. Here's one of the tests that I've been doing with it. Movo TEST | Indoors | On and Off | Schoeps CMC1/41 + Cut-1 I typically use this mic naked, as the included foam and also the BBG both affect the HF too much for my taste. In that test, I was shocked how transparent the Movo was.
  12. It does look like it. But I've never tried a Super Softie, so I can't speak to that comparison, personally. All I know is that this little thing is a beast and it's way more transparent than the BBG, which was very surprising to me. It's actually hard to tell when it's on and when it's off. For $20, everyone should have one, even as a back-up for the SuperSoftie, no? (I do not own or have any part of that company. 🙂 )
  13. Guys, I discovered a gem on YouTube. Check out the tests from David Harry. It's the Movo WST80. I just bought one... It's less than $20! I figured I'll just return it for a full refund if it's not effective. BUT IT IS. There are three elements here that I really like a lot. 1. The cost. 2. The transparency is 2nd to none! 3. Rycote's Windjammer for the BBG fits on it rather nicely if and when the winds pick up ( if you're using the 50 or CMC641 or CMC141 outside.) I'm selling my BBG!!! The Movo is more transparent and just as effective.
  14. I did an A/B test with my CMC6 and the new CMC1. I figured I'd return the CMC1 if the sound was the same. It wasn't. I put my CMC6 up for sale immediately. To my ears, the CMC1 had a more clean and clear quality to it (hard to describe, actually.) The higher SPL really does make a significant difference. I now use it with Cut-1 and I haven't looked back! This new little unit is AMAZING!!! And by the way...this Movo WST80 Windshield is VERY transparent and is quite effective.
  15. Maybe use a Cut-1 or Cut-60? It might help to have the LF cut at mic level instead of the mixer, no?
  16. Yeah, me too.. I switched to the ATH-M50x (with velour ear pads). Love 'em!
  17. Hhmmm. Yeah, something's wrong indeed. 🤔
  18. The 6061 that I bought terminated with a MicroDot connecter and I'm using the DPA MicroDot to XLR adapter (DAD6001) going direct to my SD MixPre3 recorder. (The frequency response on that cheap Movo mic is 35 Hz-18 kHz.)
  19. Wow. Your post further proves to me that I got a dud. If the one that I got was cut with the booms we all use... Ha! DPA would be mortified. Have a listen
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