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1 hour ago, codyman said:

Exactly.  I do a lot of run and gun documentaries and I love the idea of an all in one unit to simplify things and weight, however, when you are running around Any Town USA (or World), you need to have all the "extras" alongside you whether it be extra batteries / spare transmitters etc.  Right now I have a Pelican Backpack which has been fantastic to be able to keep it nearby in a support vehicle or worse case scenario throw it on my back and hoof around with it on.  I guess the advantage of this setup is that you wouldn't have to keep as many backup cables since there aren't any cables really to begin with!

This is brilliant since you can carry much more on your back safely keeping it light in front

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Yep OK, Codyman (and Jeff!) - I also subscribed (in theory, since an occasional sound recordist but not a PSM) to Daniel's ideas years ago to keep the heavy stuff on the back and the control - as light as possible - on the front. The Nova looks to achieve this very nicely. Personally I would also want in fx recording to have notebook and a few gadgets up front yet I don't tend to see many extras in Show Me Your Bag pictures. Actually my preference goes against most of what I tend to see: I would rather have a large and particularly wide (against fat) bag in front but try to keep the weight way down and up against the body. When I needed to chuck extra stuff in (notes, mics or fix units up like a Soundfield box I have room - likewise for headphones). I don't much like the look of any of the compact narrow bags which extend forward - although I grant that wireless receivers are lighter and the weight is still to the back (ie the stomach). It's just that in the modern world of the frame bag I would like to have space up front (but would still advocate putting weight on the back or around the hips).

 

Best, Jez

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If you're looking for a larger bag there are lots of choices from most all  of the typical companies that make sound bags. The extreme light weight and compactness of the Nova will allow you to use a larger bag, if that's what you want, and there will be plenty of room for all the other things you want in a bag. There are many others here in this topic looking for the smallest bag possible, especially for Nova, and for now many of even the smallest commercially produced bags are not necessarily suitable.

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On 2/20/2019 at 10:55 AM, joi b said:

My 633 setup - everything in the bag running on BDS and HI-Q juice

 

- Joi B  / Reykjavik

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What is that black box on the bottom right hand corner?

 

My immediate first guess was a Sound Devices MM1 for the boom op, being feed wirelessly back to you. But then I realised that doesn't look quite right for that...  maybe it is a Sound Devices HX-3?? (but doesn't quite quite look right for that either, but is my best guess. Edit: ah ha! It is the Superlux HA3D! As the Superlux has the black end for the battery compartment, vs the silver colored end on the Sound Devices HX-3. How do you like the HA3D? I've considered it a few times myself)

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the Superlux has gotten me out of a jam once or twice with many people wanting to listen in on a take.

 

This is the current setup I'm running with, 4 ch of lectro, a sennheiser IFB and Hop with a antenna mod and a D-tap adapter

 

 

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This is my latest setup that so far is working extremely well for me after 90 days or so of fine tuning. always a work in progress...

 

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Nova with 8x Wireless and 2x Camera Link transmitters Inside a modified Condor Bag (thanks again Rado). By using both cam links in stereo mode, this setup gives me 4 possible channels of IFB to urx100's and erx's by creatively selecting left or right sourcing at the IFB's. Typically I am using 1&2 out as stereo camera link and 3&4 out as IFB sources. 3 for client IFB's and 4 for director or boom op with talk back. I also have 3x camera link options all with timecode via rx200, urx100 and erx.

 

Full remote control of all trx's and also rerecord. so far executed with great success.

 

with the built in filters of the camera link units, and the "spacers" between the camera links and the nova, intermodulation is greatly reduced. did not have this success with standard trx's in this configuration. the spacers are plastic towel bars i modified. Light weight and non conductive. The placement of the battery at the back creates perfect amount of lift off of my torso for easier access to knobs when harnessed up. Also in combo with the spacers, lots of air venting around nova and camera links to minimize heat. 2x fellow sound mixers had fried camera links and had to send in for repairs so i am trying hard to keep air flowing in the compact space allowed.

 

2x backup recorders with timecode in camera links are both set to record on boot up always. CL no1 records backup stereo mix fed to cams. CL no2 i have default set to record mono ifb mix on ch1 and cabled boom prefade from mixer recorded on ch2 which is also a major backup bonus. several times in the past it was while it was great to have emergency backups at the trx's, i had wished i also had cabled boom backed up somewhere equally without deploying a boom trx.. double bonus when that camera link channel is mostly used for boom operator anyways.

 

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label fun with photoshop

 

for everything that i packing into this small space, it is incredibly light and powerful. I feel very comfortable wiring up people quickly while bag is sholder harnessed. With the zmt trx's being so compact i now use them as the weights to drop down wardrobe - occasionally while harnessed - saving time with no cable connecting, further minimizing personal invasion all around.

 

This below I am sure is nothing new but is something i started doing this year - the deneke JB-1 as a master clock. With recorders being powered off for 2hrs or more i have had experiences of losing sync on both sound devices an zaxcom recorders. This unit is so beautifully compact and robust. I built a small i/o switch to switch between incoming and outgoing tc on the JB-1. Fits right in the front pouch along with my BDS. i decided now with this tiny device i can start each day with swiss watch accuracy and leave running all day. made it over 7 days in a row without recharging. Recorder is cjam'ed all day and sends this jammed signal to all zaxcom devices. slates and other jam boxes all stay in sync when clocked to the JB-1.

 

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-Ken

 

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4 hours ago, osa said:

This below I am sure is nothing new but is something i started doing this year - the deneke JB-1 as a master clock.

 

Nice Ken! 

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I just today put this together for run and gun shoot Philly tomorrow. MixPre-6 2 with the Hirose Power adapter, SRB RX, G3 TX for IFB/Cam hop, Hawk Woods Cup, Battery Bud 2, all in a small Petrol bag, that I have had kicking around for many years.

 

I am bringing along my old Sound Devices 302 to drive a line, for the sit down interview portion of the shoot. I think I may have subconsciously put this kit together, so I'd have an excuse to use my beloved 302 again.

 

My main kit uses a 664 and 3 x SRB's, but have had a handful of gigs over the last few years where I've wanted to shed a few pounds and build a second kit that I could wear all day and still fit through a crowd. Once the MixPre added a TC generator, among other features, I was sold.

 

We'll see how it goes.

 

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