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Exclusive Look: Ursa Mini Mounts

by Matt Price on May 25, 2018
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Sound Devices MixPre Firmware 2.20 Updates

Sound Devices MixPre Firmware 2.20 Updates

Last update May 24, 2018

Changes introduced in 2.20 include:

New

For all models:

Output gain range increased by 20dB.
Added Output Mute option.
Added Output Mute * shortcut option.

For MixPre-10M
Import of WAV audio files (native and non-native) when creating a Music Project.

For MixPre-10T
Displays a timecode

by Matt price on May 24, 2018
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Bubblebee Windbubbles Overview

Bubblebee Windbubbles Overview

Sometimes you have to take your wind protection to a whole new level with outside clipped mics. I finally had the chance to use them on some chefs outside on a farm the other week to back up my thoughts with real world scenearioes.

These are very effective compared to

by Matt price on May 14, 2018
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Don't Use Too Much Tape On Your Boom!

Don't Use Too Much Tape On Your Boom!

Like in the picture you can see a thin layer of tape around the boom windshield. This is used to help see the boom when it enters the saftey of the camera.

Safety areas are when you shoot in wider formats you don't use the full frame of the cameras

by Matt price on May 13, 2018
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If You Don't Trust The Cameras Audio Meters

If You Don't Trust The Cameras Audio Meters

If your mixer or recorder has a tone generator and you are sending audio to a camera then usually you would send it at -20 or -18dB to line up the meters. This would allow you to trust that when you are at -20 on your metering then the camera

by Matt price on May 12, 2018
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Demystifying Wireless Blocks And Bands

Demystifying Wireless Blocks And Bands

This comes from the confusion I had when first getting to grips with wireless blocks and bands and how they are all broken up.

It can be confusing but to keep it short and sweet here are a couple of things to consider:

The Manufacturer and Brand
Each have their

by Matt price on May 11, 2018
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Dealing With Low Level Dialogue

Dealing With Low Level Dialogue

This is from a question by Nathan Romer Audio = "Any advice about recording low level dialogue?"

This is a tricky balance between the technical and the artistic side of the business. You need the actor to give a true performance to be believable but if it's not technically

by Matt price on May 10, 2018
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How To Approach Locations About Turning Off Fridges

How To Approach Locations About Turning Off Fridges

This is from Nathan Romer Audio "How do you approach producers/locations about noisy stuff?I shot in a restaurant and I was trying to turn off fridges/bars"

Generally this is all about giving solutions and not just flagging problems. When you go to anyone on locations

by Matt price on May 09, 2018
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Tips For Micing Hair Chests

Tips For Micing Hair Chests

This question comes from Nathan Romer Audio = "Any advice for dealing with hairy chests and bad material? wool, silk, etc..."

Many focus on the lavalier its self but with that usually being in a mount of some kind it's generally the cable that can become and issue and

by Matt price on May 09, 2018
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Protecting Transmitters and Lavs In The Rain

Protecting Transmitters and Lavs In The Rain

This is a question from Alejandro Reyes = "I have a question about protecting transmitter and lavalier mics in rain what's the best method for this?"

There are several ways that I have heard of and tested some:

Transmitters

You can completely cover and actually make completely water proof

by Matt price on May 08, 2018
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When Do I Mix Lavalier Microphones?

When Do I Mix Lavalier Microphones?

This is in regards to using 2 or more different types of lavalier brands for the same shot or interview. The ones I currently own are Sanken Cos-11d and DPA 4071 with the higher presence boost.

This is taken from a live hangout I did on Youtube

by Matt price on May 07, 2018
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New Hippo Skin

New Hippo Skin "Snot" Tape

I should start out by defining "Snot" for those not familiar with the english expression for the stuff that is in your nose usually referred to as boogies or boogers.

This is very useful as a kind of mouldable rubber adesive to help reduce radio microphone rustle and

by Matt price on May 06, 2018
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If The Freelance Sound Men / Women Are A Civilisation, Are We On The Decline?

If The Freelance Sound Men / Women Are A Civilisation, Are We On The Decline?

This is a bit of a strange topic really, the other day I was thinking about the industry overall and with all this opportunity and growth I wanted to write something to encourage more people to not just take advantage but how we can ensure we are all successful for

by Matt price on May 06, 2018
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The Infamous Netflix Mic In Plain Sight

The Infamous Netflix Mic In Plain Sight

The image below is from a thumbnail on the Netflix Original: Lost In Space.

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It started making the rounds on the forums for how it was actually a microphone with a Hide-A-Mic solution on the end instead of a zipper. Many questioning if this was on purpose and the implications

by Matt price on May 06, 2018
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What Am I Using For Timecode In Early 2018?

What Am I Using For Timecode In Early 2018?

I have been fortunate enough to try out many of the popular timecode systems that are about these days and got asked a question on one of my live hangouts about which one I still use as of early 2018.

The answer is:

The Tentacle Sync E

It may seem

by Matt price on May 05, 2018
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Rob Nokes Go To Mics For SFX Recording

Rob Nokes Go To Mics For SFX Recording

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] Matt: ...sort of microphones you must have...
by Matt Price on September 11, 2017
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NAB 2017 Rundown

now that we are halfway through NAB 2017 I wanted to try to make a list of everything that's been released or shown in one easy list. This is mainly aimed at production mixers but ive thrown in a few post production items too.

by Matt Price on April 26, 2017
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NAB Showdown: NanoLockit vs UltraSync One

Timecode generators are all getting smaller and smarter. 2017 offers lots...
by Matt Price on April 26, 2017
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2 Numbers To Remember Keep In Mind With Faders.

Using your faders is key to mixing, so I wanted to share 2 tips on faders ratio and levels to help try to make your mix smoother on location.

by Matt price on April 24, 2017
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Sound Devices MixPre-6 vs Zoom F4 on Paper

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] Hey all, so after my interview with...
by Matt Price on April 22, 2017
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I Chat To Paul Isaacs About The New Sound Devices Mix Pre Series

I am once again graced with an interview with Paul...
by Matt Price on April 21, 2017
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Hiding A Lav In A Childs Bike Helmet

Just wanted to show you a quick guide to micing a child's helmet. This work such a treat! The pack could have been hidden in the helmet as well but it was a bit uncomfortable for her so with help form makeup and costume we hid it in her long hair and in the back of her hood.....

by Matt price on April 01, 2017
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Q&A #27 - 1 Change To Make Sound Devices SL6 Power Save More Bag Friendly

Unfortunately as great as Sound Devices Powersave function is on the SL6 is to increase the time on it, I can rarely when it is in my bag change it without running out of time. It's great that it has quick boot but if the time was able to be 20 seconds then my recorder and radios would be extra safe in long takes or power changing situations.

by Matt Price on April 01, 2017
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Q&A #26 - The downside of line inputs without trim pots!

In regards to the Sound Devices 6 series mixers (633 / 664 / 688) what are the downsides of any inputs without physical trimpots? The trim pot is what you use to increase or reduce gain to your track. The tracks without dedicated trimpots on the 6 series recorders only accept line level and though gain can be changed, it is through a menu on the screen while recording, thus limiting you to changing one at a time.

by Matt Price on April 01, 2017
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Q&A #25 - Second Hand Fake Sennheiser 416 Mics

This is a great question about identifying fake Sennheiser MKH 416 short shotgun microphones on Ebay. There where more resources available online but sadly they have been taken down. Essentially this breaks down into a the following issues:

by Matt Price on March 31, 2017
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What different recording formats mean for your recordings...

These are what different recording formats on the Sound Devices 688 / 633 and 664. 

The different modes are Wav poly / wav poly (ISO Only) / wav poly (LR Only) / wav poly (X1X2) / MP3 (LR) / MP3 (X1X2) / wav mono / Wav Mono (ISO only). All of these only work if you record enable the relevant tracks.

by Matt Price on March 30, 2017
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