Sony F55 V Lock problem solved

Sony F55 V Lock problem solved

I have been using for some time a pair of Audio Ltd 2000′s as a camera hop, they make a great hop and I have a couple of different Hawkwoods bracket type arrangements that I use to attach them to a camera. My favourite puts the radio mic receivers inside a box which attaches between the V-Lock and the battery on the back of the camera. It has integral leads for connecting the receivers and the camera. My other option also involves a...

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Sound Devices 633 – First look review

Sound Devices 633 – First look review

I’ve been using my 633 for just over a week and I have to say I am loving it! All the things I thought might be a problem seem not to be so far and I’m slowly sorting out the settings and work flow that suit me. I had wondered if using my Audio 2040 radio mics would be a pain with it as they are mic level rather than line (and 3 of the mixers inputs are line level only) it’s been fine so far. I’ve had leads made up that...

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Parabolic Reflector

Parabolic Reflector

Yesterday I had a lovely job in the Forest of Dean recording a piece about the Dawn Chorus. As well as having a trusty Sennheiser 816 on hand it also seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out the parabolic reflector I have been getting set up over the last couple of weeks. The reflector was rescued from a loft a fair while ago and I recently dusted it off to try out with a few of the mics I had around the place. Nothing I had was suitable...

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Always sound help on the internet!

Always sound help on the internet!

I lost count many years ago of the amount of times the internet has helped me out with a technical problem that has been driving me mad. Today’s was trying to get the sound to sync up on my very old copy of Final Cut Express when the change needed was less than a frame. This video kindly put up by another user had my problem sorted in five minutes. Thank you to all those techies out there that bother making these things!  ...

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Protools upgrade nightmares

Protools upgrade nightmares

Am I the only one to find upgrading or adding plugins to a ProTools installation a nightmare almost every single time? It always seems to be a question of trial and error with each product to jump through the hoops of downloading a product, authorising it and getting it working. There’s a plethora of codes and passwords and ilok codes to get through before it will let you use the software. I nearly gave up this time – I was having a...

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Handheld recorders & Roland R05′s – hidden menu

Handheld recorders & Roland R05′s – hidden menu

Just a little trick if you use this little recorder, the Roland R-05 (pictured) – I have one that I use for my own use for community radio and it’s also good for collecting the odd sound effect. There is a “secret” set up menu, if allows you to (amongst other things) turn off the recording light to give a “stealth” mode and change the mic pre-amp gain, the nominal gain value is +18dB, but it can be changed to...

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