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 on: October 27, 2017, 11:31:54 am 
Started by Eddie Eagle - Last post by Fletcher

The second I read "we had a radio mic on the home plate umpire" the first thing I thought was "that probably wasn't a great idea" -- LOL

Thanks for sharing!!


 on: October 27, 2017, 06:19:48 am 
Started by Eddie Eagle - Last post by Tim Halligan
Back when I was working at a (Australian) TV station, when we covered baseball we had a radio mic on the home plate umpire...as well as a lipstick camera in his hat. Because the league was trying to expand its fanbase, they allowed the umpires to be wired up in this way. The umpires were all in favour of it too...

So that mic got us the ball/bat/mitt sound, as well as the umpire's calls...and the heated arguments. Unsurprisingly, it was this that caused the biggest gaffe* to go to air...so much so that it made the Xmas Tape Blooper Reel of every network in the country.

We had "disposable" radio shack lav mics hardwired to 1st and 3rd bases for the ball in glove/foot on bag sound. 2nd base was covered by a Sennheiser 816 from near the home dugout.


* For those interested in the actual incident... Batter at the plate, has received a number of pitches. Scoreboard not keeping up, so he asks the ump what the count is. Ump isn't sure (!!!) so he asks the ump at 1st...who shrugged his shoulders. Commentators have said "let's listen in.." and then stopped yakking. Director says "pump the audio"...and the ump says (rude word alert) "No cunt's got a counter!" That hit the meters at about +3. Cue stunned silence from commentators and director. Audio director, 2nd AD, and all the AA's all proceed to piss ourselves laughing.

 on: October 26, 2017, 07:32:58 pm 
Started by NorthfireRecordingStudio - Last post by NorthfireRecordingStudio
Hi Gang!
I have a Studer a800 problem (specifically that it's not working). I'm hoping there's some awesome knowledge out there that can get me up and running again! Here's the symptoms:

1. Stop light is off. This isn't the normal flashing safe mode thing, it's just plain off. I suspect it's not a bulb thing because it started at the same time as the other symptoms.
2. Remote flashes on every two seconds or so for a very short time. All zero. Disconnecting it doesn't help.
3. Capstan motor makes a very quiet ticking/groaning/creaking sound and the synch deviation led is on. If I spin it by hand to the right speed the sound goes away and the synch deviation light goes off. It seems like it's trying to keep going but doesn't have the power.
4. Timer display reads 22.05.84 (maybe software rev?) and doesn't clear or change

General info:
I Recently replaced the switching regulator card, but it has old filter caps. The machine worked fine after I did this for a few hours, but then I hit fast forward and a little later hit play. It didn't brake the supply reel correctly, a half foot or so of tape spilled off the reel and then it stopped working.

Voltages on the stabilizer card read correctly

Just testing for transistor voltage drops in only one direction (looking at BE and BC) I found:
MDA power transistors test okay
Transistors on rear rail test okay

I'm not sure what else to test, any help is appreciated greatly!
- Garrett Sawyer (Northfire Recording Studio)

 on: October 26, 2017, 07:06:09 pm 
Started by Astuck - Last post by Astuck
I'm Arno Bordas, sound engineer, and I've recently received a Mackie console with an old Optifile DRAX automation system.

My problem is the PC software, the manual and other infos are totally missing.
I'd like to know if someone have a copy of this old software and I'd be very grateful for any infos.

I thank you in advance,

 on: October 26, 2017, 03:57:44 pm 
Started by Mikeyod - Last post by Mikeyod
Turned out to be C16. Nothing wrong with the capacitor. C16 makes no connection on the solder side of the circuit board only on the component side. However, little to no solder got through when they soldered originally at Studer. In looking at the aluminum caps on the board most were this way. Although some have different combinations of top vs. bottom connections so on some it doesn't matter. Just reheating and pushing some solder through made the connection and the pop is gone.      New motto

Half of troubleshooting is luck. The other half is keep trying until you get lucky.


 on: October 26, 2017, 09:21:16 am 
Started by Eddie Eagle - Last post by Fletcher
One of my best friends from college has been a sports mixer for 35+ something years... its easily as difficult as music mixing, and even easier to fuck up.  #3 in this article is one of the places where most of these guys have the greatest potential to screw the pooch.

The moron who does the Yankees games for the YES Network here in NY over uses the "key" thing on the catchers mitt to the point where it sounds like an 80's snare drum from a Phil Collins record [seriously -- its like he's using an AMS RMX-16!!].

In talking to Phil [my college friend whose main gigs these days are NFL football and "March Madness"... and every couple years -- the Olympics... though he got his start with the Boston Red Sox in the early 80's] -- its a very common technique, but it has to be mixed in so its barely noticeable in order to have a "natural" feel... in fact, its kind of expected in a lot of ways... watching this years World Series on FOX -- I dare say they seem to have nailed it at the plate but are WAY too aggressive with plays at first [especially "pick off" plays].

Thanks for sharing a very fun article.


 on: October 25, 2017, 10:58:11 am 
Started by Eddie Eagle - Last post by Eddie Eagle
I ran across this article on sound mixing and production for TV sports.

 on: October 25, 2017, 05:40:09 am 
Started by Thomas W. Bethel - Last post by Thomas W. Bethel
See https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/wavelab/what_is_new_in_wavelab_95.html?etcc_rid=WQQ7AW1-DX0RLB&etcc_mid=188449376915&etcc_med=NLR&etcc_cmp=Promo&etcc_ctv=B2C%20WaveLab%209.5%20Release&etcc_var=188449376915&pad=WaveLab%209.5&rgn=EU-US-RoW&lan=DE-EN-FR-IT-ES

 on: October 24, 2017, 09:41:36 am 
Started by John Marsden - Last post by Fletcher
M/S... you're taking a figure 8 mic, splitting the signal [as there is only one output], taking that signal and flipping one side 180˚ out of polarity with the other side so -- when of equal level and put in mono, the two sides of [the identical signal] will cancel... the forward facing cardioid microphone being unaffected by the polarity reversal.

Even if RØDE built 100% "perfectly matched" microphones -- due to placement [spacing between the two capsules] they would never cancel 100%... they might get "close enough for jazz", but they will never 100% cancel.

This is not to say you shouldn't try the technique [who knows, it could be awesome for your application(s)], but it will NEVER be true "M/S".


 on: October 24, 2017, 03:38:07 am 
Started by John Marsden - Last post by Dinogi
Actually, no. The outputs of your side mics would be still in phase and would be additive when they should cancel. That's basically the point of the MS technique. More than other techniques, MS seems to be an auditory illusion and not a verbatim reproduction of what happens in front of the mic's.

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