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Great River Electronics interview and Ronan needs wireless lav mic advice

July 29th, 2010 | 18 Comments   « Previous  |  Episode 21  |  Next »

1 – I interview Dan Kennedy of Great River Electronics, the man behind the MP-2NV mic pre, the MAQ-2NV mastering EQ, and the new Harrison 32EQ.

2 – I ask viewers for advice as I search for a wireless lav mic system to improve the quality of audio for our remote location and interview episodes.

3 – I Announce a FREE Mixer Panel August 25 in Hollywood with myself, Tony Shepperd, Dylan Dresdow, John Rodd and Erik Zobler.

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  1. James

    Thanks for another great podcast and fascinating interview!!

    One question about the mixer panel… Is there a place to register or is it just a “show up” event?

    Thanks!!

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  2. Ronan

    Hey James, You can just show up at the mixer panel. even though its great to hear from people who are going to attend so we know how many people to be prepared for.

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  3. Lucas

    Hi Ronan,

    I know folks doing ballroom dancing are happy with the Sony ECM HW2 Bluetooth Mic (I think the HW2 is a newer model and there’s an older model or version?). They use it when recording their private lessons indoors. I don’t know anything about video recording, but I guess maybe they like this because it gives them a fair distance? Not sure how this would perform outdoors though and how it stacks up against stuff real pros use…

    I might try to attend the mixer panel event too – although I’m not sure yet.

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  4. Darrin

    I liked how you brought a Zoom H2 for the interview…I have one too…

    The Sony mic mentioned above should be a fine mic to use…be sure and get a deadcat for outdoor use.

    My last digs before I got married used to be an Elevator factory and warehouse in KC…I miss having all that space…

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  5. Dan Terlep

    Thanks for another great episode!

    It’s about time an american company came out with a potentially classic eq!

    On the subject of eq, i believe you mentioned how you wanted to try the new UAD manley massive passive emulation in a response to one of my comments – there’s a really good article about it in the second to last issue of sound on sound, I thought they gave it a pretty good review.

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  6. Steve

    Great show as usual.. Never get enough of your shows even id they are humungus and take ages to download.. That is the price you pay for quality I guess..

    Re your mic question.. Have you spoken to the guy’s at AudioNowCast? I am sure those guy’s have had plenty of experience as they work a lot on the movie/game/video world… Get hold of Mike and the team there and see what they have to offer re suggestions and advice.. After all they are based close to your swinging tree in the jungle..

    Steve

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  7. Anton Evans

    Hey Ronan! As an owner of a bunch of GR stuff I was very interested in what Dan had to say! Thanks for the interview. When that comp arrives it will be a good day…a very good day.LOL!!

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  8. Alan Moon

    Hey Ronan! Great show you have, and very informative, too!

    In regards to camera-mount receivers for wireless lavalier systems, a system that someone like Anthony Bourdain (as per your example) would be using, would probably be like the Audio Technica ATW-1800 series wireless systems. The receivers mount onto the camera and are available in one or two channel systems. Obviously, the dual channel system would be perfect for interviewer/interviewee scenarios. AND you can have a hand-held mic plug-in transmitter as well. I believe that the ATW-1821 will be the perfect system for what you are looking for:
    http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wls_systems/89aff02a96d55e38/index.html

    Hope this helps! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance on this.

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  9. Brandon Hudson

    I am also the proud owner of Dan’s stuff, I can’t imagine not having the NV preamp. Really cool interview thanks Ronan! I for some reason hope the compressor will have similarities to the RNC just more rich sounding, that would be cool.

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  10. dialing_wand

    Three go-to players in the wireless lav systems arena:

    Lectrosonics
    Zaxcom
    Sennheiser (3000/5000 series but only if you’re using broadcast cameras – BBC Sport uses these systems)

    The above systems will run $2000 and up for transmitter and receiver without a microphone.

    Bang-for-the-buck system bought new?

    There’s only one option in my opinion: Sennheiser Evolution G3. Get the ENG kit with a wireless transmitter, receiver, microphone, and a plug-on transmitter for hand-held dynamics.

    The kit should run about $800 US and comes with a shoe-mount for a standard “camcorder” and the CL-1 cable that allows up to plug the receiver into a 1/8″ stereo mini-jack.

    You would need a small mixer and a second wireless set if you want to mic yourself and a subject at the same time of course. You can get a small Sound Devices MixPre if you want a unit that will last forever; or something like a JuicedLink which will mount to the bottom of a camera via the 1/4″ 20 tripod mounting socket and run you about $200.

    Buying used, as with a lot of gear is a great way to get higher-end systems like Zaxcom and Lectro setups – be carefull though; wireless spectrum regulations in the US (I’m Canadian) recently changed and there’s a lot of gear on the market that cannot be used reliably (or legally) in the US.

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  11. dialing_wand

    Oh and advice by those vastly more experienced than myself can be found here: http://jwsound.net/SMF/index.php

    It’s the best location-sound/field recording forum I’ve found. Lots of active industry pros willing to share their time and experience… very little nonsensical/spammy gear pimping.

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  12. Bruno Fornazza

    hey Ronan! great show dude!!! august 25 is my birthday, if I could be there , we would hit the panel then party heheh!

    anyway, do you think you can videotape the panel and then show the high lights on your next epsode?

    cheers

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  13. N. C. Skolrud

    When discussing new projects at the end of the video, Dan didn’t mention anything about the new MixMaster…… Is that still happening????

    Otherwise, great vid… I really enjoy what you have going here Ronan!!!!!

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  14. Ronan


    Dan didn’t mention anything about the new MixMaster…… Is that still happening????

    I am not sure about that. He did not mention it and I did not see any prototypes sitting around.

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  15. Joel

    Hey Ronan,

    Is there any chance the Mixer Panel will be recorded?

    Thanks,
    -Joel

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  16. Ronan

    Is there any chance the Mixer Panel will be recorded?

    We are going to try. There are some logistics to sort out, but I hope we can make the panel available. Possible as a future episode.

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  17. Rex

    The FCC frequency changes are something to keep in mind. Used gear may be cheap because it is using frequencies that will no longer be legal to use. Know the airwave changes for your area. Get to know whether UHF and/or diversiity is right for you. Maybe you should get advice from a touring audio roadie. Just like studio mikes, prices vary and so does the sound quality. Free advice is often plentiful but not always helpful. Over decades of ENG work for national and corporate clients, the more dependable gear can be expensive and most owners are great salesmen. I have more experience with Lectrosonics than any other, but both Sennheiser & Sony make some great stuff too. Is it a complete system you want? or will you consider mix and match? By now you should be handy with a soldering iron. XLR is the way to go. They are harder to break and easier to fix. It is very easy to fabricate an adapter to get the parts to work together. You may find the wireless system you like or can afford, but that system might work better for you with a Tram mike. Field recording requires flexibility, maybe the short boom mike will get cleaner sound, or maybe you like the deeper bass of a lavalier. Each location may require different tools based on ambient noise. If you are recording two audio channels, use one for the lav and one for the boom. This will leave you the option to go with the better of the two or to mix them as you wish. B-roll may work better with wireless lav and cam mike. If you have two channels, hedge your bets and use them both. One system may have unforseen problems and the other may bail you out, but bad audio or no audio at all often makes the pictures useless. I once had an 1/8th inch plug get tugged on and damage my camera and the result was a whole bunch of videos without sound and a camera audio input in need of immediate repair. Needless to say the client was beside himself and I was quite embarrassed. If your bread and butter depends on what you capture in the field, consider employing a good experienced set of ears to help out. If you spread yourself too thin, some part of your product will suffer. People seem to remember your mistakes much more vividly than all the times you showed up on time and came through for them.

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  18. Travis

    +1 on the Sennheiser G3 ENG kit. For video work, it is great. By far the best bang for the buck, and everyone uses it, so if you need to cross rent, it should be a piece of cake.

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