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Old July 30th, 2003, 09:41 PM   #1
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Using Sennheiser K6/ME66 W/vx2000

Hi everybody! I'm new here and could use some help:
1. I just got a K6/ME66 for my vx2000, with a Beachtek DXA-4 connection. The K6 module has a switch to turn on/off the roll-off bass filter. Which is on, which is off? The intructions are incomplete to say the least. There is a straight line vs a 45degree angle going up to a straight line(if this makes sense). Does this relate to the graph of dB versus Hz? Basically I need it on because I will film motorcycle gangs with extremely loud engines from a moving vehicle. Which leads to my next query:
2. I thought I would have gotten foam sock or cover with it - I didn't so any tips on basic wind-noise reduction etc?

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Any tips at all with this combo of equipment would really help,
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Old July 30th, 2003, 10:55 PM   #2
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The straight line equals "NO" or "OFF" bass roll off . As far as wind protection in your situation i would go for a fuzzy/zeppelin type over the standard foam. Rycote and Ligtwave seem to the standards. I myself have the same set up basically and I got the Ligtwave EQ windscreen. Though I havent had it hanging out a window at high speeds but ive had it outside in some moderate wind with good results.
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Old July 31st, 2003, 01:03 PM   #3
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I, too, have the exact same setup. Have had great results with the Lightwave miniscreen (MS106).
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Old July 31st, 2003, 10:59 PM   #4
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cool, thanks guys, I'll look into it, but aren't those pricey?
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Old July 31st, 2003, 11:55 PM   #5
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Lightwave miniscreen is $155. You don't need a special mount. They slip on over the microphone and provide zepplin and fuzzy cover all in one integrated package. Great value.
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Old August 1st, 2003, 01:50 AM   #6
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Unfortunately Im in Japan,so it's difficult to find the equipment I want. Seems ironic huh?
ONe can the vx2000 use DVcam quality tapes or is that only pd150?
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Old August 1st, 2003, 08:43 AM   #7
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DVCam tapes are usually a waste of money.
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Old August 1st, 2003, 09:32 AM   #8
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really? why is that? what are they exactly? i dont want to waste my cash!
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Old August 1st, 2003, 11:18 AM   #9
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They offer you no real benefit unless you are editing with a linear system or place some other unusual demand upon your tapes.

There is no image quality difference between the formats, all things being equal.

DVCam was designed because the networks until very recently, all used linear editing systems which does stress the tape a lot more than the normal NLE systems.

Basically, all most of us would be doing is putting more $ in Sony's pockets.

I find the cheapest Sony DV tape run in DV mode works 100% of the time.
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Old August 1st, 2003, 03:01 PM   #10
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The bass roll off makes low frequency noises less loud. handling noise and wind noise are mostly in the low frequencies, so rolling the bass off would help a little. The human voice has frequencies that are in the range so voices can sound wrong if you turn it on.

Also, as the microphone gets closer to the sound source the low frequencies are picked up more so the bass roll off compensates for that.

Turn the roll-off on/off to see what sounds right/better.

You can also equalize in post with a lot more control, but it's usually better if you can get it right when you are recording. With the bass roll off built into the microphone you get on-the-spot feedback.
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 08:39 PM   #11
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Anybody have any ideas about optimizing the light while filming motorcycles running thru sem-lit streets? Im thinking that the AE set for neons, sunsets etc might be nice.
Also, is it possible to make the viewfinder B/W for better focusing?
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Old August 4th, 2003, 12:53 AM   #12
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I think you will have to set the exposure manually.

I think if you want a B&W viewfinder you'd better trade for a PD150. The issue isn't whether you can turn off the color but that color in a LCD requires 3 pixels per, well, pixel. The B&W viewfinder uses but one pixel per pixel which gives it the higher resolution
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