RODE Micon series adapters ( Caveat Emptor )

I have the RODE lav , and I like the mic , and I bought the SHURE adapter with it the Micon-8 I think , but recently I ordered the Micon -1 Sennheiser Adapter because the Video guy I will be working with has the Sennheiser Wireless system .

The Micon-1 is fraught with problems ,  Number 1 , The Adapter I bought Is broken , No Sound comes thru at all .

The Micon Adapter the Camera guy bought Doesn’t fit , It simply would not screw on , the threads where all cut wrong and would NOT attach to the Body pack . WTF ?????

As that I am leaving early in the morning for a week long shoot and do not have time to replace this , I modified it.

What I ended up doing is Grinding off the Threaded section so that just the TRS Plug remains , and polished up so it looks ok .

and now I have sound but not the Locking security I should have , RODE your quality control is not doing very well , I you almost ruined a Documentary shoot that I am about to do  . But I have skills and a Backup system because that is the kind of Audio guy I am .

The Shure adapter is kinda hard to mess up , and it works , but not with the Sennheiser system .

Anyway I have sound , I had the rescue the system from disaster when it should have simply worked … I am VERY disappointed .

Snow on the Ground , Temp is dropping and I am packing .

I leave tomorrow , Morning , Early AM , to meet at Tokyo Station , catch a train and ride north .

Taking a moment to watch a few vids on youtube , “Behind the Music”  stuff like that . History of what I grew up with as a musician myself , Bad Company , Free , Deff Leppard , Led Zepp , and Mentally going over all my responsibilities over the next week , The Gear , the Power , The Connections , Adaptors , Signal levels , oh yeah and Clothes to keep warm . I don’t have snow boots , but I have Pile socks and a hard head .

My Gear pack is quite heavy , and I will be dragging a big Red “Totes”  bag I have had for years and hast seen three continents ,packed full of clothes and needs , I have “know” Idea where I am staying ( so I just have to trust ) I have “know” Idea what we will eat , ( Just go with the flow ) I have some Idea of what we will be doing ( chuckle ) yeah sorta got that one .

I have to wake up at about 4 am , pull myself together , and get moving . take the slow trains to Tokyo as they will be less packed  ( Ever seen the Morning Rush hour trains in Japan ?  Youtube it )  especially Tokyo .

From the Densest part of Japan , to a Rural open country area on the Seaside , with Hard cold weather and Ocean drawn winds ,…..overnight change and slap to the senses ( Cue Cliffs of Dover music )  Rugged country , but also a rugged people that we will be talking to and building a story around . It will be on “Journeys in Japan”  in the near future . And yours Truly ….. Will be the sound .  5 Days ….. one heck of a ride . Yeah,… bring it on .

I think I will just take my Powershot N ( I really wanted to take a full setup) , small pocketable camera I need to be able to really concentrate on what is going on , the script is pretty well laid out , I have a copy , and going over it I see the need for precision and choreography of movement between myself and the camera as I will be directly connected by a little over 2 meters of cable . That isn’t a lot of room for error .

He Moves , I move , Left , Right , Backing , Both of us walking backwards His eyes in the screen Mine half on where my Mic is , My head buried in the sound , and the other eye on what is behind the camera man to make sure he doesn’t ( Nor I for that matter) Go Tumbling down a hillside or crash into someones Family memories …….. yeah that would look good wouldn’t it .

Did I mention it is snowing ? Yep about 3 inches so far and it is only 10 am .  Supposed to snow for awhile today .

I will drag all my gear thru that Snow tomorrow morning .

I really love the fact that all this Music History is on Youtube …. Takes my mind off the present for just a little bit .

Off to the Northern Shores …….. ( I don’t even know If I will have internet access ????)  { hands start shaking withdrawal symptoms already begin} ….

Power for the gear …

Documentary shoot , 5 days , outside all day ….in an Area where I am unsure of Power >>>

So Yesterday I bought a 12,000 ma , PQi USB Battery pack for the Tascam DR70D , I will probably get 1 more just in case .

It has a 1 amp output ,  the 12,000 ma is at 3.7 volts which is typical , then uses a Step up DC/DC converter , so I have to calculate the Efficiency and conversion factor to get my actual power supply .

say 92%  efficient = 12,000 becomes more like 10,000 ma or a little under that .

Add to that You don’t really want to drain the battery all the way down , as that isn’t good for lithium  batteries .

so I am hoping for at least 7 hours of power .  I will be in a cold environment so I will probably keep the Power inside my Jackets in the internal Pockets of the jackets to keep the packs warm . Cold Temps are very hard on Batteries , Regular batts ( Alkaline etc ) at say 5-7 degrees Centigrade will drop to under 60% of the actual capacity , at 0 Degrees they can actually burst and leak from freezing but at the least they simply stop working .

I am not willing to risk my side of the Issue , if the Camera fails that won’t be my fault , Audio will Happen I will Make it happen .

” It is by Will alone I set my mind in motion , The Lips acquire stain , Thoughts acquire speed , it is by will alone I set my mind in Motion ”

yes , think I need 2 packs …..Power …… Need an abundance of , for a Week out in the cold .

Portable Power

Portable Power

A Busy Week indeed ….

Tiny Bird Productions, has branched out a little, and I have just obtained a Partner in crime so to speak .

The Web based commercials for Tokyo Area businesses I will be doing now have a face available to them .

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She has Degrees in Teaching , and Communications.

She Speaks, English, Spanish, Intermediate French

She has Written several books and has translated materials into the Spanish language for several publications

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