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Club 33

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Yep, got everything I need. And I would explain what it's all for, but I gotta pack!

Though it does occur to me I might be forgetting something. Hmmm.

Oh!

CLOTHES!
 

SeaCastle

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Yep, got everything I need. And I would explain what it's all for, but I gotta pack!

Though it does occur to me I might be forgetting something. Hmmm.

Oh!

CLOTHES!
Yikes! When I went to Disneyland I thought I was covered with just a plastic bag with 4 AAA batteries, scotch tape, and a telephone pickup! Have fun on your vacation!
 

eyore

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Ah, traveling light then eh?
I recognize most of it but what's the black stick-thing between the batteries and the lapel mic?
Shotgun mic or monopod maybe?
Good to see the TWO rolls of tape (in case one gets lost) - where in WDW could you buy another!
And, er, don't forget the video camera :p
All my stuff is underneath my waterproof in my backpack, they never dig that far down. "No crisps (chips), No cans of Coke, no knives, guns, beer or food, OK through you go"
(I kid you not. It's amazing what people try and take into DLRP - one guy had half a dozen 6-packs last year and couldn't see the problem) .
Have a great time ;)
 

Club 33

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I recognize most of it but what's the black stick-thing between the batteries and the lapel mic?
That is a telescoping pen magnet. It's great- not only does the telescoping pen allow you to record those "hard to reach" places, but the magnet usually attaches itself to those omnipresent round cieling speakers so I can just leave it hanging, suspended, with no need for any sort of adhesive or holding on my part.

Good to see the TWO rolls of tape (in case one gets lost) - where in WDW could you buy another!

All my stuff is underneath my waterproof in my backpack, they never dig that far down. "No crisps (chips), No cans of Coke, no knives, guns, beer or food, OK through you go"
Yeah- so far that's the only thing they've given me trouble over, the electrical tape. I think maybe the fact that it was a new, full role didn't really help. I'm not entirely sure what they were afraid I might do with it but they did ask me what it was for (I replied that I used it for my camera equipment, which I also have with me). For now I'm leaving the electrical tape in the room and just using glue dots, which work okay but I'm still not entirely sold upon. I like the surface area that the electrical tape gives you. The glue dots, however, in their handy little dispenser look totally innocuous both in my bag and when in use, as opposed to taping down the thing with electrical tape which does look sorta strange.
 

SeaCastle

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All my stuff is underneath my waterproof in my backpack, they never dig that far down. "No crisps (chips), No cans of Coke, no knives, guns, beer or food, OK through you go"
Yeah- so far that's the only thing they've given me trouble over, the electrical tape. I think maybe the fact that it was a new, full role didn't really help. I'm not entirely sure what they were afraid I might do with it but they did ask me what it was for (I replied that I used it for my camera equipment, which I also have with me). For now I'm leaving the electrical tape in the room and just using glue dots, which work okay but I'm still not entirely sold upon. I like the surface area that the electrical tape gives you. The glue dots, however, in their handy little dispenser look totally innocuous both in my bag and when in use, as opposed to taping down the thing with electrical tape which does look sorta strange.
To be honest, I've been very hit or miss when it comes to security checkpoints - my bag has three or four good-sized pouches in it, and they only check the biggest one without bothering to probe around.

On my latest trip, I decided to use Scotch tape on speakers. It can get a bit messy at times - probably due to the fact I'm using a zip-loc bag to hold my recording equipment - but it did the trick. Perhaps electric tape would work better, but I haven't tried glue dots.
 

Magic Music

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I can just leave it [magnetic pointer] hanging, suspended...
No one has walked in on you and wondered what the heck you were up to? :p Have you noticed whether the magnet affects your recordings?

It's funny, I was just e-mailing Horizons earlier today about using a telescoping antenna or pointer to reach a few ceilings that I need to get at. In the past, I've just used an umbrella to reach the ceilings, but I was looking for something that I could put in my pocket instead of looking oddly out of place carrying an umbrella around on a perfectly sunny day. ;)

I wound up buying a couple of magnetic pointers (short and long) at Sears this afternoon. :)

For now I'm leaving the electrical tape in the room and just using glue dots, which work okay but I'm still not entirely sold upon.
I've used [post="25884"]Permanent Glue Dots[/post] all over WDW, hot days and cold, inside and out, right side up and upside down, for up to four hours at a time, and I've yet to have my mic fall off. As far as I'm concerned, they're the greatest thing since sliced bread. One extra thing that I do, when I'm able to reach, is to clean the spot off with an (individual packet) alcohol swab before I attach my mic. You're not going to get a strong bond if the speaker is covered with dirt or dust.

The glue dots, however, in their handy little dispenser
Too fancy for me! :D I just carry around a bunch of (perforated paper) Dots in the SD card pocket that is inside the soft case for my digital recorder.
 

Horizons

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No one has walked in on you and wondered what the heck you were up to? :p
In the past, I've just used an umbrella to reach the ceilings, but I was looking for something that I could put in my pocket instead of looking oddly out of place carrying an umbrella around on a perfectly sunny day. :D
No one walked in on you and wondered what the heck you were up to, holding an umbrella up to a ceiling speaker? ;)

Have you noticed whether the magnet affects your recordings?
No impact whatsoever.
 

Magic Music

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No one walked in on you and wondered what the heck you were up to, holding an umbrella up to a ceiling speaker? :p
I only used the (compact/folding) umbrella to get the mic w/Glue Dot up to the ceiling. You could still see the wire coming down but I'd like to think it was a bit more "stealthy" and certainly less intimidating than having a 3-foot-long metal rod hanging from the speaker.

No impact whatsoever.
Hmmm. Off to locate a correctly-sized ring magnet...
 

Club 33

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Well to be honest- I'm not much for confrontations; oddly I've become more sensitive to the quirky looks and questions over the years, instead of less. And I've been yelled at by CMs- Horizons will no doubt remember the time last year I got yelled at for trying to record the Soarin' pre-show with an extension. Though you never know- I was in the bathroom at Germany last year at 10 o'clock at night recording the Germany loop, extension and all, when a custodian walked in. Turns out, he was an avid listener of Subsonic Radio and was curious to know how my recording was coming out. Since audio recording from guest areas isn't technically "against the rules" it really depends on the CM and their attitude.

And bathrooms are doubly not my favorite because, being as it is somewhat of a private space, people in my experience tend to take less kindly to me hooking up microphones to speakers than they might out in the parks. Bit of a cruel irony that bathroom speakers are often the most accessible/least visible places to record. Generally I try and record very early or very late so there will be as few people as possible around, and I do try and be as discreet as possible. But these sorts of recordings where you're kind of exposed if you will are not my favorite. Yet they seem to be the ones I end up doing (because Horizons does everything else and then convinces me to do the rest. :p)

And to corroborate what Horizons said, I too thought that the magnet might pose a problem, but no it doesn't. And that isn't even reffering to the telescopic magnet- which is shielded on the sides- but to a more powerful earth magnet I used (and then proceeded to leave stuck to a speaker in the aforementioned Germany restroom. Whoops). But no, it has no effect on the recording.
 

Horizons

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You mentioned another speaker? :p
I'm glad to see you've been paying attention. ;)

If you keep walking past the speaker you referenced, there is a bench with a speaker about five behind it. I'm pretty sure these two speakers play the same loop. My wife says it would be a piece of cake, so I was going to let her do it the next time we went to the AK (I haven't been in several months). :D
 

Club 33

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If you keep walking past the speaker you referenced, there is a bench with a speaker about five behind it. I'm pretty sure these two speakers play the same loop. My wife says it would be a piece of cake, so I was going to let her do it the next time we went to the AK (I haven't been in several months). :p
Your wife records audio too?

Incidentally, I'll be at AK tomorrow, so if someone would explain what on earth you two are going on about I could look into it.
 

Magic Music

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Incidentally, I'll be at AK tomorrow, so if someone would explain what on earth you two are going on about I could look into it.
In Dinoland, on the trail that leads from the Dinosaur exit over to Chester & Hester's, as you get closer to the store, you can hear all sorts of dinosaur grunts. There are at least two different loops in the area, one being comprised of chirping insects that is close to the Dinosaur exit, but it's the dino grunts outside of Chester & Hester's that I am after. The speaker that I am familiar with is up on a hill. Horizons says there is another nearby.
 

Horizons

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There are at least two different loops in the area, one being comprised of chirping insects that is close to the Dinosaur exit, but it's the dino grunts outside of Chester & Hester's that I am after.
Perhaps the speaker I'm referencing only plays the insect sounds. I thought they were the same, as I walked back a forth a few times between the two speakers, but perhaps not. ;)

The speaker that I am familiar with is up on a hill.
It's not close either. Plus, last time I checked it out, there was a huge spider/spider web right in front of the speaker. No thanks. :p

Your wife records audio too?
No, although I've tried, unsuccessfully, to get her interested in the hobby. It would be great to have another person help me go through a very long list of to do items.
 

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