Jeff Wexler

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    Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS Host of jwsound Discussion Group
  1. This is a great event! Thanks to Steve Morantz (who really got the ball rolling many years ago for these socials), Chris Howland, Devendra Cleary and of course to Beau Baker for again generously providing the beautiful venue!
  2. Welcome back, Richard, wishing you all the best with the next phase of your grand adventure. Participation here on JWSOUND often yields some very useful connections.
  3. Memories... as Mirror describes this, I'm wondering how I ever had any time on the set to do the work --- maybe take an earlier pre-call? I would need a good nap after that. Fortunately, my memory is that everything that Mirror has said in the 6 Steps, 2541 characters of this post actually took about 45 seconds to accomplish including fresh formatting a CF card. Thank you, Mirror, for the exceptionally detailed set of instructions!
  4. I never owned an SN but used one a few times, I did own an IS and loved it! The IS was my third Nagra purchase. I had two Nagra 4.2s and then purchased the IS for a smaller, lighter recorder. I had no idea it would feel and operate so differently than the full size 4.2. The biggest difference, besides the weight, was the 3 motor solenoid controlled transport --- had the feeling of a full sized studio recorder in a small lightweight package, still very much a Nagra in all the most important ways.
  5. Love these! Emmylou, amazing
  6. Neil Stone's conversion, making the Nagra 4.2 (mono) timecode capable, was a very welcomed modification. when timecode first came into our world in any significant way, most everybody was still recording mono single track and few had purchased the Nagra 4-STC. Timecode was really only a necessity on commercials. Very few if any feature films were utilizing timecode in production but the commercial world adopted timecode very quickly which made it a requirement that the production sound mixer on these shoots provide timecoded track. Most of the top commercial sound mixers did purchase a second or third Nagra and this would be a Nagra 4-STC fully timecode capable 2 track machine. Most of the sound was still mono since there was seldom a need for anything more than one track but the 2-track (stereo) Nagra had the all important and now mandatory timecode track. Neil's conversion allowed some of us to do commercials without the need to purchase the $14K Nagra 4-STC. The one pictured here, the "Nagra 4.2 IRT" is a mystery to me --- I don't think Kudelski ever produced this sort of modified mono Nagra with timecode.
  7. Well said, Crew, something has been lost, your comment has made me reflect again on the "good old days" and the effort and joy that went into practicing our craft. On many of the wonderful projects we were on, the level of engagement and involvement amongst ALL crew members was totally different than it is today --- there was a real sense of cooperation and mutual respect and a shared acknowledgment and satisfaction when we achieved, together, something truly magical.
  8. I have done several movies with Caleb and have known him since the early 1970's. Caleb likes to have a plan and is quite thorough and meticulous with the process, likes to rehearse and refine, to the extent that the director and the production will allow. Warren also likes to plan things out, likes lots of rehearsals, but then he often obsesses about certain details almost to a fault. Warren likes to do lots and lots of takes so to that extent, it is possible that he is hoping for something he did not anticipate. Generally, I will characterize working with Warren and Caleb (and a wonderful crew) as very organized and precise --- never did they go that route where they just roll the camera and send the actors in to "see what happens".
  9. David, I was aware of the Kodak patents, I thank you for spelling it all out so thoroughly --- you and I are both students of history. Most of the discussions happening here and on other social media regarding this specific patent dispute, seem to be happening amongst people who are not terribly interested in understanding history, patents, law and so forth --- an in depth understanding of some of these fundamentals might sway their support away from the side they haver already chosen. It's all well and good to support the companies that you favor but what is needed here is support for the legal process of defending a patent. I have been tempted to give some of the history of the Nagra and Neopilot sync (a sync system which Kudelski invented and patented) and how that patent affected several other companies that wanted to develop a recorder to compete with the Nagra. There are lots of interesting facets to this but I'm not sure anyone else is actually interested in knowing about these things and having it possibly affect their current point of view. People have already chosen sides, they are very sure who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, and they're rooting for their team!
  10. Interesting. Looks a little top heavy when fully loaded. Also, and I don't mean this as a criticism, the actual ZUCA (bag) part of this cart seems to be the least significant part of the build --- supplies some storage and a base for wheels but that appears that's all it has to do. I have a ZUCA cart I purchased years ago and started to build a mini cart but never really pursued it because I was worried that everything else I would have to build onto the bag would make the ZUCA part pretty irrelevant.
  11. Anyone who talks about overloading the MIC needs to clarify how they would know they have overloaded the microphone. The DPA 4060, for example, is rated at 134 dbSPL --- the mic needs to be connected to something to he operational and if you hear any clipping or distorsion I am fairly certain it is something else in the chain that is being overloaded.
  12. Thans for the clarification, Constantin. When you said small I thought you meant really small. The biggest problem, I believe, is that there isn't a company that really wants to produce this item. Mozegear would be the most logical --- I don't remember how big their little phantom power/preamp box is. I thought they had something smaller than that which is pictured in this thread.
  13. I believe there are several companies that make very compact 48v phantom power supplies (people have mentioned one from Ambient that is supposed to be very small). It is not difficult, electrically, to make a small phantom power supply, but it makes a lot more sense to have a very small one piece unit that is a transmitter with a mic preamp that supplies phantom power, all from one battery. If this is all to go on the end of a fishpole, the goal, I imagine, is to have as few items as possible riding up there by the mic. I have seen pictures of the mic end of the fishpole with a transmitter, an external mic preamp and a phantom power supply --- that's a lot of gack to go on the mic end of the pole. The Zaxcom ZMT-Phantom manages to get everything in one incredibly small lightweight box. As for manufacturing a standalone phantom power supply, I don't think you will find any interest from Zaxcom or Lectrosonics (both companies have a nice small box) since it probably isn't much of a viable product. I suppose that Lectrosonics might do one, SSM sized, since the SSM does not have phantom power on its own. This would mean only 2 boxes on the mic end of the fishpole. It would be a better move for Lectro to put phantom power in the SSM but that would still leave you a bit short on the amazing feature set of the ZMT-Phantom transmitter.
  14. "Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69" This is too sad for words. I'm devastated by this news.
  15. "These old SD and Zax recorders are in the latter category. An HHB or Fostex DAT machine (for instance) is in the former." Exactly, well said Philip. Of course the older SD and Zaxcom recorders are still being serviced, so it is not "Another piece of hardware abandoned by Zaxcom...." that was my only point. As Larry Fisher points out, there are times when it just isn't possible to continue to service and support older products when certain parts are not even being manufactured anymore by anyone. Regarding DAT machines, this is a case where hardware has been abandoned because the FORMAT itself has been essentially abandoned.