Jeff Wexler

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  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. "Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69" This is too sad for words. I'm devastated by this news.
  5. 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.
  6. Love these! Emmylou, amazing
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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".
  10. It looks like we're not going to see Deva32 as soon as we had hoped, but when it does arrive, it looks like they have made a wonderful conceptual change --- a recorder that will not be confined to just cart based work as we saw last NAB. This is exciting (I hope more details are revealed but Zaxcom might save it all for NAB).
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. "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.
  17. Thank you, Constantin, I agree with you that my analogy was not perfect --- it was not proper to compare items which are no longer manufactured to items which are still being manufactured today. I think I was just reacting to the comment "Another piece of hardware abandoned by Zaxcom..." --- your comment that Zaxcom has stopped production on the old Deva (and also lots of other items just like lots of other companies) is probably the more appropriate comment.
  18. Abandoned? There are still lots and lots of Deva recorders working perfectly every day on jobs all over the world and it is at least a 10 year old machine (I don't remember exactly when the Deva 4 came out). Why doesn't anyone talk about Sound Devices abandoning the 788, or the 744, or the 442 mixer? Has Lectrosonics abandoned the 195 line? Has Andy Cooper abandoned the Cooper Mixer? Well, of course, Cooper is not even in business anymore, does that mean this wonderful 25 year old mixer is no longer viable?
  19. Hmmm, indeed! Has anyone had any personal experience with this Alteros system?
  20. Background to May Day: In 1884, unions declared that eight hours would constitute a legal day’s work from and after May 1, 1886. When workers went on strike at a factory in Chicago on May 3, 1886, police fired into the peacefully assembled crowd, killing four and wounding many others. The workers movement called for a mass rally the next day in Haymarket Square to protest this brutality. The rally proceeded peacefully until the end when 180 police officers entered the square and ordered the crowd to disperse. At that point, someone threw a bomb, killing one police officer and wounding 70 others. The police responded by firing into the crowd, killing one and injuring many others. Eight of the city’s most active unionists were charged with conspiracy to commit murder even though only one even present at the meeting was on the speakers’ platform. All eight were found guilty and sentenced to death, despite a lack of evidence connecting them to the person who threw the bomb. Four were hanged on November 11, 1887, Louis Lingg committed suicide in prison, and the remaining three were finally pardoned in 1893. Lucy Parsons, the widow of Albert Parsons, traveled the world urging workers to celebrate May Day and to remember the events of Haymarket and the subsequent government-sponsored murder of those fighting for the rights of all workers. Over time, May Day grew to become an important day for organising and unifying the international struggle of workers and their allies. Viva May Day!
  21. UPDATE: I just had the chance to see this mini-bag cart in person at Trew Audio in Burbank --- truly a glorious cart, beautiful design, rugged build and totally functional. This cart and the other larger cart I saw really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Good work, Matt!!
  22. This is wonderful news! Thank you, Karl, for posting it here. I am so pleased that it was found and right there at Satay.
  23. Again this year the good people of Lectrosonics volunteered to help out with the organizing of our annual RAMPS/JWSOUND Party. Bruce Jones took some great pictures --- he managed to get us all together, sort of, for a panorama group shot created by stitching multiple images --- interesting result this year! Here is a LINK to a gallery of images Anyone with any pictures they took, feel free to add them here as a post in this thread (and I will add them to the image gallery that is linked).
  24. Thank you for your kind words and the remembrances of not only the history but my father's life long commitment to social and political activism. Your insightful comment about the role of the journalist, whether it is expressed by words or images, has never been more important than it is today in these times.
  25. RF Info and the FCC Licensing Project Mission Statement In order to ensure that the concerns, needs and issues of the thousands of professional sound recordists in the United States who use the UHF spectrum on a daily basis, can be heard by the FCC, it is imperative that as many users as possible obtain a license from the FCC. The basic goals of this project are: To educate Production Sound individuals who use radio equipment in the lawful use of these devices, and to understand the privileges and responsibilities of licensed operation. To remove the liability of unlicensed operation of wireless transmitters. The FCC can levy fines of up to $11,000, per transmitter, with up to one year in Federal Prison. To give the individual user, as a licensed operator, the capability of lodging an official complaint to the FCC, when their licensed operation is being compromised by spurious transmissions generated by unlicensed or incorrectly used operators using the UHF spectrum. Other operators transmitting above their legal power, unlicensed “white space” devices (WSDs), aka: TVBD’s, and any number of activities that compromise the operation of a licensed station, when reported to the FCC by licensed stations, will be investigated. To allow the priority operation of licensed low power stations such as wireless microphones over White Space Devices. A licensed user will be able to contact the WSD coordinator and give them your license number, location, and frequencies and all White Space Devices in that area must by law shut down. To allow the licensed operator the legal right to transmit at 250 milliwatts. To allow the possibility of responding to proposed changes in FCC operations and allocations, as a large group of licensed operators in consensus. To set up and maintain (via JWSoundNet) a forum for discussion and clarification of Licensed operation, news pertaining to the FCC’s projected use of the spectrum, along with the development of techniques and easy-to-use forms for interacting with the FCC and your local Frequency Coordinators… How to obtain a License An FCC license is obtainable by any US citizen intending to operate within the US and its territories, for a fee of $145. The application process, however, is daunting. The application process is fairly complex, arcane, and must be letter perfect in order to be processed by the FCC. The Process: 1. One must obtain a FRN (FCC Registration Number). Go to: Click on Register and Receive Your FRN; you will be directed to a page where you determine Registration Type. Continue through the process until receive your FRN and create a password. 2. Download FCC Form 601, the application. You will also need Form 601 – Schedule D and Schedule H. Once you have found the answers to all of the questions you then go on line, log in with your FRN, and enter the data on line. 3. Submit the completed form. You will get a file application number. 4. Go back on line and pay the $145 fee to the FCC. Alternately, you can retain someone that knows how to do this. One option is to contact Bill Ruck, Broadcast Engineer, in San Francisco. He’s been through this enough times to be able to complete the information on line. He holds Broadcast Auxiliary Low Power Radio Station Authorization WQMP992 and an FCC General Radiotelephone License. Bill can be contacted at 415-564-1450 or The process requires a fair amount of time and great attention to detail, and the Bill is asking a $100 fee for completing the process. The Project has endeavored to make the process as simple as possible in order to get as many operators licensed as possible. If the process is followed correctly, a license will be granted by the FCC in about three months, with a total outlay of $245. Submitted, Jay Patterson, CAS, WQNJ498 Code of Federal Regulations – Title 47 – Telecommunications Relevant excerpts of FCC Code with highlighted portions relating to this discussion Additional discussion about this topic “RF Day” Streaming Video “RF and What the Digital TV Transition Means for Radio Mic Users” Presented by Tim Holly in Burbank on July 18, 2009. LINK to IATSE Local 695 for complete information on this topic Useful External Links: Code of Federal Regulations (the actual Laws/Rules) FCC Website FCC DTV Coverage Area Maps Lectrosonics DTV Station Lookup Sennheiser Frequency Finder FCC CFR 47 Reference Link FCC Universal Licensing System FCC Office of Engineering Technnology DTV Page Updated Maps of All Full-Service Digital Television Stations Authorized by the FCC LECTROSONICS WEBSITE FOR WIRELESS FREQ SENNHEISER WEBSITE FOR WIRELESS FREQ TV& RADIO CHANNELS AROUND THE WORLD FCC TV CHANNEL LOOK-UP SERVICE Find out how to coordinate frequencies on the set http://www.professionalwireles.../ias/Demo/index.html Find all digital stations within 80 miles of a zip code