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  1. Jeff Wexler

    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Well said, Philip! Although I am still proud of my history and being one of the first to use DAT in movie production, it's not a format I ever really liked. I was actually happier in the earliest days of DAT before the so-called "Pro" machines came along ---- even my HHB machine which I used for more movies than any of the others wasn't great compared to any of the Nagras. Don't get me started on Fostex, could get really ugly really fast. When the possibility of file-based recording arrived with the original Zaxcom Deva I, I was totally ready to abandon DAT!
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    Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Your recollection of the year 1984 and your use of DAT reorders must be in error. Quoting from Wikipedia: "Digital Audio Tape (DAT or R-DAT) is a signal recording and playback medium developed by Sony and introduced in 1987." I purchased my first DAT machine in late 1988. Every reference I have found states that DAT (actually, properly referred to as R-DAT) was first released by SONY in 1987. I suppose it is possible that a DAT machine was available in some other country outside the United States but I would be very surprised if it were back in 1984. My first DAT machine was a grey market SONY TCD-10 that had only just become available in Japan ---- the Owner's Manual was in Japanese.
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    We can help out

    As many of you already know, my dear friend and fellow worker, Don Coufal, is battling cancer. Don and I have worked together for 40 years, 67 movies,I owe so much of the success of my long career to Don's amazing and creative approach to the work and his total dedication to the job —- we were a pretty incredible team! Never wanting to be the person who needs help, at this time now, Don needs our help. Don's wonderful daughters, Emma and Libby, have set up a GoFundMe account to raise some money for Don during this time that he is unable to work. Don is managing to fight the good fight and has the same positive attitude and commitment I have known through all the years we have worked together. Go to Don's GoFundMe account page Don and me, "The Brinks Job", 1979
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    R.A.M.P.S./JWSOUND Party - NAB 2018

    Quoting Penny Lane: "It's all happening!" --- the annual R.A.M.P.S./JWSOUND Party is happening this year on Tuesday, April 10th. This year we will be in a new place, having outgrown Satay Bistro we will be at the new Firefly's on Paradise. For several years before moving to Satay Bistro, we had the party at the old Firefly's --- now for this year, the 28th, we'll be at the new and expanded Firefly's. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2BLf7ZH secret word: Topstick R.A.M.P.S./JWSOUND PARTY - NAB 2018 * NEW VENUE * Firefly on Paradise 3824 PARADISE RD / LAS VEGAS / 702.369.3971 April 10th, 2018. 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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    Sound Devices and Audio Limited merger interview

    Well, I have tried again to make it work. There is something about the way the videos are up on YouTube that is causing the embed link to not function as one would expect on this site. Oh, well, no big deal, the video is only about a minute and half and it can be watched on YouTube.
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    Sound Devices and Audio Limited merger interview

    I fixed the link which did not get embedded properly --- the full video should display now within Glen Trew's post.
  7. Hey, Dave, I really did not mean the guy was really clueless, I just meant he looked and sounded like someone playing a character who is clueless. Also, I love the style of humor, it just didn't seem to work that well in this video.It's often the case that improvs like this produce real gems of humor, but sometimes not so much.... always a risk and maybe I should not be so critical of the effort.
  8. Well, this "short" took 10 minutes to do what could have been cute, but it was about 8 minutes too long. Audio, Ltd. wireless are really good digital wireless but having Kish be so patient explaining these things to someone who appears to be basically clueless doesn't really seem to help promote the gear.
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    Pictures from JW Sound/RAMPS Party

    It was a great party, everyone had a good time, I was so pleased to be able to spend time with some of my good friends and fellow workers, people I only get to see once a year at NAB! Thanks to David Bondelevitch we have some great photos from the event (we'll put up some more pictures later, I think Mark Ulano shot quite a few as well). Eric Toline, founding father of the R.A.M.P.S. Party, did a wonderful job with raffle ---- we all appreciate the people and companies that stay engaged with us socially at this event and for their generous donations to the raffle. - photo credit: David Bondelevitch
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    Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old

    Love this history.... 50 years, yikes!
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    TC setting and Denecke slates

    The 2 HD jobs I have coming up, 1 on the RED, 1 on Genesis, they have standardized on 23.98 for everyone (seems like a good idea). I have 2 Denecke slates. The newer TS-3 I have set at position no. 4 which is "23" and seems to work fine being fed 23.98 from my Deva. The other slate is an older TS-2 and does not have a position for "23" so I set it at the position for "24". Fed 23.98 from the Deva it seems to be working but since there is no further verification (old style slate) I can't be sure this is correct. - Jeff Wexler
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    RIP - Chinhda Khommarath

    Re-posting from LA Sound Mixer's post: "The LA Sound Mixers is mourning the passing of master sound cart builder, Chinhda Khommarath who passed away in his home yesterday. Chinhda's ideas and craftsmanship set a benchmark for sound cart builders everywhere. He will be missed by many." Almost everyone knows of Chinhda from his amazing carts --- fewer knew the man, just as amazing as his creations. Truly elevated the importance of the sound cart.
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    Email for media question

    Who or what is "jw.org"? The site, usually just referred as "JWSOUND", uses my registered domain jwsoundgroup.net. If you need to contact me personally, you can use the Contact form on site or a message using the Personal Messaging system on the site.
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    Help support this site

    I am asking that those members that feel they can afford it to donate a small amount of money to help me with the costs of maintaining this Discussion Group site and CinemaSound. I have been able to manage on my own for the last 5 years to keep these sites up and running, upgrading the software that powers this forum, upgrading my server accounts, routine and some not so routine maintenance, but I could use some help now. I am asking for a donation of $10.00 (US) on a yearly basis to keep all this going. This is totally voluntary and no one should fear that either of these great sites will be taken down if no one donates. I am asking for $10.00 but any amount will be appreciated and I am confident that enough people will donate that we can keep these sites going without a yearly donation; your donation now is a one time thing, not a yearly subscription. Donations can be made through PayPal Donation button on the main page or with this LINK Thank you all for your continuing support and for making this site the great community it has become. - Jeff Wexler
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    Help support this site

    Thank you for your support, Vas! It is very gratifying to know that JWSOUND is continuing to be useful fo so many. I also value your participation, Vas, here and in Jan's Sounderday (I miss you), it helps further one of my core goals to have our online community be an international group. It fits right into a personal guiding principle of mine, professionally, socially and politically, summed up by the quote: "Think globally, act locally"
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    'Being There'

    I have almost no pictures from "Being There" --- I will try and find some from this amazing experience. As for the equipment/gear used, it was standard Nagra 4.2 mono recorder 9I know it's hard for some people to realize that almost ALL movies were made with 1 production track), the microphones used were pretty much the standard Sennhesier 415 and 815. There is one of many significant things regarding that movie, one being that I mark it as the movie where we really discovered the Schoeps microphone. I had one older Schoeps MK-41 that we had used several times as plant microphone but never really experimented much with it as a boom mic, preferring to stick with what everybody else was using which were the "movie microphones": 415 and 815. We did a scene one night in the streets of Washington, DC and we did several takes with the 415 as always, and then did several takes with the Schoeps on the fishpole. The next day at dailies, listening to the takes, we were blown away by the sound from the Schoeps --- it was literally night and day difference. From that point on I believe the Schoeps became our main microphone, As for wireless, rarely if ever used (or needed) --- I'm pretty sure the wireless we did use, if we ever used them, would have been older Audio,ltd. or the coherent Communications Artech line of wireless (very similar to Audio, Lt.d). As for the single card credit --- total surprise for me, I think the first ever where the Production Sound Mixer has gotten an up front single card. I was fortunate enough to work o the post production mixing of "Being There" and so I got to see all the reels many times. On one day while previewing the last reel with the end credits I noticed that my name was not there --- I got the courage up to ask Hal Ashby if there had just been some mistake, did they forget to put my credit in --- he told me there was no mistake, they hadn't done the front credits yet and I would be getting a single card at the front of the movie.
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    New Follow Cart - JW

    Posting pictures of the almost finished Follow Cart, built from "scratch" with a hand drill and a hacksaw (as always). Still waiting for the right drawers (you know I'm on the case for aluminum drawers but NOT from StarCase) and then I will be able to complete. Two options for drawer installation: mounted directly in the "rack" rails (aluminum channel I have installed already) OR, mounted in SKB case, installed (but removable) on the cart. The SKB case, of course, provides the ability to take the case off and move it or ship it independently of the cart. The downside, I won't be able to have as many drawers, also takes up more room than just the drawers on their own.
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    New Follow Cart - JW

    The follow cart built with 80/20 square tube profiles has held up very nicely. I have had to swap out wheels a few times, going from tube-type tires to flat free ones, then back to full pneumatics when the "flat free" tires developed terrible flat spots from just sitting in place. The caster plates do utilize 4 bolts: 3 directly through the tubes and 1 through the material I used for the bottom surface. Regarding the top surface work area and the bottom surface, I used marine plywood and I regret that choice because of the weight. Incidentally, the follow cart we are talking about is for sale --- I am starting that process of selling most all of my equipment and carts.
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    You are correct, the Deva is still a totally capable recorder, actually continuing to perform some features and functions that even the latest recorders from other manufacturers do not have. Any Deva IV, V or 5.8 should run forever and I am fairly sure that anything that needs service could be taken care of well into the future. The only liability with these older machines is that they may not have all the features or functions that you may need for the types of jobs you are doing. The only "service" any of my Devas have required is once having to replace the internal backup battery and then, of course, swapping out the hard drive before any chance of drive failure.
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    Zaxcom Deva announcement

    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).
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    DPA 4098 - first impressions

    I got my first DPA 4098 (goosneck style) microphone today and I have been putting it through its paces. I already had glowing reports from Whit Norris and Jan McLaughlin, who both have these amazing little microphones. Whit has been using them with Lectrosonics transmitters and loves them, Jan has been using with Zaxcom transmitters and has not reported any of the anticipated problems with respect to the lower voltage supply from Zaxcom transmitter. The theory is that with lower supply voltage (they are rated to require 5 vdc and Zaxcom xmtr puts out 3 vdc) there would be an increase in self-noise floor and a decrease in overall headroom (dynamic range). So far, in the situations that Jan has used the 4098, if in fact there have been these decreases in performance it has not been noticeable and the mics have been incredibly useful. My preliminary shop testing (and by "testing" I mean only listening, which happens to be the only test I really have faith in), I would say the self-noise is only slightly higher than the 4063 lav we use (which only requires 3 vdc). I had my wife yell into the microphone (I've actually never heard her yell at anyone or anything) and it never even got close to sounding clipped or tearing, it held up beautifully. So, my conclusion would be that it should never be a problem except possibly in the very quietest environment. The benefit of this super compact super-cardioid goosneck-style microphone, ease of use as a quick plant mic, far outweighs any potential liability for me.
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    Nomad Lite

    Zaxcom has introduced a new model in the Nomad lineup. - from Zaxcom website: Nomad Lite is a complete location sound recording system for video productions. Specifically designed for over the shoulder use, it provides all the functionality necessary to mix and record in a power efficient space-saving package. Nomad Lite has a complete set of DSP effects to give you the tools to not just mix and capture tracks but to provide a level of quality not possible with analog based mixing. 10 recorded tracks, NeverClip, Visual timecode slate and MARF ultra high reliability file system are some of the unique features that add to the value of Nomad Lite. A combination of compact size, light weight, low power consumption and integrated features make Nomad Lite the perfect choice for any sound bag. Nomad Lite is the simplest to use of all the Nomad mixer/recorders. All mixing and monitoring functions are directly accessible from the control panel. Nomad Lite offers the right combination of track count, DSP Effects, analog inputs, mix busses and digital mixing at an unmatched price point. Best of all Nomad Lite can be upgraded to other Nomad models as your needs change. The Nomad Lite mixer can send three independent stereo mixes to five cameras. It will record any combination of its six output busses and the 10 analog isolated inputs for a total of up to 10 tracks. With Nomad Lite all 10 analog inputs are instantly available for control via the six rotary faders and the menu encoder. This eliminates the need for external add on fader hardware keeping Nomad Lite as small and light as possible. All of Nomad Lite’s mixing functions can be stored in memory for instant access or stored to removable memory cards. I don't know the pricing on this new configuraton but I would imagine it will be very competitive.
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    Tom Petty, RIP

    I am devastated... I loved Tom Petty and his music, this is truly tragic news.
  24. Don C. booming and Crew C. cabling
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    I'm going SOLAR!

    No, it's not like "going postal", I am having solar panels installed on my garage roof. I am working with Solar City that provides a really good solution --- a solar lease which requires no money up front, they do all the site evaluation, system design, City permits and full professional installation. Once the system goes live, I start monthly payments of $55.00 on the 15 year lease period. Solar City is responsible for all the equipment and there is a performance guarantee from them. The system they use keeps you connected to the utility grid (in my case, Southern California Edison) and produces enough electricity during daylight hours to meet the demands of my power usage and sell excess electricity back to the utility company. At night when the system is not producing electricity, I buy power from the utility company at low rates. So, my bill from Southern California Edison goes from an average of $210. a month to about $50. a month. Added to the Solar City Lease my total electric bill will be approximately $105. SolarCity