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  1. 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
  2. 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"
  3. '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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

    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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Tom Petty, RIP

    I am devastated... I loved Tom Petty and his music, this is truly tragic news.
  11. Don C. booming and Crew C. cabling
  12. 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
  13. Hey Jeff, wasn't there a member buy/sell section?

    It's still there --- you will only see it if you are signed in. Maybe you thought you were signed in but you weren't? LINK to Want To Buy - Want To Sell section
  14. RIP - Ed Greene

    I was waiting to try and gather my own personal feelings, I am very saddened by Ed's passing, not really able to express --- I have posted some comments from others (available already from Facebook to the Hollywood Reporter and many other sources. Los Angeles, CA, 11 August 2017--- CAS Board Member and previous CAS Career Achievement Recipient Ed Greene passed away on 9 August 2017 surrounded by family. Greene also previously served as a Governor of the Sound Branch of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “The Sound community has lost an icon,” said CAS President Mark Ulano. “And the CAS Board has lost the voice of someone who held a vast knowledge of the history and evolution of live sound recording. Ed was a mentor to many of today’s sound mixers and he will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family.” Over the course of his career Ed won 22 Emmy Awards and was nominated 61 times. He mixed some of the most highly regarded music, variety and award shows. He also won the CAS Award in 2003 for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials for “XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony”. He was also nominated for a CAS Award on four other occasions: in 2009 for his work on “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar”, in 2004 for his work on “The 45th Annual Grammy Awards” as well as “The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts” and in 2000 for “The 41st Annual Grammy Awards”. Former CAS President Edward L. Moskowitz commented, “The personal and professional loss to each and every one of us is immeasurable. So many of us owe him so much. With the clarity of his teaching and conduct he was the personification of the CAS principals to educate and inform the industry and the public of effective sound while maintaining the highest standards of conduct and craftsmanship. He will be deeply missed.” “The Sound Community has lost a giant-- an innovator, a huge talent, and above all, a wonderful friend. Ed Greene was my first mentor when I was a young mixer, teaching me about music mixing for picture, and collaborating on many shows together,” said former CAS President David E. Fluhr. “I was always (and still am) in awe of his talent, and his ‘Velvety Smooth Tracks’, as I would call them. He never hesitated to share his knowledge and experience, and would help anyone who asked. I am honored to have known him, and to have spent time with him on the CAS Board of Directors for many years. He was the best at what he did--and his legacy will live on for generations to come.”
  15. Cart building day!!!

    I would like to put your cart images up in the Gallery of Sound Carts and I would like to put your name to it --- I realize I don't actually know your real name and I do not want to put "thope" as the person who built this beautiful cart!
  16. Cart building day!!!

    Beautiful work!
  17. Updated Forum today

    Things may look a little funky today after a major update to IPB Forum software that runs the site. I will be working on it.
  18. Zaxcom TRXFB3

    I just saw the announcement of the TRXFB3, not a product that I was even aware of but seems like it could be very useful for those situations where talent cueing is needed. - from Zaxcom website: Transmit, Receive, Record, Customize. Back by popular demand and taking on an all new form, this single bodypack transmits audio via UHF and receives an IFB audio feed received over ZaxNet’s 2.4 GHz signal at the same time. It replaces the need for talent to wear both a wireless microphone pack and an IFB receiver. There’s also a user programmable key at the top of the transceiver that can use used for functions such as a mute switch or push to talk key. The TRXFB3 wide-band transceiver is still packed full of your favorite Zaxcom features - built-in backup recording, remote control, NeverClip™, PowerRoll™ and of course, our new ZHD transmission. Learn more at zaxcom.com/trxfb3
  19. Can't log in without asking for a new password

    Tapatalk is again acting up (you all know that I am not a fan). The last two updates to the forum software have broken Tapatalk. Additionally, as a site owner and licensed Tapatalk user, I am having trouble signing in to my Tapatalk account --- they have transitioned to a new "Tapatalk ID" system that is not working properly. So, I am not even able to try and update Tapatalk plug-in until I sort out my Tapatalk account.
  20. Handle for cart, 12" or so, sources?

    I think Phil nailed it for Phil --- from Grainger, pass through bolting, narrow, etc.
  21. There is certainly a lot of passionate discussion going on right now regarding the shake-ups in our usable wireless spectrum. I came across an article with the author seeming to think the sky IS falling and probably faster than we previously thought. A few excerpts: Karl Voss, chief engineer at noncommercial KAET Phoenix and the SBE/NFL frequency coordinator, was quoted as saying, “Many [equipment] vendors have been telling everybody not to worry about wireless mics. They say: ‘You won’t have to get off your channels till 2020 at the end of the transition.’ But that’s simply not true.” “I think the wireless mic folks are in for a big challenge because everybody had this idea that there would be this semi-orderly transition based on the phases,” Voss continued. “That’s not the case.” Wireless systems manufacturers largely agree. Jackie Green, president and CTO of Alteros, the wireless-microphone company spun off by Audio-Technica specifically to develop alternate products for a newly realigned spectrum landscape, tells SVG, “I believe misconception is still strong, and a number of wireless microphone users — and some wireless manufacturers — still think they will have 39 months to use their gear, and this is likely not true in many cases.” LINK to complete article in SVG News
  22. RIP Glen Campbell

    We all knew he was on his way out... still very sad to hear of his passing today.
  23. Handle for cart, 12" or so, sources?

    Over the years I have found various handles that would meet your needs, looking mostly at RV supply stores (handles available as grab bars for interiors of trailers, RVs) and also at marine supply, like West Marine. I have had to find handles for the bottom front of my carts that have only 1" aluminum channel stock to bolt to. Some of the bars/handles that I found did have to be drilled out to accommodate a through bolt mounting.
  24. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    Thanks for pointing it out about Skyline and the good cart they made --- it was quite popular and was the precursor to the Audio Services/PSC style folding cart (I think Audio Services might have actually made some deal with Skyline but probably not --- just ripped the design and made some improvements). I'm trying to remember the name of the person who actually did the original design --- I think it was someone named Tom Carrol possibly?
  25. Nagra Stories Sound-men won’t ever tell

    I think it was a company called Skyline that used to sell and rent these pathetic excuse for a sound cart. You are so right, in the early days of independent productions, we pretty much had to build our improvise our own sound carts.