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  1. Why won't my 633 jam TC to Alexa Mini

    Hi, I don't remember if anybody said this yet or not but did you try plugging that cable into your slate? To see if it would sync your slate? Thank you, Martin
  2. Why won't my 633 jam TC to Alexa Mini

    Hello, I know this doesn't help any, not right this second anyway, but this is why I have a lemo 4 pin on my Denecke timecode slate, so that I can show whoever I need to that, yes my time code is working just fine, it's all about your camera. There's always a chance that the camera operator is not telling the truth and they have had lots of problems with the time code in their camera. But who would you think they would rather have get in trouble you or them? Another reason I have that on my slate so I can show somebody that it's working. I don't ask the camera Department to show me how to work something on my mixer, so why is it we have to figure out how to make something work on their camera? Why does the camera department just get to the stand there with their thumb, you know where, while the camera won't accept timecode when they know how to fix this? I had a really bad camera op give me a hard time about doing something on a Red camera, and the director caught her saying that and said make it work. And she did. Thank you, Martin
  3. A question on MS recording for film

    Mattias, I understand the whole principle of at first it's better to experiment than to succeed, I've sure done plenty of that, but not on the set. I mean if you want to wear your SpongeBob SquarePants bath robe and slippers in the quietness of your own home, that's one thing, but it might be best if you don't wear it to the set. Sincerely, Martin
  4. A question on MS recording for film

    Mattias, What are you trying to achieve by doing this? Of course you'll have a delay of whatever distance the two mics are from each other. And a bunch of other issues. But what do you think you'll get or hope to get with this? Thank you, Martin
  5. Ryan, I guess we're just working on two different types of something, because I can't remember ever being told that we weren't doing room tone. As I'm sitting here thinking about it, often, I would probably say maybe in the majority of the time, I am asked if we need it. I never say no, well I can't remember ever saying no. My answer is usually yes. And if I'm sitting there thinking about what a train wreck it would be without that, we'll call it room tone or ambience in this case, I usually give an "o yea, we really need room tone". I can remember shooting one project, it was in a building with really old leaky windows, leaky in this case meaning audio came right through from the traffic noise outside. Well we were shooting from about 5 p.m. to somewhere around 10 or 11 at night. We started shooting at rush hour and it sounded like rush hour. So I asked if we could get, in this case will call it room tone when it's more of actually the ambience of all that traffic noise, and I was told no will get that after we shot the scene. Well there is not going to be a traffic jam at 10 or 11 or midnight. But that was when I was finally allowed to get room tone. I would imagine somebody had to go out and record traffic noise or something in post. I probably could have gotten away with 20, maybe 30 seconds would have worked. There's a mixer that did a show, and we all know him and probably most of us know the show. And there's a scene where I can hear the same 18-wheeler going by every 40 seconds. So I'm pretty sure he got 40 seconds of room tone. The average person wouldn't notice this of course, the average viewer. I think I was a little impressed that they actually allowed him 40 seconds of quiet and not demanding that they allowed to be scrambling around like ants. Thank you, Martin
  6. Ryan, I'm pretty sure I go about it very politely too. In other words if I've already discovered that they want room tone as soon as that scene is over with let's say. Then I'm just simply going to say it's time for that thing that we already know is going to happen. To me it's no different than if I call you and I say what time you want to play tennis and you say 2 o'clock and I say okay I'll see you at your house at 2 o'clock, then I'm not going to call you again to see if you still want me to come over at the time that you told me to come over already. I'm going to show up and knock on your door at 2. I think that's polite. I can't recall anybody ever telling me we don't have time for room tone. Probably 25% of the time it's being announced that that's what we're going to do and I follow along. Thanks, Martin
  7. Ryan, I don't ask for it. I just announce the time that we are doing it. I check with the ------ to see when we are going to do it. Then at that time I just do it. Thanks, Martin
  8. Anders, Do you have some way to test those specs? I'm not saying the specs are wrong, it just looks low to me. I don't know if you noticed this or not, but the manufacturer states that it's a few more percentage points more efficient with the higher voltage and lower amperage. And I tend to like less amps. Thanks, Martin
  9. Hello, The first thing I notice is that your power needs look low. Are you sure that is the actual power they require? Thanks, Martin Ok, I just looked it up. Those receivers only gobble about a watt? That seems really low. Or efficient. Has anyone verified this? Thanks, Martin
  10. 633 loose object inside machine

    Ed, 1. I wouldn't keep shaking it around like that, you may damage tiny little components that don't like having something bang up against them. 2. If you let that part bang around in there while the unit is powered up, you have a serious possibility of shorting 2 contacts that weren't meant to be shorted together. Take it apart, find out what it is, my money is that it's a nut or a bolt/screw. good luck, Martin
  11. DPA 4017 c vs b preamp

    Hello, And I believe the "C" has a max SPL of 8 DB higher than the "B". Thank you, Martin
  12. Zoom f8 audio files overwritten

    Hello, I don't think I've ever seen that, because the other Zoom products don't even slightly resemble a real mixer. I mean I don't know how you would even fake it with the H whatever. There are no outputs, you can't fade a pot to take somebody out of the mix, I don't think you can have a left-right mix track out of one of those, no time code, etc. I don't know how you would begin to fake it, but, with the F8 it looks 633 ish from 10 feet away. Thanks, Martin
  13. Used Lectrosonics buying strategy

    Hello, I'm a Zaxcom guy, but of course I have used Lectro before. I would use year 2000 Lectro over whatever Sennheiser has coming off the assembly line this week. Thanks, Martin
  14. Zoom f8 audio files overwritten

    Hello, 2 years from now, maybe less, the ads for hiring mixers are going to read, in large letters "No Zoom".
  15. 4018c or a second 641

    Hi all, reference the comment about aging 641. I was in one of the shops they had a brand new 641 and I used 641, I tried out and recorded both. Whoa, what a huge difference. The older one had definitely, I guess we could say, aged. It had $0 value to me and was priced about 75% of a new one. So, obviously I agree with the aging comment. Thank you, Martin
  16. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Hi, And I have a couple of different L-com amps, the L com Omni antenna and the L-com very directional antenna. Martin
  17. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I have all stuff too, I just don't ever need it. AO said something interesting about you no longer have Zaxnet control. I remember testing and I did have Zaxnet control. We were obviously doing something different and I don't know what that something was. But I remember putting a transmitter 100 yards away and controlling the gain on it. If things get boring this winter maybe I'll bust all that out and play with it again. I just know that I'm not going to need it anytime soon. I don't think.
  18. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Hello, Well I just think of it this way. I only need 50 feet and if I got the other stuff and it would work 400 feet, that's just an extra 350 feet I have to haul around in the truck, and it's packed pretty tight already. Sincerely, Martin
  19. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Hi, And this is a fine demonstration of my point. For what I do, 60 feet is extremely acceptable. You have to define what is acceptable to you, the reader of these entries. Now you know the distances you can make your decision. I don't know why my lack of a need for more range would make anyone cringe. Anyone who needs these devices has to know what is acceptable to them for their needs. I could hook my Zaxnet up to amplification and larger antennas if I needed it, I just don't often need that. Thank you, Martin
  20. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    David, I think others must be trying to get something out of Zaxnet and Zaxcom that I don't. I don't hope that it works, not any more than I hope that I don't have a flat tire on the way to the set, I don't think much about flat tires and I don't think about whether my Zaxnet is going to work that day. I've taken a few minutes to ponder this and I'm just wondering if mixers are trying to stay near the talent, which is not where the producers are listening, and that is what I do. The reason I'm not concerned with talent getting too far away is because I use the Micplexer 2, and I've gotten hundreds of yards of range thanks to that unit. So I don't try to stay near the talent, I try to stay near the producer and that's the only thing that I can think of that I'm doing different than others who are not getting the results that they deem satisfactory. I sometimes send a PA way off into the distance to check to see just how far I can get away with being away from talent. To me that information is practical and it's also entertaining to see how far away it will work. I have had experienced Pa's doubt that I could actually hear them thru the transmitter, and I have had to tell them either via walkie or yelling out that yes I hear what they're saying. And that's because they are not believing the distance that I'm getting. Maybe that or they just don't feel like walking very far. Sincerely, Martin
  21. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Hi all, I think it really depends on how much range and what all you need in the product. I use the ERX system and it is great. Outside in the open, I usually get about 50 or 60 feet. I recently had to do the "bag in the trunk", and after that was over I asked them how they heard it, they said it was fine. That was with the stock setup. I have had an occasion where I can put the bag on a table, and then I put that big 2-foot antenna on there, percentage-wise that makes a big difference. If you were wearing the bag it would poke you in the eye. I know this because I tried it just for fun. If you didn't have to wear the bag and you put a very small amp and that big antenna on there you would have great range. I know when production is getting out of range because they say "hey I'm getting this weird wobbly sound". And that's the sound you get from 2.4 gigahertz running out of range. I just move a little closer to them and show them that it's just the signal from me to them and not from the talent to me. I like the Zaxnet system. I've had camera operators tell me "no no we don't need scratch audio this camera" , because they don't want a big timecode box and a big audio box mounted on their camera. And as soon as they see the little zaxcom box come out they go "okay yea, scratch audio would be good". Because they have to have the box anyway on there for time code. Thanks, Martin
  22. Hello, If there is no stated warranty period, if I buy something on JWSOUND from a fellow member, how long should they allow me to take, after I received the product, for me to cover the cost of a repair? In other words, how much time should they allow me to discover any defects in the product I received? Thank you.
  23. How long should a JWSOUND seller warranty a sale?

    Hello all. Thanks for your input, but what I'm looking for here is a number. How long after it arrives? Thank you, Martin Jim, Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, Martin
  24. Quick question about tentacle sync

    Hello,I think that furthers my point. If you can't look at one led and calculate when it is "on", due to the ramp up and bleed down of the leds, how can you come to a conclusion on 2 leds located on 2 different units. In that scenario, your eyes would have to be able to see both leds at the same time, and calculate when both leds are at full illumination, since that would indicate when these 2 were "in sync". That's ever harder than analyzing one led. A dog that can't catch one car can't catch 2 cars. Sincerely, Martin
  25. Quick question about tentacle sync

    Hello, I think Steve has a good point there about humans not being able to see that. But I think the bigger problem, in this scenario, is one would also need to know how long that led was staying "on". And what is the definition of "on"? The led has to ramp up to full brightness, and then has to diminish down. So, what part of that illumination is considered "on"? If you look at a Denecke slate, When it is clapped, if you have it programmed to flash for 2 frames, that's a 12th of a second. Does anyone here read that display? Or even see the flash? Sincerely, Martin
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