John Blankenship

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  1. Worry, no. But, be aware that there my be testing on sections of the 600mHz band. Plus there are many unknowns in how the TV repacking, scheduled to take place over the next three years, will affect us.
  2. I think you just confirmed my point for those who require a device so simple that there's no thinking involved.
  3. Operating a Deva is much easier to do than to write about -- unless, of course, the user is a Neo-Luddite.
  4. It doesn't make me wonder at all -- apples and oranges. The Zaxnet Transmitters in the wireless transmitters are of extremely low power output, designed only for close distance monitoring.
  5. It's not necessarily a matter of the mic being manufactured out of phase. The COS-11 is a case in point. It is a three wire lav, and when connected as such, is in phase. However, when terminated in a two wire configuration, it is then out of phase. With Lectrosonics for instance, their earlier (pre-servo) preferred connection for this lav was with a three wire configuration, and was therefore in phase. With the advent of Lectro's newer circuitry, the common connection is using a COS-11 in a two wire configuration, and thus they are out of phase. Zaxcom uses a two wire configuration. Sennheiser also uses a two wire configuration. (NOTE: "in phase" refers to the industry standard of a positive acoustic pressure at the diaphragm resulting in a positive electrical signal at the output.)
  6. We have been offering heaps of help with numerous options and workflow suggestions. I'm surprised you didn't notice.
  7. As has been stated numerous times, "yes." This tedious learning curve could be avoided by hiring a competent sound mixer.
  8. The biggest issue with the firewire port is using a good cable. Tie it down so it can't wiggle and potentially short out and damage any connections, and you'll have a reliable CF mirror. As mentioned above, I also recommend using a CF for the internal drive. I consider the Deva IV-V-5.8-16 series to still be among the best cart recorders available. They're often available at used prices that are a "best-buy." It sounds like the mixer using this Deva doesn't know his or her gear well.
  9. It's hard to imagine that $9.99 would bust the budget of any pro who might need this app.
  10. No.
  11. What Glen said -- you can burn as you go and have a DVD-RAM ready at the end of the day. No big issue there. That's what I used to do back when DVD-RAM was the desired deliverable. Even with national spots that wanted two copies at the end of the day, I'd just alternate updating them during the day. There's a file written to each disk that indicates what the last file mirrored to that disk was, so it's pretty much a no-brainer. You could contact Bridgen at Zaxcom to see what the turnaround time would be to repair the FireWire port. Yes, you can pull the internal hard drive but it's in a drive carrier that you would either need to adapt an interface cable for or you can pull the drive from the carrier each time and use an appropriate IDE adapter. Much easier is to use a Compact Flash card as the internal drive. You can pop that out and transfer on a computer using Zaxconvert. There's a thread here on JWS in which I specify the CF adapter that works for me. It can be used to replace the hard drive in a Zaxcom carrier, or for quicker and easier CF swaps, mount the CF adapter in a Remote Audio drive mounter system. That's how I have mine configured, and it works great.
  12. Or you could go to all the trouble of doing a search here for his info which is readily available.
  13. Howy is extremely busy implementing technological improvements and advances for the company. Those who know him often joke that he needs to devise and implement a cloning program for himself.
  14. That wasn't meant as a put-down. As you know I've lived in that world also. Point being, location sound tools serve a much more specialized, niche field. I seriously doubt that my Pro Tools HUI panel will ever work with any of the gear we typically use for location gigs.
  15. I'm not sure what you're asking but my guess is that you come from the music recording world rather than the location sound sector. The gear we use and how it interfaces is quite different. Zaxcom gear works with Zaxcom control surfaces just as Sound devices gear works with Sound Devices control surfaces. Something simple like a remote roll switch or using an external keyboard is accommodated, but as far as remote control surface protocols, they're proprietary.