John Blankenship

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  1. That's a shame. They are excellent clips! I understand, though, Kelsey is a working mixer.
  2. It sounds like you're confusing coordinated frequencies and blocks. Forget coordination unless you're using three or more units in the same block simultaneously. Follow Johnny's recommendation.
  3. In reaction to your a tad defensive post -- one thing to remember is that very few things are actually personal. Those who state how important it is to support those who support us are most likely not really referencing a couple of $13 purchases. Not intending to speak for them, but my take is that their posts more broadly address the dozens of newbies we get here who only think of how cheaply they can buy something rather than how they can grow in the craft and build a career within a community. There is, of course, nothing wrong with buying used, considering costs, making good deals, etc. These are all part of running a business, as are the further considerations of how one supports and contributes to the community. Too frequently the newbies (and occasionally others) neglect the latter part. For instance, some of my earlier comments address years of hearing one of the most absurd assumptions around. I probably couldn't count on hands, toes, nose, and penis (twenty-two for those scoring along at home) the amount of times I've heard the unsourced statement that (___fill_in_the_blank___) look similar, and are therefore all made in the same factory, so there is no difference between brands. From guitar strings to VCRs these "experts" proudly proclaim this misleading meme -- often quite militantly. After many years of experience I've learned these statements are most often made without substantiating evidence and lack any degree of understanding in regard to manufacturing contracts, processes, constraints, and specifications. Time and again my experience has borne out that such statements come from ignorance much more often than from knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there are differences -- vive la différence.
  4. Is the belt clip as secure as the one Kelsey (Wandering Ear) makes?
  5. Apparently the fellow being interviewed is making sweeping statements.
  6. First, I don't understand why this is being so passionately debated -- a boom pole holder is just an inexpensive professional tool. Sorry, my comments weren't aimed at you personally -- they were intended to address comments I've read in this thread that made conclusions based solely on uninformed assumptions and that dismiss statements made by a well-regarded manufacturer and member of our community.
  7. Nifty.
  8. Interesting. Are the folks that appear obsessed with the claim that their cheapie holders are identical to a Boom Boy maintaining that Glen Trew is lying when he states that the BB has better-reinforced welds, or are they convinced that he simply doesn't know as much about the products his company produces as they do? Strange obsession. I own five of this type of holder, three from Walmart, and two Boom Boys. One of the Walmart ones broke at the weld. It was under a good bit of pressure at the time -- not unlike the pressure some here seem to feel to maintain an unproven assumption.
  9. I don't understand this comment as Durapore, the most popular cloth based medical tape (at least here in the US -- and no doubt other companies make something equivalent), is hypoallergenic.
  10. Two 9v. batteries in series could power it but their combined voltage may be a bit too high to be within safety margins. If they're connected in parallel, it'll perform just as you described. A choice that'll work fine is an 8 AA holder with the appropriate power plug.
  11. It was a Walmart one that was sold as a fishing pole holder. Glen Trew has stated that the Remote Audio Boom Boy has reinforced welds. Neither of my Boom Boys has shown any sign of weakness. Still, like most things, I carry backups for Justin. ...Justin Case.
  12. And yet, all your sarcasm aside, I bought one that broke at the weld.
  13. To paraphrase, "We're a phenomenal and amazingly wonderful company that has undertaken vague and unspecified overtures to accomplish vague and unspecified things for our end users." I've seen documents written by dysfunctional government bureaucracies that weren't as circumspect as this.
  14. I consider worrying, and being aware of potential problems and avoiding them before they happen, to be two entirely different things. I, too, seldom have issues with ACs and consider them to be among my best allies.
  15. I wouldn't count on that. I've heard the "identical item" and "out of the same factory" arguments many times over the years -- assigned to a number of different products -- of course by people who have no way of actually knowing -- and have learned such assumptions can be quite misleading.
  16. I have a bit of trouble understanding some people’s perspective. Namely, when they talk about Zaxcom’s Zaxnet integration as if it were a reason not to buy their products. Mind you, I totally understand why someone wants to buy what suits them best — that’s what we should be doing. However, some speak of the this integration as if it prevents a person from using the unit if they don’t buy into all the integrated components available. Such is simply not the case — far from it. I can use my Deva with any external mixing panel I wish, Audio Developments, PSC, Yamaha, Cooper, Mackie, whatever, as well as the dedicated Zaxcom panels. I can likewise feed whatever I wish from my Deva. While I can control Zaxcom wireless via the Deva interface, I don’t have to. If I’m using Lectro wireless, I simply don’t use that function. There’s no law — either National or International — that dictates I must deploy all features available. If I’m using my Lectro wireless, I can’t control it from the front panel of my Deva or from the front panel of a 688, so what? If that’s the wireless I wish to use at the time, I accept that. It’s a choice I have. Part of the reason Zaxcom changed their approach from the intended Deva 32 to the soon-to-be-released Deva 24 was to maintain that equipment independence. They’ve accomplished this while simultaneously incorporating a host of advanced features that are available, but not mandatory to use. It ain’t an “all or nothing” situation, folks. You hook the stuff together and if it plays nicely, you smile.
  17. NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said, "It's the height of arrogance for Microsoft – a $540 billion company – to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction."
  18. L.O.T.D. A horror film in the works... "A disgruntled sound mixer rigs his lavalier microphones to invade talking heads who have been a pain in the butt to work with."
  19. The caveat for a knock-off Boomboy, is "How good is the weld?" The weld quality of the joint where the stem meets the yoke (under the rubberized coating), is important. On the original topic: If you're learning by doing cut-rate gigs for low-budget films -- then, whatever works. Learn by doing and learning to listen as you're doing. If you're working professional jobs at professional rates, then you should have professional gear and should know how to operate it. If you're doing cut-rate work for fully professional gigs, then you're screwing yourself and everyone else in this business. If you wish to ever earn a good living doing this, then don't undercut others -- it WILL affect your future! But, yes, a boom pole has a few basic functions that become more important the further up the food chain you travel: * First and foremost, they must hold a microphone in a proper position * Hold a microphone without creaking or microphonics * Minimal handling noise * Minimal noise when cued * Minimal noise as extended or collapsed * Easily extended or collapsed * Easy to hold extended for long periods * Easy to store * Project a proper professional image Note that cheaper beginning gear can be reassigned as a backup when you progress.
  20. This is not the Zaxcom Forum (there is one), but there are many Zaxcom users (as well as those of many other systems) here on this forum for professional sound mixers. By far the best answer to your question is, "Learn your gear." Spending time with a Nomad will make its operation clearer than any written description. From there, other users can clarify any finer points you have questions about.
  21. Here's the PDF brochure:
  22. I've had Ambient quick releases for quite some time now and they work fine. I have them on at least four or five poles and many mic rigs. I recently examined the Sound Guys Solutions quick release and it appears to also be well designed and built -- light weight and solid. It's at a lower price point than the Ambient, so that makes it a contender for "BEST BUY."
  23. Yes - many of us. There are numerous discussions here on JWS about some of the different choices.
  24. While the sky is not falling, some storm clouds are looming. If you're doing large venue, frequency-coordinated gigs, you should simply be prepared to operate below 608mHz, as frequency coordinators, such as Mr. Voss, will usually take a pro-active approach to spectrum allocation. If you're doing small gigs -- run-n-gun, docs, sit-down interviews, and such -- and operate in blocks 24, 25, and 26, you should be prepared with alternatives. If you don't have any 500mHz rigs, then at least be ready to go direct-wired and swing the boom if the clouds burst where you are. While I suspect that many on smaller gigs won't encounter issues during the next three years, any of us could do so, at any time -- so being prepared makes you more than just a good Boy Scout.
  25. Hey, if it works for you. <G> "...less experimenting while a client is waiting..." is the very reason I emphasized practical experience with a device's functions over relying on a simple manual description.