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John Blankenship

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  1. Searching for a splitter

    The proper search term is "distribution" rather than "splitter." There are many. Try, for instance, Googling "8-Channel Line Level Distro" and follow the links. I'm guessing other variations of the terms will yield even more results.
  2. Tentacle sync e + nomad at 29.97

    While I don't disagree with Constantin and Kelsey, my opinion is that ALL parties should strive to make their gear compatible with all other parties.
  3. Time Code to Red Epic W

    Like many here I carry three to four times as much gear for Justin, as I do for me. (You know, Justin Case) The other mistake you made is assuming that the producer or camera person told you everything you need to know. 1) They seldom tell you everything you need to know, and 2) Even those things can, and often do, change Prepare (for whatever), prepare, and then when that's done... prepare!
  4. Question about passive splitter for bag use

    Something Larry mentioned bears repeating (or should I say "bares repeating" since there's another thread on mixing naked). Getting your antennas high enough that there is not anything (people, etc.) between the transmitter and receiving antennas will make a big difference. That, together with good antennas makes more difference than pretty much anything else. As far as transmitter power -- that is an often misunderstood specification. The difference between 50mW and 100mW is only 3dB and in the real world, unless distance is truly a limiting factor, it makes even less impact than the 3dB figure would have you believe. For instance, a Comtek transmitter outputs only 10mW yet has admirable range. The biggest limiting factor with a bodypack transmitter is that it's typically fastened to a large bag of water (person) and if the antenna isn't high enough, the signal must permeate many other large bags of water. Then, there's multipath to take into account, where sometimes lower power can work better than higher power. In other words, way too many people obsess over transmitter power numbers when there are much more pertinent things to consider.

    Happy Birthday, Jeff. Along with the special person you are, you've done something really special for this community. I feel honored to call you a friend.
  6. ZMT3 & PowerRoll

    For those who don't know, double the power (or half the power), is a 3dB difference, so Kelsey's results are right on the money.
  7. Phonak Roger real world experience

    I can't make that comparison.
  8. SONY MDR-7506

    On all my 7506 cans (which I don't use much any more) I eliminated the straight section leading from the curly to the headphones -- that helps tame the excess immensely.
  9. Nomad Config page vs manual

    I'm not near my Nomad right now but will be able to be check my rev #s either today or tomorrow. Someone else may weigh in sooner. Also, you could contact Zax tech support and they'd be able to tell you.
  10. IFB on the cheap.

    Trying to do IFB on the cheap is a way to learn why the industry standard systems are the best solution for anyone wanting to be a professional.
  11. Sound Devices Wireless (rebranded Audio Ltd)

    It was your birthday, you're allowed to go in circles.
  12. Naked Audio

    I'm sorry but I no longer work naked after a nasty incident with a deep fryer.
  13. Phonak Roger real world experience

    I tried one at NAB and found that a proper seal would be necessary to achieve sufficient gain for me. They furnish some thin gasket-like material to aid in that fit (which I didn't try). My take is, if you're expecting great sound, you'll be disappointed. If you're simply expecting better sound than an induction unit, you'll be pleased. The thing is tiny and disappears into the ear much better than the PSC induction units I have.
  14. Lectrosonics UCR211 problem!

    From your original description it sounded like sticking buttons to me. Having the sleeve on may be torqueing the case just enough that the buttons are pressing against the sides of their openings. The unit may have taken a physical hit or some other diagonal pressure that skewed the case a bit.
  15. Nomad Config page vs manual

    In your "About Nomad" screen, what are the "Audio Rev" and "Main Rev" numbers? If memory serves, at lest one of these needs to be at, or beyond, a certain version in order for the additional settings to be available. I think it's "Audio Rev" but don't quote me. I did it a long time ago, but if IIRC, it needs to be sent in for this updating.
  16. Sound Devices Wireless (rebranded Audio Ltd)

    Double post of a misleading article doesn't make it any more correct.
  17. Sounddevices mix pre 10 no line out ?

    The impedance is not an issue and neither is the prosumer line level output, since this was designed as a prosumer device. The problem lies with someone who buys the wrong tool for the job.
  18. Sounddevices mix pre 10 no line out ?

    Very few of the devices now being produced for our arsenals output what has traditionally been a professional output level -- that being a nominal +4dBm, and in some cases +8dBm along with at least 20-24dB of headroom above that. Most of the professional mixers and recorders released for our use over the last so many years have a nominal output level of 0dBu -- typically with about 20dB of headroom. A large reason for this is miniaturization and portability. The maximum output level of an audio circuit is determined in large part by power rail voltages. In a device with constrained size and heat limitations, it becomes more difficult, and more inefficient, to have higher supply rail voltages. Add to that the fact that such powering would diminish battery life, and you can better understand why such compromises are made. In the case of the new MixPre series, their nominal line level output, lower than most fully-professional gear, is optimized for interconnecting with other semi-pro gear. Matching semi-pro and fully-professional gear has always been met with such challenges.
  19. NAB 2018 Products update

    Ok, I'll share what I can... There's a company that's going to bring out something they consider significant in a month or two. There's another company that in six months to a year expects to offer a product that has the potential to be extremely popular. One company has something in the works for about six months from now. And, finally, a certain well-regarded company hasn't decided what they're going to do but, by golly, they'll do it. All true -- watch for it.
  20. 25 db cable attenuator scheme trs - trs

    Based on the specs, this is likely how the Sescom pad is wired (or very close to it): 5 K. ohms IN >——-\/\/\/\/\/\/\——|—————> OUT | | | / \ / 100 ohms \ / | | __|__
  21. Sound cart cabling

    Agreed. You can get by with spiral-wrapped when doing a permanent install and you're careful with any bends. Even better than braided shield is a braided shield with an electrostatic wrap -- that can give 100% shield coverage.
  22. Sound cart cabling

    Bert, Sorry, I'm not sure if I understand what you're wanting to know. To answer one of your basic questions, of course, you should always use quality components. If you meant instead "type of cable," that's a different story. What makes something a "microphone cable" is simply the application and what you choose to call it. What qualifies a particular cable for any given application are things like flexibility, durability, chemical resistance, shielding qualities, thickness, and sometimes capacitance. However, unless you're working under a 50kW broadcast tower, almost any decent shielded cable will be fine for short bag or cart runs. Quad cable is usually overkill in such an application, and any worry about capacitance in short audio frequency runs is like being concerned that spitting into the ocean will raise the tide. So, if your question is if something marked "microphone cable" can be used for bag or cart interconnects, the answer is "yes, of course."
  23. So... Nothing new from SD at NAB, I guess.

    Thing is, when it comes to gear purchases, I don't buy portfolios, I analyze what's available and pick the right tool for the job. Also, I don't condone this whole "brands as a religion" thing that some seem to ascribe to. That way I have a wider selection to choose from than those who worship at any single company's altar. With the exception of a Cantar (which I admire but haven't used), I'm happy to say, I have achieved success deploying gear from all the companies mentioned, and many more. For those who choose to feel disenfranchised, simply seek the best tool for your needs and you'll find we have an abundance of great choices, unimagined only a few years ago.
  24. So... Nothing new from SD at NAB, I guess.

    Mediocre? That's silly. What Sound Devices has been doing over the last several years is broadening their market -- simple as that. They started with pro location mixers, then added location recorders, followed by location mixer/recorders. In deciding to expand beyond that select market, first they went after video users, followed recently by low end users and the M.I. market, and now, even more recently, wireless users. It's obviously not that they've abandoned any particular market, but simply that they've chosen to pursue a much wider market.
  25. Bottom line -- one large company is merging with another large company.