Wandering Ear

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  1. I've built a new mini cart for omb / eng jobs when working out of a bag. So far only the frame is complete, I'm still waiting on some parts, accessories, etc, but it made it's debut on set today for a Comcast commercial, and it was the perfect combination of workability, size, and mobility. I will have to redo the handles, they aren't quite tall enough so I kick the wheels at times, and the boom holders, antennas, working shelf, as well as foam cutout drawers for inside the pelican, are all in the works, but are not ready / have not arrived yet. I'll post more photos next week when the next shipment arrives.
  2. If you're on set, can you plug it into a camera and see if you see the same behavior? I am both suggesting eliminating a common denominator in your signal chain, and relating to experiences I have had. I don't know for sure what your issue is, but I can relate to the trouble that loud low frequency sounds can cause.
  3. http://wanderingear.net/products/bwav-to-tc-mp3/
  4. It does sound like momentary overloading caused by LF rumble. The bit of static hiss you are hearing may possibly be the higher noise floor of the 2nd ADC in the Nomad. It's rare that I can ever hear that in the Nomad, but it used to be i big problem for me in the TRX742. Howy adjusted the timing a while back which made it much better. What happens if you replace the Nomad with another non neverclip mixer?
  5. The free app I made is more rudimentary, with basically no GUI and no options, just a batch converter. This app has mixing options, and a more complete interface. Also my app is Mac only.
  6. Came across Yamaha's TF line of digital mixers, and the tf1 strikes me as a nice update to replace an 01V. Haven't had the opportunity to see one in person though. Anyone used these and have thoughts? http://m.usa.yamaha.com/products/live_sound/mixers/digital-mixers/tf/tf1.html
  7. Looks great. This will be a very useful tool.
  8. Transcend for me too. 1 in the daily kit, one in the office. In addition i'm using their CF cards, an SSD drive and their rugged portable drives.
  9. Looks like round 4 will be the final round for the incentive auction. From Tom Wheeler: "We will repurpose 70 MHz of high-value, completely clear low-band spectrum for mobile broadband on a nationwide basis. On top of that, 14 MHz of new unlicensed spectrum – the test bed for wireless innovation – will be available for consumer devices and new services." I'm not sure exactly what he is referring to when he says "the test bed for wireless innovation", and a lot of details are still to be released, but at least is a noticeably smaller amount than the original clearing target.
  10. I think ta3's are a good idea. Smaller size, and a lot less weight. I don't mind the ta5's on my nomad either. With a couple adaptor cables I only have to carry the weight of xlrs when I'm using them.
  11. It seems a little odd to have a 16 track recorder with only 10 total analog and digital inputs. With 2 tracks for mix, what is the purpose of the extra 4 tracks? I would love to see this configuration with 8 aes instead of 4.
  12. That looks really interesting! I love that Aaton always sticks with linear faders.
  13. While I can't put a percentage on it, I'd say "most" of the time I am able to find a way to make the lavs work, otherwise I won't use them. Within that, there is a very wide range of quality and tone that is dependent upon many factors like the actor, the wardrobe, the environment, etc. I think Jan really answered it best. There will always be something new to challenge you, so every time a wire is put on is a learning experience for me.
  14. Here is a much easier to read concise write up from Lectrosonics. http://www.lectrosonics.com/US/Wireless-Resources/fcc-spectrum-updates.html
  15. Congrats to everyone.
  16. The antenna bar is a manfrotto, the magnet mount antenna in the middle is an l-com 2.4ghz antenna for zaxnet.
  17. While I do agree that automixers can be a very helpful thing to get through a less than ideal situation, I don't think the speakers need to be that unpredictable for an automixer to help. Any time you have a larger number of speakers, or very long sessions of speaking and automixer can be very helpful to make sure a word or two isn't missed accidentally, while also reducing feedback, reverb, and noise floor. Panel discussions, or script table reads are a good example of a fairly controlled situations where automixers can really help.
  18. I do have the xlr adaptors, I haven't directly A/B'd them, but I haven't heard a noticeable difference, so I go with the convenience of a trx900 and am happy. I would encourage you to use these mics in the field a bit more before passing judgement. They are a great tool in the tool kit, and not every tool is the best choice for every situation. As a car mic, plant mic, podium mic, etc they are fantastic.
  19. In my experience the low DC mics are not necessary for zaxcom TX. I have 4060's, 4063's, 4098's, and I use them side by side with out issue. Theoretically it might raise the noise floor, but for practical use it's been a non issue. I think the OP is just hearing the higher noise floor of the electret mic compared side by side with a very quiet condenser.
  20. I have had no complaints about noise, although I've never used them for an interview or put them side by side with a CMC except inside a moving car. They're specs show the DPA's with a self noise about 8db higher than a mk41.
  21. Block 24 and up will be gone. Not sure about access to the 11 MHz guard band from 652-663, or the 3mhz guard band from 614-617, but Tom's comment make it sound like that will be open for a lot more devices other than wireless mics. https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1354A1.pdf
  22. I use a plastic pencil case with a little foam in it. Smaller with more protection than the soft cases they come in.
  23. On set today, first 2/3rds of the day, no problems. Gaffer turns on a light gag, and my zaxnet feed is useless. Narrowed it down to the Cintenna wireless DMX control. Seems to be a speed spectrum? or channel hopping technology that transmits on dozens of frequencies across the 2.4 ghz spectrum, multiple times a second. Best solution I came up with was to move my ifb100 on set. I put it about 1 foot from the DMX TX. Not sure if it worked because it was on set directly, or if having my tx close to the DMX TX tricked it to stay away from that channel. Anyone else seen these Cintenna units? Any other solutions anyone's found?
  24. I have over 20 erx's, and I have very little trouble with them in general. I never have complaints from video village, which if in a seperate room I put a transmitter in. I seem to have the most issues with the feed for my boom ops, so I keep an r1a now as a backup, however I rarely use it. That being said, the 2.4ghz band can be problematic because you never know what might be operating there.
  25. If you are supplying the camera, you should have an A-box or similar breakout for the audio input since it's on a proprietary lemo plug that few people are likely to have.