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  1. DIY camera snake?

    +1 for quick connects on both ends, different length extensions, and a couple fan outs so the snake isn't just tied to the mixer but can be used as a microphone snake too with 3 (or 4) channels.
  2. Good news coming for tinnitus sufferers?

    Researchers are getting closer to being able to treat tinnitus and alleviate the symptoms, at least in some patients. https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/04/university-of-michigan-tinnitus-treatment/
  3. Signing out comteks

    +1 on the shoe rack. I find a lot more of them get put away in a rack hanging at eye level instead of a case on the floor. I have had some producers try to tell me that my gear is my responsibility and they are not responsible for it, but the reality I usually calmly explain is comteks, wireless lavs, slates, etc are not under my control during the day, and are worn / operated by someone else. All of which must be returned to me at the end of the day without damage, whether it's the same unit or a new replacement. This is also why I won't accept contracts that include clauses releasing the company of liability for owner operator equipment. I also include this in my terms. I start with a count before I put them out, then I write that count on a piece of console tape either in the pelican that houses the Comteks, or on the shoe rack. I stopped numbering mine because I would not always put them out in numerical order. Say I grab 2 more mid day, I'm not going to check if they are contiguous numbers, I am just going to grab them. Instead I have a sticker with my logo on each one and rely on a total count to verify I have them all at the end of the day.
  4. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    It's looking like there will be incentives for more sole props to switch to being pass through corps. In order to keep pass through corps competitive with larger corporate tax cuts, the bill allows a 20 or 23 % deduction of profits on top of regular business expenses. Paying no tax on a fifth of your income is a big incentive to incorporate if anyone has been considering it. I haven't seen if the final bill caps that deduction to a salary paid, which could nullify most of the benefit. http://www.businessinsider.com/becoming-an-llc-republican-tax-plan-2017-12
  5. Dear Licensee: Greetings from T Mobile....

    I got a similar letter too, although mine was worded a little different. I also got it via email. It's nice that they are reaching out and providing clear information. I wouldn't be surprised if it's in part because they are rolling out way ahead of the original projected schedule. I think I'm part of the lucky crews, even though T-Mobile is headquartered here in Seattle, they aren't rolling out 600MHZ west of the WA Cascades any time soon.
  6. Cos11 tie-clip alternates

    The Sennheiser clips are my favorite, and since they clamp on the cable are universal.
  7. Finally a cheap and accurate Timecode slate?

    This ^
  8. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    I find it interesting in this whole debate that a couple of the hold out senators (whom I believe are now yes votes) had major concerns over the tax plan not giving big enough breaks to pass through corporations. I don't know how many here operate as pass through corps, but it's something I'm watching closely. The senate bill includes a 17.4 % deduction for pass through corps and sole props, which sounds like a good benefit, however it is limited to 50% of the salary of an owner of a pass through corp (not sure about sole props), so it's benefit is more limited than it seems at first. It may still help some, but not the major reduction big corporations are going to get. Combine that with the fact that the personal tax rate cuts expire after ten years, as I believe the 17.4% deduction does too, so they can meet the budget rules, it seems like a temporary and modest cut at best. Despite all the talk about cuts for small businesses, I just don't see it. There is an increase in the section 179 deduction cap raising it to $1,000,000. Considering the current section 179 cap is $510,000, I don't see this helping anyone here, as we all can elect to write off our entire gear purchases in the year we make them instead of depreciating them if we want (assuming you bought less than $510,000 worth of equipment in this year). The mortgage interest deduction could have a lot of impacts if it makes it through. The house plan cuts the limit down from 1 million to $500,000. The senate plan leaves the current $1,000,000 cap in place, so this will come down to reconciliation (if it succeeds). Either way, this will at worst only affect people who have mortgages over $500,000. Getting rid of the State and Local Tax Deduction could be a big hit those who live in states with income taxes. There are a few senators unhappy with ditching the SALT deductions, so I can only hope they make a last minute change to bring it back, otherwise those who live in states with income tax, unless at the highest tax brackets, are likely in for a tax increase, not a tax cut. Thank you for the link @Jay Rose, that is the most comprehensive piece I've seen yet. I haven't found the part you refer to that would limit our expenses to 17.5% of our billing. Can you tell me what page that is on? Of course a lot of this can change before the senate bill gets voted on, and a lot more will change if it goes to reconciliation. I'm guessing this is why my accountant didn't want to weigh in when I asked her about it.
  9. Boom and Live Vocals. Good lesson from 1955.

    Wonderful. Nothing will ever sound better than a well placed mic.
  10. WTB 4 Channel Recorder for Tetrahedral Mic

    I was surprised to find that I am pretty happy with the results from my F4 with an SPS200. As long as you don't overdrive the inputs! While recording nature ambiences I have not had any complaints about the noise floor. Planes, hunters, ATV's, sure.... most of the time. Now that SD supports linking of all four inputs I may still consider a mix-pre series. I would prefer the Sonosax SX R4+, which is a great recorder, however ambisonics is a smaller portion of my income so I don't have a justification for the extra expense. Hope that helps.
  11. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I'm currently using this one: http://www.l-com.com/wireless-antenna-24-25-ghz-51-59-ghz-7dbi-rigid-rubberduck-antenna With this amp: http://www.l-com.com/wifi-wlan-cellular-amplifiers-1-watt-24-ghz-80211b-certified-indoor-amplifier-kit-rp-tnc-connectors
  12. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    L-Com with an Omni antenna.
  13. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    @MartinTheMixer, it sounded to me like @ao lost Zaxnet control because he was using the IFB200 to send Zaxnet commands, and if he moves it away from himself he can't control it anymore. I run Zaxnet from my Nomad through an amp so I don't have that issue.
  14. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I often do similar setups to @ao, with a dedicated ifb200 at video village and 1watt amp on my cart. Erx's set to voting. This has covered me in every video village / set configuration I have come across, including a bus down the street etc. The voting feature is one of many items I really like about the erx system.
  15. Sometimes things slip through

    It's hard to believe that no one in the whole process noticed this, so I have to assume they decided they could get away with it since they didn't hold on the shot for very long. Feels like they were pretty short on coverage from this scene. Either way, sometimes it's fun to notice these things. From the show Mr. Robot.
  16. The use of compressors in location sound

    In a less common scenario I also use heavy compression on a return channel when I have to listen to a walkie. That way the loud and quiet walkie folks never blow out my ears and I can always hear them at a low volume while listening to program. I also use a decent amount of compression on a talkback mic when feeding earwigs. Not all of our tools are used for the final tracks
  17. Zoom F8

    At the end of 24 hours using this equation would be 2 frames off. Not an important difference for any one except for programmers who have to make sure the math is 100% accurate.
  18. #metoo and sexism in general

    Wow Jan, incredible. You're a rock star. When wiring talent, whether they are used to the camera or not, I think it's important to pick up on their body language. I always explain each step of what I'm going to do before I do it, and if I get the sense any of it makes them nervous I pause and talk it through. Sometimes that's asking them to do it, or sometimes it's just explaining in more detail what I am trying to accomplish and why the mic has to go where it does. Either way I make sure I have their permission. Even if talent makes jokes about what I'm doing, which some do, I won't engage because it is too easily misconstrued. I just stay polite and professional. +1 to having wardrobe and parents present while wiring.
  19. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I honestly don't know the rules as they apply to frequency hopping and 2.4ghz. The behavior I described is what I can see on my RF explorer.
  20. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Larry, while your post may have been pointing at the wrong frequency band, the underlying point you were making is a very real consideration in the 2.4ghz band as well, not just 900mhz. While Wifi is channelized, not everything that operates in 2.4ghz is, and the wide band spread spectrum technology you referenced in your original post is exactly why the Cintenna RatPac dimmers make an ERX unusable, no matter what frequency is chosen. The RatPac dimmers broadcast in short bursts changing frequencies across the 2.4ghz spectrum multiple times per second. This seems to keep it clear of interfering with technologies like wifi and bluetooth, however real time audio requires an uninterrupted signal. The end result being an ERX will still have audio, but that audio will contain glitches a couple times a second, everytime the ratpac broadcasts on the same frequency. No amount of amplification or moving closer to the transmitter seems to help. The timecode and remote control functions of Zaxnet still continue to work without issue with a ratpac dimmer running, just the audio stream is wrecked. I think the power limit set by the FCC in 2.4ghz is 3 or 4 watts assuming no gain at the antenna. Since Cintenna claims a range of 1/4 mile, I'm sure they are running as much power as they are allowed.
  21. Sometimes things slip through

    Who knows. They could've seen it and decided not to shoot it again, or it could've been a stolen moment. I am surprised that it got past the editors and they kept it in the show. That makes me think they were short on coverage. All speculation though.
  22. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I have been using the ERX's for village for several years now. They're great... until they're not. With amps, or local transmitters I've always made it work without issue for clients, until recently when the cintenna ratpak dimmers were released. They make an ERX unusable. I was told they were going to be built into the new version of the skypanel as well, so it's likely they will be on a lot more sets in the future. This has forced me back to Comteks for village and R1a's for boom ops. I much preferred using AA's over 9V's, but it is what it is. I still own most of my ERX, and use them on cameras, as well as I know a few script supervisors who prefer them for the timecode display. I also like having the voting feature for when video village is in an isolated room, or on a bus down the block. People can take the same headset and walk around with it and get coverage no matter where they are. The ERX sounds the best to my ears as well.
  23. Recording 160dB?

    I think your producers are missing something here. Even if you did manage to record the sine waves at those levels, they are too low to be replicated on most of the playback devices people watch on these days (and quite boring). I would say you can't escape the low frequencies, so instead focus on the sound of the viewers experience, aka all the rattling and shaking. The buzzes and rattles will be what sells the volume to the viewer at the end of the day. Find a cabinet in the room that buzzes and mic it.
  24. Dont let this happen on your set

    Completely avoidable and unnecessary.