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  1. From the SONOSAX NEWS August 2017: Soundequip has been appointed as the distributor of SONOSAX products in Australia. Soundequip was established in 1987. They sell and rent production audio and video equipment for television, outside broadcast, reality TV, motion picture, radio, education, government, defence and other industries. Offices and showrooms are in both Melbourne and Sydney, and Soundequip assists clients in every state and territory of Australia. website: www.soundequip.com.au facebook: www.facebook.com/Soundequip email: info@soundequip.com.au Melbourne +61 3 9596 7272 2A Grandview Grove Moorabbin VIC 3189 Australia Sydney +61 2 8556 4444 1A Broughton Road Artarmon NSW 2064 Australia
  2. Advice on sound kit R4+/SD/Zax/Zoom

    You're stll welcome to give me a call Tom. Have a chat, pluses and minuses or each, how to start to accumulate tools of trade and eat as well, sans BS from some suppliers. John 0418 100 860
  3. Sonosax Australia

    Soundequip was recently appointed the Australian distributor for Sonosax, as mentioned under "Manufacturers & Dealers". As such, we have an learning curve in front of us. It would be really appreciated if members could suggest what Sonosax models you use for what applications, such as docos, reality TV, commercials, TV drama, theatrical release. There might be combinations of models that are suitable for a couple of different types of jobs you do. Thanks guys and girls. John Rowley Soundequip Australia
  4. Advice on sound kit R4+/SD/Zax/Zoom

    Hi Tom You're welcome to call me on 0418 100 860 to have a chat right now or anytime over the weekend. Email is info@soundequip.com.au We're the Sonosax distributor in Australia, but although they're amazing, just don't go there yet. I' was a freelancer for decades until I got into this. More that happy to discuss pros and cons of different equipment. Also just be careful of buying stuff second-hand even if it looks like a great deal, it might be / it might not. Start small and build out, see where the work leads you. But be sure not to go to one shop and let them tell you what they sell and that's what you need. You're starting a career, first and foremost you need to be able to eat and put a roof over your head. John
  5. Sononosax Australia

    Soundequip is proud to announce we have been appointed the Australian distributor for Sonosax. Sonosax of Switzerland, manufacturers of high-quality audio mixers, recorders and pre-amps for over 35 years, has always been at the forefront of technology and innovation, In 1995 Jacques Sax was awarded a Technical Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sonosax mixers are used on a huge number of motion pictures in the United States and Europe, including those of Spielberg, Lucas, Kubrick, Almodovar amongst others. Small over-shoulder analog / digital 8-channel mixer / recorders with 16 discrete tracks and dead-accurate TC address the requirements of Reality TV, docos, commercials, TV drama. info@soundequip.com.au +61 2 8556 4444 / +61 3 9596 7272
  6. Soundequip Pty Ltd, in Sydney and Melbourne, is proud to announce we have been appointed by Voice Technologies of Switzerland as their exclusive distributor for Australia and New Zealand. VT manufacture superb lavalieres, headworns and other mics for film & television, theatre, outside broadcast, environmentally-harsh conditions, security. info@soundequip.com.au / +61 2 8556 4444 / +613 9596 7272 / 0418 100 860
  7. Zoom F8

    Hi AB Is the Tascam unit as solid as the Zoom F8? Like can you chuck out a first floor window? Well probably not bad but you know what I mean. Interesting though, because I thought the USB Pre 2 pre's were very very good.
  8. Zoom F8

    The fact that the specs read 9-16VDC scares me. If I take a 14.4V or 14.8V NP1 Li-Ion off the cooker the voltage can be 17+V (unloaded) for the first five minutes or so. Any comment Samuel (from Zoom USA)? Will it melt?
  9. Zoom F8

    I have been known to be wrong (occasionally), so if somebody said that's a load of crap John and they were right, I'd actually appreciate it. Might have just learned something! As to being incensed, definitely not, don't even know where you get that from. Apologies - not required as not offended. Cultural disconnect - see what I just wrote to Sixnon before. I did ask you three questions about the F8, got no response at all. (Have you tried one briefly, evaluated properly, written a review?). I'll assume that means no you haven't, and move on to actually reading and learning from others who have. Sorry, but I couldn't resist this, why do you offer a Fostex PD4 and Comteks in your kit to your clients? It's 2015. Maybe you could update your PD4 to an F8 and the Comteks to the new VHF Lectro's? (Not meant in any offensive way).
  10. Zoom F8

    Hi Sixnon I'd actually disagree, I've got a number of genuine good friends in The States I know well, respect and like. We seem to be very much on the same wavelength. We're also both immigrant countries, Australia and the US, sharing a common history, and there's something there I can't really identify but it does seem to engender a mutual respect with one's neighbour, whether next door or across the Pacific. I should add though, I've also got a black gay friend here who got the hell out of Georgia as soon as he could. Language I have to be careful with sometimes though, as I've got a rubber in my desk here, not an eraser, which I use for correcting pencil-written mistakes. Doesn't work very well for anything else. John
  11. Zoom F8

    Sure the Zoom F8 is no 688. I did NOT lay claim, as you said, that it was. It's intriguing what it is, and in fact I have no idea yet. That's because I've not tried one, and the useful critical reviews I've heard so far are interesting but there's not enough of them from which to identify probable negatives and positives. Then, like SD, we're only reading about V1.00, whereas a lot of the SD and Zax machines are well beyond that, having fixed bugs and adding good used-derived features. You might mean no offence, but spin (bullshit?) isn't something I'm into, even if I were I wouldn't be very good at it. "Non-analogous analogies" had to think about that phrase for a couple of seconds. Why didn't you just say it's not valid or a load of crap, I wouldn't be offended. The point I was making, which I don't think you took in, is that good companies like Lectro and SD started at the bottom and worked up. They didn't just appear. Now I need to ask you something. Have you tried one briefly, evaluated properly, written a review? (Requires thee answers BTW). Maybe you should first before writing things such as the above. I'm actually here to learn about them but I've learned nothing from you. Please go and read what I wrote again. I would appreciate reading what you think so far of the F8.
  12. Zoom F8

    Hi John You said "I just don't wish to see non-analogous analogies offered as if it adds credibility to a company". Not the point at all. I've got no shares in Zoom. I referred to the F8 in the context of standards that have been set by other reputable companies like Lectro, SD, Ambient. All these companies started small (ref my comment about Lectro making portable PA's for NY buskers) and just got better and better. May I respectfully suggest you re-read what I wrote. Now I'm going looking for more critical hands-on reviews for my education. BTW, have you evaluated an F8? If so, I'd read it with interest. Hi Sixnon Just replied to your email. Re your post above, I wouldn't be too concerned about the supply chain issue. I know why they stopped production, but as it was told to me probably in confidence, I shouldn't repeat it. However, I can say that the reason given was similar to what you'd expect from reputable companies (e.g. Lectro, etc) run by engineers who like to get things right the first time, and it was a small mechanical issue. Certain companies, perhaps an odd well-known camera company, are often run by sales and marketing people who tell the engineers when their product is going to be released, warts and all. That's not good IMHO. Firmware I'm not concerned about, as I believe these will be addressed via updates which are dead easy and fast to download via the USB port. And I think Samuel from Zoom USA is lurking and listening here, highly likely feeding good constructive criticism back to the company.
  13. Zoom F8

    Hi Sixnon Will get two units with bags (important IMHO) today but they were ordered some time back. They have to go to a university who ordered two to be delivered before 31 Dec or they lose their budget. Wrote a long winded post to you on weekend then stupidly deleted before hooting submit. Drop me an email at info@soundequip with your details or call on mobile and I'll go over it. Sorry haven't got home right now. I'm also hanging out for more critical reviews of pros who have put the machine through its paces. My opinion means zip until I've read these and played with one myself. Think I've now ordered approx 30, a couple for our rentals and some for sale. Don't wasn't to use this forum as a means of selling stuff but learning. But I can do you a quotation separately via email but don't want to sell you one if its not right for YOUR needs, so a chat would be good later. John Sixnon And don't just listen to salesmen but listen to people who've spent of lot of their time with their fingers on faders. It's your money and your reputation.
  14. Zoom F8

    Hi Davide Please give these guys a go. I know they make such things as H1's up to H6's and their little video cameras. Yes, from a pro POV these are toys. But I really do believe Zoom are going in an entirely different direction with the F8, taking it seriously, and especially listening to their clients. Sure it's a dinky company name / product, like one of your kids toys, but so what? If you put your mind to the history of other companies that produce some of the beautiful other equipment we use, you'd get the idea. Nagra started (AFAIK) as an idea of a Polish guy in a concentration camp. Well where did he go with that? Sound Devices, Sennheiser, Zaxcom similar. Lectrosonics started producing portable PA's for buskers on the streets of NY in the 70's, produced their first VHF radio mic in I think 1988 and took it to NAB. Gordon Moore actually told me (excuse me Gordon but it's a memory of our conversation some years ago now) in my lounge room "You know what John? It was a piece of crap. But we listened to everyone there and came back next year with a much better piece of crap". We're light years ahead now with some of these products. Sound Devices first product, I think, was a two-channel mic-pre made by a few guys ex Shure. Where are they now? Well they all listened, to professionals like you and implemented hardware and firmware changes. I assume to put your reputation on the line with equipment like Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Ambient? Well good thinking if you do. Fostex screwed it up making their TC DAT machines in the 90's. Why? They didn't listen to pro's around the world, or if they did (I talked to some of their Japanese engineers once, which was difficult because it's not one of my languages), they didn't implement changes. It's basically about firmware not hardware, they get most of the latter right the first time round. See that little hole on the side of say current Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Zoom F8 equipment? Well it's a USB port - and you know what that means. Things just get better. Samuel's a Zoom guy from Zoom USA, and I bet he and his mates are emailing / phoning Japan every couple of days with your ideas. That's called humility, and it makes good sense in business. Down under here in Australia, the importer / wholesaler I've got to know only fairly recently and I really believe they're fair dinkum (see Google Translate or something). I confess, after decades as a freelancer, I'm now mainly selling and renting good audio stuff. Candidly, I'm a bit creaky now to go out and do a real job like you guys and girls. But I will NOT sell or rent anything that I think is second rate to you or anybody. I found the time last Thursday and Friday to get on the phone and sold twelve Zoom F8's (with their bags). You have ears and you rely on them daily? Well Zoom F8 people do, I'm convinced. Just noticed somebody posted Android as well as iOS
  15. Sorry Derek I can't. Just something I was told a long time ago, not sure where it came from. Certainly never had the guts to try. Perhaps another colleague on this forum or Countryman can elaborate.
  16. Be careful rewiring B6's, you can blow the FET (capsule?). B3's and everything else OK. Maybe get your dealer's service dept to rewire. If they blow it they'll have to replace it.
  17. Zoom F8

    Hi Davide Please give these guys a go. I know they make such things as H1's up to H6's and their little video cameras. Yes, from a pro POV these are toys. But I really do believe Zoom are going in an entirely different direction with the F8, taking it seriously, and especially listening to their clients. Sure it's a dinky company name / product, like one of your kids toys, but so what? If you put your mind to the history of other companies that produce some of the beautiful other equipment we use or did use, you'd get the idea. Nagra started (AFAIK) as an idea of a Polish guy in a concentration camp. Well where did he go with that? Sound Devices, Sennheiser, Zaxcom similar. Lectrosonics started producing portable PA's for buskers on the streets of NY in the 70's, produced their first VHF radio mic in I think 1988 and took it to NAB. Gordon Moore actually told me (excuse me Gordon but it's a memory of our conversation some years ago now) in my lounge room "You know what John? It was a piece of crap. But we listened to everyone there and came back next year with a much better piece of crap". We're light years ahead now with some of these products. Sound Devices first product, I think, was a two-channel mic-pre made by a few guys ex Shure. Where are they now? Well they all listened, to professionals like you and implemented hardware and firmware changes. I assume you put your reputation on the line with equipment like Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Ambient? Well good thinking if you do. Fostex screwed it up making their TC DAT machines in the 90's. Why? They didn't listen to pro's around the world, or if they did (I talked to some of their Japanese engineers once, which was difficult because it's not one of my languages), they didn't implement changes. It's basically about firmware not hardware, they get most of the latter right the first time round. See that little hole on the side of say current Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Zoom F8 equipment? Well it's a USB port - and you know what that means. Things just get better. Samuel's a Zoom guy from Zoom USA, and I bet he and his mates are emailing / phoning Japan every couple of days with your ideas. That's called humility, and it makes good sense in business. Down under here in Australia, the importer / wholesaler I've got to know only fairly recently and I really believe they're fair dinkum (see Google Translate or something). I confess, after decades as a freelancer, I'm now mainly selling and renting good audio stuff. Candidly, I'm a bit creaky now to go out and do a real job like you guys and girls. But I will NOT sell or rent anything that I think is second rate to you or anybody. I found the time last Thursday and Friday to get on the phone and sold twelve Zoom F8's (with their bags), there's a couple to go into our rentals in Sydney and Melbourne. You have ears and you rely on them daily? Well Zoom F8 people do, I'm convinced. Just noticed somebody posted about Android as well as iOS9.1 I'm sure they'll do that. Want it to make a good cappuccino? Don't think so (sorry American coffee is toxic), buy it yourself. Somebody else said they wouldn't buy an F8 because it's so cheap. OK you can go and buy a 668, less food on the table for your kids but a beautiful machine. I have a gut feeling Zoom won't quadruple the price in a year. Maybe there'll be an F8N in a year with a some extra knobs on for a couple of hundred bucks more. So what? Just upgrade if you want - or accept the free firmware you guys will request. You have ears? Zoom have ears, just like the people at Lectro and so on. Oh and read a couple of good unbiased critical reviews around. That's my 2 cents worth anyway. John
  18. John B Thanks for the correction issue re impedance / wiring. If somebody does want to chop a hard wired COS11D (or CUB-01) and put in a TA5F and TA5M, do you know what the wiring would be to make it SM backward-compatible? I couldn't agree more about the "vote tally" recommendation. There's a whole lot of really smart and experienced people on this forum, then there's a couple of complete fruitcakes that might try to convince you the moon is made of green cheese, also some people with less experience that are able to get answers from others with a tremendous amount of experience. That's the beauty of this democratic forum. At the end of the day though it is your bucks and reputation on the line. John Rowley
  19. Zoom F8

    Hi Samuel You've clearly designed an entirely different animal than previous products, and I am aware you're taking these markets seriously. That's great and I hear you listen to end users. Hence products like H4 to H4N etc. The F8's a pretty impressive machine so far. Not all manufacturers do (I remember the first Fostex PD-2 and the other monster from HHB, both boat anchors and the former used to commit hari-kiri). Moving 20+ years ahead, I have several initial questions: Why no tape return to say a 3.5mm TRS?Why no other AUX outs, balanced and unbalanced, selectable-track(s) for IFB tx's?Why no menu option to switch from mic to line? If you add that could it be switchable say 40 / 50 / 60dB?Option to record .wav (mono / poly) on first SD card (ten tracks) with second SD card .mp3 for transcription?In your opinion, if I ordered an F8 now and it didn't arrive until say March, might I get an F8N? Sorry that's pretty subjective, but I do realise you guys are upfront here (and you wouldn't be able to kid my professional colleagues here anyway). Just an opinion is OK.Thanks John
  20. If your Sankens are wired TA5F, either for old UM400's / UM200's, the Ambient EMP5S will work backward compatible, not sure about the others. Small neat elegant solution, all you need is P48. I think you can't just chop a hardwired COS-11 and put TA5F / TA5M in the middle due to different impedance issues. Anyway, if you were to buy a COS11D pigtail, add a TA5F (preferably backward-compatible wiring so they'll work with any of your tx's) and get an Ambient EMP5S, it's quite a bit cheaper than buying a hard-wired version.
  21. Sound Devices 664

    We’ve been taking firm orders for the Sound Devices 664 since just after 0600 this morning, Australian time, before we officially open, and it was still going strong twelve hours later
  22. Tram TR-50 to Lectrosonics

    Hi all Does anyone have a wiring diagram for a Tram TR-50 to Lectrosonics TA5F. It's the SM-series wiring that's backward-compatible to UM I'm after to assist a colleague. Thank you Soundequip
  23. Tram TR-50 to Lectrosonics

    Thank you very much Eric, Peter and Nathan. We'll give Eric's advice a go. Soundequip
  24. Tram TR-50 to Lectrosonics

    Hi Peter and Nathan Thanks for the info. The Tram TR-50 AFAIK may be neg-biased as I found in a user manual online they seem to have been produced both ways. It doesn't want to work with the standard pos-biased wiring in the SMB user manual. Have we blown its mind? If not, how should we wire it?
  25. Dear Colleagues We're establishing our Sydney office soon and require a Manager. Here's the link : http://www.seek.com.au/Job/television-audio-director/in/sydney-sydney/20128262 Please reply to admin@soundequip.com.au with detailed resume. Applications will not be accepted by phone, only by email to admin@soundequip.com.au with attached resume. Interviews late Mon 18 July to early Fri 22 JuJy at or off-site SMPTE Sydney tradeshow by appointment. Thanks John John Rowley Managing Director ______________________________________________ Soundequip Pty Ltd ABN 95 006 817 125 506 Kooyong Road Caulfield South VIC 3162 Australia T +61 3 9596 7272 M +61 418 100 860 F +61 3 8080 0778 E info@soundequip.com.au W www.soundequip.com.au
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