Jim Feeley

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About Jim Feeley

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  1. Oh it's totally clever, and I'd like to check one out. But it's possible to be goofy and clever at the same time.
  2. This will solve all of my location-sound problems. I am giddy. With anticipation. A new listening experience The Atari Speakerhat is a baseball-style cap with high-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone that can connect instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device. More info (and a chance to register to win one, I think...) http://www.atarilife.com/index.html
  3. Summary: "I choose to define 'Hippie' in a particular manner and use trailing-edge usage tracking (i.e.- books vs people on the street) to prove that 'Hippies' don't fit my particular definition." Sheesh. And I'm a guy who spent a whole lot of my life pushing back against overreaching hippie mythology. He starts to point at something useful and then runs around like a squirrel that drank too much coffee. His book, “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs,” sounds interesting. But after reading that article, I'm less interested in his take.
  4. Samy's in SF has lots of stuff for stills, but doesn't have tons of cases, or much pro audio/video in stock.
  5. Not much in the way of audio & video dealers around here (SF Bay Area).... I mean, there are drop-ship VARs, but not really much straight-up retail. Bummer, but sure makes boards like this more valuable...
  6. A friend bought a 1615 Air for his LED lights. Mostly a nice case with wheels, light, etc. But the center of the lid seems WAY more flexible than on the non-Air 1650s I've come across. Flexy enough that he wonders a bit about protection if something heavy gets tossed on top of the box. No big deal in and out of our vehicles, but handing off to someone else to ship or carry? So I'd say it's definitely something you'd want to check out yourself if you can. But as you say, not sure where in SF to look...maybe a friendly rental house? Maybe Samy's in SF?
  7. A few years ago, the UK Media Standards Trust had a website where you could enter the text of a press release and see where it had shown up on the web in a barely-changed form. For hard political news, that was and still is a big issue. The site was: churnalism.com. Such a great name that shouldn't have faded away (since the practice sure hasn't): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churnalism The magazines I worked at, and this is back before the web took over everything, did run short one and two paragraph new product stories based (at least mostly) on press releases. But any feature or column required original work by the writer (and then the editors... ;-) )...ah, I'm going off topic. Would be cool to see a picture or read a bit more about this bit Valerian story: “To reduce noise, we put the microphones on the costumes with a semi rigid surface that we built with a 3D printer,” Bucher explains."
  8. Good for DPA and Bucher. And thanks for the find Kelly. But the old magazine editor in me says "WTF?" to Pro Video Coalition and their contributor for slapping their name on a rewrite of DPA's press release: http://www.dpamicrophones.com/news/in-space-no-one-can-hear-your-scream-unless-you-have-a-dpa-microphones-inside-your-spacesuit
  9. Yep, I too am at plenty of conferences that have a stick mic handed to an audience member, and others where people line up at mics. Since it looks like Alex's conference will have at least some small 30-40 person sessions, I think even asking participants to pass around a mic will be tricky; that feels almost like a colloquium...and the Q&A may end up more like a conversation where participants don't want to interrupt and pause to move a mic that's only needed for the recording, not for those in the room. Alex, can you get the organizers to put you in touch with the AV company supporting the conference? Or if no AV company, someone acting in that capacity? Find out exactly how many rooms and sessions there will be, exactly what sort of audio support will be provided, etc. Heck, will there be any house consoles at all or any of the sessions? And sorry if I missed this in your original post, but are you expected to create useful recordings of sessions so non-attendees can benefit from the presentations and Q&A, or do you more need just a bit of audio and video to convey "we had a great conference with wonderful session discussions such as this kinda random example"? Geez, with what I'm guessing is the current budget and level of support, this sounds like it could be a tough gig...
  10. Holy Crap those are inexpensive! https://gtdaudio.net/uhf-mic.html Not sure which model you ordered, but this looks typical of their prices:
  11. Isn't that part of the story behind the success or at least acceptance of Digidesign's Q-Sheet (or another of their early software products)? Story I hear from people who should know (and unlike me should know which Digi product it was) is that when they first showed/previewed it at a conference with a low price; nobody took it seriously, since it was priced so low. So before the they released it, they raised the price and that higher price helped people view it at a professional tool. IF, maybe look for a used Macbook or something...shouldn't be that expensive and you could view the MacOS as yet another BSD/Mach unix operating system. ;-)
  12. Awesome Tom! Jeremiah, what about C-Stands bugs you? Total length? Those damn legs? Would a C-Stand with a removable turtle base work for you? https://products.msegrip.com/products/40-c-stand-w-spring-loaded-turtle-base-includes-grip-head-arm
  13. Seem like the big quality gate is using a lav. Then the difference between a good wireless system and a wire isn't all that great. I only use a wired lav if there's some WTF interference going on and there's no time (or not enough skill on my part) to resolve that...and that's hardly ever... But Tommy, are you hearing a difference? Or as Bryan says, a difference the audience will notice?