Jim Feeley

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  1. Oh you're such an optimist. Wait...pessimist. No, optimist. :-)
  2. Hi Everyone, Here's how to: RSVP for the 2017 RAMPS/JWSound NAB party The annual RAMPS/JWSOUNDGROUP party will again take place on the Tuesday night of the NAB Show. Please let us know if you're coming by RSVP'ing no later than April 17. RSVP'ing helps us plan to cook enough food. WHEN YOU RSVP, DON'T ADD COMMENTS SUCH AS "BRINGING THREE FRIENDS." SUBMIT A SEPARATE RESPONSE FOR EACH PERSON ATTENDING. Details are pretty much the same as the last few years and as of this posting, are listed in the header of this page. $30 gets you a buffet of Thai and other asian dishes (including some vegetarian options). The price will include tax and gratuity. The $30 is collected at the door and required to get into our area of Satay. There will be a cash bar. To make sure we arrange for enough food, we need a good estimate of how many people plan to attend. So please fill out this simple form...and provide the secret word(s) to help us filter out Web bots and spammers. Secret words: more spectrum Link to the RSVP form: http://bit.ly/2jW4Y3P Signed, Your Party Planning Pals.
  3. Dave, Do you know if all DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors are flimsy, or just the ones on BMD products? Not a challenge on my part, just trying to figure this out. Markertek and Digikey suggest there are several makers of these connectors, and several BMD products have had problems with various connectors, e.g. their Decklink boards, in addition to their little video recorders. So maybe BMD is using a non optimal brand?Have you seen failures on non-BMD products, too? Thanks!
  4. Perhaps TCS is open to feedback on connectors? Since we're seeing drawings of the box, maybe it's not quite finished. Or maybe there's no room for different connectors. But hopefully you all going to NAB will inquire... Ya, interesting box...
  5. Hi Everyone, yes we are a bit past the RSVP deadline. And we have a big number of people planning on attending. But since people's plans change... please consider again if you plan to attend the NAB party next Tuesday, and if so, please RSVP. Party details are at the top of this topic and in the header of every page here on JWSound. To RSVP, not the secret words (that help us control the RSVP form) and follow the link. Secret words: more spectrum Link to the RSVP form: http://bit.ly/2jW4Y3P Thanks everyone!
  6. Following the link, looks like these at least currently cost 289,00 € each. Bundles available. Planning to ship in early May. Neato. And googling around on "nanolockit" for more info, it looks like Louis Vuitton is already making a case for these. http://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/products/nano-lockit-010571 Or did I misread something? Nice work Ambient!
  7. The 302 has XLR outs...that's nice. Ya, its resell price may have dropped a bit. But geez, I still find uses for my 302 and expect to for a long time. In no hurry to sell it.
  8. Yow. I'm totally going to misplace that. :-) Nice stuff Jon and gang.
  9. Looks like they can accept and record TC, but can't generate it. But the prices are reportedly something like $650 and $1000; something like that. Different products for different users. Press release with more details and pix: https://www.sounddevices.com/news/sound-devices-news/introducing-the-mixpre-series
  10. That Sennheiser RX is pretty expensive. I'd guess it's aimed at the ENG market...perhaps Sennheiser's a popular option for news cameras in Europe or somewhere? The 633 firmware that supports the two automix technologies was released a couple months ago. Seems pretty cool, but I don't think it means Sound Devices (or Video Devices) won't announce anything new. Maybe they (and probably other companies covered in that article) want to surprise everyone at the show. I guess we'll know in less than a week.
  11. I read that today is Jeff's birthday. So happy birthday Jeff! Hope you have a great celebration.
  12. I'm guessing Martin's not looking for details on how to file a claim through the (nonexistent) official JWS warranty. Rather, I think he's polling us for a general sense of what we all would do. So here's what I think...if no clear warranty is offered, then: If, through no fault of action of my part, something goes seriously wrong within the first week of my having the device, I'll contact the seller and try to come to some sort of agreement where they contribute to fixing the issue. If it's some small thing that I can fix with an hour's effort or get fixed for one-hundred bucks or so, I'll just fix the problem myself. If something fails within the first month I've had it, and I haven't used it so much or in such conditions that I should really assume responsibility, then I might contact the seller and try to convince them to help pay for the repair. Maybe; I'd think I'd only consider this if we're talking about a repair that costs US$400 or more. This is just theoretical, though. I might not. I'd want to think about that some more. If I've had the device for one month or more, then I'm completely on my own. But this is theoretical. I've bought plenty of used equipment, some from people I got to know here on JWS. Mostly, things have been fine. A couple times, I was basically screwed (not sales in any way connected to JWS folks, btw). A couple of times, the seller and I figured out how to get things righted (like when a cap failed right away in an 8-inch Sony field CRT monitor way back when; seller and I split repair cost). Just one take.
  13. Hi Everyone, We just got a note from the Satay Grille, the restaurant hosting the RAMPS/JWSOUND dinner next week, April 25 at NAB. It will REALLY REALLY help the restaurant and GREATLY speed up getting people in the door if we each pay the $30 meal fee in CASH. Credit Cards will still be accepted at the bar. But cash at the door will really help. So please pay cash at the door. Thanks! Those of us organizing the party (i.e., Kathy Baca and a couple assistants)
  14. Hi Everyone, Well the party happens Tuesday April 25, a week from tomorrow. To help the restaurant know how much food to prepare for our buffet, PLEASE RSVP BY TODAY! If you have already RSVP'd, no reason to do so again. But if you haven't...followed the link in the first post of this thread (and also currently at the top of every post in the forum). Thanks and have fun net Tuesday night!
  15. [Interesting article from The New Yorker. Medium length by their standards; perhaps a 20 to 30-minute read. Because of the length, I'll include the whole five-paragraph anecdotal lede... an interesting article; I knew some of this stuff but not all of it. Check it out. -Jim] DEPT. OF AUDIOLOGY APRIL 3, 2017 ISSUE HIGH-TECH HOPE FOR THE HARD OF HEARING Scientists searching for ways to restore hearing have been making a number of promising discoveries. By David Owen When my mother’s mother was in her early twenties, a century ago, a suitor took her duck hunting in a rowboat on a lake near Austin, Texas, where she grew up. He steadied his shotgun by resting the barrel on her right shoulder—she was sitting in the bow—and when he fired he not only missed the duck but also permanently damaged her hearing, especially on that side. The loss became more severe as she got older, and by the time I was in college she was having serious trouble with telephones. (“I’m glad it’s not raining! ” I’d shout, for the third or fourth time, while my roommates snickered.) Her deafness probably contributed to one of her many eccentricities: ending phone conversations by suddenly hanging up. I’m a grandparent myself now, and lots of people I know have hearing problems. A guy I played golf with last year came close to making a hole in one, then complained that no one in our foursome had complimented him on his shot—even though, a moment before, all three of us had complimented him on his shot. (We were walking behind him.) The man who cuts my wife’s hair began wearing two hearing aids recently, to compensate for damage that he attributes to years of exposure to professional-quality blow-dryers. My sister has hearing aids, too. She traces her problem to repeatedly listening at maximum volume to Anne’s Angry and Bitter Breakup Song Playlist, which she created while going through a divorce. My ears ring all the time—a condition called tinnitus. I blame China, because the ringing started, a decade ago, while I was recovering from a monthlong cold that I’d contracted while breathing the filthy air in Beijing, and whose symptoms were made worse by changes in cabin pressure during the long flight home. Tinnitus is almost always accompanied by hearing loss. My internist ordered an MRI, to make sure I didn’t have a brain tumor, and held up a vibrating tuning fork and asked me to tell him when I could no longer hear it. After a while, he leaned forward to make sure the tuning fork was still humming, since he himself could no longer hear it. (We’re about the same age.) There’s no cure for tinnitus. The ringing in my ears is constant, high-pitched, and fairly loud—it reminds me of the cicadas I listened to on sweltering summer nights when I was a kid—but I’m usually able to ignore it, unless I’m lying awake in bed or, as I discovered recently, writing about tinnitus. Unlike taste buds and olfactory receptors, which the body replenishes continuously, the most delicate elements of the human auditory system don’t regenerate. The National Center for Health Statistics has estimated that thirty-seven million American adults have lost some hearing, and, according to the National Academy of Sciences, hearing loss is, worldwide, the “fifth leading cause of years lived with disability.” Hearing problems can lead to social isolation and cognitive decline, both of which make getting older—itself a cause of hearing loss—seem worse than it does already. In recent years, scientists searching for ways to restore hearing have made a number of promising discoveries. There are also increasingly effective methods of preventing damage in the first place, and of compensating for it once it’s occurred. The natural human tendency, though, is to do nothing and hope for the best, usually while pretending that nothing is wrong. (People who notice they’re having hearing problems typically wait more than ten years before doing anything about them.) I recently heard a joke about a man who was worried his wife was going deaf. He told his doctor, who suggested a simple test. When the man got home, he stood at the door of the kitchen, where his wife was at the stove, and asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” She didn’t respond, so he moved closer and asked again. She still didn’t respond, so he stood directly behind her and asked one more time. She turned around and snapped, “For the third time, chicken!” Rest of the article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/high-tech-hope-for-the-hard-of-hearing
  16. Sennheiser 416T, LTM boompole, Lightwave blimp, Lectro 187 wireless, Countryman EMW lavs, PSC M4 mixer, breakaway cable...
  17. It would be REALLY helpful if you could respond this week before April 17. Thanks Bernie!
  18. There was this thread from a few years ago. A glance suggests it still holds relevant information: http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/topic/9255-being-a-dad-and-a-soundmixer/ But like Phil, I think there was another more recent discussion, too...
  19. We're closing in on NAB....and on the deadline to RSVP for our annual dinner for the production sound community. If you will be in Vegas in a couple weeks and plan to attend our dinner, please click on the link at the top of this discussion topic and fill out the simple RSVP form now. RSVP'ing helps us plan to have enough food on hand. Thanks! Signed, Several of us who help organize this thing...
  20. As JH (and probably others) suggest, I like the idea of hiring/renting a couple different recorders and mics to see what works best for you. Partly so you can compare audio quality in something like the real world, and also so you can get a sense of what kit you find easy to operate when emulating how you might be working (and when you're rushed). Me, I'd go the tried-and-true route of a recorder from SD, Zax, or someone. In fact, just a few months ago I bought another used 744T rather than a Zoom F4 or F8; but that's just me and my workflow. Maybe if you go F4, you could buy two machines, shake down both before you head out (for reasons Phil states above), then have a spare with you if one gets dunked in water, stolen, or whatever. Or at least bring a small Tascam or similar recorder for a backup... Depending on what you'll be doing, maybe a pair of Line Audio or similar mics for some ORTF stuff would be fun, as would a M/S setup that'll give you some flexibility... Good discussion and suggestions here so far. Now try out a bunch of alternatives and see what combination lets you actually get tracks at quality you find at least acceptable. Have fun! Sounds like a great adventure... not the testing; the actual trip :-)
  21. And exhale. Dutch, things aren't usually so stressed around here...at least not since a couple people left or calmed down. And the folks involved in this unintended kerfuffle have always struck me as knowledgable, generous, and even keeled... though with enough spice to make things interesting (in a non-mean way). So I'm marking this up to some random cluster of misunderstanding. Or spring is arriving late in some climes...
  22. Total misdirection on Dan's part. He's just embarrassed that a couple years ago, I saw him with a full-festival pass to this: And just so we can see Dan (and everyone) really go apoplectic: How Mumblecore Films Are Changing the Hollywood Landscape By Alex Ferrari | March 8, 2017 How Mumblecore Films Changed Hollywood for the Better The core of what filmmaking is that it has always been there to entertain people with different audio and visual sources along with some cinematic techniques and professionals. This entertainment has been evolved from different phases and now it is revolutionized to a complete new picture of streaming, television and film industry. There was a time when people watch silent and unvoiced, dialogue less movies; then comes an era where there were black and white movies. And now we all watches colorful movies with songs and visual effects, even 3D, animated movies and the future VR (virtual reality) projects are also been made now days. [I dare you to read all of the rest:] https://indiefilmhustle.com/mumblecore/
  23. I found a BTS shot of Steve Carell getting ready to be mic'd up: And thanks Dij and John for two more tapes to try on chests...
  24. Congrats on the change Eric!