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  1. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    This article looks helpful and is most likely well informed. I've know Chris and Trish for close to 25 years and they've always been wise and thorough with financial matters. Trish (who wrote this article; she and Chris share bylines) isn't an accountant, she's a motion-graphic designer. But that's fairly close to our sort of work, tax-wise... The Accidental CFO: The Section 199A Deduction Understanding the Qualified Business Income tax deduction for pass-through businesses By Chris and Trish Meyer January 22, 2018 What was Congress thinking, passing major tax reform a week before the holidays when there was still some serious shopping days left? Even if you did take time away from the festivities to read a few details of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the media were so focused on the reduced rate for large corporations (now 21%, down from 35%), that you might have missed the fact that some rewards trickled down to small businesses as well. So without getting into the politics of the bill (tis what it is…), let’s focus on the new 20% deduction for qualified business income of pass-thru entities. First, don’t panic. All the changes apply to 2018 income. When filing your taxes this April for the 2017 tax year, you’ll be following the same rules as for 2016. So even though the tax reform bill was passed hastily (with amendments scribbled in the margins in the dead of night), the IRS will have some time to clarify the details. However, if you like to file accurate estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2018 (deadline is April 16), then you’ll want to include this deduction (if you qualify) as well as take into account the lower rates and expanded tax brackets. Second, I (Trish here) am not a financial or tax professional; I researched this deduction for our own situation (Crish Design is a Partnership, filing married jointly). For this article, I’m going to assume that you are a self-employed freelancer or small business (not an employee who receives W-2 wages) and that you provide professional services (the rules are a bit different if you manufacture widgets). Third, you might want to make a nice cup of tea before you dive in. (And yes, reading about taxes means you also deserve a nice choccy biccy…) Rest of the article: https://www.provideocoalition.com/accidental-cfo-section-199a-deduction/
  2. Not aimed at us (as far as I can tell), but rather at the "kinetic art object" market: Limited edition portable reel-to-reel recorder to make Munich debut [snip] Metaxas says that the best source for reproduced music is analog tape recorded on 10-inch reels at 15 inches-per-second (IPS), and of that there is no doubt. He further states that the same reel-to-reel hardware is the best way to capture live music. "This is a fact not open for discussion and is responsible for the incredible resurgence in interest in Open Reel Analog Tape Recorders," says the audio engineer and hi-fi component designer. "The High End Audio industry has embraced and acknowledged this over the past 10 years." [snip] The GQT is based on the Stellavox SM8 recorder, and has been "designed for ultimate location recording and playback duties." It's likened to a large Swiss mechanical watch mechanism, with no computer or logic control hardware in sight. Its circuits are made up of discrete transistors and components similar to those found in 1960s to early 70s devices. Rest of the article and some more images here: https://newatlas.com/metaxas-gqt-portable-reel-analog-recorder/52808/ Company website: http://metaxas.com
  3. David Letterman new show

    You mean the "Leland Sklar" gag? :-)
  4. New audiophile (?) portable reel-to-reel recorder coming?

    Shhhhhh, Jay. Don't bring reason and experience into this discussion. Or since we're talking about tape, perhaps I should write, "Ssssssss, Jay."
  5. NEW: Timecode Systems | UltraSync One

    It's not one cable. It's four or more cables for each of the little TC boxes you buy so your box can connect to the different cameras you work with. And mixers may have at least three boxes. So to support the non-standard connector on the UltraSync, you may need to make or buy a dozen new cables. Some connectors are easy to solder, some aren't, so you will probably buy at least some of your cables. Let's say that averages out to around US$60/cable. Lots of variables and super-rough estimates here, but for me and my small-gig world, working with the UltraSync One and its nonstandard connector will require an extra $700 for cables. Perhaps less, perhaps more. For mixers, it's not just one new cable.
  6. New audiophile (?) portable reel-to-reel recorder coming?

    Looks like they have yet to build a final recorder... Just renderings in that article, and a "prototype" will be shown in May. And if you need some tunes to play on your RTR, Analogy Records has you covered: "Analogy Records is the world’s first record label to produce contemporary artists at its recording studio, distributing ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES. Instead of producing copies from any pre-existing master, for each order Analogy Records produces an original master directly from the multi-track recording system, thus removing an additional stage. No first generation copies but only original Master Tapes, in order to ensure the best listening experience ever." Prices from € 105,00 to € 1.800,00 or so: http://www.analogyrecords.org I actually think all this stuff is cool. Not for me, but there are more-harmful hobbies.
  7. Will ADR turn into automatic pix replacement?

    Jay, that Adobe project isn't perfect but is kinda cool. Perhaps an answer to your question is answered in the guy's paper, which came out several months after the Adobe demo that freaked out the BBC: VoCo: Text-based Insertion and Replacement in Audio Narration [snip] While high-quality voice synthesizers exist today, the challenge is to synthesize the new word in a voice that matches the rest of the narration. This paper presents a system that can synthesize a new word or short phrase such that it blends seamlessly in the context of the existing narration. Our approach is to use a text to speech synthesizer to say the word in a generic voice, and then use voice conversion to convert it into a voice that matches the narration. Offering a range of degrees of control to the editor, our interface supports fully automatic synthesis, selection among a candidate set of alternative pronunciations, fine control over edit placements and pitch profiles, and even guidance by the editors own voice. The paper, demo video, etc can be found here, though I gather from Adobe friends things have advanced a bit this year (still not productized, IIRC): http://gfx.cs.princeton.edu/pubs/Jin_2017_VTI/
  8. Will ADR turn into automatic pix replacement?

    Yikes! There's also this automated object/person removal demo from Adobe MAX... i.e., it's somewhere between a SIGGRAPH paper and a product feature. Brief marketing article (ie- not the tech paper): Cloak: Remove Unwanted Objects in Video https://research.adobe.com/cloak-remove-unwanted-objects-in-video/ Six-minute demo that's pretty interesting and a bit disconcerting. #fakeviews
  9. Line or Mic Level Input

    Buy and read this book. It will give you a good grounding in the issues. Really useful and well-written resource: http://www.greatsound.info
  10. IIRC, there's a "mystery" investor or group who bought about $1,000,000 worth of options contracts with the call at $50,000. Could be someone really optimistic, or could be someone like the Winklevoss twins (who hold nearly(?) a billion dollars worth of Bitcoins) hoping to create the impression that Bitcoin is a good investment...so please don't sell! But I have no idea.
  11. A five-minute video explains all we need to know: An example of the video's innovative solutions to common problems: Yes, this is supposed to be funny and inept. I liked it OK. Check it out. Background from Transom.org, the rather cool website that focuses on the craft (and a bit on the tools) of narrative public radio (as in This American Life): http://transom.org/2017/sounds-good-sound-for-film-and-video/
  12. OT: Best all-round DI box?

    Friday night at the local high-school jazz concert, the DI box they were using failed. It was one of the lesser brands, shall we say. I want to buy them a new one or two. But I'm only really familiar with Countryman Type 85 boxes and that familiarity is from a long time ago. I googled around but there's a lot of talk about DIs...yes, I could dig into gearslutz etc but there's LOTS of DI chat there; appropriate for that forum but I'm looking for shorter, though hopefully informed, answers. The high-school program mainly uses DIs out the back of the bass amp, and mainly to feed into the monitoring system. Sometimes with a keyboard if they're outside and not using an acoustic piano. Sometimes for simple rehearsal recording so they can hear how they're doing (i.e., not for serious recording). Seems like Countryman and Radial are leading DI brands these days. http://www.countryman.com/di-boxes/ http://www.radialeng.com/radial-products.php So what do you all think? Countryman Type 85 or 10? Something else? Do active DIs still have a notable advantage over passive? What else has happened in the last few decades? Thanks! Jim PS:
  13. OT: Best all-round DI box?

    Thanks everyone. btw- My kids went to that high school, but they've all graduated. Still, a great music program that truly benefits our community (and the students!!)
  14. Update on the upcoming Tentacle Sync-E

    Semi-OT: Did you hop a mix to the A7S or just rely on the Tentacle? If so, where did you stick the UCR (or other) receiver? Thanks for the hands-on report!
  15. 2 in, Multiple outs

    Ya, like David says look for a mult box or press box. Here in the US, I tend to come across the PSC unit or something from Opamp Labs: http://www.opamplabs.com There are models that are XLR mic/line only, and others that also include RCA, 1/4-inch, 3.5mm, etc which could help out the various cycling journalists/bloggers/etc who might not roll with XLR... They're easy to use, but if you'll be on site, bring some adapters, and be ready to help out some of the people covering your event. Especially if you want to keep them from sticking mics & recorders in front of the rider. Probably an AV/Event rental house can help you out with a rental.
  16. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    I have no idea. And as Scott says, the bill isn't finalized. But still worth digging into (and perhaps calling your congresspeople). Looks like entertainment deductions might go away. And it looks like both the House and Senate versions of the bill allow 100-percent immediate write-offs of biz equipment purchases...rather than multiyear depreciation. As for the more complex stuff... Here are two of the better articles I've found that I think address the issues of people like us: The Impact of the Senate and House Tax Bills on the Small-Business Owner https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/305114 8 small business losers [and some winners] under Republicans' tax bill https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2017/11/15/8-small-business-losers-under-republicans-tax-bill/862597001/ What have others heard or been told by reliable sources?
  17. Zoom f8 audio files overwritten

    Not in my experience as a mixer or producer. But back to Marcus... There was a guy here, Samuel, who worked at Zoom. http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/profile/11816-zoomofficial/ But I haven't seen any posts from him in a long while. @ZoomOfficial, are you still here? Any suggestions for Marcus?
  18. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    I hear you on that, but my understanding of the ERX receivers is that they have built-in TC generators and that the TC that they send to the camera isn't transmitted, but generated by the ERX. They are, however, continuously re-jammed over their wireless connection. So if there's a dropout or whatever, the ERX TC output just keeps rolling along on its own. At least, that's what I gather. https://zaxcom.com/products/erx3tcd/ I could have this wrong, and I could also misunderstand your concern at least in terms of ERX TC for a hop (as opposed to IFB range). Am I totally missing something?
  19. How to hide a Sennheiser ME 2 on talent

    Oh ya. A while back he made an iPad eBook on lav placement, too. That was nicely made: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/down-to-the-wire/id598071724?mt=11 @Thomas Popp is or was hanging out here.
  20. Condenser mic stored in a PVC pipe - technical question

    Interesting. Maybe you could drill a small hole in the cap or pipe? Too calm your concern if nothing else.
  21. Red Weapon 8K Audio Issue

    There are only a couple rude people here. And you can hid their responses. Doing that made this a nicer place for me. Go to your settings and add those people to your list of ignored users. I think this link will work: http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/ignore/ Overall, I find this one of the most supportive, generous, and knowledgable forums on the net. For any subject. Sure, sometimes people are grumpy and brusque. But many times those brusque responses also include useful information and move the discussion forward. So hide a few key people, put on your slightly thick skin, and things will go well. At least, they do for me.
  22. Is a new Sound Devices MixPre-10T coming soon?

    Thanks Chris and Iron, and I guess thanks Constantin ;-), for the info on Curtis Judd.
  23. Dear Licensee: Greetings from T Mobile....

    Ya, I guess T-Mobile is carefully covering their ass for when they hammer the spectrum they licensed. At the moment, it looks like lots of US major metro areas are clear (including SF Bay Area). For now. Here's an interactive map last updated a few days ago (but apparently missing some of the latest T-Mobile updates also from a few days ago): http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-600-mhz-band-71-deployment.html And there's this: McMorris Rodgers leads bipartisan letter calling on FCC to clear auctioned spectrum on time A bipartisan letter led by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) on Monday called for the 600 MHz spectrum recently offered through the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction to be cleared by the scheduled date of July 3, 2020. The FCC auctioned the spectrum to allow for the repurposing of broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use given the huge demand for connected mobile devices. McMorris Rodgers and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the buildout resulting from the FCC’s spectrum auction would help bridge the digital divide that leaves many Americans in rural areas without access to broadband internet. A bipartisan group of 54 lawmakers signed the letter. “Reliable broadband internet provides significant employment, educational, health and economic opportunities to those who have access. However, too many Americans remain unserved or underserved,” the letter said. Rest of the story: https://riponadvance.com/stories/mcmorris-rodgers-leads-bipartisan-letter-calling-fcc-clear-auctioned-spectrum-time/